Farm Business Planning

If you've taken our Explore Farming course and decided that you are ready to start your own farm business, the Farm Business Planning Course is your next step.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Identify goals and timelines for your farm business
  • Identify your assets and the resources available to you to start a successful business
  • Select the products that you want to market
  • Research the markets in your area and how to promote your farm products
  • Develop the individual elements necessary for an effective farm business plan, including enterprise budgets, a crop plan, cash flows, and more
  • Weave those elements together into a cohesive business plan

We are planning to restructure our course offerings in the near future. If you'd like to join our farmer advisory committee to provide input to our program design, email us!


Course Details:

This course meets on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks at the New Entry office in Lowell. It is offered twice every year, in a fall cycle and a winter cycle.

Fall 2015 Session

Time: Tuesdays, 6-9 pm

Dates: Oct. 20 - Dec. 15, 2015* (No class on Tuesday, Nov 24.)

Location: New Entry's office in Lowell (45 Merrimack St, Suite 500, Lowell, MA 01850)


Winter 2016 Session

Time: Tuesdays, 6-9 pm

Dates: Jan.5 - Feb. 23, 2016*

Location: New Entry's office in Lowell (45 Merrimack St, Suite 500, Lowell, MA 01850)

*(Please note, dates are approximate and subject to change.)


Cost: The standard course fee is $400, but you may be eligible for a tuition waiver of between $80 - $320, depending on your need. 

If the classroom-based course doesn't work for you, consider enrolling in our online version of the Farm Business Planning Course.


How to Apply

Before being admitted into the classroom Farm Business Planning Course, you must attend a session of Explore Farming.

(In some cases, e.g. if you already have significant farming experience, this prerequisite may be waived.)

Please contact Janel Wright, at (978) 654-6745 x 104 or, if you're interested in taking the Farm Business Planning Course!