We understand that not everyone needs or desires college credit. In this case, it makes no sense to pay the higher costs of a university education! Here are a few uncredited sources of education online:
The Farmers Edge – This year-long online course is designed to give farmers the skills and tools needed to cultivate financially sustainable businesses.
Online apps and tech tools: calculators, apps, and more…..
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.
Cornell Small Farms Program: Cornell Cooperative Extensions’ Small Farms Program provides access to information to small-scale farmers, with a focus on New York and the Northeast.
Northeast Beginning Farmer Project: The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project increases the likelihood of success of new agricultural enterprises by making resources and training available to new or diversifying farmers in New York.
National Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program: Opportunities for farmers and others to take an online workshop.
Penn State Extension Beginning Farmer Course: The Beginning Farmer course is designed for people who are new to farming. Through personal interaction with course instructors, participants receive recommendations based on the goals for their farming operation, and gain an understanding of the basics of farm production.
Researching Agroecology: An online course designed to foster and support research in the practical and social dimensions of agroecology (permaculture, biodynamics, urban agriculture, etc.)
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.
Organic Farmers: Steps to Success – An easy evaluation for assessing your management skills and financial performance. From the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
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.