Digging into Farming: Planning Your New Farm Business


P.O. Box 1875
Guelph ON N1H 7A1

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Between one week and 2 months



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Availability of Program:


In the spring and fall.

Agriculture Business:

Other Animal
Field Fruit and Vegetables
Poultry and Egg
Greenhouse, Nursery, Landscape and Floriculture
Tree Fruit and Vine
Other & Non-Traditional

Subject of Training:

Business Planning, Strategy and Structure

Digging Into Farming is a course designed to follow FarmStart’sExploring Your New Farm Dream course, where aspiring farmers are introduced to the opportunities and realities of farming and are asked to answer the question “Is Starting an Agricultural Business Right for Me?”

Digging Into Farming is a 3 day course for new farmers who have made the decision to farm and are at the stage of business planning. The course introduces participants to the different elements of starting and managing a new farm business: business goals, production, marketing, financial management, human resources, social responsibility, land access, business structure and regulations.

On Day 1, business planning topics will be introduced and key issues discussed, including developing the business vision.

On Day 2, a panel of successful farmers will present their first hand experiences and lessons learned in these different areas and participants will be introduced to critical resources and advisors that can help with farm planning and start-up.

Day 3 will review land access issues and key financial documents (i.e cash flow, income statement, statement of net worth) and guide participants in developing a New Farm Development Action Plan that outlines their next steps to making their farm dream a reality!


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For program information contact:

519 836 7046 x 104
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Alexandra English, Training and Resources Program Manager

Last Updated: 2013-05-09

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