Thinking of creating a business on few acres of land (or your backyard garden) in 2017? If so, Exploring the Small Farm Dream can help you determine if your vision could become a reality. This course, developed by the New England Small Farm Institute, will be offered in a three-evening series from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 9, 23 and September 6, 2016, by the Penn State Extension Agricultural Entrepreneurship Team in cooperation with Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, in York, PA. Penn State is an affirmative action, equal opportunity university, and all interested individuals, regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability, are encouraged to attend. Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our office at (717) 921-8803 in advance of your participation or visit.
Whether you envision owning a farming or food business – selling cut flowers, growing heirloom tomatoes, raising free-range chickens, or making goat cheese – this course will provide the tools to start making that dream come true. Participants will discuss current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and develop an action plan for pursuing their entrepreneurial interests. This interactive course will include creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will allow you to accurately assess your skills and resources. Interviews with local agricultural business owners will also be included to provide first-hand knowledge about what to expect when starting your business.
The course will be held at the Horn Farm Center (4945 Horn Road, York, PA 17406) on Tuesday evenings, August 9, 23, and September 6, 2016, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. A registration fee of $125.00 per person, $200.00 per couple/partners covers all classes and materials. To register for this class, visit http://extension.psu.edu/events (search for event link using the keyword “Exploring”) or call the Penn State Extension Dauphin County Office, at (717) 921-8803 before Friday, July 29, 2016; class size is limited to the first 16 registrants. For more information concerning class content and activities, please contact Extension Educator Winifred McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (717) 921-8803.