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THE TRAINING AND SUPPORT YOU NEED TO THRIVE AT FARMING

THE ROADMAP TO MOVE FROM OVERWHELMED TO THRIVING

TRAINING

RESOURCES

SUPPORT

COMMUNITY

Everyone Deserves Access to High-Quality Farm and Business Education

But There's A Problem...

  • All Farms are not created equal
  • What you tried so far isn't working
  • You're leaving growth up to chance
  • There's information overload
  • No one has given you a plan
  • There is never enough time
Small Farm University has everything you need to develop yourself and your farm all in one place. 
And for a fraction of the cost of other trainings.

Small Farm University is built on 4 key areas...

Core Farm Curriculum 

Your subscription includes instant access to our RIPEN Roadmap Training System, a proven process for optimizing every area of your small farm in a sequential, step-by-step method that cuts the overwhelm, gives you back your quality of life, and gets you to maximum profitability FAST. 

Rapid-Action Mini Courses

We have 30+ trainings on all sorts of topics to help you grow more efficiently and stay profitable all year round.

 Learn from Michael and other mentor farmers from around the world on everything from winter growing, wash & pack, and farm tech.



Coaching and Mentor Support

 Our Q&A calls allow you to submit any question for us to answer in a live video call where we can give you feedback, and point out specific resources that will help you find clarity.

Once a month we sit down one-on-one and help our members achieve breakthroughs for their most important questions in mini-consulting sessions.

Manuals, SOP’s and Processes

Need an employee manual? Or a detailed, crop by crop harvest manual? What about a Food Safety plan? 

Farm SOP’s? We share over 20 completed manuals that we’ve used or created for clients that you can easily use as a template and adapt to help train your team! 

Your Small Farm University Membership also includes instant and unlimited access to our growing library of courses:
When you join Small Farm University, you’ll gain access to our curated selection of game-changing courses — ready for you to use and implement whenever you need them, as long as your subscription is active.
INCLUDING… 
More Time, More Money
 In our years of working with farmers, we've identified the "quick wins" that help farmers take control of their operations again. 

In this course, we take the top ten and help you implement them quickly with the workbook!

Harvest, Wash and Pack Course
Improve harvest efficiency, design or update your ideal wash/pack area and increase produce quality and shelf-life with the Your Efficient Harvest, Wash/Pack, and Storage Course!

This course contains 5 core modules that walk you through exactly how to build or streamline your systems to be super efficient.

It includes bonus modules with Paul Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm as well as Erich Schultz of Steadfast Farm

Our Time Saving Tutorial Bundle

These tutorials help you save time, money, and frustration when doing common tasks on the farm...

> LED Perfect Transplant mini-course will help you produce beautiful transplants year-round without an expensive greenhouse. Normally $47

> Ultimate Germination Chamber tutorial high %, repeatable, germination on crops year-round. Ray Tyler, Erich Schultz, and others are using our method with amazing results. Normally $47

> Dry Your Greens conversion to help you turn a washing machine into a salad spinner and cut your processing time in 1/2. Featured on The Urban Farmer and used by thousands of small-scale farmers to dry salad, this course normally sells for $47

> Build a Bubbler tutorial that takes all the guesswork out of building a bubble washer which helps wash greens, baby roots, and even cucumbers much quicker. Normally $47
Greenhouse Construction tutorial
I went out and filmed an entire build of a 30x72 greenhouse- from laying out the site to installing the rollup sides and polycarbonate sheeting. Guaranteed to save you literally hours of time and costly mistakes!
Find your perfect farm

Your farm property is the most expensive purchase you will probably ever make... and has the ability to help you thrive or bankrupt you. This course walks you through identifying, vetting, and purchasing your first farm property

In this course you will learn:

> The different climate aspects of where you want to locate your farm, and how to avoid wild weather and challenging scenarios

> the 6 different web resources we use to find and vet the right property- all of them are FREE!

> The exact checklist we use when looking at a new property, and everything that we are taking into account so there are no expensive "surprises" later on.

> Renting or leasing is frequently  viable option to get started.. use our sample agreements and copious resource list to make sure you sign a strong contract and don't lose your land!


Shopify Quickstart Course
Start selling your products in 
Shopify the easy way
Shopify is a world-class, powerful platform, but you can struggle for many hours to set up the different features and plugins to make it work for farm delivery. Let us walk you step-by-step through the process.
Start Selling Microgreen Kits 
In Just 7 Days!

In this mini-course, we'll walk you through everything from sourcing the materials, building the kits, and how to sell them to your customers!

Templates and Instructions included!

Start Your CSA
In this 6 lesson course, we walk through if CSA is for you, how to pick a share type and size, best practices to keep high retention, and a boatload of resources to get you started fast!
Fund Your Farm

In this 7 lesson course we walk you through the different options for funding your farm, from startup to thriving farm that needs capital improvements.

You'll leave with a clear understanding of the funding opportunities for your farm.

What's In The Course?
 
First we give an overview of the different types of seeders out there and how the current seeders on the market compare.
 
Then we move you through your seeding system and building your process.
 
