Online Programs for 2018-2019

You can get more details about the Cornell Small Farms programs on the official website smallfarms.cornell.edu After you enroll in any of the courses below you'll receive a confirmation message. You will NOT receive course access information until one week before your first webinar.

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  • WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN (BF 202)

    $250.00

    Whether you intend to borrow money or not, heading into a farm venture without a business plan is like setting out on a long-distance journey without a map. Arm yourself with a business plan and you will have a guide to aid your farm decision-making and demonstrate to yourself and your family that your ideas are feasible. This steady-paced course is designed to help you build your plan, including developing financial statements.

  • WOODLAND MUSHROOM CULTIVATION (BF 151)

    $250.00$280.00

    Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits, including improving farmer stewardship of forested lands and the ability to offer a unique and highly desired product. With a bit of practice, mushrooms can be easily grown in the woods on many products that can be the surplus of healthy forest management.

    International students PLEASE NOTE: we can only ship mushroom kits to the 50 US states. If you are outside of the US, we welcome you to register for the course without the kit fee. Contact Erica at ejf5@cornell.edu to get a list of materials in the kit so you can try to source them from a supplier within your country.

  • VEGGIE FARMING, PART 2 (BF 121)

    $250.00

    This course continues where BF 120 ends and covers vegetable production from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility, integrated pest management, weed control options, harvesting strategies, and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course.

  • VEGGIE FARMING, PART 1 (BF 120)

    $250.00

    This course helps new and aspiring vegetable producers answer basic questions about site selection, crop rotation, seeding and transplanting, and financial aspects of veggie production. Topics including variety selection, pre-plant preparation, and cultivation will be covered. 

  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS (BF 103)

    $250.00

    This course helps aspiring and beginning farmers assess and manage a variety of risks that a farmer will face as they operate their enterprise.  Throughout the six-week period, topics essential for operating a viable farm business will be discussed, including insurance coverage, types of business structures, and tax information.

  • STARTING AT SQUARE ONE (BF 101)

    $250.00

    This course helps new and aspiring farmers take the first steps toward setting goals, assessing resources available (physical, financial, and personal), and exploring enterprises that are the best fit for you and your land. Carefully defining what you want to do and how you will do it is a key element of any successful new farm enterprise.

  • SOIL HEALTH (BF 110)

    $250.00

    The health and productivity of the soil forms the basis for any farm’s success, profitability, and ecological sustainability. Successful farmers need to develop a holistic approach to preserving and building soil health and fertility. Stewardship of the soil is arguably the most important job of any farmer or gardener.

  • SEASON EXTENSION WITH HIGH TUNNELS (BF 220)

    $250.00

    Adding weeks to either end of your growing season can mean attaining a premium for having products available well before (or long after) other local growers. But the structures that make this possible–(unheated plastic-covered “high tunnels” or “hoop houses”) can cost a lot of money, and they bring special management considerations that need to be understood in order to be profitable additions to your farm.

  • QUICKBOOKS FOR FARMERS (BF 204)

    $250.00

    This course is an introduction to QuickBooks, designed to provide an overview of the QuickBooks Pro software application. It will cover the basic features, such as sales tax, inventory, invoicing, adjustments, and year-end procedures. Each student will gain hands-on experience reproducing the exercises presented by the instructor.

  • POULTRY PRODUCTION (BF 130)

    $250.00

    Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and farmers need to develop the necessary skillset in order to produce a product that is both safe and profitable. This course will help you get started with all the basic information to build a successful poultry enterprise.

  • INTRODUCTION TO TREE FRUIT PRODUCTION (BF 223)

    $250.00

    Tree fruit are an important component of the agricultural and homeowner landscape. Planting and management of apple and other tree fruit orchards is a rewarding hobby and business, but important considerations must be met to ensure success.

  • INTRODUCTION TO MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION (BF 152)

    $250.00

    Maple syrup production is rapidly growing around the Northeast and offers a sound financial opportunity to utilize woodlots. This course explores the range possibilities of maple sugaring on your land – be it for supplemental income or for your livelihood. Also discussed are “alternative” trees for production, including…

  • INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING (BF 160)

    $250.00

    Whether you are currently keeping honey bees, or are considering adding them to your farm, a basic understanding of bee biology, diseases, pests and setting up your colony for success are essential.

    Understanding the difference between a drone, queen and nurse bee, knowing how to site your apiary properly, having a plan for Varroa mites, and knowing effective …

  • INDOOR SPECIALTY MUSHROOM CULTIVATION (BF 153)

    $250.00$280.00

    Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits and offer a unique and highly desired product.

    With a bit of practice, oyster mushrooms can easily be grown in a variety of locations and on many different substrates including straw, coffee grounds, and more.

    International students PLEASE NOTE: we can only ship mushroom kits to the 50 US states. If you are outside of the US, we welcome you to register for the course without the kit fee. Contact Erica at ejf5@cornell.edu to get a list of materials in the kit so you can try to source them from a supplier within your country.

  • IMPROVED GRAZING MANAGEMENT (BF 231)

    $250.00

    Grazing is more than simply turning livestock out onto a green “warehouse” and hoping for the best. With sound grazing management, you can reduce your workload, keep your animals happier and healthier, and improve the overall productivity and profitability of your farm.

  • HOLISTIC FINANCIAL PLANNING (BF 203)

    $250.00

    If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately, it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in:  balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life.

  • FARM WOODLOT MANAGEMENT (BF 150)

    $250.00

    Woodlots are a common feature of most farms in the eastern US, and are often overlooked for the value they might bring to the landowner and to farm enterprises. Farmers and woodland owners need to recognize the potential values of their woodland resource, be familiar with common ways a woodland can add value, and identify how the woodland will support the interests of the owner.

  • EXPLORING MARKETS & PROFITS (BF 102)

    $250.00

    Have an idea for a farm enterprise but not sure if it’s feasible? This course will help you explore the potential markets and profitability of your ideas, picking up where BF 101: Square One left off. (You do not have to take BF 101 before taking BF 102) 

  • COMMERCIAL SHEEP PRODUCTION (BF 232)

    $250.00

    Have sheep or thinking about getting a flock? Producers of all experience levels will find something for them in this lively, wide-ranging course. There is no one right way to raise sheep – just a palette of options for you to choose from, to suit your farming objectives and lifestyle.