What you'll get out of this course

Have you poured years of your life into establishing a farming, ranching or fishing business? Are you ready to work on making your business sustainable for the long run? We’ve got you covered.

Build a vision for business resilience
Develop vital accounting skills
Peer-to-peer learning

Upcoming Course Details

Next session:

October – December 2023

The Resilerator
Zoom Meetings (virtual)
10 weeks
Wednesdays • 9-11am
$200 and can be refunded
Poppy Davis
Winona Dorris
Farmers & Ranchers as guest instructors
Next Session:
Starting November 2023
Sacramento Region
1 year
First Wednesday of each month
Liya Schwartzman
Poppy Davis
Farmers & Ranchers as guest instructors

More About this Course

We created this course based on knowledge gained through decades of experience working with small-scale farmers. The Resilerator is not only about “business fundamentals.” It goes deeper, based on each participant’s own self-assessment. It is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of farmers, ranchers, and fishers.

Resilerator Overview

The Resilerator is like a business accelerator, but the emphasis is on long-term resilience, sustainable profits, and responsible practices, rather than an accelerated sprint towards short-term profits. The course begins with each participant completing our Business Resilience Self-assessment. The following ten weeks cover topics including business structure, labor, land tenure, accounting, taxation, credit, insurance, and regulatory compliance. The course ends with setting realistic goals for improving business practices over 2-3 years.

The Resilerator features peer-to-peer learning with farmers serving as co-teachers alongside course instructors.

Farmer smiling amongst sheep

“I’m looking forward to creating more professional profit/loss and cash flow documents and projecting them out a few years so that I can make more educated decisions.”


In order to be eligible, we ask that you meet the following requirements:

  • Own or lease land or infrastructure where you operate a farm, ranch, or fishing business in California
  • Own your own farm or ranch business, or have been an operator in your family’s farm, ranch  or fishery business for at least two years
  • For farmers, it’s focused on row crops, nursery products, and poultry or livestock (the course does not apply to businesses that are primarily vineyards or orchards with only one harvest and one customer)

After the Course

When you complete the course, you become a Resilerator: eligible for one-on-one technical assistance, bookkeeping clinics, and occasional workshops on more advanced topics. You also become eligible for Recovery and Resilience Loans (at 0% interest with no fees) when you apply for financing from California FarmLink.

Photo of someone posing with a Tara Firma Farms prop

Course Sponsor

This course is generously sponsored by: