Ready to Plan your Farm?

This free self-paced course guides you through videos, readings, and planning activities to help you take the first step toward developing your farm plans. This course also serves as the primary "textbook" for BF 101: Starting at Square One, an instructor-led course which offers the opportunity to meet other new farmers, hear from successful producers, get your questions answered, and get feedback on your farm plans.

Work through the following topics in order and you’ll have a solid foundation for the start of your farm business.

Your Instructor:

Erica Frenay - Erica owns and operates Shelterbelt Farm, a diversified operation with lambs, cattle, an orchard, high tunnels, an apiary, and overnight accommodations in Brooktondale, NY. She also manages online courses for the Cornell Small Farms Program.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Cost Details

Visit the website to enroll in this course for free.


Aspiring/Beginner/Start-up - This free course is for people who are exploring the social, emotional, financial, and ecological aspects of operating a farm business.

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