Build Business Skills with Farm Biz

Farm Biz: A business planning course for farmers

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

The 2023 Farm Biz class series has ended, and will return in the late-winter of 2024! Stay tuned for next year’s Farm Biz classes by signing up for our Enews. Take our Organic Certifcation course, or take some Ag Skills classes this summer!

In this 6-week business planning course, beginning farmers had the opportunity to learn about planning and projecting the financial side of a farming season, predicting yields, setting prices, projecting sales, calculating expenses, and learning the numbers needed to understand the health of your farm.  Find out all that is required to start a farm and learn directly from guest farmers. 

Our 2023 Farm Biz cohort got to learn from successful farmers from FogDog Farm, Super Tuber Farm, Sweet Roots Farm, Starbright Acres, as well as from local food buyers at BriarPatch Food Co-op and Three Forks Bakery & Brewing.

Email with questions.

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.   

Details and registration information here.

Which class is right for me?

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

Beginning Farmers & Ranchers (years 0-3):

UCCE:  So You Want to Start A Farm 

Sierra Harvest: Farm Biz, Sustainable Food & Farm Conference, Ag Skills 

Middle Beginners (years 3-5):

UCCE:  Beginning Farming Academy 

Sierra Harvest:  Farm Biz, Organic Certification Intensive, Sustainable Food & Farm Conference, Ag Skills 

Advanced Beginners (5+ years):

UCCE:  Farm Business Planning,  Crop Profitability Workshops

Sierra Harvest:  Ag Skills, Organic Certification Intensive, Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

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

We want to purchase Produce from your Farm for the 2023-2024 Harvest of the Month Program!

Sierra Harvest is seeking organic farmers to supply 9,000 tastes of a produce item (fruit or vegetable) 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 today!