Beginning Farmer

Are you interested in starting a farm, but unsure of how to get started or where you can find help? Are you a farmer, but eager to enhance and improve your management practices?  Purdue Extension’s online Beginning Farmer Workshop can help put you on a path to success! During the series (January 13 – March 10), you’ll learn about addressing the realities of starting a farm by:

• Assessing your farming assets
• Defining realistic goals
• Creating feasible plans to achieve your goals

Outside the weekly workshop sessions, you’ll complete individual work to give you a clear perspective on planning farm projects and moving forward with confidence! Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Purdue Extension Educators on a range of topics, including asset mapping, goal setting, finding resources, and more.

The workshop includes 8 sessions held from 7:00- 8:30 pm EST.

Session dates are below. Participants register for the entire program, not individual sessions. To learn more about the program, including registration and refund policies, visit

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Pre-registration is required with payment by January 10, 2022.

The program fee of $75 is payable by credit card on our secure server.

  • Session 1 –Orientation & Networking-1/13
  • Session 2 –Vision/Mission Statements -1/20
  • Session 3 –Biophysical Assets -1/27
  • Session 4 –Financial and Economic Assets - 2/3
  • Session 5 –Sociocultural Assets & Opportunities and Challenges To Your Farm - 2/10
  • Session 6: Setting Goals - 2/17
  • Session 7: Feasible Action Plans - 2/24
  • Note that no session will occur 3/3 during Indiana Small Farm Conference
  • Session 8: Forming Projects & Wrap-Up – 3/10

Thanks to the support of the Indiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Office of Community Affairs, funds from the Rural Road to Recovery Initiative are being targeted to support the participation of individuals for free. Please contact for registration information or call 812-369-3243.  Priority for the fee waiver is being given to historically underserved audiences (people of color, limited economic resources, and/or military veterans).  A limited number of fee waivers are available, so register as soon as possible to take advantage of this great opportunity.

If you require special accommodations to attend this event or have any questions about this event, please email Amy Thompson–

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

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