Fence in a field for New Farmer School

New Farmer School 2020

Tue, 08/04/2020 to Tue, 10/27/2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Registration is closed, but please fill out this form to learn when registration is open for New Farmer School 2021.


The nuts and bolts of farming as a business in New Hampshire

Get a jump-start on growing your agricultural business with this intensive multi-session course! Offering a wide variety of topics that will be applicable to any new farmer and sessions that build upon knowledge gained in previous sessions, this course is a great way to get up to speed quickly on the business and science of agriculture. Network with other new farmers, and work closely with Extension staff as you develop your business and productions ideas.

Course topics include soils and site assessment, agricultural regulations, enterprise selection, choosing a business entity, infrastructure considerations, marketing, insurance basics, and financial and production record-keeping. Participants will also learn about state agencies and other agriculture service providers in New Hampshire. Participation in this course will help you meet USDA Farm Service Agency borrower training requirements.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are altering the way we offer New Farmer School in 2020. The course will be offered through a combination of remote class sessions, forums in small cohorts coached by Extension staff, and self-paced online learning. We regret that the field trip-based events will not be held in-person this year. However, we will be conducting pre-recorded virtual farm tours, and participants will then follow up in a live, discussion-based forum with the farmers we visit.

Session dates and times-weekly, virtual sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 pm, August 4 to October 27. Readings, videos and discussion board participation within small cohorts will take place between the live sessions.

Registration cost is $250 per person or $450 for two people from the same farm. Financial assistance is available, please contact Jonathan Ebba for more information.

If special accommodations are needed to participate in the course, please contact Kelly McAdam within five business days of the course start date.


$250 per person; $450 for two people from the same farm