Farm Business Essentials

A step complete by step A to Z system to plan, market, and grow the farm enterprise that’s right for you. Built by a farmer for farmers just like you.

The Farm Business Essentials (FBE) online course has been intentionally designed to help you create a complete, profitable, livestock based farm business that works for you.

No matter if you are in the very beginning stages of your farm's development, or if you have already begun farming but are looking to take it to the next level, FBE will take you thru this process.

You will have streaming access 24/7 to all 22 modules of the course which walk you through exactly how to plan, start and grow your farming enterprise.

  • Complete with downloadable resources, we cover it all. Nothing is left out.

  • The course focuses on what works in the real world, not in theory.

  • There is a community of farmers going along with you to lend support, answer questions, and give feedback thru a community run forum.

  • Periodic webinars with Darby and Diego to get your specific questions answered.

  • No filler or unnecessary content.

In this course we will take an in-depth look at where you are currently at in life and business, where you want to go with your farming future, what you need to put in place to get there, and what are some of the next action steps to turn your ideal farm into reality.

The course will focus on:

  • selecting the right farming enterprise
  • balancing family with farm business startup
  • starting a farm on the side, or on a part time basis, and then scaling that operation as needed
  • find the right sales model for you and your market
  • how to market and brand your farming enterprise
  • business basics – insurance, taxes, corporate structure, website, social media

What's Included:

Lifetime streaming access 24/7 to all 22 modules of the FBE course. All 22 modules will cover over 25 hours of content.

BONUS VIDEOS: The Expert Series: Expand on the course content with presentations focusing on the specifics of talking marketing, rotational grazing, leasing land, animal handling and more. Featuring over 25 hours of content from Joel Salatin, Greg Judy, Mark Shepard, Paul Greive, Colin Seis, and other farmers and ranchers who have a proven track record in regenerative agriculture.

Additional benefits include:

Access to a community run online forum (currently hosted on FaceBook) where you can connect with other FBE students to share ideas, discuss questions and spur one another on to success in your collective farming ventures.

Access to all archived webinars.

Access to the course is made available to all members of your immediate household family.

Access to potential future modules added to the FBE online course.

Priority status to sign-up for future in person events put on by GFL.

Discounts to attend future in person events put on by GFL.

Discounts for future online, stand alone courses offered by GFL.

Note: The workshop is non-refundable.


Your Instructor


Darby Simpson
Darby Simpson

Darby’s farming journey began in 2007 with just $600 and 50 broiler chickens on pasture.

Today the farm is producing nearly $200,000 in gross annual sales and provides a modest living for Darby, his wife and two children.

Darby successfully transitioned himself from the corporate world as a mechanical engineer into farming and this course is designed to help you do the same.



Class Curriculum


  22. Transitioning Considerations
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  23. Pasture Management
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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