2018 Farm Business Planning Course - Written Application
Tuesdays, January 9th - March 6th 6:00-9:00 PM
Business Name, if any
Farm or Food Business Concept
Briefly describe your planned (or existing) farm or food enterprise and/or product idea.
What is the #1 reason or goal you have in taking this course?
Please describe your previous farm or food production experience.
I don't have any previous experience in this field
Less than 1 full year/season of relavant work
1-3 years of relavant work
4+ years of relevant experience
Internships or apprenticeships on farms or with food businesses
Other related internships or experiences
Academic background in production or related field
Groundswell Center programs
What is your current farming or food business status?
I operate my own commercial farm or food business
I operate my own (non-commercial) 'hobby' enterprise
I am a farm or food business employee
I am an intern / apprentice
I plan to start a farm or food business in 1-3 years
I am exploring the idea of my own business
I am pursuing start up financing
If you are already in business, how many years have you been running the business?
If you work for another farmer or food business owner now, please provide the name.
Check all that apply.
I currently own land to farm
I plan to purchase land to farm
I plan to lease land to farm
I am currently leasing land to farm
I am actively looking for land at this time
I am applying to the Groundswell Incubator Program
Briefly describe how you intend to market your product ("Don't know" is OK)
How familiar are you with concepts of food justice and social entrepreneurship?
I am not familiar with these concepts
I am somewhat familiar with these concepts
I am very familiar with these concepts but I don't know how to apply them to my business
I have some ideas about how to apply these concepts to my business
My business currently incorporates food justice and/or social entrepreneurship
What sources of start-up capital are you considering or using?
Check all that apply.
Loans from family, friends
Equity investment from family, friends
Commercial bank loan
USDA FSA loan
Are you willing to commit time and energy to this course?
To get the most out of the course, we recommend participating in all nine 3-hour sessions, completing occasional homework assignments, and taking advantage of 1-1 consultations.
I'm unsure if I can fully commit
Will you need ESL support or language interpretation to take this course?
Barriers to commitment:
Please tell us if you foresee any circumstances, other commitments, or changes in plans that may affect your ability to participate in the course.
Do you have any comments or questions for us at this time?
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