Make a Decision & Take Next Steps

Planning & Getting Assistance with Your Next Steps:

New Farmer Q&A – This webpage features excellent information and links for beginning farmers.

Helpful Organizations – The state and regional organizations here provide services to both beginning and established farmers and are an excellent source of information about local resources and programs in your area.

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course Sponsors – Even if you did not take a course, if one of these organizations is in your area, contact them to learn about their programs and services for beginning farmers.

Farm Business Start-up Checklist   (Adobe Reader required) – A “to-do” list of tasks to accomplish before you open your farm business.

“Tilling the Soil of Opportunity” – An agricultural business planning course created by the NxLeveLTM Education Foundation. Follow their links to see if there is a course offered in your region.

Small Business Development Centers – Find your local SBDC to inquire about non-farm-specific business courses.

British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries – This website features sample business plans, hundreds of enterprise budgets, depreciation calculators, and much more.

Sample Business Planning Guides from BC Ministry of Ag – Offers workbooks with sample business plans for a variety of enterprises.

Northeast Workers on Organic Farms (NEWOOF) – A listing of on-farm apprenticeship opportunities offered on organic and ‘sustainable’ farms in the Northeast.

Other Programs Linking People & Farms – Links and contact information for on-farm training opportunities elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad.

ATTRA – A national listing of apprenticeship opportunities on “sustainable” farms.

FarmCentre New Farmer Resources – A wide range of resources for new farmers in Canada. Many are useful to new farmers anywhere.

Land Link Programs – Links to programs that connect people with land to those who are looking for land, in the Northeast and elsewhere.

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