FBP Accelerator 2020 Application
The Farm Business Plan Accelerator is a 100% online opportunity to meet weekly with other beginning and aspiring farmers to write a farm business plan that fits YOUR farmsite, markets, skills and goals.
The FBP Accelerator focuses on interaction and collaborative learning, with group brainstorming, polls, small group discussions, think/pair/share, directed research, participant presentations and creation of collaborative items to share out. You'll tackle your Farm Business Plan as a series of smaller practical assignments, like Values & Goals, Soil Map & Management Plan, Site Plan, Marketing Plan and Financial Plan. Video lectures, as well as optional readings and videos will also be provided.
~June 16 to October 15 (Accepting applications!)
~Tuesdays & Thursdays from noon to 1:30pm
~$900 fee can be applied in full to fees for the 2021 Organic Farmer Training Program
~Scholarships of $125 to $500 available
1.5 hours each Tuesday and Thursday
+ about 2 hours per week for assignments, video lectures
-application form (below)
-OPTIONAL-Scholarship application & financial statement if applying for a scholarship
1. Email questions:
, subject line "FBP Accelerator"
2. Mail to:
MSU Student Organic Farm
Plant & Soil Science Building
1066 Bogue St., Room A288
East Lansing, MI 48824
NOTE: University mail is slow. Emailing scans/photos of documents is recommended if you have internet access.
~Rolling Admissions - we accept applications until the cohort is filled!
(subject line "OFTP")
517-230-7987 (voice mails checked weekly, email will receive quicker response)
~Please feel free to ask questions to help you decide if this is the right program for you.
City, State & Zip Code
Phone Number (cell preferred):
Date of Birth
Preferred Gender Pronouns (He/him/his, She/her/hers, They/them/theirs, etc.):
Highest Level of Education Completed:
Why do you want to participate in the Farm Business Plan Accelerator?
Describe your recent educational and work experience.
Describe your previous experiences with farming, growing and/or selling food.
What are your future professional and career goals in the field of organic, local and sustainable food production? How will you utilize the knowledge, skills and experience you will gain in the program in achieving your future goals?
Describe your experiences working and learning in community. How would you be a good member of our learning community?
Describe your experience and aptitude with being highly organized, dedicated, and focused on maximizing your learning and skill-development in pursuit of a life or career goal.
I also plan to apply for the 2021 Organic Farmer Training Program
Are you interested in applying for scholarships?
Yes. I will complete the online scholarship application and mail financial documents to the MSU Office of Financial Aid. Link to the scholarship form:
The Farm Business Plan Accelerator is a commitment that requires 1.5 hours per week to attend class plus 2 to 3 hours per week for video lectures & assignments. Describe how you will manage the FBP Accelerator alongside other work and personal obligations.
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