What You Will Learn
Become a stronger farm owner, operator, and entrepreneur. This six-month series will support you in:
- Learning the importance and process of keeping good financial records
- Understanding your farm, your brand, and your market
- Gain a deeper understanding of historical inequities in agriculture and financial systems
- Developing support systems to navigate old and new resources.
This primarily virtual course structure is:
- Weekly instructional emails launched on Monday morning from November 21st, 2022– May 30th, 2023
- 10 pre-recorded video lectures are provided from November 2022-April 2023
- Live engagement sessions with BIPOC experts in areas of social justice, Black Agrarianism, Urban Farming, Accounting, Finance, Lending and Marketing will be provided for each of 10 modules.
- A shared google folder for all registered students will house each module information. Individual students will receive a private, personal google file for uploading course assignments.
- Option to attend an in-person farm production session either in Detroit area, Genesee County, or West Michigan and learn directly from agricultural experts.
- Opportunity to schedule a 1-on-1 session with a Farm Expert to get individual farm support.
The virtual course modules will consist of short videos to watch, links to readings, other online resources, and digital assignments supporting learning in: concept design, harvest and inventory control, risk management insurance, funding and lending resources, history of race and equity in agriculture, navigating biased, and imperfect systems to create a pathway of farm success, budgeting and benchmarking and much more!
Each module will contain 1.5 hours of content with 1 hour of Zoom live participation. 100% participation is encouraged, 50% or more participation is required to complete the course and receive a stipend. The entire series offers 30 total hours of content including instruction, conversation, reading and assignments total. This content would require 5 hours per month of each participant to gain the skills of operating a successful farm business.
This material is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RMA22CPT0012390.