Farm Sitters Course

Three dirty piglets standing in green grass with barn in background.The purpose of this course is to equip individuals with the tools to serve as effective farm sitters and to understand the general responsibilities of helping an animal-based farm enterprise successfully continue in the absence of the farmer or manager.

Register Online

Course Schedule:

  • Zoom meetings, Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
    • March 26
    • April 2
    • April 9
    • April 23
    • April 30
  • In Person Meetings:
    • Farm Visit in Garland, ME – date TBD
    • May 7, 2024 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Farm Tractor Safety @KVCC Hinckley Campus

Note: To get the most out of this course, participants should plan to spend approximately 1 hour/week on additional asynchronous coursework required.

Course Format and Completion:

  • Complete readings, videos, and practical assignments in Brightspace (an online learning platform)
  • Attend five, 90-minute Zoom sessions, Tuesdays, 6 — 7:30 pm

Course Fee:

This training program is offered on a sliding scale (self-selected). We strive to make the training accessible and affordable for all Maine residents.

$50: Full price: Suggested for those who can afford the full course fee.

$35: 30% discount: Suggested for those who can afford 60% of the full course fee.

$20: 60% discount: Suggested fee for participants for whom the full course fee would prove a barrier.

*Please contact us at if these payment options still prove a barrier to participation.

Topics include:

  • Components of Effective Farm Sitting
  • Animal Health Basics
  • Animal Handling
  • Practical Animal Nutrition
  • Farm Sitting as a Business
  • Farm Sitting in the Real World
  • Farm Tractor Safety


Phone: 207-933-2100 Office hours: Weekdays 8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, or would like to discuss any other barriers to participation, please email or call Chris Howard 207-944-6391 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

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