Whole Farm Planning for Women Farmers

Whole Farm Planning is based on Holistic Management. This class is a terrific way to build your business in a way that works with your life, your values, etc. A handful of Rutland area women farmers have taken the class in previous years. To speak to one of them about their experience, feel free to contact lindsay@rutlandfarmandfood.org.

This class is for women with two to 10 years in business.

Location: Berlin, VT
Dates: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21
Application Deadline: November 1, 2012
Whole Farm Planning Application Form

For more information: Jessie Schmidt.

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Jessie Schmidt for more information.

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