March 11, 2024 - 1:48pm -- stone.91@osu.edu

The Ohio State University Extension in Lucas and Fulton Counties are hosting a four-week class series called Beginner and Small Farm Financial College. The program will focus on farm finances, insurance, liability, labor, and marketing to help participants manage a small farm, like a small business.

The in-person classes are offered at The Lodge at Strawberry Acres Park, 950 South McCord Road, Holland, Ohio. The class dates are Tuesdays — April 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The cost is $100 per registrant and includes a light dinner each week. Interested participants are encouraged to register by Friday, March 15 at http://lucas.osu.edu.

This course is designed to help landowners examine potential ways to increase profits on their small acreage properties,” said Amy Stone, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Extension Lucas County. “The program is open to all new or aspiring urban or rural farmers, new landowners, small farmers, and farm families looking for new ideas.”

We are excited to offer this small farm management program taught by experts from across the State of Ohio. The classes teach participants to assess their property, to understand farm leases and contracts, to learn about recordkeeping for farm businesses, and to develop a farm business plan. In addition, participants completing this course can qualify for the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program,” said Ms. Stone.

Contact Amy Stone at stone.91@osu.edu or 419-574-0986 for more information.