We’re helping their field of dreams come true. The USDA has identified a need for an additional 100,000 farmers in the next five years, so the need for effective training programs is immense. That’s why the USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program awarded HMI 2 three-year training grants totaling almost $1.2 million to train these new farmers and ranchers. While the grants are over, additional partners and funders are providing more training in new locations so we can still offer scholarships to eligible students.
This certificate program educates and empowers agricultural newcomers (with 10 or less years of farming/ranching experience) to build successful businesses by applying Holistic Management principles and practices. Learn and implement all the skills you need for a successful farm or ranch including soil fertility practices, livestock production, grazing planning, financial planning, marketing and business planning, whole farm/ranch planning skills, leadership and communications skills.
- Holistic Management whole farm/ranch goalsetting and on-farm/on-ranch decision-making
- Create a whole farm/ranch financial plan
- Increase business profitability with enterprise analysis tools
- Business planning basics
- Create a marketing plan
- Improving time management
- Understand soil fertility basics and how to implement
- Plan land and infrastructure for increased profit
- Improve land health & sustainable soil building techniques
- Grazing planning for increased forage production
Our past program students have demonstrated remarkable achievements when they apply what they’ve learned to their farms and ranches:
- Up to a 39% increase in gross revenue
- Improved record keeping systems
- Achieved financial goals
- Improved on-farm/ranch decision making
- Improved marketing skills
- Improved animal health
- Increased forage production
- Examine enterprise’s environmental impact
- Introduce leadership/communication skills
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Fee and Financial Assistance
- Fees vary per region
- Eligible for the HMI Terry Gompert Memorial Scholarship
- *Qualifies for FSA Borrower Training Credit in various USA states
Cancellation Policy Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the course start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received up to 14 days prior to an event start date will receive a 40% refund. No refunds will be given otherwise, unless in the event of dire emergency. This policy is required due to financial obligations incurred by HMI in planning these events. We appreciate your understanding.
HMI is proud to have worked with the following collaborators:
- CT NOFA
- Women’s Agriculture Network
- Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
- Small & Beginning Farmers of NH
- University of New Hampshire Extension
- Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship
- Vermont New Farmer Project
- Vermont Women’s Ag Network
- University of Vermont Extension
- Sustainable Food Center
- Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers Association
- California Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture
- Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District
- Valley Food Partnership
- Farmers & Ranchers Freedom Alliance
What Students Had to Say About the
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training They Received:
“Being involved with this program has been significant for me — It’s given me a completely new approach to planning for my own land and farming aspirations.” – Jessie Schmidt, First Branch Farm
“Having a network of other women with similar passion and value is priceless. There is a wealth of information and experience we have been able to share – and will continue to share. We see a path to sustainability/profit and meeting our holistic goal.” – Kathy Harris, Full Expression Farm
“Thank you so much for your HMI program! I will never be the same. My heart has found “my place”. These tools gained have totally enhanced my life and my small farm to be sustainable. I can hardly wait to see what happens on this adventure.” – Joanna Lewis Goldman, The Farmer’s Daughter
At HMI we don’t just measure the number of people we train, but the impact we’ve had on their lives and their farms and ranches. Here are results from our first three-year program in which we trained beginning women farmers.
Results From our 2014/2015 Series*:
- 75% Increased Satisfaction with Time Management
- 59% Increased Satisfaction with Quality of Life
- 69% Increased Satisfaction with Communication
- 21% Reduced Farm Expenses
- 100% Intend to complete/modify a financial plan
- 96% Reported Change in Record Keeping Procedures
- 91% Reported Monitoring Annual Income and Expenses
- 83% Prioritizing and Cutting Expenses as Needed
- 78% Determining Profit and Capping Expenses
- 92% Increased Network
- 57% Experienced Increased Net Income
- 35% Experienced Gross Revenue Increase
* These percentages are only of students who responded to the survey.
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We’ve been teaching Holistic Management and sustainable agriculture to farmers and ranchers for over 30 years. Read more about our Impact in our blog.