You have poured the last few years of your life into establishing your farm and now you are ready to work on making your business (and your life!) sustainable for the long run. You need business knowledge, accounting skills, a vision for business resilience, and a plan for how to get there.
We’ve got you covered.
California FarmLink works with hundreds of small and medium-scale farmers and ranchers and we learn from them everyday. We have designed our Resilience educational program specifically to address the needs of farmers looking to strengthen their businesses.
The core of our Resilience program is the 10-week Resilerator, a comprehensive farm business curriculum designed for farmers and ranchers with at least two years of experience as a farm or ranch owner. We also offer topical workshops for Resilerator graduates (who are proud “Resilerators”) to help them in their continued quest for farm business management excellence.
In order to be eligible, we ask that you meet the following requirements:
- Own or lease land where they operate a farm or ranch business
- Own their own farm or ranch business, or have been an operator in their family’s farm or ranch business for at least two years
- Farmers of field crops, row crops, nursery products, and poultry or livestock (the course does not apply to operations that are primarily vineyards or orchards with only one harvest and one customer)
Other Resilience programming includes workshops, resources and videos, and occasional workshops that are open to farmers who have not taken the Resilerator course.
The Resilerator is like a business accelerator, but the emphasis is on long-term resilience and sustainable profits and practices rather than an accelerated sprint towards short-term profits. The Resilerator begins with each participant completing our Business Resilience Self-assessment. The next 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 for the next 2-3 years.
The Resilerator relies on peer-to-peer learning with farmers serving as co-teachers alongside course instructors.
“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.”
– Farmer/Resilerator 2021
When you complete the course, you become a Resilerator: eligible for one-on-one technical assistance, bookkeeping clinics, and occasional workshops on advanced topics such as determining your cost of production, shaping the tax treatment of your business, and accounting for value-added production. You will also receive a certificate that gives you a $500 discount on loan fees if you apply for financing from California FarmLink.
The Resilerator is offered in the winter months. Keep in touch to learn more: sign up today or visit our blog for the latest news from California FarmLink.
Become a Resilerator!
We are currently accepting applications for our next Resilerator cohort beginning in 2022! Click the button below to apply.
Other resources for Resilience
Note: some resources are available to everyone and others are only for Resilerators.
Coming in 2021 – So you Hired a Bookkeeper, Now What? -For Resilerators only
Congratulations, you’ve taken it to the next level and are working with a bookkeeper! Now you need help understanding your financial reports and using them to think strategically about planning for the future. In this workshop we will dive into your financial statements to help you gain a deeper understanding of your business. We’ll discuss what questions you should be asking your bookkeeper, how to read financial reports, and how best to plan for your farm’s financial resilience.
The Business Resilience Self-Assessment – Open to all
The first step is to complete our comprehensive Business Resilience Self-Assessment. The Resilerator curriculum is designed to help you make progress on every topic covered in the assessment. At the end of the Resilerator, you will have an opportunity to set learning goals associated with each of the topic areas, and then you will be eligible to receive up to two hours of one-on-one technical assistance on related topics, as well as being able to participate in our other educational programing. If you are thinking about the Resilerator you can complete the self-assessment to help you decide if the Resilerator is right for you. You can also use it to guide your own learning if groups just aren’t your thing.
Bookkeeping Clinics and Resources – For Resilerators only
Resilerators have a strong understanding of what their accounting system should do for them. They have a new and revitalized vision for their bookkeeping system, but often need additional support to apply new knowledge to existing systems. We are working hard to continue to support your development as a skilled financial manager. If you have completed the Resilerator, we will offer occasional bookkeeping clinics which will be opportunities for you to meet with a bookkeeper to get specific advice on how to make improvements to your bookkeeping system.
Model Chart of Accounts – Open to all
You can use this resource to guide you in setting up or cleaning up your bookkeeping system. In the Resilerator we will discuss the context and value of this resource and how to use it.
QuickBooks “How to” Videos – Open to all
This series of ten short bookkeeping videos will help you:
- Set your QuickBooks up using the Model Chart of Accounts
- Record accounts payable and payments made (basic)
- Invoice customers (basic)
- Invoice customers and track the items and quantities you sell (advanced)
- Reconcile your bank accounts and credit card accounts (basic)
- Record owner’s contributions and draws (basic)
- Record depreciation and asset purchases and sales (advanced)
Other Educational Offerings – Coming Soon!
Past Resilerators have given us a long list of topics they would like to learn more about. We are constantly developing new program offerings to support farmers in their continued learning.
Planned for 2022 – for Resilerators only!
- Managing Human Resources on the Farm
- Managing Multiple Types of Farm Insurances
- Filing as an S Corp or as a Disregarded Entity