We then deepdive into 4 of the most common walking seeders out there giving tips for usage and calibration.
 
Finally, we wrap up with calibration math and understanding the true advantages of multi-row seeders.

More courses and trainings being added monthly!


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Hear what SFU Members have to say...

"SFU is the best decision we made for our farm..."

"The SFU is an immeasurable benefit..."

"I am now farming less land and 4X'd my revenue"

Your SFU subscription Includes

  • Access to all courses
  •  Workbooks
  • Resources, SOP's and cheat sheets
  • ​farmer community
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      A message from Michael

      Michael is a farmer, presenter, inventor and leader who lives to help farmers apply business principles and practical, proven solutions to grow their businesses and simplify their lives. He has managed large certified organic farms and businesses, consulted for industry experts, and spoken at dozens of conferences. He is host of the Thriving Farmer Podcast and Thriving Farmer Summit Series.

      Dear Farmer,

      Michael Kilpatrick here — Growing Farmers lead and fellow farmer geek. 

      When we first started way back in 2003… 

      We were probably a lot like you…

      To say we were OVERWHELMED would be the UNDERSTATEMENT of the century.

      But through much research, trial and error, and mentorship by some of the best farmers in the US, we achieved our Farm Freedom.

      And we want that for you. We created SFU out of the need of our farmers for a continuous support system at an affordable price point. And with the success of hundreds of members, we're excited to be helping to change our food system and impact our communities!

      To your small farm freedom,
      Want more? 
      Develop a personalized plan with Michael
      Michael rarely consults 1 on 1 but we convinced him to 
      open up 30 spots for 1 on 1 turbocharge sessions 
      for new Small Farm University members

      These sessions are 60+ minutes, 
      1:1 structured calls where you can brainstorm, 
      ask questions and get unstuck in preparing for 2019. 
      Some ways you can use this session are to:
      • Brainstorm and get immediate feedback on your ideas and thoughts
      • Get clarity around what to focus on next and what’s important at your stage
      • Discover how to position yourself for success with the right tools, systems, and property
      • Look over your crop plan and figure out where your profit centers are
      • Get ideas on the layout in your greenhouses, pack sheds, or other workspaces for maximum efficiency 
      • Identify your target market and learn how to craft your sales strategy
      What’s included: 
      • What you need to find clarity and direction in your business
      • 60+ minutes zoom call of one-on-one attention, focused on your concerns where we can share our screens, show and email you resources. 
      • Video recording of our call so you can refer to what we discussed later
      •  Email follow up to summarize our call
      Personalized plan

      Annual Membership + Turbocharge consulting session
      $
      497
      LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE!!
      • 1 ON 1 CONSULTATION SESSION WITH MICHAEL
        We look at your roadmap and help you 10x your results
        NORMALLY $197 SAVE 35%!!
      • ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP 
         After the first year, the annual payment will go back to $370
        TWO MONTHS FREE - SAVE $74
      • These sessions will be scheduled in late December, early January. 
      • We will reach out in a few weeks to schedule your session.
      EVERYTHING IN SMALL FARM UNIVERSITY
      Plus...
      • Strategy Video Call with Michael each month ($175 value) that is recorded and added to your account.
      • Get personal access to Michael through Voxer. Let me answer your questions and get you back on track.
      • Application only (2 slots left), click the link below to fill it out.

      Your Plan to Succeed

      1.

      Join Small Farm University

      As soon as you join, you'll go through our more time, more money course which will help you identify quick wins for your farm

      2.

       Watch the courses and engage in the community 

      Go through the trainings for the stage of farming you are at. This will help you focus on exactly what will move your farm forward

      3.

      Start Thriving on your farm!

      The trainings, resources and community will provide feedback to help you implement what you need to THRIVE!

      "Since joining, we’ve been able to expand our market and our farm simultaneously"

      "The course contents include and go beyond the focus of crop production and into the why and how of running a successful farm business from all angles. 

      Having access to all this information and other specialists, covering such a vast range of topics from operations & employees through to sales, marketing, and appropriate ICT has been invaluable as we rapidly scale our enterprises."

      Rachel Yeats
      Director, Handcrafted Produce 

      "Since joining SFU, we’ve more than doubled our gross income this year over last, and the farm is now contributing to our living expenses."

      "I’m a newer small-scale farmer and knew I had a lot to learn. The content taught inside SFU is relevant to what I do every day, with a focus on production, processing, and marketing. I like that everything is recorded for later viewing if I get busy.

      Michael and the team present information well, and while the experts they bring in aren’t the conventional big names, they bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise."

      Larry Heidkamp

      We’ve advised some of the best in the industry — on how to streamline their operations, optimize their farming systems, and get more from their hard work. 

      The actionable training you need to experience healthy growth and greater revenue

      I know you’re tired of thinking about your farm 24/7...
      So let us help you simplify and streamline your way towards small farm success:
      It’s about time you got a battle-tested ROADMAP for getting your small farm to maximum profitability… without the long hours and lost time.

      The one thing that separates the successful farmers from the ones who flounder? A System. And SFU gives you that system.

      Listen to SFU members tell us what it means to be a part of the community.

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