Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program: Women Farmers in New York


Beginning Women Farmers in New York are Making Strides with Gained Knowledge


NY beginning women farmers discussing infrastructure and development in our Land Planning class.

Our Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program in New York is open to beginning women farmers/ranchers/land managers who want to learn how to holistically manage their business. Our ten-day course is taught over approximately 5 months, meeting on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4 pm. There will be time in class to network with others and get feedback on class assignments.

Participants will develop a draft business plan, a whole farm/ranch goal, as well as both financial and marketing plans while learning how to improving time management, leadership, and communication skills.

HMI is pleased to announce that our Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program qualifies for FSA Borrower Training Credit in New York. Find out more here.

But don’t sit on the fence… space is limited, so register today!

2016 Agenda

Oneonta, NY
9:30am – 4:00pm each day

Jan. 9, 2016: Session One – Introduction to Whole Farm Planning
Jan. 16, 2016:Session Two – Decision Making & Time Management
Jan. 30, 2016:Session Three – Increasing Farm Profitability
Feb. 13, 2016: Session Four – Creating a Whole Farm Financial Plan
Feb. 27, 2016: Session Five – Creating a Marketing Plan
March 12, 2016: Session Six – Business Planning Basics
April 2, 2016: Session Seven – Leadership & Communication Skills
April 30, 2016: Session Eight – Land & Infrastructure Planning
May 14, 2016: Session Nine – Improving Land Health with Livestock & Soil Building
May 28, 2016: Session Ten – Soil Fertility Basics & Environmental Impact

For more information about the program, contact NY Beginning Women Farmers Program Coordinator Sarah Williford
845-264-2401, [email protected]

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HMI has received funding to support this program which allows us to offer pricing on a sliding scale of $150-$500 per person. If you are able to pay within this scale, please register by clicking on the button to the right.

If you need financial assistance with the minimum $150 fee, a limited number of full and partial scholarships are also available. Find out more here.

Please bring a sack lunch as meals are not provided.

Registration closes:  Jan. 3, 2016
Scholarship deadline:  Dec. 1, 2015


Classroom learning compliments the on-the-land exercises in our Beginning Farmer/Rancher Training Program.

Classroom learning compliments on-the-land exercises in our Beginning Farmer/Rancher Training Program.

Our course instructors are Holistic Management Certified Educators. Many of them farm or ranch themselves, and all have a proven track record teaching practical skills you can really use. You’ll find them to be knowledgeable, accessible, and approachable. All Certified Educators go through a rigorous training program and are dedicated to maintaining the highest professional standards.




Many thanks to CADE for their collaboration with this series.

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