Penn State Extension offers Course for those Exploring the Small Farm Dream
Date: March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 2014
Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Location: Lehigh County Agriculture Center
4184 Dorney Park Rd
Allentown, PA 18104
Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? This is the course for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” bridges the gap between ideas and action by guiding you through an exploratory decision making process. It is geared towards career changers and farm newbies who what to break into agricultural pursuits, as well as farm apprentices interested in launching their own farm business start-ups.
The Explorer course takes a learner-centered approach to exploring agriculture as a career. As a participant in the course, you will be guided through an in depth self-assessment process, designed to help you identify the specific aptitudes, interests, skills and resources that you can bring to your new farm business. You will receive support through the process of researching opportunities in agriculture. And you will meet other serious gardeners, livestock enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs who are also asking themselves, “is farming right for me?”
Expect creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources. You will interview local farm-business owners that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
Included in your registration is “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” a workbook developed by the New England Small Farm Institute, twelve hours of detailed instruction and class exercises led by Extension Educators and successful, local farmers, and supplemental handouts and literature. Refreshments provided at each session.
To register visit http://extension.psu.edu/