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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course

October 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course

October 5 to November 2, 2022, Wednesday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Western Mass location (tentatively MDAR office in West Springfield)

This 5-session course provides guidance to aspiring farmers through the decision-making process of whether to start a farm business.  Participants will learn about the many aspects of starting a farm business, assess their own skills and knowledge, and get help finding resources for support, including marketing, financing, and regulations.  The Exploring the Small Farm Dream course utilizes the curriculum and workbook developed by the New England Small Farm Institute. Through four guided group sessions and a farmer panel session, participants will analyze the feasibility of their small farm dream and clarify their vision together with other class participants. This course is sponsored and financially supported by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and is intended for new agricultural entrepreneurs planning to start their farm business in Massachusetts. The course fee is $100 for up to two participants per enterprise, as space allows.

*Plans are for an in-person class with the location to be determined based on interest from those who submit an application and are added to the waiting list. If interested, please complete the brief application found here: Exploring the Small Farm Dream  and email it to, or mail a hard copy to: MDAR, Attn: Jessica Camp, 138 Memorial Ave, Suite 42, West Springfield, MA 01089. For more information about this course, see the ABTP program webpage or contact Jess Camp at 617-823-0871.


October 5, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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