baby goat, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from BarbaraFranco’s photostream

Is your dream start-up pastoral rather than high tech? Do you want to be the kind of entrepreneur who gets their hands dirty — literally, and up to the elbows? Well then do we have a class for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” is an upcoming Penn State Extension course that starts on May 3rd (with a registration deadline of Tuesday, April 26th). The class will help to answer the question: “Is starting an agricultural business right for you?” As described on their website:

Participants will discuss current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and develop an action plan for pursuing their interests in food and farming. If you are thinking about starting a farm, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.


Oregon State University Extension…, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Oregon State University’s photostream

Whether you’re into making the very best artisanal goat cheese, selling gorgeous cut blooms, or dream of producing a bumper crop of delicious organic veggies, this course aims to give you the tools you need to put your plans into action. Please click here for additional information and to register.

“Exploring the Small Farm Dream” Penn State Extension Course
When: May 3, 10, and 17, 2016 (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Where: Energy Innovation Center, Suite A, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Registration: Online here. (Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 26, 2016)