Young Agrarians presents the Business Bootcamp for New Farmers! This online, community-based program will give you the space and skills to write a stellar business plan for the farm of your dreams.
BUSINESS BOOTCAMPS START UP AGAIN IN FALL 2021!
We will be running another round of the Business Bootcamp in Fall 2021. Sign up for the Young Agrarians newsletter to be the first to find out about it!
The Business Bootcamp will cover everything from writing a mission statement to creating a financial plan to defining a marketing strategy. In this program you will have the opportunity to:
- Write a farm business plan
- Get insights from experts on your farm business
- Get to know others in farm start-up
- Get ideas and inspiration from your peers
- Get set up to access capital
This program is open to all new and aspiring farmers with the goal being to write (or rewrite) a business plan for a farm enterprise. The Business Bootcamp is a great place to explore the viability of your farm dream, figure out details for your first growing season, or to investigate adding another enterprise to your current farm. Having at least one full season of farming experience is advised for participants. All production types are welcome!
The Business Bootcamp is limited to 30 people so make sure to register soon.
Not sure if the Business Bootcamp is right for you? Reach out to Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Business Bootcamp for New Farmers is a ten-week program, packed full of content and activities that will guide you through writing your farm business plan. Each week will include pre-recorded videos, a worksheet and a 2-hour online session (Monday and Thursday evenings, 7–9pm MT).
We have carefully selected an exceptional team of course instructors to help you get your farm off the ground! Learn from these amazing first-generation farmers and business experts:
- Shelby Montgomery
- Kyla Pascal
- Matt Hill (Business Link)
- Seth Leon (Alberta Community and Co-operative Association)
- Thanushi Eagalle (Wild Bee Florals)
- Shauna Fidler (Design Farm)
- Lourdes Still (Masagana Flower Farm)
- Mike Kozlowski (Steel Pony Farm)
- Blake Hall (Prairie Gold Pastured Meats)
- Andrew Rosychuck (Rosy Farm)
- Chris Bodnar (Close to Home Organics)
- Soniel Gordon (Sunny Boy Farm)
- Tad Hargrave (Marketing for Hippies)
- Laurie Trigg (Backwoods Buffalo Ranch)
- Lydia Carpenter (Luna Field Farm)
- Michelle Rigney (AFSC)
- Jianyi Dong (Freshpal Farms)
- Ang Kozlowski (Meadow Farm Florals)
Questions or ideas? Email Alex at email@example.com
If cost is a barrier to participation or you would like to arrange alternative payment format, please don’t hesitate to email Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out more business resources for new farmers on our Farm Business Support page.
The Business Bootcamp is based in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan), which is in Treaty 6/Métis Territory. This land is the meeting place of the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others. As we live and work in the context of, and in response to, a colonial land title system, it is important to acknowledge the historical and ongoing impact of agriculture on Indigenous lands and food systems. As Métis writer Chelsea Vowel says, “I think rural/Indigenous alliances have the potential to be the most transformative relationships in this country, even as they remain the least likely to occur.” In this context, we believe that it is our collective responsibility to position reconciliation, ecology and land stewardship at the forefront if we are to learn to be in relationship with the land.
“The first step in writing a business plan, which is really a plan for the tangible love you want to manifest in the world, is to imagine widley what is possible. We invite you to light a candle, call upon your ancestors, close your eyes, and dream into your biggest visions.”
– Leah Penniman from Farming While Black