The Cornell Small Farms program, part of Cornell Cooperative Extension has announced online courses aimed at supporting small farmers, as well as those interested in starting small farms.
Courses being offered this year cover a wide range of topics including business planning, Quickbooks for farmers, vegetable production, woodlot management, commercial sheep production, getting started with pastured pigs, maple syrup production, growing mushrooms, tree fruit production, and more.
Courses are suitable for everyone including those who are aspiring to farm, just beginning to farm, or even those who have been farming for years.
The courses are designed to help build the technical and business skills of farmers. Expert farmers and extension educators guide students through the latest research-based information to help improve efficiency and increase profit on small farms. Students can connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical tips without leaving their home. Course content can be accessed anywhere with a high-speed internet connection. Most courses are six weeks long. Each week features an evening webinar and follow-up readings, videos, and activities. Students and their instructors connect through online forums and live chat. If you aren’t able to attend the webinars in real-time, they are always recorded for later viewing.
To register or for more information, click here. Cost is generally between $150 – $250 per course with discounts being given for early registration and for signing up for three or more courses. New this year is also a tiered pricing plan based on household size and income. If you have never taken an online course and would like one on one assistance getting started, contact Jessica at Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County at (518)483-7403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Vegetables at a Farmers market provided by Cornell Cooperative Ext.