Are you looking to invest in your own small farm but want to make sure you can make a living? Or already have a farm and need some guidance?

This series of one-day Growing Small Farm Businesses workshops will set you on the path to a farm that can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own enterprises. Over the course of the series you will understand:

Small Farm Operations Sunday 3 June 2018

  • Infrastructure needs
  • Animal requirements
  • Fruit and vegetable requirements
  • Ways to value add farm produce
  • What is needed in the way of people and skills
  • Legislation that relates to small farms

Small Farm Marketing Sunday 10 June 2018

  • Marketing your produce
  • How to work out what to charge
  • Places you can sell your produce
  • Key areas of promotion you need

Small Farm Finances Sunday 17 June 2018

  • Capital investment
  • Overheads and their impact on enterprises
  • Labour costs and paying yourself
  • Enterprise costs and how to calculate them
  • Which enterprises you should focus on for your own farm

Your instructor:

Penny Kothe is the owner and operator, with her partner Paul McKinnon, of Caroola Farm. A 100acre mixed organic farm in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.  Penny has been involved in small businesses of her own, and teaching and consulting with small businesses for over 10 years in both Australia and overseas. Her experiences are brought together with an Holistic Management focus on running a complex yet profitable small mixed farming enterprise.

Course inclusions: Theory and practice of running a small farm including operations, marketing and finances. Course hand-outs, follow up material, morning, afternoon tea and lunch are provided.

Individual course prices:

Full price $175 Southern Harvest and partner members $155

Course series: $450 when you book for all 3 courses


About Southern Harvest:

Southern Harvest is a community and business lead not-for-profit incorporated regional food organisation at the forefront of promoting local food production and consumption in the ACT and Southern NSW.

Southern Harvest was established in 2011 to provide producers of regional food in Southern NSW with a united platform to connect with colleagues, suppliers and customers.