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Beginning Farmer - How to Plan, Support and Grow your Farm

Are you a beginning farmer, but eager to enhance and improve your management practices? Are you interested in starting a farm, but unsure of how to get started or where you can find help? Purdue Extension’s online Beginning Farmer Workshop can help put you on a path to success! During the series (January 12 – March 9), you’ll learn about the following:

  • Assessing your farming assets
  • Addressing the realities of starting a farm
  • 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! Program participants will have the opportunity to hear from Purdue Extension Educators and farmers on a range of topics including asset mapping, goal setting, technical assistance, finding resources, and more.

The workshop includes 8 sessions held Thursdays 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

Pre-registration is required with payment due by January 10, 2022, 11:59 pm EST. The program fee of $75 is payable by credit card on our secure server.

  • Session 1 –Orientation & Networking-1/12
  • Session 2 –Vision/Mission Statements -1/19
  • Session 3 –Biophysical Assets -1/26
  • Session 4 –Financial and Economic Assets - 2/2
  • Session 5 –Sociocultural Assets & Opportunities and Challenges to Your Farm - 2/9
  • Session 6: Setting Goals - 2/16
  • Session 7: Feasible Action Plans - 2/23

3/2 – No class - Indiana Small Farms conference in progress

  • Session 8: Forming Projects & Wrap-Up – 3/9

To further enhance the program there will be optional weekly discussion/information sessions – which will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm EST starting 1/17.

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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