Business Planning Course for Farmers Now Open

Are you ready to Re-strategize your Farm’s Business…?
…then it’s time to “press the pause button” and give yourself the time to refresh your thinking, connect with other farmers, reconnect with the reasons you got into farming, crunch some numbers, and get on (or get back on) the path toward sustaining yourself doing what you love. Registration for NxLevel™ Tilling the Soil of Opportunity, a business planning course tailored for Maine farmers, is now open. The instructor, Jed Beach of FarmSmart Business Services, has designed this course for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Maine Farms for the Future Program. The course is certified to provide Farm Service Agency (FSA) Borrower Training Credit.

In six sessions, you will:
●    Update your business goals – compare where you are now with where you want to be
●    Determine which crops are helping or hindering your goals
●    Evaluate existing & potential markets
●    Improve your time & people management skills
●    Create production and marketing plans that meet your goals
●    Evaluate potential financing opportunities and identify your best options
●    Write your new business plan – then make it a reality!

You will hear stories from practicing farmers and guest speakers who are experts in agricultural business, production and marketing. And, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other experienced growers including the farmers in the Maine Farms for the Future Program.

Each session begins at 9. Classes are held at the Kennebec Valley Community College – Farm Center in Hinckley and multiple farm/family members may attend. You can sign up for all six sessions, or register only for those sessions that are of most interest to you. You can also participate remotely via ZOOM for any or all sessions.

COURSE DATES: 12/12, 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27
$275 per farm for all six sessions or $50 per session
Click here to view more detailed information, including curriculum outlines for each session.

Here’s what some of last year’s participants had to say about the course:
“Worth every penny = take it.”
“This is the best option you have in Maine.”
“I would encourage them to take it no matter what their experience level is.”
“Do it”.
Contact Jed Beach, FarmSmart Business Services jed@farmsmartmaine.com or 207-370-9238.