Start Your Own Farm, MCC DoSpace Classes
March 1, 2020
We are collaborating with MCC to share our love of animals and farming with the Omaha community. Registration for these classes is done directly through MCC.
Meet some cuddly critters named Katerina, Clover, and Hopper. Explore
different breeds of rabbits and check out their unique characteristics.
Watch how fast they hop and play. Help us pick bunny treats from our
organic garden and of course spend lots of time holding each of them.
Barreras Family Farm has a small herd of Nubian dairy goats, come get
to know these friendly critters. Help us bottle feed the babies, milk the
momma goats, learn about fresh raw milk, and more.
Discover how fast they grow from eggs, to chicks, to teenagers, to
adults. Help us gather eggs in the coop, lay fresh bedding, and feed
them treats from our organic garden. Take a walk in the pasture and
discover where the chickens hide, what predators they have, and more.
Help us groom our horses, watch a farrier give them a horse pedicure,
and learn how to read their body language. Everyone can try riding
(assisted by a farm hand on lead rope).
We have some big babies. Ever bottle feed a 100lb baby cow? Snuggle
up on these big babies. Walk the pasture with their adult brothers and
sisters and see how big they really get. Learn the differences between
pasture raised, grass finished, and corn fed.
Adult Business Classes
MCC AT DO SPACE
Have you been nurturing an idea for a farm of your own? Now is the time to explore those dreams of raising chickens, owning a herd of goats, making cheese, or growing vegetables! New farmers can explore the possibilities and realities of owning or expanding an agricultural business. Develop goals for yourself and your businesses, become more familiar with financing options, identify and evaluate available resources, examine marketing strategies, and explore agencies and organizations that provide support and assistance to farmers. You do not need to have land or know what you will grow – just that you want to explore the possibilities and learn about the steps you need to take to begin farming. Bring your laptop, tablet and/or smartphone. If you don’t have one, we’ll provide one during class. A class syllabus will delivered via email at the beginning of each class meeting. Be prepared to take notes. The instructor is Mariel Barreras.
MCC AT DO SPACE
A business plan is a decision making tool that takes the form of a formal document. It states your business goals, why you think you can achieve them, and lays out your plan for doing so. Business planning is also a process, not an end product. A farm business plan is a work in progress, which farm business owners or operators will want to revisit regularly. Writing a farm business plan is essential in moving from dreams to reality. The process of writing a farm business plan may seem overwhelming and intimidating at first. This class breaks down each section of a business plan to help you hone your idea with manageable tools. Bring your questions, business ideas, and your laptop, tablet and/or smartphone. If you don’t have one, we’ll provide one during class. Class syllabus is delivered via email at the beginning of each class meeting. Be prepared to take notes. The instructor is Mariel Barreras.
MCC AT DO SPACE
Marketing is a range of strategies and techniques designed to raise awareness of your farm and get more people to visit and/or purchase your products and services. A marketing plan is an essential part of your farm or small business overall plan for success. This course introduces effective techniques while guiding farmers to establish a formal marketing strategy. Class syllabus is delivered via email at the beginning of each class meeting. Be prepared to take notes. This class is targeted to new farmers as well as more seasoned farmers who have explored the basics of marketing and are ready to develop a formal marketing strategy. Bring your laptop, tablet and/or smartphone. If you don’t have one, we’ll provide one during class. The instructor is Mariel Barreras.
BARRERAS FAMILY FARM
Explore the differences between conventional, organic, and sustainable methods of raising goats and managing a dairy, whether for home or commercial use. Discover how to plan and manage the dairy, as well as natural methods of raising goats. Learn to integrate current research on goat health issues with management practices. Breeding and birthing issues will be discussed in detail, as well as raising kids. Basics of cheese and soap making will be included, as well as composting waste and using milk or whey as fertilizer or to raise other meat animals, such as poultry, pigs, and calves.