What is Enterprising Rural Families?
ERF is an objective, research- and expertise-based online self-paced 26
week course for rural family businesses. The primary focus of this
course is the issues and challenges that face family-members in the
Why have we developed the course?
Agricultural family businesses don’t have access to many resources
that focus on the individual family aspect of the business. Based on
comments and requests for assistance from rural family businesses and
from service providers, we realized there was a need for a course that
would help families deal with the family issues facing them in
What makes us different from other courses?
ERF emphasizes the individual & family-aspect of the family business
rather than the business side of the family business.
ERF is online which means it is flexible – one can “take” it at any
time day or night.
It is designed for the business person/family that does not have a
lot of time to sit in classes or to travel to a course site.
It is designed with the understanding that people in family
businesses are very busy, often having to tend to daily and seasonal
enterprise demands and daily family demands. ERF allows them to
complete the course over a period of six months if needed.
It is relatively inexpensive.
Benefits of this course?
Opportunity to consider ways to improve their own roles and their
family’s role in the business
Increased harmony for the family members
Decrease family stress and family farm risks
Balance between the family and the business
Increased knowledge about running a family business
Increased confidence in running a family business
Better communication between family members
Increased skills in handling family relationships in a complex system
of individual, family, enterprise, and community
Opportunity to learn things they don’t already know about managing
families and running a family-business in a stimulating environment
with others in family-businesses who share the same challenges and
Convenience of not having to travel somewhere to attend an onsite
How do commercial and rural agricultural operators get more information?
The ERF website also has information on
course price and registration.