Tilling the Soil of Opportunity

a National NXLevel Business Planning Course

What’s next for your farm business?

Prepare a professional business plan and get your farm business on the right track! Tilling the Soil of Opportunity is designed to help you test your ideas, explore new marketing opportunities, and develop a business and marketing plan specific to your farm. Participants will assess their resources, develop marketing strategies, understand financials, learn how and where to get funding for their businesses, and network with other farmers. This is an intense course that will require at least 45 hours of your time!

Topics Covered:

* Take stock of your resources * Infrastructure required * Legal terrain * Management from bottom to top * Marketing strategies * Comprehensive budgeting * Analyze Cash Flow & Financial Statements * Cultivate your money resources * Harvest your future * Create a bank-ready business plan *

Tilling the Soil of Opportunity

is aimed at those individuals who have started or are thinking about starting an agricultural-based venture that is not tied to large-scale commodity-style production. The course features individual assistance in all areas of business planning as well as networking opportunities with other farmers. The materials are specifically designed for individuals who are pursuing innovative ideas and enhanced marketing opportunities in agriculture. If you are unsure of your farming goals, please consider the course Exploring the Small Farm Dream.

Are you ready to take your farm business to the next level?

Taught by Jess Isbrecht of Green Duchess Farm. A third-generation farmer, Jess founded Green Duchess Farm in 2014 after an early career in environmental consulting. Situated adjacent to the Negri-Nepote Grassland Preserve in Franklin Township, the farm is committed to organic growing methods that will not harm the several sensitive bird populations that make their home in the preserve.

Course Details: 


November 3 (Thurs)

November 8 (Tues)

November 10 (Thurs)

November 15 (Tues)

November 22 (Tues)

December 6 (Tues)

December 13 (Tues)

December 20 (Tues)


Hunterdon County Library,  314 NJ-12, Flemington, NJ 08822


$325 - NOFA-NJ members   |   $400 - Non-members

Those who have farmed for 10 years or less may be eligible for a $250 scholarship! Visit the scholarship webpage for more information.

Payment Plans:   Payment options available.  Please contact NOFA-NJ

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Graduates receive $50 off! Just enter the discount code "ESFD" at checkout. (Scholarship recipients are not eligible for this rebate.)

Complete your business plan and receive a $50 rebate! (Scholarship recipients are not eligible for this rebate.)

Cancellations:  *Exception: requests for refunds are only available up to two (2) weeks before a scheduled program.
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