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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, or by approved plan. Effective July 6, 2021, Snohomish County WSU Extension will have a limited administration presence at Willis Tucker Park (Snohomish). The McCollum Park campus (Everett) continues to be closed to the public.  We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Program Contact: Kate Ryan, Agriculture Program Coordinator
(425) 357-6024 •
‘Buying local’ seems to be on everyone’s list of resolutions. The popularity of keeping dollars in local circulation is gaining momentum. For farmers, capturing a larger share of this trend is crucial to growth and longevity. New farmers must look at their farm like any new business venture, while existing operations must carefully evaluate how any changes can affect land, labor, capital, resources, and profitability.

One of two foundation courses in the Cultivating Success program, Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning helps new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing.

This in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources, planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets and financial statements along with how to cultivate capital resources.

During the course, participants will develop a business plan they can literally take to the bank to finance a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business. In addition, the course will have a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses.

The course features a full line-up of local guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and successful farm owners with a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses.

Comments from recent graduates include, “The unique opportunity to hear from fellow successful farmers and business mentors is one of a kind.” “By the end of the course I had a farm business plan that I could take to the bank.” and  “The opportunity to evaluate my enterprise and make informed decisions is invaluable, after all the best place to make mistakes is on paper.”

Course sponsors include Snohomish Conservation District and Snohomish County Farm Bureau.


Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Jan. 11 thru Mar. 29, 2022


Online via Zoom. Option for Saturday field trip(s) (King, Snohomish, and/or Skagit area) depending on social distancing requirements at the time.


$200 per farm/family


Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Visit (website) to register online or download/print this brochure (pdf) and mail with your check.

For more information on the course, contact Kate Ryan,, (425) 357-6024.

Other courses in the Cultivating Success series

Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching (webpage)

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation can request accommodation 21 days before training at (425) 338-2400. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.

Who should take the course?

Current and future small- to mid-scale farmers and ranchers and those considering farming as a career and/or lifestyle.

Read how West Valley Beef ranchers Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder came to be supporters of Cultivating Success.

Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder
Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder of West Valley Beef Duvall, WA



Much of the strength of the Cultivating Success program lies with the network of experts, farmers, organizations, and others that provide students with the expertise, real-world examples, and resources necessary to develop a successful farm operation.

Facilitators for the course include:

Bobbi Lindemulder, cattle rancher and Program Director, Agriculture for the Snohomish Conservation District

Kate Ryan, greenhouse grower and Agriculture Program Coordinator for WSU Snohomish County Extension