Growing Small Farm Business Series 16 Jul, 30 Jul, 20 Aug

Are you…

  • Looking to invest in your own small farm but want to make sure you can make a living?
  • Already have a farm and need some guidance?

This course is for you!

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

Bookings essential

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.



  • 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


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

FINANCE (20 August)

  • 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


Pay per workshop or for the whole series

$155 Southern Harvest and Canberra City Farm Members
$175 General Admission

$450 Southern Harvest and Canberra City Farm Members
$500 General Admission

Southern Harvest memberships start from as little as $15.  Join now.

Book online  or email us for an invoice.

What you’ll need to bring

  • Wear warm clothing for the outdoors
  • Light weight gloves
  • Notebook and pen


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.


The course will be fully catered with a wholesome morning tea and lunch supplied.

Your Instructor

Penny Kothe is the owner and operator, with her partner Paul McKinnon, of Caroola Farm, a 100 acre 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 a Holistic Management focus on running a complex yet profitable small mixed farming enterprise.

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