Whole Farm Planning Training for Beginning Women Farmers in Vermont Applications now being accepted!

I would highly encourage women farmers in our region to apply (you can be the female half of a male/female farm couple 😉

The Vermont Women’s Ag Network partnered with the UVM Extension New Farmer Project is now accepting applications for the Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers course.  The 10 session course is geared toward women farmers with 3-10 years of experience managing a farm operation.  It offers training in creating a holistic goal, financial planning, marketing, decision making and other skills that will support women farmers as they develop their farm businesses.  The course also covers basic soil and pasture management. It is free and limited to 15 participants. Six sessions will take place over the winter of 2010/2011 and 4 farm tours will take place during the spring and summer of 2011. The program includes farm mentors and on-site farm visits.

USDA/NIFA has funded Holistic Management International to teach beginning women farmers the tools of whole farm planning. Course topics include:
1.      Introduction for Whole Farm Program; Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process;
2.      Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis)
3.      Creating a Whole Farm Financial Plan
4.      Business Planning Basics
5.      Creating a Marketing Plan
6.      Soil Fertility Basics; Examining Enterprise’s Environmental Impact;
7.      Time Management – Pulling it All Together in a Whole Farm Plan
8.      Land and Infrastructure Planning
9.      Leadership/Communication Skills
10.  Improving Land Health and Sustainable Soil Building Techniques

Participants will be chosen through an application process.  The application deadline is October 29, 2010.  More information about the course and application materials can be found at http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=whole_farm_planning.html, or contact Jessie Schmidt for more information at 802-223-2389 or newfarmer@uvm.edu.
Applications are also being accepted for farmers interested in serving as paid mentors for this course.  Mentor Applicants must have at least 10 years of farm management experience and and experience in or interest in learning about Holistic Farm Management.

The application deadline is November 15, 2010.  For more information about being a mentor, go to http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=mentor.html, or contact Jessie Schmidt for more information at 802-223-2389 or newfarmer@uvm.edu.

Jessie Schmidt
Coordinator for Community & Agriculture Programs

UVM Extension New Farmer Project
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT  05602-9194

Phone:  802-223-2389 extension 203
or tollfree: 866-860-1382 extension 203
Fax:    802-223-6500
E-mail: newfarmer@uvm.edu


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