Important Program Information

To submit an application, please complete this registration on-line. Then send via mail the $100 registration fee payable to "Orange County Cooperative Extension" to: PLANT Beginning Farmer Program, c/o Orange County Cooperative Extension, POB 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Applications are due by October 15, 2018. 

Interested applicants can call Mike Lanier at 919/245-2063 to discuss their interest in the program.

This class is mostly being taught by SCORE Chapel Hill.  SCORE mentors will also provide free mentoring to students who are starting a farm business.  To learn more about SCORE Chapel Hill, visit the SCORE Chapel Hill website.

Below is a copy of the tentative schedule for the class.  This class will meet on Thursday nights from 6 PM to 9 PM.  Food and refreshments will be provided during the 7 o'clock hour of each session.

Class Schedule

Session #1:  October 18, 2018

·  Business Planning Process
·  Business Model Canvas
·  Values, Mission & Vision 
-  Products and Services

Session #2:  October 25, 2018

·  The Basics of the Local Food Economy
-  Customer Analysis and Profiles
-  Competitive Analysis
-  Developing your farm's brand
-  Marketing Messages

Session #3:  November 1, 2018

-  Marketing Communications Plan 
-  Sales Plan
-  Operations Plan
-  Business Structure
-  Human Resources Strategy 

Session #4:  November 8, 2018

·  Financial Strategy
·  Financial Management
-  Risk Management

Session #5:  November 15, 2018

-  Exit Strategies
-  Executive Summary
-  Tools for Working on and Analyzing Your Business