If you enjoy gardening, you might yearn to do what you love and make it into your job. But there’s a lot to know if you want to be a farmer.
Whether you want to supplement your income by selling what you grow, you’re dreaming of quitting your day job or you’re already a farmer, you can get help at Cornell University’s website for beginning farmers.
Online courses for aspiring, new and experienced farmers are being offered. The courses fill up fast and a few are already closed, so if you think you might be interested, check them out now.
The interactive six-week courses aim to connect you to the information and people you need to start a successful farm business or diversify your farm. They are led by experienced educators and farmers. Courses are $200 each.
Courses range from farming techniques to business practices. For example, “Berry Production – Getting Started with Growing and Marketing,” covers how to choose a site for berry farming, basic cultural demands of various berry crops, pests, post-harvest requirements of berries, considerations for successful marketing of berry crops, and how to analyze costs vs. expenses in order to incorporate them into a business plan.
Another course is “Taking Care of Business – Understanding the Business, Regulatory, and Tax Implications of Your Farm.”
Apart from the courses, the site offers free information in a “New Farmer Hub” that includes tutorials, videos and links to people who can help you develop your farm plans.
• Accessing and evaluating land
• Planning and funding your farm business
• Learning how to farm
• Choosing what to produce
• Selling what you produce
• Taking care of the land
• Achieving or improving profitability
• Understanding taxes and regulations