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Farmer Business Fundamentals Course Details

Program dates & application deadline:

  • Dates for our Fall 2019 program will be announced in June.


Student schedule:

  • Business course students meet Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm.

  • Space is limited!


Topics covered:

  • Learn the components that comprise a resilient business plan

  • Look at the many ways you can get your products to market and evaluate which support your quality of life, business and financial goals

  • Be introduced to techniques to evaluate if a certain crop or product is actually making you money

  • Learn how to track your expenses and income to build balance sheets and cash flow statements

  • Be introduced to resources to finance your business

  • Learn how to leverage social media to build a brand and market your products

  • Know the requirements for Organic Certification and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)


Application process:

  • Applications are reviewed by the Education Manager, who will follow up to schedule an interview and farm tour.



  • The course cost is $500

  • Business partners may apply together, but must work on the same business plan in order to qualify to share the cost of the course


Skills desired:

  • This course is designed for growers who have production experience but are looking to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills.

Additional considerations:

  • The ideal candidates include those who will be:

    • planning to start a farm within the next two years

    • in the first couple years of running their own farm

    • wanting to change the structure of their enterprise.


Please contact Farmshare Austin with any questions about the program: 

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