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Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Education opportunities

Agricultural Entrepreneurship

If you are interested in further developing your entrepreneurial skills for your agricultural business, we offer an annual series of short courses for potential and beginning farmers. You are encouraged to attend one or more events to get the most out of the content of the workshops. Our courses are posted to the IFAS catalog HERE. You can get a $5 discount per course when signing up for two or more courses. These are hybrid courses where you will have access to the class materials for two weeks before attending a live meeting. You may choose to attend the meeting via zoom or as a face-to-face class.

 

Ag Series

These short courses are offered in a partnership between UF/IFAS Extension, Farm Credit, Business Development consultant Mark Yarik and the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement.

Workshop 1: Starting a Farm – August 12th (online), August 26th (live meeting)
Online course access for two weeks followed by a live meeting (either via Zoom or at an alternative location TBD).

Articulate your vision and goals; assess your resources; evaluate the suitability and feasibility of farm enterprises; and learn about business structures, registration, and regulations.

Workshop 2: Farm Business Planning – September 9th (online), September 23rd (live meeting)
Online course access for two weeks followed by a live meeting (either via Zoom or at the Extension Office).

Conduct market research and a SWOT analysis. Develop a mission statement, marketing plan, operations plan, human resource plan, financial plan, and risk management plan.

Workshop 3: Marketing for your small farm – November 30th (online), December 14th (live meeting)
Online access for two weeks followed by a live meeting (either via Zoom or at the Extension Office).

Define a marketing strategy and competitive advantage, create promotional support, evaluate pros and cons of different types of market channels, take orders and accept payment online, selling through CSAs, farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-pick/agritourism, farm-to-school, and wholesale.

You can request to join our Ag Business listserv by emailing alachua@ifas.ufl.edu to be informed about future classes for beginner farmers. Please include in the email subject: Please add to Ag Business listserv.

Hands-on at NFREC-SV in Live Oak

For hands-on courses available on specific topics consult the Small Farms Academy website. You can also request to get added to their listserv by sending an email to Dilcia Toro at dtoro@ufl.edu or follow us on social through Facebook and Twitter.

Online options

Learning center by SARE – https://www.sare.org/Learning-Center
IFAS Catalog – https://ifas.catalog.instructure.com/

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