Beginning a Successful Small Farm Operation

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Thinking of starting a new farming enterprise but not quite sure where or how to begin? Cornell Cooperative Extension can offer you training and resources to assist you in selecting an enterprise suited for success. An introductory course designed for small, part-time or prospective farmers will be held via Zoom from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

Topics to be covered:

Agriculture 101 – What constitutes a farm? An introduction to agriculture in WNY and an overview of agricultural terminology.

Basics of Soil & Plant Fertility – Soil is the foundation for your farming enterprise whether growing plants or raising livestock. Learn the basics of soil structure, health and fertility.

Basics of Farm Bookkeeping & Taxes – Participants will be introduced to financial systems available for use and explore tax related farm issues.

Selecting an Enterprise - Taking inventory of your “farm” resources and analyzing your marketing opportunities. Without these steps you could encounter a roadblock in your path to a successful farm enterprise. This session will help attendees find a match between their interests and available resources.

Pre-registration is required by October 1, 2020; space is limited to allow for interaction and engagement of students. Cost for the workshop is $65 for the series per farm enterprise. For more information or to pre-register contact Lynn Bliven (585) 268 7644 ext. 18 or email lao3@cornell.edu.

Once registered you will receive the Zoom link and handout materials for the training. New to Zoom? Don’t let that stop you from registering. We can help you get signed up and familiar with Zoom prior to class.


$65 for the series per farm enterprise


Lynn Bliven
Ag & Natural Resources Issue Leader
585-268-7644 ext 18


This event is online

Last updated September 3, 2020