Plan Your Farm Hub
free tutorials to get started planning a small farm business
Ready to Plan your Farm?
This free self-paced course guides you through videos, readings, and planning activities to help you take the first step toward developing your farm plans. This course also serves as the primary "textbook" for BF 101: Starting at Square One, an instructor-led course which offers the opportunity to meet other new farmers, hear from successful producers, get your questions answered, and get feedback on your farm plans.
Work through the following topics in order and you’ll have a solid foundation for the start of your farm business.
Aspiring/Beginner/Start-up - This free course is for people who are exploring the social, emotional, financial, and ecological aspects of operating a farm business.
Erica owns and operates Shelterbelt Farm, a diversified operation with lambs, cattle, an orchard, high tunnels, an apiary, and overnight accommodations in Brooktondale, NY. She also manages online courses for the Cornell Small Farms Program.
StartEvaluating Land and Facilities for Farming
StartHow Do I Get Access to Land for Farming?
StartACTIVITY: Scale of Permanence
StartSoils: Type and Testing
StartSoils: What Does "Soil Health" Really Mean?
StartMacroclimate: Growing Degree Days, Precipitation and Other Considerations
StartMicroclimate: From Lakes to Frost Pockets
StartMapping Farm Land: Google Earth Tutorials
StartQuiz Yourself: Land Evaluation