Other Online Learning Opportunities

If you are not able or interested in earning college credit for online classes, in Sustainable Food and Farming, here are some other options.


Holistic Management International – Start your Holistic Management training no matter where you are! Online learning allows you to fully interact with the instructor and other students in live webinars or on your own time with recordings

Wellspring Forest Farm & School – Practical class on forest management related to food, medicine, and materials from an ethic of stewardship of forests for future generations

Appropriate Transfer of technology to Rural Areas (ATTRA): A gateway for farmers to learn about sustainable farming, and internship opportunities.

Free Legal Forms from Laws.com: Free legal forms (including farming-related forms) that can be downloaded and printed.

Ecological Farming Association: This project engages experienced farmers with beginning farmers for mentoring, support, and inspiration.

The New England Small farm Institute: NESFI Promotes small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.

National Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program: Opportunities for farmers and others to take an online workshop.

Rodale Institute Next Generation: A section of the Rodale website that features news and resources for the next generation of farmers.

Vermont New Farmer Project: The VT New Farmer Project informtion on organizations, services, and educational opportunities for Vermont’s farm entrepreneurs. The website provides a virtual toolshed, and includes online and on-the-ground resources to assist in farm development.

National Immigrant Farming Initiative: NIFI has a collection of resources in English and Spanish for immigrant new farmers.

Beyond the Farm Gate: A free series of social media training videos for farmers, created to help farmers develop an online presence in social media to grow and promote their businesses.

Trainers Resource Guide:  A website that brings together training tools, as well as resources of direct value to farmers, to improve the business side of farm/ranch operation.  This is a product of the Evaluating and Improving Educational Instruments and Outreach for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Project.

Thanks to the National Young Farmers Coalition for most of this information.

7 thoughts on “Other Online Learning Opportunities”

  1. Freezing and vacuum packing local foods at community kitchens and putting the ingredients together in another see thru bag with a card stock label inside is a 21st century idea that could add to the farm sustainability picture. Who would be interested in learning? I want to train folks to do this NECFE approved process in community kitchens at churches, Ag. & Mkts. inspected kitchens, even school kitchens that are only used 180 days per year. From a retired farmer, retired Family and Consumer Science teacher and small scale food processor

    1. I have been discussing this very thing with my local sanitarian. My farm kitchen can be issued a food establishment permit; I just need to apply. I have been considering things such as chopped or sliced peppers, fire roasted peppers, tomato products, etc.

      1. Peggy,
        Where are you located? I am in NY state. Here we can create Freezer Meal Kits from individually frozen vegetables, fruits, sauces, cooked beans and whole grains that are healthier than store brands. How might I help you?
        Anna Dawson

    2. Hello Anna Dawson,
      I’m very interested in learning this technique.
      I hope it’s not too late.
      I’m a recent high school graduate from Ghana, West Africa. I’m currently founding an agribusiness start up and need all the help I can get.

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