Farm Business Planning

If you are ready to start or expand your farm business, the Farm Business Planning Course is for you.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Create a mission and vision for your business
  • Develop a budget and a plan to fund your business
  • Create a marketing plan for your business
  • Set goals and create a timeline for your farm business to grow
  • Weave those elements together into a cohesive business plan

Course Details:

The Farm Business Planning course will be offered once in the fall and once in the winter. The course meets for 8 evening sessions filled with information and activities that will help you write your farm business plan.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. 

If you are new to farming, it is recommended that you take our Explore Farming workshop before registering for this class so that you can best assess what resources you currently have and what resources you will need to start farming before creating a written business plan. 

Dates for the Fall Session:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018

Dates for the Winter Session:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

​Time: 6pm-9pm

​Location: Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915 

Cost: $400, scholarships are available

Instructors: Kate Donald and Alex Matthews

How to Register:

Registration is closed for the 2018-2019 Farm Business Planning Class.  Please keep an eye on our website for dates and registration for our 2019 Crop Production Course and other exciting opportunities from New Entry!

Scholarships: We are proud to offer scholarships to those in financial need. You can apply by clicking on the “Registration Form” link above. You will be asked to provide a copy of your most recent tax return. Once we have all required information from you, please allow 10 business days for us to get in touch with you regarding your scholarship acceptance and the discount that we can provide. You will then be asked to register for the class using Event Brite with a discount code that we will provide for you.

Two business partner option: If you would like to bring a business partner to the class, the second person will only have to pay 50% of the registration fee. Please fill out one “Registration Form” for each partner. When purchasing tickets in Event Brite, you will purchase two tickets, one for the full registration amount and one for the discounted amount, labeled “Farm Business Planning Class-Business Partner Ticket”. In addition to the 50% discount, one business partner may still apply for a scholarship. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, you will be able to do so on the registration form. If you have applied for a scholarship, please wait to hear from us about your scholarship before purchasing tickets for the class. 

For any questions about the course, contact Alex Matthews at or call (978)-654-6745.