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BF 101: Starting at Square One
General Course Resources
FORUM: Introduce Yourself; Meet Your Peers
Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide
Navigating in Teachable; Getting a Course Completion Certificate; and More
Kiva US - 0% interest loans up to $15,000
Weekly Resources - Discussion and Webinar Connection Info
Weekly Webinar Link
Farm Start-up Plan Template
Skills Checklist for Beginning Farmers
FORUM: Open Discussion on Topics of Your Choice
Week 1: Resource Inventory and Skills Assessment
**Intro to the course: Please watch before our first webinar!**
First Webinar: Link, Slides, and Recording
FORUM: Readings and Reflections on the Challenges of Profitable Farming
FORUM: Vegetable Farm Decision Case
ASSIGNMENT and FORUM: Plan Your Farm Hub - Getting Started, pt I
Week 2: Values, Mission, Goals
Second Webinar: Link, Slides and Recording
ASSIGNMENT and FORUM: Plan Your Farm Hub - Getting Started, pt. II
If you want to go deeper: Holistic Goal Activities
Holistic Management: Decision-making Tools and Further Training
FORUM: What Does "Quality of Life" Mean to You?
Week 3: Accessing and Evaluating Land
Third Webinar: Link, Slides, and Recording
ASSIGNMENT 1 and FORUM: Plan Your Farm - Accessing & Evaluating Land
Resources for Preparing for and Finding Land
Recommended Reading: Why Do White People Own 98% of Farmland? And Why Should We All Care?
ASSIGNMENT 2 and FORUM: Scale of Permanence
More on Soils and Soil Testing
FORUM: Sharing Your Emails with Each Other; Connecting Outside of Class
Week 4: Choosing What to Produce
Farm Financing Quick Survey - please complete this week!
ASSIGNMENT and FORUM: Plan Your Farm - Choosing What to Produce
Resources on Various Farm Enterprises
Checking in on the Farm Start-up Template
ACTIVITY and FORUM: Testing Your Decisions
Week 5: Production Skills and Financing Your Farm
ASSIGNMENT 1: Plan Your Farm Hub - Learning How to Farm and Financing a Farm
Your Responses to the Farm Financing Survey
When Am I a Farm?
FORUM: Farm Financing Options
One More Creative Strategy to Finance Farm Operations!
How-to Videos from the Small Farms Program
Building a Mentor Team for Success
ASSIGNMENT 2 and FORUM: Support Network and Further Training
Week 6: Wrapping it All Up
ASSIGNMENT and FORUM: What's Next?
Top Lessons Learned and Mistakes Made by New Farmers
Post-Course Survey: Complete for a Chance to Win!
Staying Connected After This Course Ends + a Special Offer!
Multiple Income Streams from Mushroom Cultivation: Alisa Javits of Sugarshack Mushrooms + 2 BF 101 student presentations
Latino-run Vegetable CSA Operation with a Unique Land Access Arrangement: Carlos Aguilera, Westhaven Farm
Scaling up a Regenerative Farm Business, Key Lessons Learned: Garrett Miller of Finger Lakes Cider House and Good Life Farm
One Military Veteran's Path to Creating a Diversified Farm: Tricia Park, Creekside Meadows
Farming without Owning Anything! Electra Jarvis, Green Food Solutions
Community Farms and Social Justice: Rafa Aponte of Rocky Acres Farm
Scaling Up, Cooperative Farms, and the Power of Planning: Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm
Herb Farming, Value-Adding and Multiple Income Streams: Amanda David of Rootwork Herbals
Lavender & Flower Farming: Susan Orellana-Clark of Bristol Hills Farm
Veggie Farming with a Mission to Feed LGBTQ+ Folks: D. Rooney of Rock Steady Farm
Successful Diversified Business with Dairy Goats: Joyce of Acorn Hill Farm
Urban Farming with a Mission: Brendan of Red Hook Farm
ASSIGNMENT and FORUM: What's Next?
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