Many of you have no idea how to get started with the BUSINESS side of farming.

  • You don’t know where to start
  • ​Examples are scarce
  • ​A 40-page business plan is overwhelming
  • Funding is confusing and scary
  • You have no clue if your idea is viable
  • ​There's information overload

The Start Your Farm Intensive will solve your most pressing questions

Lightbulb- Idea

Get clear on your farm idea and structure

Writing - Notebook

Craft your one-page business plan

Stats- Growth

Know your numbers and metrics

Finance- Profit

Identify the right funding for your farm

Section 1:

Get crystal clear on your vision for your farm and how you will set it up.

You'll learn:

  • the right business legal setup for your farm
  • how to identify the right customers for your products
  • which marketing channels are right for your farm
  • ​the magic one sentence which will instantly tell you who your customers are

Section 2:

Write Your Simple Business Plan

You'll Learn: 

  • how to use this flexible form to evaluate any enterprise in your business
  • step-by-step instructions and examples on how to fill out this powerful sheet
  • how the various parts of your business fit together and where your profit centers are
  • ​the various pitfalls that could sink your business plan and how to avoid them

Section 3:

Know Your Numbers and Metrics for Instant Feedback

You'll learn: 

  • the financial terms that allow you to easily navigate this part of your business
  • how to read financial documents to tell your farm story
  • the key forms that the USDA requires for their loans
  • the one spreadsheet every farmer needs to instantly know their financial position

Section 4:

Find the Funding Your Farm Needs

You'll learn: 

  • the 5 C’s of credit and how to evaluate your credit worthiness
  • when it's the right time to go for conventional funding
  • the best tips for crowdfunding and when to use that type of financing
  • how to utilize the extensive USDA/FSA/NRCS resources for farm financing
  • ​how grants fit into farm financing and when to apply for them
Growing Farmers
Noelle Santspree - SYFI Alumni

“I found the financial section the most helpful. I was finally able to finish my business plan! I would take this class again at different stages of my business to regain clarity and focus”

SYFI Alumni

Growing Farmers
Elizabeth Anne - SYFI Alumni, Honeymoon Farm

“Step by step direction to focus on building the framework for farming success. From farm vision and mission to financing and bookkeeping and from planning to operations. One stop shop for getting your ideas on paper and forming an actionable plan”

SYFI Alumni, Honeymoon Farm

Growing Farmers
Ruth Fadley - SYFI Alumni

“The step by step approach gave me direction on what I'm looking for in land, focus for purpose, financing and bookkeeping. Anyone wanting to start a form could benefit greatly from the class! ”

SYFI Alumni

Along the way, we'll share the resources you need to succeed!

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  • Example business plans so you can see exactly what's required
  • Sample financials that you can use as a guide
  • Worksheets and formulas to help you calculate your needs
  • ​The exact forms that lenders want to see along with tips for filling them out
  • Extensive list of lenders and grant resources

Don't waste money spinning your wheels on unprofitable ventures, or the wrong setup.

We get it - starting a farm is exciting, and you're super passionate, but you still need to make money. We don't want you to waste your life savings or go into debt only to continue to struggle.

We don't want you to grow the wrong crop for your area, or buy the wrong farm or property.

Worse, is the stress on you and your family. Causing family disagreements or not being there for them when they need us is very challenging.

Recently, a farmer went through our course, after reviewing the financials of a farm they were looking to buy, they caught that the seller wasn't sharing the entire financial picture. They backed out, saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of headache and challenges.

The Start Your Farm Intensive includes:

(we've added specific resources and trainings to help you succeed at starting and funding your farm)

Step-by-Step Video Lessons

Over 30 videos that walk you step by step through the entire process.  They are broken down into 4 sections: get clear on your farm plan, develop your business model canvas, analyze the numbers, and find your funding. These are short and sweet - no long boring lectures here.

Start Your Farm Blueprint

 Each lesson helps you develop a part of your blueprint. This is your comprehensive plan and understanding of how to quickly and profitably start your farm. Going to funders confidently and showing them real numbers makes it so much easier to get funded and build the farm of your dreams.

Funding and Grant Guide

After you have developed your farm plan, it's time to get funded! Our guide walks you through various ag-centric funding opportunities and lists a wide variety of farm grants as well. 


Enterprise Cheat Sheet

Wondering what crops or enterprises are right for your farm? We list 19 of the top enterprises that we see farmers succeeding with. We compare on cashflow timeframe, land requirements, infrastructure, water requirements, and startup costs.

