New and Small Farm College

OSU Extension
New and Small Farm College

The New and Small Farm College is an eight-week program that introduces new and seasoned farmers to a wide variety of topics. The program teaches participants how to set goals, plan, budget, and where to find resources if they choose to start a small farming operation. The course will lay out how to manage financial and farm records.

2021 Program Information Coming Soon!

2020 Locations (click on county name to download program brochure and registration form)

County Location Dates Times
Licking Ohio State Newark and COTC
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055
Warner Center Room 126

January 22 –March 11, 2020
Inclement weather makeup date: March 18

Registration Closed

Light dinner at 6:00 pm
Classes 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Miami Miami County Dispatch Center
210 Marybill Dr
Troy, OH 45373

January 21 – March 10, 2020
Inclement weather makeup date: March 17

Registration Closed

Light dinner at 6:00 pm
Classes 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Ross Ross County Service Center
Meeting Room D
475 Western Avenue
Chillicothe, OH 45601
(740) 702-3200

January 30 – March 19, 2020
Inclement weather makeup date: March 26

Registration Closed

Light dinner at 6:00 pm
Classes 6:30 – 9:00 pm


Cost: $150 per person

  • Price includes one 3-inch binder of resource materials, meals and dessert each night, and 1 soil sample evaluation
  • Additional family member: $100 per individual (does not include a notebook)
  • Classes are limited in size so register early

Syllabus for all 2020 colleges:

Session Topic Description
One Getting Started Goal setting, family matters, business planning, budgeting, resources
Two Appropriate Land Use Walk the Farm
Three Sources of Assistance Overview of County resources; OSU Extension, government agencies and programs, (i.e. CAUV, EQIP, Grants)
Four Legal, Insurance, Business Structure Farm laws, liabilities, insurance needs
Five Natural Resources Forestry, timber, marketing, wildlife, ponds, etc.
Six Financial & Production Record-Keeping and Taxes Balance sheet and record keeping
Seven Marketing Direct marketing, cooperatives, agri-tourism, bed & breakfast, niche markets
Eight Table Top Enterprise Discussion Ask the Extension expert, enterprise exploration of livestock and horticulture opportunities

“I recommend this program to anyone
starting or thinking about farming in any
area. The amount of knowledge presented
was priceless.” - J. A.

Extension Educators will illustrate many different enterprises that can be profitable on land as small as one acre. The educators will show the benefits and pitfalls of each enterprise so that the participant will be able to pick and choose what may work best for them and what suits their interest.

Host counties may also include other activities such as a farm tour to give participants an opportunity to interact with successful small farm operations and their families in the area. Registration is limited so sign up early.

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