St. Lawrence County farmers invited to go online for courses
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 9:08 am

Online courses aren’t just for college students anymore. St. Lawrence County farmers are being invited to join the growing number of people who are taking up formal learning on the web.

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project is accepting registrations for 12 online courses on a variety of topics being offered to St. Lawrence County farmers this fall.

Topics include financial records, financial planning, machinery and equipment, organic certification, marketing, specific crop production topics, and writing a business plan.

There are courses at different levels targeted at beginning and more experienced farmers.

Each course is five to seven weeks long and includes weekly lesson material, readings, discussion forums, and homework. Some weeks include a live webinar, available as a recording for later viewing by participants who are unable to attend.

A high-speed internet connection will improve reception of webinars, but no special software is needed beyond a standard web browser. Participants can use facilities at a library or other location. The cost for each non-credit course is $200.

Interested farmers can learn more at the Northeast Beginning Farmers website, http://nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/.

Those wishing to register are urged to do so soon, especially for the courses covering organic certification and business plans, as those courses begin in the first week of October.

More info: Anita Figueras, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, 379-9192, arf22@cornell.edu.