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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 will offer again a series of short-courses for potential and beginner farmers related to agricultural entrepreneurship in summer 2021. You are encouraged to attend one or more events to get the most out of the content of the workshops. Our Spring classes have concluded but our Summer/Fall dates will be available in July and courses will be posted to the IFAS catalog HERE. Request a promotion coupon after your first enrollment to get a discount on other courses in the series (tatiana.sanchez@ufledu). These are hybrid courses where you will have access to the class materials for two weeks before attending a zoom or face-to-face class (TBD).

 

Ag Series

These short courses are offered in a partnership between UF/IFAS Extension, Farm Credit, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Workshop 1: Starting a Farm 
Course online access for two weeks followed by a Zoom class.

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
Course online access for two weeks followed by a Zoom class.

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
Online access for two weeks followed by a Zoom meeting.

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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