Plan your Perfect Farm
Discovery Process

Every farm is different - and we work with you in lesson 3 to deep dive into what you want YOUR farm too look like - you'll get clear on what your farm will feel like, how your stage of life affects what you build, and what resources you have to work with. This work is part holistic planning, part Michael's work with hundreds of farms.



Financial Templates

Part of every farm plan is the financials! We include Sheets/Excel Templates for you to easily create digital worksheets around your farm operation- Simply change one number and see your entire farm plan change as the sheets automatically calculate the change. We include the 6 key documents that every farm needs to plan.

Enterprise Budget Calculators

Part of every farm plan is the financials! We include Sheets/Excel Templates for you to easily create digital worksheets around your farm operation- Simply change one number and see your entire farm plan change as the sheets automatically calculate the change. We include the 6 key documents that every farm needs to plan.

Dedicated Study Group

Moderated space to communicate with your classmates, ask for feedback, share wins & struggles, and progress through all the material with other farmers digesting the same information! 
You also have access to the course teachers to ask questions and receive feedback!


Leave this course with a clear road map to start your business!


 You will have:

  • Clarity on your business structure, product offering and value ladder
  • Identified who your customers are and where they hang out.
  • A list of possible investors for the various parts of your business
  • Crafted your “one liner” to easily communicate to prospective customers and investors
  • A completed one-page business plan to share with family and potential investors to create buy in
  • Examples of business plans, financial reports, and necessary documents that you need

 And Much, Much More! 





Get the CLARITY you need to

start your farm journey on the right path!


Get the expert training and resources you need to start your farm off right.

Self Study Course


Go through at your own pace

30 video lessons

Dozens of resources and templates

Workbook to fill in as you go

Spreadsheets to help you pick your enterprise and lay out your financials

Bonus expert interviews on funding and cashflow management


These Students Know You Won't Regret it! 

  • GF13- Start Your Farm Intensive- Course Card Start Your Farm Intensive $297.00

    I learned so much from understanding the target customer and positioning your business to attract them, my husband took so much from diving into the charts and financials and learning more about profitability planning

  • Growing Farmers

    Answers the questions you didn't even know you had... I am thrilled I took this class. It was so informative for me. Thank you for all the insightful information and all the effort that went in creating this class

  • GF13- Start Your Farm Intensive- Course Card Start Your Farm Intensive $297.00

    The step by step approach gave me direction on what i'm looking for in land, focus for purpose, financing and bookkeeping. Anyone wanting to start a farm could benefit greatly from the class!

About the Teachers

Michael Kilpatrick

Michael Kilpatrick is a farmer, educator, podcaster and leader in the farming space. He ran Kilpatrick Family Farm for a decade, and has reviewed and given input on dozens of farm business plans. He knows that a solid farm plan is worth months of trial and error and wasted resources.

Heidi Daniels

Heidi Daniels is the education lead at Growing Farmers. She runs a profitable farm and retail greenhouse business with her family, has worked with the USDA as well as banks and private lenders on multiple funding projects, and assists farmers in navigating through financial documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions people most frequently ask us:

What happens next?

This course is set up as a 30 day challenge. Each lesson is 6-12 minutes long. The goal is for you to spend 15 minutes a day over 30 days to finish the course, OR, you can watch one right after the other and finish sooner!!

What if I don't like it?

We offer a 30 day money back guarantee. We ask that you do show up and do the work and need to see completed homework to initiate a refund.

Will you help me write my complete standard business plan?

No. Unless you're going for a conventional loan for startup (not mortgage) you usually don’t need a standard business plan. They are outdated, overwhelming, and frankly tossed aside within the first couple of months of actually running the business. We focus on the 1-page (which is actually an accumulation of several pages) and help you develop strong business financial modeling. If you need to develop a full business plan, we have a variety of amazing free and paid options to recommend to you.

Do you have financial numbers for every single enterprise?

No. While we can provide help with many of the more common ones, you may have to bring some numbers. In section two, we will cover various ways to find specific numbers for your business idea. We will focus on helping you figure out the business side so you can easily see if you will be profitable.

Where can I get farm grants?

Farm grants will be discussed at the end and we'll cover the various types, purpose, and places to get them. Do realize that there's no such thing as free money, and there are typically a lot of strings attached to grants.

When will we run the next live class?

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There has never been a better time to start a farm.

Get the clarity you need to develop a profitable plan today!

14 day guarantee

The Start Your Farm Intensive is 100% risk-free! Hundreds of people like you have invested in our products over the years. I’m confident that you'll be thrilled. On the small chance this doesn’t work for you, send us your completed homework within 14 days of purchase and you'll receive a FULL refund. No hassles. Simply email:

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