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.

 Course Calendar 

Week of Sept 25 – Nov 3:

Week of Nov 6 – Dec 15

Week of Jan 15 – Feb 23

Week of Feb 26 – April 6

Visit our course website for more information:



 Contact Erica Frenay, ejf5@cornell.edu or Steve Gabriel, sfg53@cornell.edu 

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.