To those of you dealing with the challenges of running your own farm operation and those still hoping to do so, here are two chances to join us to learn the Holistic Management tools that we have found so helpful in making our farm life more joyous and profitable; May you make it a good life ! Fran
Introduction to Holistic Management for Family Farms; Making Better Decisions
- November 6,7,8, and November 20, 21,22, 2017 at Wilton Hall , Wilton Ontario ( near Kingston)
This is a participatory six day course where farm families learn the principles of Holistic Management while applying them to their own operation. The course covers creation of a Holisticgoal, how to make progress towards your Holisticgoal, financial planning, planned grazing, and more. At the end participants will have a draft holistic goal, a well started financial plan and practice in using other HM tools. The cost is $1200 plus HST for up to two participants from a farm; Additional people $250 each. Farms eligible for Growing Your Farm Profits may have part of the cost covered under Capacity Building. For more information or to register, contact Fran & Tony McQuail, email@example.com or 519-528-2493.
Who should take this course?
Any farm family who wants to improve their quality of life, make better decisions, get control of their finances and do a better job making their farm sustainable. As you look at the material about the course you may wonder why it takes 6 days. This is because it is very hands-on. You learn the concepts AND apply them to your situation so you have something to take home that is useful, not just theoretical. Doing it while you are at the course gives you the support of the educators when you have questions. Being away from the usual work demands helps you all focus on what you are working on. There is also an added synergy of learning with a group of other farmers, we all learn from each other too. The reason for having as many as possible of the decision makers attend is that this is Wholistic Planning. It is most successful when all of the people making and carrying out decisions in a business are involved.
Six Day Curriculum
- Day 1; Introductions, Overview, What do you value about farm life ? Individual farm Holistic Goal Drafting
- Day 2; Making progress towards your Holistic Goal; Seven Testing Questions; Individual farm practice
- Day 3; Holistic Financial Planning; Whole farm planning example; Weak Link identification, Profit setting. How to meet your financial goal.
- Day 4; Financial Planning on your farm; Farm teams work on their financial plans with coaching.
- Day 5; How to work with nature. HM’s Planned Grazing. How to increase stocking rate on your pastures.
- Day 6; In your land improving or degrading ? Long term infrastructure planning. Office organization and time management.
See our Testimonials page to see what folks who have taken the course have said about it!
The Funding is available to farmers through the Growing Forward Program 2. It is administered by the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association.
Here is the link to their page: http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/
Here is the link to the page with the regional program people- .
If you look by county there will be a person for your county you can contact and find out about it.There used to be a preliminary 2 day Growing Forward Workshop requirement to help you figure out the information priorities for your farm but I don’t believe it is required any more. The application process I understand is completely on-line now. It has to be done well in advance and prior approval I believe is required.
Our course was approved under Growing Forward 1 for Business planning and Marketing but the application process is being done differently for Growing Forward 2…