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Whole Farm Planning Course

This essential course will walk you through the steps to prepare a well thought out plan for your land, life, and business. Use a whole systems lens to create a living plan for your farm future, designing for capacity and sustainability.


Covering these primary topics:

  • Sustainability Concepts

  • Whole Farm Planning

  • Evaluating Resources

  • Enterprise Assessment

  • Marketing Strategies

  • Crop Production

  • Sustainable & Diversified Livestock Production

  • Equipment & Facilities

  • Enterprise Budgets

  • On-Farm Field Trips

Course Description

This course will guide new and intermediate farmers through a series of steps to develop a whole farm plan. Whether you are just starting a farm or ranch or are needing to refine your operation, this course is for you! In this course you will: set/refine your personal and farm business goals, assess physical, financial, and personal resources available to you, and explore production enterprises that are the best fit for you and your land. You'll leave the course with a whole farm plan and a better understanding of how to make your farm a success. Participants will be exposed to a variety of farming and ranching systems, network with other participants, get exposure to local resources, hear from experienced farmers, and visit local farms (please see the complete schedule below). This course will be offered in multiple locations throughout Idaho.


Who Should Take This Course?

Beginning or intermediate farmers and ranchers! This course is for those who have decided to make some or all of their livelihood from farming and are actively planning to start or expand their small farm or ranch within a few years. You do not, however, need to have land or know what you will grow. Exploring the opportunities is what we want to help you do.

Course Materials

Participants will receive a variety of course materials including the latest copies of research-backed publications, activity sheets, budgeting tools, and more. Participants will need to purchase course textbooks or request them from their local library before the January 18th class session. 2020 textbooks include: The Market Gardener by J.M. Fortier, Sustainable Small-Scale Livestock by C. Ekarius, and Farming Alternatives by Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Next Course Offering: 2025

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