Skip to main content

NC State Extension

How We Do It….

en Español / em Português

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.


Inglês é o idioma de controle desta página. Na medida que haja algum conflito entre o texto original em Inglês e a tradução, o Inglês prevalece.

Ao clicar no link de tradução, um serviço gratuito de tradução será ativado para converter a página para o Português. Como em qualquer tradução pela internet, a conversão não é sensivel ao contexto e pode não ocorrer a tradução para o significado orginal. O serviço de Extensão da Carolina do Norte (NC State Extension) não garante a exatidão do texto traduzido. Por favor, observe que algumas funções ou serviços podem não funcionar como esperado após a tradução.


English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

The Process:

The seminar is composed of 8 sessions, held every other week in the evenings, that focus on specific topics in goal setting, resource development, financial management, risk management, and effective marketing strategies. The program is business-planning aimed at giving you the tools to succeed. NCFS accompanies business sessions with six, daylong field trips at working farms led by innovative, experienced farmers, and agricultural professionals. NC Farm School not only has business sessions and field trips but we come to your farm or your land to help you take inventory and understand the next steps.Image of man writing on notepad

The Tools:

Our tools include a student webpage, specialized entrepreneurship curriculum, business development case studies, farming cost of production tools, marketing guidelines, and step-by-step instructional help. The web-based Ag Plan, developed by the University of MN, allows NC State Extension educators to work remotely with students while developing a business plan. NCFS provides a multimedia format to facilitate the process of planning new farm enterprises. 

Image of NCFS group

The Motivation:

We expect each participant to have good attendance and have a functional business plan at the end of eight class sessions. To receive a certificate of completion students must have attended six out of the eight of the business sessions and have a draft of their business plan written. Upon successfully completing the NCFS training, participants are awarded a certificate of completion. Graduates of the program are involved with the schools as speakers, field day hosts and currently serve as mentors for the new participants.