In November 2021, University of New Hampshire contracted HMI to develop a Holistic Management Online Course for a cohort of LGBTQ+ farmers. This six-week online course, taught by HMI Certified Educator Ann Adams, covered key components of the Holistic Management® Framework including goal setting and on-farm/ranch decision-making, as well as key aspects of the Holistic Financial Planning process. The course began in February of 2022 and ran through the middle of March.
49 LGBTQ+ farmers registered for the course from all over the U.S. and Canada, and there was a 50% participation in the course with participants attending webinars and/or completing assignments.
75% of the participants surveyed said that what they learned from this course helped reduce their mental stress or increased their quality of life.
This on-demand course included three live, interactive webinars with guest speakers and breakout sessions.
Key learning that participants noted were:
- Planning for profit
- Gross Profit Analysis
- Holistic goal setting and decision testing
- Investing in logjams
- That financial things can be accessible
- New ways to approach decision making
- Allowing for more emphasis on social and environmental factors
- The importance of returning to and reflecting on a whole farm goal regularly
If you would like to be notified of additional training opportunities with this cohort, please contact HMI.