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January 20, 2009 - 12:25pm

Learn more about starting your own farm

posted by Jan Beglinger in farms, agriculture, Cornell Cooperative Extension, farm.

New to Farming in New York?  Take the Beginning Farmer On-line Course.

Beginning in February, the NY Beginning Farmer Project in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold its next on-line course for new farmers throughout New York State.  The course is designed to help plan new agriculture enterprises, and this is a great time of year to start planning!  The course allows you to work at your own pace. You can give the class as much time as you want - a minimal three hours per week allows time to read the material, explore some resources, respond to course assignments and interact with CCE educators.
Part one:  Evaluating Yourself, Your Land, and Choosing an Enterprise starts February 18, 2009 and lasts five weeks.
Part two:  Marketing and Profits, is six weeks long and begins March 18.
Both courses can be taken independently or in sequence.  There are only a few requirements for this on-line course - a reliable Internet connection, an email account, and the ability to access the class throughout the week.  Course participants are required to work through assignments on-line at http://beginningfarmers.cce.cornell.edu/
Complete registration information is available on-line at www.cce.cornell.edu/chenango.
The Beginning Farmer On-line Course will be taught by educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension, and both courses will incorporate real-time interaction and learning.  Space is limited!  Cost is $100 per course or $150 for both.

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