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January 2016

Starting January 9th and ending May 28th, 2016
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program: Women Farmers in New York
Location: Oneonta, NY

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. Visit information and registration for the 2016 program. The deadline is December 13, 2015. The registration fee is based on a sliding scale and a limited number of scholarships are also available. The sessions will begin in January and will take place in the Oneonta area. For more information about the program, contact NY Beginning Women Farmers Program Coordinator Sarah Williford at 845-264-2401 or

Starting January 14 and ending March 17, 2016
Every Thursday from 6pm-9pm
Farm Business Planning Course
Location: Ithaca, NY

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will once again be conducting a 10-week Farm Business Planning Course, beginning in January 2016, for those interested in developing an agriculturally-related business concept by working directly with farm business instructors and a team of farmer educators.

Through the Course, students will learn about some of the core pieces of planning for a farm business: setting appropriate goals, matching production to market strategy, and assessing feasibility. The Course will also cover basic financial and accounting concepts, the legalities of farming, and sources of financing. Students consistently report that the greatest part of the Course is the opportunity work with farmer-reviewers and course instructors to outline goals, develop strategies for achieving their goals and get feedback on their business plans. Course instructors include Leslie Ackerman (Alternatives FCU Business CENTS program), Monika Roth (Ag Program Leader, CCE-Tompkins County), Matt LeRoux (Ag Marketing Specialist, CCE-Tompkins County), and Devon Van Noble (Incubator Manager, Groundswell Center).

In order to successfully complete this class, students are expected to have at least one year of hands-on farming experience; a clear business concept in progress or ready to launch within a year; enough time to fully commit to an intensive 10-week course requiring substantial outside research and homework. It is not a requirement that students own land or have the financial resources to buy land: this course will explore opportunities to lease land for farming in the Tompkins County area, and to find farm loans through commercial/agriculture lenders or through local "Slow Money" investors. To apply or learn more, please visit:

January 22-24, 2016
2016 NOFA-NY Winter Conference
Saratoga Hilton and City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
The 34th Annual Organic Farming and Garden Conference: Good Hard Work: Ecosystems, Economics, Energy and Equity

Keynote speakers will be Rosalinda Guillen, a widely recognized farm worker and rural justice leader who works to build a broader base of support for rural communities and sustainable agriculture policies that ensure equity and healthy communities for farm workers, and Kathie Arnold, 2016 NOFA-NY Farmer of the Year. The full program can be found at:

January 30, 2016
Grow Well, Eat Well, NOFA NH 14th Annual Winter Conference
Rundlett Middle School, 144 South Street, Concord, NH

For more information and to register, visit:





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