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Beginning Farmers in New York 2018: Harness the Power of Holistic Management

  • Hudson Valley Farm Hub 1875 Hurley Mountain Road Hurley, NY, 12443 United States (map)

Harness the Power of Holistic Management
Meet the New Face of Agriculture
January 24, 2018 – May 16, 2018

  • Only $700 for this 10 Session Certificate Course
  • 2nd Person From Same Farm Only $300
  • Payment Plan and Scholarships Available
  • FSA Training Credit Approved
  • Limited Spots – Register Today!

Our Beginning Farmer Program in New York is open to new and seasoned farmers/ranchers/land managers who want to learn how to holistically manage their business.

Program graduates will walk away with the network, skills and confidence needed to build successful, sustainable agricultural enterprises, as well as a Certificate of successful completion. Our Holistic Management  curriculum focuses on business planning skills, time management, soil fertility management, and profitable sustainable livestock and crop farming practices.

The Program

Classroom learning complements on-the-land exercises in our Beginning Farmer Training Program. There will be time in class to network with others and get feedback on class assignments.

Participants will develop a whole farm goal, a draft business plan,  as well as both financial and marketing plans while learning how to improving time management, leadership, and communication skills.  You will receive a certificate for successful completion of this course.

Our course includes 60 hours of training across ten sessions and, due to its popularity, we encourage you to register early.

Agenda and Locations

Our ten-day course is taught over approximately 5 months, meeting on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 4 pm.  The first 7 classes meet at Hudson Valley Farm Hub, 1875 Hurley Mountain Rd, Hurley, NY 12443.  The final 3 classes will be at nearby farms for interactive on-the-land learning.

Jan 24: Intro to Holistic Management, Creating Your Holistic Goal
Create a Whole Farm Inventory to better understand the “Whole Under Management” and draft a Holistic Goal for the farm which will guide future decisions

Jan 31:  Time Managemen, Testing Decisions
Create a Time Management Plan to be sure all the tasks for every enterprise can happen without crowding and overlap.  Learn to test decisions towards the Holistic Goal to minimize unintended consequences.

Feb 7:  Financial Planning 1  
Create a Holistic Financial Plan for the farm, analyze each enterprise and the month-to-month cash flow, and learn how to plan for profit.

Feb 21: Financial Planning 2
Create a Holistic Financial Plan for the farm, analyze each enterprise and the month-to-month cash flow, and learn how to plan for profit.

March 7: Business Planning
Create a Business Plan that helps focus the operation and can be used for borrowing and seeking investment

March 21: Marketing
Learn different marketing strategies and create a Marketing Plan that supports the Holistic Goal.

April 4: Leadership and Communication  
Learn to communicate better with others, build an effective management team and become a better leader.

April 18: Land Planning
Learn how to create landscapes and infrastructure for maximum ease and productivity; create a Holistic Land Plan and learn how to implement it in conjunction with the financial plan.

May 2: Grazing  
Discover how animals impact the land and how to maximize positive effects by creating a Holistic Grazing Plan.

May 16: Soil Health
Learn about Ecosystem Processes and the effect different tools have depending on the climate. Learn to read the land and create a Biological Monitoring Plan that provides information for better decision making.

Earlier Event: December 13
Empire State Barley and Malt Summit
Later Event: January 27
CCE Delaware: Winter Sowing Workshop