Aspiring farmers can benefit from preparatory course


PENINSULA, Ohio — The Countryside Conservancy is hosting the Exploring the Small Farm Dream self assessment short-course at Boston Store Visitor Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

This four-session course begins March 5 and will take participants through the process of setting personal and farming goals, assessing available resources, determining if farming as a business is right for them and developing an action plan to guide next steps.

This is not a farm business planning course, but a precursor to farm business planning.


Course instructors include Katie Myers-Griffith, Farmland Program Manager at Countryside Conservancy and small scale farmer in Wayne County; Tim Knorr, long time CSA farm manager in Summit County; and Allison Preiss, professional marketing coordinator and owner of Apolloson Acres, a fruit orchard in Medina County.

Additional farmer guests include: Alan Halko (Spring Hill Farm) and Pamela Neitenbach (Neitenbach Farm).

For more information about the program, or to request registration forms, contact Julie Gabelman at 330-657-2542, ext. 227 or, or visit

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