What Is NC Farm School?
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Entering into a new agricultural venture is risky business, whether a producer is diversifying, transitioning, or expanding an existing operation. What if you are aspiring to become a farmer, or trying to figure out what to do with idle property to earn income. NC Farm School is an entrepreneurial program that developed in response to NC residents with those very concerns. If you have a great idea and are serious about getting starting a new agribusiness the 2023 Piedmont NC Farm School might be for you.
Taught by NC State University Extension Specialists, Extension agents, and experienced farmers, NC Farm School is made up of business sessions, field days, and group facilitation to guide participants in developing their idea into a sound business plan over a four-month period. Starting a farm requires strategic planning. Knowing what to do first and where to apply your time is important. Knowing your local resources, markets, and developing a community network are important steps.
The seminar is comprised of 8 sessions, held every other week in the evening between February-May. Topics range from goal setting, resource development, financial management, risk management and effective marketing strategies. In addition to the specialized curriculum, participants will review case studies, enterprise budgets, marketing guidelines, and offer instructional help. Six day-long field trips to working farms are led by innovative, experienced farmers, and agricultural professionals. The goal is to have a functional business plan and clear understanding of how to get started, what it will take to grow a profitable and sustainable business.
Program cost is $399 per person or $599 per pair. Applications are being accepted. Classes, in-person or virtual, will be held at the Stanly County AgriCivic Center which is capped at 30. Anson, Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly, and Union are the focus areas but applicants need not be limited to these counties. There is a virtual NC Farm School interest meeting planned through Zoom for Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6 p.m. Please contact email@example.com to receive an invitation link.