Exploring the Small Farm Dream

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The Exploring the Small Farm Dream course is designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you.

  • When

  • Sept. 7, 14 & 21, 2017
    (6:00 - 9:00 PM)

  • Where

  • Paramount Co-op
    233 Merchant St.
    Ambridge, PA 15003

Farmer’s market vendors, farm stands, and u-pick fruit and vegetable farms are all agricultural businesses that started somewhere. Are you thinking about starting a farm business, but not sure how to get started?

Who Should Attend?

  • People seeking a career change into food or farming
  • Hobbyists & lifestyle farmers considering developing an informal pastime into a business activity
  • Individuals newly retired or planning for retirement who are thinking about starting a farm business
  • Immigrants with agricultural experience who wish to start farming in the U.S.
  • Recent high school or college graduates exploring a career in agriculture
  • People inheriting a farm or taking over a farm from a family member
  • People who worked as a field hand or an apprentice on a farm and are planning their own farm 

To Be Covered

  • Class discussions and activities based on the Exploring the Small Farm Dream workbook developed by the New England Small Farm Institute
  • Learn how to access agricultural resources for new and beginning farmers
  • Opportunities to connect with a local farm business owner, agricultural professionals, and others interested in new farm enterprises
  • Learn from qualified Penn State Extension Educators about business planning, risk management, and feasibility analysis


  • Session I: Self-Assessment and Researching the Farming Landscape
  • Session II: Assessing Resource and Risk
  • Session III: Decision-Making and Next Steps


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