Distance Learning

Since 2011, New Entry has offered its long-standing Farm Business Planning Course online.

The online course was created to engage interested students who may experience barriers to attending weekly classroom sessions in Lowell. The online course provides students with a fully-integrated learning experience that mirrors the learning objectives of the classroom course while taking advantage of innovative technologies.

Like the classroom course, the online version is offered twice each year, from October through December and from January through March. The 8-week online course requires students to travel to downtown Boston for one weekend afternoon and to participate in one live webinar. Other than these commitments, students are able to work independently to complete the weekly course modules and associated homework assignments. See the Course Syllabus for the upcoming course session for more detail. The course fee is $500 with tuition assistance available to students demonstrating financial need.

How to Apply

Get started by downloading a Farm Business Online Course Application. Applications for Fall 2014 are due no later than Friday, September 19th and those for the Winter 2015 session are due by Tuesday, December 16th.

Prospective students may apply for a partial tuition scholarship by completing a Tuition Scholarship Application. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and may cover up to 80% of the course fee. This form must be received no later than 10 days prior to the start of class in order to qualify.

For more information on the Online Farm Business Planning Course, contact Wendy Mainardi at wendy.mainardi@gmail.com.