2019 Beginning Farmer Class

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Classes are scheduled on Thursday nights starting January 10th through February 28th, 2019, when farmers are less busy and those aspiring to farm can get excited about the soon-to-be new growing season. The class runs for eight weeks and meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is a little tough for those who work 9 to 5, but so far its worked every year. We do provide local and/or organic snacks, purchased from our local grocery cooperative, at the break during each session.

The cost of the class is $120 for 8 sessions.

Typical Beginning Farmer Class Schedule*

Session #1 

  • Starting a Farm/Preparing a Cash Flow
  • Introductions
  • Legal Issues Pertinent to Farm Start-up Businesses

Session #2 

  • Transplant Production
  • Irrigation
  • Planting and Growing Vegetables

Session #3

  • Whole Farm Planning
  • Perspectives of a Young Beginning Farmer
  • Introduction to Soils/Soil Testing

 Session #4 

  • Farmers Market Set-up and Display
  • Post-Harvest Handling and Food Safety
  • Equipment for Small Farms

 Session #5

  • Vegetable Insects
  • Cover Crops
  • Local Farmers Market Representative(s) Talk About Their Markets

 Session #6

  • Record keeping
  • Observations on Direct Marketing Farm Products
  • Vegetable Diseases

 Session #7

  • Capital Resources
  • Weed Control with and without Plastic
  • Odds and Ends Topics

 Session #8

  • End of Class Covered Dish Dinner
  • Why Consider Livestock and Poultry Enterprises on Your Farm
  • Wrap up and Questions and Answers 

* Topics may be different or in a different order depending on the availability of speakers