Farm Business Planning Course

If you are ready to start or expand your farm business, the Farm Business Planning Course is for you.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Create a mission and vision for your business
  • Develop a budget and a plan to fund your business
  • Create a marketing plan for your business
  • Set goals and create a timeline for your farm business to grow
  • Weave those elements together into a cohesive business plan

Course Details:

We will offer The Farm Business Planning Course once in the Fall of 2022 and again in the Winter 2023. The courses meet online on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8:30pm Eastern Standard Time for 8 consecutive weeks. Each evening session is filled with information and activities that will help you write your farm business plan. The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. If you are interested in growing on our incubator farm, you must have a business plan. 

If you are new to farming, it is recommended that you first take our Explore Farming workshop before registering for this class so that you can best assess what resources you currently have and what resources you will need to start farming before creating a written business plan. 

The course is recognized by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) as fulfilling one of their financial management training requirements.

Dates of Fall 2022 Course: Tuesdays, Oct. 4th to November 22nd

Dates of Winter 2023 Course: Tuesdays, January 3rd to February 21st

​Time: 6-8:30pm

Location: Online 

Cost: $400,  need-based scholarships and scholarships for veterans are available

Instructors: Ben Zoba and Leah Jurman

 

How to Register:

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form here.  

Step 2: Pay for the course.

                     Pay for Fall 2022 course here

                     Pay for Winter 2023 course here

You will be enrolled once you pay for the course. As the start date of the course approaches, you will receive an email with details about the class. 

Scholarships: We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to those in financial need. Once we have all required information from you via the above registration form, we will get in touch with you regarding your scholarship acceptance and the discount that we can provide. You will then be asked to pay for the class using a discount code that we will provide for you.

Two business partner option: If you would like to bring a business partner to the class, the second person will only have to pay 50% of the registration fee. Please fill out one “Registration Form” for each partner. When purchasing tickets in Tufts E-Commerce System, you will purchase two tickets, one for the full registration amount and one for the discounted amount, labeled “Farm Business Planning Class-Business Partner Ticket”. In addition to the 50% discount, one business partner may still apply for a scholarship.

For any questions about the course, contact Ben Zoba at benjamin.zoba@tufts.edu.