Foothill Farming
University of California
Foothill Farming

Beginning Farming Academy

Each year, we offer a two-day, intensive Beginning Farming Academy (formerly Beginning Farm Planning) to give new farmers and ranchers the tools they need to begin their operations on a sound footing.

Topics covered in the Academy include:

  • Assessing your resources
  • Market-driven farming: learn how to do the market research you need before deciding on crops
  • Fundamentals of a farm business plan
  • Introduction to economic analysis tools: planning for profit in your new farming or ranching business

Check the calendar to find out when the next Beginning Farming Academy is held.  Apply soon as space in the Academy is limited.

Handouts from the Academy include: 


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