Record Keeping and Financial Planning

1.12.21 // 6:00pm to 3.2.21 // 9:00pm

Winter Farm Business Planning Course (Registration Open)

The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business.

10.13.20 // 6:00pm to 12.1.20 // 9:00pm

Fall Farm Business Planning Course (Registration Full)

The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. The Fall session of the Farm Business Planning Course is full, but we still have room in the Winter session starting Jan 12th

4.16.20 // 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Experimenting with App-based Record-Keeping (Webinar)

Learn about Big River Farms and AgSquared partnership to create a series of new app-based record-keeping tools to help farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and other beginning growers keep the records needed for organic certification and to better understand their farm businesses.

How to Prepare for the WFRP Application: A Guide for Trainers and Farm Advisors

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  • Digital Download

Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is a complex and potentially everchanging partnership between the federal government and private crop insurance providers. This module provides a general orientation to WFRP for trainers, links to resources that will allow trainers to access up-to-date information, and guidelines on how to introduce beginning refugee farmers to WFRP. It is suggested that trainers seek to make refugee farmers aware of the potential benefits and costs of WFRP (Activities 1 and 2), and to provide additional technical assistance and advocacy only for those farmers who choose to learn more and/or apply for WFRP. Farmers who are not proficient and literate in English should not attempt to purchase WFRP without the support of a trusted, bilingual advocate who can insure that the farmer understands all of a WFRP policy’s provisions and requirements.

1.14.20 // 6:00pm to 3.3.20 // 9:00pm

Farm Business Planning Course

The Farm Business Planning course will begin January 14th. The course meets for 8 Tuesday-evening sessions filled with information and activities that will help you write your farm business plan (3 of the 8 classes will be held online). The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. If you are interested in growing on our incubator farm, you must have a business plan.

Recordkeeping 2: Harvest and Post-Harvest Records for FSMA Compliance

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  • Digital Download

This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm recordkeeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English and/or low literacy skills. It covers the reasons for and benefits of keeping good records for harvest and post-harvest activities, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). 

Recordkeeping 1: Crop Planning and Planting Records for FSMA Compliance

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  • Digital Download

This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm record keeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English or low-literacy skills. It covers the reasons and benefits of keeping good records for planning and planting, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

Crop Insurance 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance

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  • Digital Download

Guided discussion draws on farmers’ traditional strategies for dealing with catastrophic crop failures to introduce the concept of crop insurance. Participants are introduced to basic concepts and vocabulary related to insurance. USDA’s Whole Farm Revenue Protection is introduced through a discussion of its purpose and benefits.

Crop Insurance 2: Introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection

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  • Digital Download

Participants will review costs and benefits of WFRP crop insurance and learn about eligibility, the application process, required farming practices and record keeping. They will be advised on where to find assistance with accessing information about WFRP, decision making, program application, compliance, and, when appropriate, collecting payments. Trainers may need to begin by reviewing what was learned about Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), from Module 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance. This teaching resource was developed by Linda Seyler of Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Chicago, in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

Recent MEGA recipient, Steve Murray, from Heart Beets Farm in Berkley, MA

3.19.18 // Allison Koch- TerraCorps Service Member & Community Engagement Coordinator

MEGA Grant Program Supports Local Farmers

Have you ever felt like a donation or grant would help your farm move in the right direction? The Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (MEGA) program provides up to $10,000 in grant money to new farmers! New Entry TerraCorps service member Allie Koch spoke with Steve Murray of Heart Beets Farm about his experience with the grant and his tips for new applicants.

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