The Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resource Management and Sustainability (FARRMS), is offering an eight-session training course that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. The course uses a mix of farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours and an extensive farmer network.

Farm Beginnings is for new and prospective farmers who want to plan a sustainable and successful farm business. Students will learn about whole farm planning, sustainable farming practices, marketing, and financing. The course will culminate in writing a farm business proposal. Students do not need to currently own land, but some farming or production experience is helpful. Farm Beginnings is a certified USDA FSA borrower training course.

Sessions will be held from December to March in Tuttle, North Dakota.

FARRMS’ programs are made possible by financial support from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, The Otto Bremer Trust, the Clif Bar Family Foundation and individual donors.

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Registration can be found at farrms.org/farmbeginnings. Full and partial scholarships are available.