Exploring the Small Farm Dream: Is Starting an Agricultural Business Right for You?

Tue 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
4 sessions ending Tue, Mar 23
Topic: Start-up Assistance

In this four-session course, you will set personal and farming goals, assess available resources, determine if farming as a business is right for you, and develop an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way you will take a close look at the realities of working for yourself, in particular what it will take to own and manage a successful agricultural venture. Who Should Attend? If you are thinking about starting an agricultural business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, taking over an existing family farm business, and/or developing an existing but informal agricultural pastime into a more serious business activity. Established farmers who are re-strategizing their businesses have also benefited from the course. Cost: $275 per potential farm business (maximum of two participants per business). Fee includes one workbook, additional handout materials, and light snack. Participants may bring bag dinner if needed. The class will meet 6-9pm on: February 23, 2010 March 2, 2010 March 16, 2010 March 23, 2010 Seats are limited! Apply by February 5, 2010. Contact Kristen Castrataro at: 401-874-2967 or kcas@uri.edu.

Co-Sponsor(s): URI Cooperative Extension & Department of Plant Sciences GWE Consulting Northeast SARE RI Association of Conservation Districts RI Farm Bureau RI Forest Consortium RI Small Business Development Center

Fee: $ 275.00