Specialty Crop Producers Business Planning Course

The Cheshire County Conservation District, the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, and National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to host a free 7-week-long business planning course (waived fee of $600!) for speciality crop producers in New Hampshire.

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The Cheshire County Conservation District, the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, and National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to host a free 7-week-long business planning course (waived fee of $600!) for speciality crop producers in New Hampshire. Specialty crops are defined in law as, “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture". Read the full definition here.

 

Classes will take place in person at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene, NH. Participating farmers must commit to attending all sessions in person. 

Throughout the course, farmers will learn how to:

  • Enhance the competitiveness of your business

  • Receive technical assistance

  • Receive peer support from other speciality crop producers

  • Create a business plan

  • Receive a $2,000 stipend to implement your plan at the end of the course!

Informational Session Materials:

Application Information and Application Selection Process:

  • Limited spots are available, and Cheshire County farmers will receive priority, although New Hampshire farmers outside of Cheshire County are encouraged to apply!

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The following criteria will be taken into consideration for selection:

  • Must be a specialty crop producer in New Hampshire (or planning to be)

  • Producers Needs/Goals are a good match with program curriculum

  • Initial plans to use the $2,000 stipend is appropriate

  • Demonstrated interest in improving profitability and efficiency of your business 

  • Demonstrated trajectory for growth/plans for growth

  • Percentage of your income coming from your farm

  • Demonstrated readiness to participate, strong interest, can commit to fully to the course

  • Historically underserved, beginning, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers are encouraged to apply!

  • Willingness to complete the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship intake form that is required for participation.

  • Willingness to comply with all relevant Covid-19 safety protocols such as masking and social distancing

Questions/Request to Receive a Printed Application:

Contact info@cheshireconservation.org or call 603-756-2988 x4


Funding for this program is provided in part by the New Hampshire Department Of Agriculture and the Markets & Food USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Our 2021-22 Application Cycle Has Now Closed! Thank you to all who applied, please check back for our 2022-23 application!