Growing Farms hybrid course gets farmers off to a good start

December 29, 2016

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Beginning farmers will learn the essentials of starting a business in Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management, a hybrid online- and in-person course offered by Oregon State University.

The series is intended for people who are considering starting a farm, those within their first five years of farming and others who may be considering major changes to their business.

“Growing Farms is an opportunity for them to dive in deeper and consider all aspects of their farm business and how they fit together,” said Melissa Fery, an associate professor in OSU Extension Service Small Farms program.  “We’ll have discussions about goals, consider production and marketing options in the local region and take a close look at profitability. This course will show the reality of having a small farm business.”

The Growing Farms series includes six online modules, three in-class meetings and a full-day farm tour at three locations. The course can also be taken solely online. Though developed with an Oregon focus, the class is relevant to novice farmers throughout the country. 

For dates, locations and registration go to the OSU Professional and Continuing Education website.  Cost is $295 and includes a discount to the 2017 Small Farms Conference Feb. 18 on the OSU campus.

Author: Kym Pokorny
Source: Heidi Noordijk