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MDAR: Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course 

January 11 - March 22

| $200.00

Tuesday evenings, January 11 to March 8, 2022
Location to be determined
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Course Description

Are you a Massachusetts farmer looking to expand your business or launch a new enterprise? Do you need to increase profitability, set business goals, or improve your quality of life? Growing Your Farm may be for you!

Growing Your Farm is a hands-on course to help established farmers develop a business plan and financial projections for their farm business. This course covers topics including resource assessment, marketing strategy, financial management, risk management, quality of life, and goal setting. The course is taught by professional business planners with years of experience working with Massachusetts farms and guest speakers on current topics such as succession planning and online marketing.

The cost is $200 per farm. Enrollment is open to farmers who have been operating a farm business in Massachusetts for at least the two prior years. Eight weekly classes will be held on Tuesday evenings starting January 11 and ending March 8 (with one vacation week).

This is planned to be an in-person class. A final decision will be made in December based on current COVID conditions. The specific location of classes will be determined based on the geographic locations of the applicants.

The Growing Your Farm business planning course has been approved as a certified USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) borrower training for financial management.

To Apply

Please download and complete an application and either email it to or mail it to:

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Attn: Michael Parker
138 Memorial Avenue, Suite 42
West Springfield, MA 01089

Applications will be accepted until November 19 or until the course is full.

For more information, contact Michael Parker at 857-895-0023.


January 11
March 22
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