Penn State Ext. course offers small farm help


UNIONTOWN, Pa. — If you have ever considered launching a small farm enterprise, but were not sure where to start, the Fayette County office of Penn State Extension can point you in the right direction.

Dream to reality

Designed to help guide you through an exploratory decision-making process, “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” bridges the gap between ideas and action. Whether your vision includes making goat cheese, selling cut flowers, or growing rare tomato varieties, this course will give you the tools to start making that dream come true.

Get educated

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.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Participants can expect: creative exercise, research and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources; interviews with local farm business owners; and, the opportunity to connect with others interested in new farm enterprises.

Course offered

This course will be held at the Penn State Fayette campus in Uniontown. The course dates are four consecutive Tuesdays in November: Nov. 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.

A short application form briefly describing your experience and goals must be filled out before registering. To receive registration information, e-mail the Fayette County Extension office at or contact Walt Bumgarner at 724-438-0111.

Registration deadline. Enrollment deadline is Friday, Oct. 30. To ensure quality, in depth discussions and meaningful interactions among participants, the class will be limited to a maximum of 15 small farm dreamers.

Participants must be able to attend all sessions and conduct five hours of home study each week.

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