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This course was started through generous grants from and is now co-sponsored by:

Holistic Mgmt. Int'l



Whole Farm Planning
Certificate Course
Fall 2016- Spring 2017

CT NOFA's Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course is a multi-week, intensive training course for farmers who aspire to improve their business and farm management practices.

farm_sign_vegetables.jpgAlong with passion, drive and very hard work, creating and growing asustainable farm business requires expert training and planning. CT NOFA's Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course is designed to help you realize the farm of your dreams by teaching the business and planning skills needed to run farms sustainably and profitably. Farmer and lead instructor Sherry Simpson has trained farmers to run successful businesses for seven years through intensive classroom and hands-on training. 

This year's 10-session course starts Nov 19*, 2016 and occurs approx. every three weeks on Saturdays through May 13, 2017.

Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course Curriculum

  • Orientation & Holistic Goal Setting
  • Time Management & HM/HG Review
  • Financial Planning I
  • Financial Planning II
  • Marketing Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Leadership & Communication
  • Land Planning
  • Grazing Planning
  • Biomonitoring & Soil Fertility

Upon successful course completion, participants will receive a Whole Farm Planning Certificate from CT NOFA.

  • Course tuition is $650 per farm (farmers and their partners are encouraged to attend together). Payment plans are available.
  • Limited partial scholarships are available; please note your interest on the application form.
  • Past Beginning Women Farmer course graduates may sign up to take a single class at any time to refresh their skills and share their success stories.

2016-2017 Schedule Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course (*revised schedule, as of Oct 25)

November 19: Orientation & Overview of Holistic Management (CFPA)
December 3 :  Time Mgmt. & Holistic Management Review (CFPA)
January 7:
Financial Planning I (CFPA)
January 28 : Financial Planning II (CFPA)
February 18 : Business Planning Basics (CFPA)
March 11:
Creating a Marketing Plan (CFPA)
April 1:
Leadership & Communication Skills (On-farm location TBD)
April 22: Land & Infrastructure Planning(On-farm location TBD)
May 13 : Grazing Planning (On-farm location TBD)
May 27: Soil Fertility Basics & Enviro. Impact (On-farm location TBD)

Class times are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm but may vary slightly depending on the location. CFPA = Conn. Forest and Park Association, 16 meridan Road, Rockfall, CT

APPLY NOW (Click Here): Course enrollment very limited. Please use this form to apply and pay for the WFP Course. We will confirm your acceptance via email. Questions can be addressed to CT NOFA staff at: organic@ctnofa.org or 203-308-2584.

PLEASE APPLY ASAP ~ All Applications due ASAP to ensure your best chances of acceptance.

For questions about this course, please email CT NOFA staff at: organic@ctnofa.org or leave a message at the office: 203-308-2584.

MORE ABOUT THE COURSE:

CT NOFA’s Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course teaches farmers the business and planning skills they need to run their farms sustainably and profitably.

Creating and growing a sustainable farm business requires expert training and planning along with passion, drive and very hard work. CT NOFA’s Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course is designed to help you – the 68% of new farmers who didn’t grow up on a farm - realize the farm of your dreams.

CT NOFA’s Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course has trained new and experienced farmers to run successful farms for seven years through intensive classroom and hands-on training with successful, seasoned mentors excited to share their wisdom and best practices.

Lead instructor and farmer Sherry Simpson has been the co-coordinator of Holistic Mananagement's Beginning Women Farmers program for the past five years. CT NOFA has partnered with Holistic Management International for six years to implement the Beginning Women Farmer (BWF) Program. This year we are expanding the program to serve all experienced and aspiring farmers dedicated to growing their businesses into sustainable, profitable enterprises with the Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course.

Along with her husband Art Talmadge, Simpson runs Cranberry Hill Farm, a small, sustainable farm in Ashford Connecticut. Simpson and Talmadge credit their Holistic Management International training with completely transforming the way they farm and will share many of their own experiences during the class, which Talmadge co-teaches. Cranberry Hill Farm was named a "Heritage Farm" by the New England Heritage Breeds Conservancy in 2005 in recognition of their devotion to raising heritage breeds of livestock and heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.


PARTICIPANT TESTIMONY:

This training reinforces my belief in farming as a sustainable lifestyle that is beneficial not only to my immediate family, but to the environment and the community as well. It relieves the anxiety of “fear of failure” as a beginning farmer and builds confidence and concrete business skills at the beginning stage.” Min Tang-Schomer, 2014-2015 course participant

"Both the course content as well as the course "community" were extremely helpful for me as a new farmer. The course helped me to create the farm that works for me from both a manageability and profitability point of view." - Debra 2015-2016 course participant

Program results and participant comments from the 2014/2015 Beginning Women Farmer Program, which enjoyed a 96% average satisfaction rating for all sessions, can be viewed here.

 

CT NOFA
126 Derby Avenue, Derby, CT 06418

phone: (203) 308-2584

ctnofa@ctnofa.org