2018 Online Small Farm Courses
The Cornell Small Farms Program announces open registration for its 2017-2018 season of Small Farm Online Courses building the technical and business skills of farmers. Expert farmers and extension educators guide students through the latest research-based information to help improve efficiency and increase profit on small farms.
Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical tips without leaving their home. Course content can be accessed anywhere with a high-speed internet connection.
Most courses are six weeks long. Each week features an evening webinar and follow-up readings, videos, and activities. Students and their instructors connect through online forums and live chat. If you aren’t able to attend the webinars in real-time, they are always recorded for later viewing.
From aspiring to experienced farmers, there is a course for nearly everyone. There’s a handy chart on our course homepage to direct you to the right courses for your experience level.
Course costs range from $150 – $250, which entitles two people from a farm to attend. Discounts for early sign up and multiple course sign ups are available, as well as a special discount for veterans.
Qualify for a 0% interest loan! Participants who complete all requirements of one or more online courses are eligible to be endorsed for a 0% interest loan of up to $10,000 through Kiva Zip.
Check out the listings below for more information on a particular course and the instructors. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about registration, payment, and computer requirements.
Week of Sept 25 – Nov 3:
Week of Nov 6 – Dec 15
- BF 120: Veggie Farming 1 – From Planning to Planting
- BF 122: Berry Production
- BF 130: Poultry Production
- BF 152: Introduction to Maple Syrup Production
- BF 205: Developing and Using an Effective Marketing Plan
Week of Jan 15 – Feb 23
- BF 102: Markets and Profits
- BF 107: Climate Smart Farming
- BF 121: Veggie Farming 2 – From Season-Long Care to Harvest
- BF 151:Woodland Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation
- BF 203: Holistic Financial Planning
- BF 223: Tree Fruit Production
- BF 232: Commercial Sheep Production
Week of Feb 26 – April 6
- BF 103: Taking Care of Business
- BF 153: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation
- BF 160: Introduction to Beekeeping
- BF 202: Writing a Business Plan
- BF 220: Season Extension with High Tunnels
- BF 231: Grazing Management
Visit our course website for more information:
or call 607 – 255 – 2142
The Cornell Small Farms Program helps farmers get expert assistance to facilitate all phases of small farm business development, from initial growth to optimization to maturity.The Cornell Small Farm Program is a joint effort of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension.