Financial Preparation & Recovery for Disaster

 Online Mini Course | Self Led | Open Enrollment 

The best time to prepare was yesterday. The next best is now!

Drawing on decades of training small-farmers amidst climate change, Farmer Campus offers you engaging and relevant financial education made specially for small farmers and ranchers facing disaster.

This mini-course provides disaster risk-management education to growers traditionally underserved by insurance and risk management tools:

  • Overview of Insurance for Farmers: What it is, what types are available, and what makes sense for you and your operation
  • Financial Preparedness 101: Understanding what programs exist to help you prepare and what you’ll need to qualify
  • Financial Recovery 101: Including Cashflow, Bookkeeping & Accounting to know how to plan for a disaster and/or a claim
  • Podcasts of Farmer-to-Farmer stories 

Made for You

The threat of wide-sweeping catastrophic disasters -including wildfires, drought, extreme temperature swings, floods, and pandemics- has compounded in the last decade. And yet, there are few targeted educational resources to help small farmers and ranchers financially prepare. Producers have shared that insurance is one of the best possible investments to survive catastrophes, although beginning and small-scale producers are some of the least likely to purchase insurance.

This course aims to reduce the human, production, and financial risks of underserved producers to climate disasters with concrete, tested strategies and the sharing of expert and farmer-to-farmer knowledge of financial preparedness and recovery.

By taking this course you will:

Assess your farm or ranch and community's unique risks to fires

Understand Insurance for Small Farms and Ranches

Connect with experts and peers in-person and online

Gain an overview of different government assistance programs for preparedness and recovery

Access specialized tools and activities designed to help you build financial resilience

Get podcasts from farmers on how they've been impacted by disaster, the resources and tools they used to recover, and the lessons learned for the future to help you better prepare

How learning happens

Online Lessons

Starting learning without leaving your farm. Combines community-driven practical, and scientific knowledge in 9 online modules featuring videos, podcasts and activities.

Farmer Networks

Learn alongside farmer-to-farmer private forums, compare ideas and co-create solutions with fellow producers in fire prone regions.

Community Educators

All materials were made just for you and include experts from the field as well as stories from farmers who have overcome fire related disasters.

Specialized Tools

Access tools made just for you to improve your farm, family, and community's financial preparedness.

Applied Activities

Each module includes an on-farm Applied Activity, helping you analyze and apply new principles and practices while reflecting how different concepts relate to your own farm and/or community.


You set the pace to shape learning around your busy schedule. Offering video, podcasts, discussion forums, readings and multimedia, this course is designed for all learning styles.

Course FAQ

This course is now a “Self-Led” Course, so you’ll set your timeframe, workload and the pace. There will be occasional live workshops you can attend in person and online, but you can complete course content when it is most convenient for you. 

A computer & high speed internet connection to watch videos; a farm or land suitable for doing the practical Applied Activities; self-motivation to structure your time and complete lessons. 

Course materials are highly applicable for farmers, interns, apprentices, agricultural professionals, educators, students, and anyone with an interest in disaster financial resilience in an agricultural context. 

While the content is accessible for many different learning backgrounds and styles, this course is currently tailored for those with a minimum of basic English reading and comprehension.

Note: There is no scale requirement for your operation.

This course is free. All course materials are freely accessible for farmers and ranchers.

The course content is tailored for people currently farming or ranching in California and the West coast, but anyone regardless of region or profession are encouraged to join. 

So glad you asked! Enroll using the button at the top of this page. Email <> if you have any questions. Please note we are part-time staff. Thank you for your patience with a response!

You will then get a link to the Farmer Campus Online Learning Platform which houses our curriculum, network and classroom, where you’ll make a profile and then be taken to your course. 

We look forward to learning with you. 

Created in Community

Our Network

Enriched by contributions and resources from our network of farmers, ranchers, scientists, and community field experts across the country.

Farmers & Field Experts

With deep appreciation for contributions from the farming and ranching community, and for sharing your stories of disaster, community, and resilience.

Sponsors & Contributors

Made possible by generous support from our sponsors and contributing University Extensions, Academics, Nonprofits, Disaster Relief Agents and Professionals. 

Today is the day to build Financial Resilience for Disaster

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award Numbers 2018-70027-28587, RMA21CPT0011602, and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program G226-22-W8617. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, any reference to specific brands or types of products or services does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for those products or services.