I was also surprised to learn that they have a course about growing your own small farm or ranch:
Growing Farms: Hybrid Course for Beginning Farmers
[...] Growing Farms: Hybrid Course for Beginning Farmers teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.
While developing a whole-farm plan, participants will learn about sustainable practices and land stewardship. The course encourages farmers to see how small farms and ranches fit into our community’s economic and environmental success.
It's called a Hybrid course because it's partly on-line, and partly on-site. But the online portion is also available by itself.
Participants can enroll in the full course, which includes six learning modules and onsite sessions, or the modules-only option.
The modules are interactive and feature audio and video. Participants will test their comprehension with short, ungraded quizzes throughout each module and create their own farm plan.
1.) Dream It – Planning
2.) Do It – Farming Operations and Equipment
3.) Sell It – Marketing
4.) Manage It – Finance, Administration and Personnel
5.) Grow It – Ecological Agricultural Production
6.) Keep It – Liability and Risk
Onsite sessions with cohort:
The total number of sessions, times, dates and locations have yet to be determined.
In addition to the online modules and onsite sessions, a social networking website will be developed for participants in both course options.