Winter Business Intensive Field School 2022-23

November 10, 2022 @ 6:00PM — March 23, 2023 @ 6:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Jonesborough Farm Bureau: 1103 Boones Creek Rd Jonesborough, TN 37659 Get Directions

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Are you a beginning farmer? Join us to learn the business side of farming! Details below.

The workshops will be in person at Farm Bureau in Jonesborough, TN. View the complete schedule and detailed workshop descriptions here. Workshops will be taught by 20+ agricultural experts and beginning farmers. The program is based in East Tennessee with lots of location specific information to Tennessee residents and farmers. You must be able to drive to in-person workshops held in Jonesborough, TN.

Read more about the full benefits of the program at our website: arcd.org/field-school.

The registration price includes:

  • 8 in-person sessions held November – March on business planning, farm finances, and marketing
  • 20+ agricultural experts from USDA Extension, NRCS, Farm Service Agency and more, plus experienced farmers providing an insider’s look into their operations
  • A copy of the book Whole Farm Management and a printed resource binder with everything you need for the class.
  • Access to additional resources talked about in each class

Workshop Dates & Topics:

  1. Nov 10: Introductions & Getting Started
  2. Dec 1: Visioning Your Farm & Assessing Your Resources
  3. Dec 15: Farm Infrastructure & Natural Resource Plan
  4. Jan 12: Markets & Marketing
  5. Jan 26: Business & Financial Management
  6. Feb 9: Sustainable Production Planning
  7. Feb 23: Entrepreneurship & Risk Management
  8. Mar 9: Loans, Grants, & Support Programs

All workshops will be held from 6-9pm at Jonesborough Farm Bureau. The address for in person classes will be 1103 Boones Creek Rd. Jonesborough, TN 37659.

Scholarships Available! Please contact rosie@arcd.org if you are a veteran, minority farmer, or limited resource farmer (use this link to determine if you fall in this category: https://lrftool.sc.egov.usda.gov/DeterminationTool...) You may qualify for a full scholarship. We have a limited number available.

Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program (TAEP) Credits

The Field School Winter Business Intensive is accredited by the TN Dept of Agriculture, so graduates can qualify for up to 2 Education Credits toward the Producer Diversification Cost-Share Program. Education credits are good for up to 3 years from the end of the class. We are the first non-UT program to be accredited!


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This work is supported by the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Grant #2021-49400-35615 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Appalachian Resource Conservation & Development Council's workshops require advanced time, effort, and expense to plan and host. As such, it is policy of ARCD to issue refunds for registration fees only in the event that the workshop is cancelled or in extreme circumstances. In order to receive a refund for extreme circumstances, registrants must communicate with the workshop coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event so that their spot may be offered to someone on the waitlist. Refunds will not be issued after a workshop begins.

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