Farm owners and managers run complex, nuanced businesses – and those seeking to do so in a manner that is both economically and environmentally sustainable must harness creativity, vision and grit as they navigate complex challenges. Farmers will finish this six-day program with a tactical business framework in hand that complements their expertise in regenerative agriculture, empowers them to apply proven entrepreneurial practices to their farming business, and enables them to cultivate value-added culinary partnerships. It has proven to be an effective and enjoyable strategic planning retreat for past participants.
Participating farmers will have program fees, lodging and meals covered (travel to/from the program is not covered), and are expected to attend the entire program (January 12 – 17, 2020).
Applications for the 2020 Entrepreneurship Intensive are now closed. Please sign up below to be notified when applications open for future programs.
The Entrepreneurship Intensive will help farmers:
- Learn, practice and integrate key principles and practices of mission-driven, values-centered entrepreneurship
- Articulate a clear long-term vision and concrete steps to successfully achieve it
- Identify new business opportunities and unmet needs in a region’s farming ecosystem, and identify how to capture value from those opportunities
- Design and present a flourishing, financially viable farm business plan to attract and engage employees, partners, landowners, lenders and investors
- Develop and implement an organizational plan to grow your team
- Learn to build and foster robust partnerships that support sustainability and mitigate risks
- Develop a clear path for farm business viability
Key elements of the intensive include:
- A thorough exploration of the core principles of mission-driven entrepreneurship and farm business strategy with Will Rosenzweig and the Ideagarden team
- Conversations and networking opportunities with visiting experts and culinary leaders
- Exploration of meaningful models of chef-farmer collaborations
- Collaboration and peer learning with other inspiring farm entrepreneurs
- Evening teamwork during the intensive to create a presentation that describes your vision, strategy and business plan
- Hands-on learning opportunities around the Stone Barns’ farm
- Development and practice presentation of your business plan to experts who will give you valuable feedback
- Beyond the January intensive, monthly peer-learning cohort check-ins
- You are a farmer actively involved in the day-to-day management of a farm practicing regenerative agriculture
- You have been in a farm management role for a minimum of five years, ideally seven to ten
- In this role, you have established meaningful relationships with chefs, partnerships with restaurants, and/or collaborations with other community food leaders, and have a desire to further integrate the broader community and food culture into your enterprise
- You are entrepreneurially minded, and work creatively and collaboratively to build connections among soil, flavor, business, and community
- You are deeply engaged in your farm’s business practices, have an ambition to grow your business in a variety of ways, and desire more innovation and risk-taking in this realm
- Your farm business generated at least $150,000 in gross revenue in the most recent tax year
- You can commit to completing 5-10 hours of preparatory work in December and to monthly peer-learning phone calls for one year after the intensive
- You are able to participate in the entire six-day intensive at Stone Barns Center in Tarrytown, NY from January 12 – 17, 2020
The intensive is six full days (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM) in person at Stone Barns Center in Tarrytown, NY from January 12 – 17, 2020. While it is meant to be a fun and immersive experience, it is not a vacation – be prepared for long, intense days getting your hands dirty and working hard together.
Participants are expected to arrange and pay for their travel to/from Stone Barns Center in Tarrytown, NY. Besides travel, there is no cost to attend the Entrepreneurship Intensive. The following expenses will be covered:
- Program fees to participate in the Entrepreneurship Intensive
- Nearby lodging and most meals during the program, including daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Morning and evening transportation between Stone Barns Center and lodging
Attendees will live in dormitory-style guest housing in close proximity to Stone Barns. Please note that the residency and residency housing is designed only for participants.
A car is not needed for the Intensive. There will be a shuttle to/from Stone Barns every morning and evening. There is also taxi service, Lyft and Uber in the area, as well as car rental services and the Metro-North train line nearby.
In an effort to maximize impact and the number of farms that we reach through this program, we ask that no more than one participant from a particular farm apply. Throughout the program, we make a conscious effort to support participants in sharing their learning with their business partners and teams during and after the program.
There will be 5 – 10 hours of pre-work to complete in December and will include:
- Background reading
- Writing down your goals and challenges for your farm over the next five years (you do not need to come with an established business plan)
- Thinking about what you aim to get out of the intensive, and preparing a short story on this to share with others on the opening night
Participants must commit to contribute to monthly peer-learning check-ins (by telephone) for one year after the Intensive.