Build Business Skills & Certify Organic

Farm Biz: A business planning course for farmers

“FarmBiz provided me with a tool belt with which I am able to focus and plan my farm more effectively to make money.”

In this 7-part course, you’ll learn each component of accurately planning and projecting the financial side of a farming season.   Work to predict yields, set prices, project sales, tally-up expenses, discovering the numbers needed to understand the health of your farm.  Find out all that is required to start a farm in Nevada County.  This class is designed for people with a strong business idea or up to 5 years running a farm or ranch.

Classes meet weekly Tuesdays 3-6PM, January -February.  Tuition for the course is $435 and includes Saturday – Sunday Attendance to the 2020 Sustainable Food and Farm Conference (a value of $170.)   Email molly@sierraharvest.org to find out when Farm Biz 2021 registration opens.

On-Farm Consultation with Amigo Bob Cantisano

Apply now for a Sierra Harvest scholarship for an on-farm consultation with Amigo Bob Cantisao.  This consultation will help you improve the productivity, resilience and success of your faming system.  You can look at one specific challenge you have faced or take a wider look at your whole farm system with Amigo. 

The consultation will include multiple meetings (and potentially site visits if conditions allow) to identify areas of concern/focus, create a plan of action, implement said plan, and follow up to analyze impacts and discuss future steps.   Learn more and apply here.

We want to purchase Produce from your Farm for the 2021 Harvest of the Month Program!

Sierra Harvest is seeking organic farmers to supply 9,000 tastes of a produce item (fruit or vegetable) to be delivered on Feb. 1st, March 1st, April 5th and/or May 3rd 2021 for western Nevada County students and several community organization members to taste.  Sierra Harvest will pay wholesale pricing.

Read all the details here and apply online by October 31st, 2020 on the Farm to School page.

Want to Certify Organic? Take our 4-part certification course!

Want to access new markets and better prices for your products? Certify your farm or ranch Organic!  Join us for a 4-part course taught by Organic certification experts and learn how to become a certified Organic farm or ranch.  

$85 includes attendance to all 4-parts of the class for up to 2 people per farm or ranch.  Email molly@sierraharvest.org and find out when registration for this class opens.

Which class is right for me?

Learn more about classes offered by Sierra Harvest and our partners at UC Cooperative Extension

Being a farmer is an idea I’m toying with:  UCCE’s So You Want to Start a Farm (3 hours) class or UCCE Intro to Farm Business Planning (8 hours)

I have a clear farm idea and am ready to start: Sierra Harvest Farm Biz (15h classes plus 17h Sustainable food & farm conference) offered every January or UCCE Beg Farming Academy (20h)

I have been running my farm business for 1-3 years.  Sierra Harvest Farm Biz offered every January

I have 3 years of financials and want to hone my business: UCCE Farm Business Planning

I have 5+ years of operation and been through Farm Business Planning, or am ready to Scale-up: UCCE Advanced Farm Business or Scaling up.

UCCE does not offer all classes all years. Contact them to learn more.