SMALL FARM OUTREACH PROGRAM TRAINING
FOR VETERANS AND SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED

NEW AND BEGINNING FARMERS & RANCHERS

 

WE HAVE ONE GOAL IN MIND—TO HELP YOU GET STARTED IN A SUCCESSFUL FARM OPERATION

As part of the Small Farm Outreach Program's New & Beginning Farmer & Rancher training, socially disadvantaged and veterans have the opportunity to learn what they need to own and operate a successful farm business. Our holistic approach includes education, outreach, hands-on experiential learning, training and technical assistance as well as farmer-mentor support for those who participate.

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SEE HOW YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY!

  • Is your new or current farm operation in one of 54 Virginia counties served by the program? 

  • Are you interested in starting a new farm operation or have you been farming 10 years or less?

  • Are you a military veteran?

SERVING 54 VIRGINIA COUNTIES: Accomack, Albemarle, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Charles City, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Franklin, Goochland, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, Isle of Wight, Lancaster, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Nelson, North Hampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Orange, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Southampton, Spotsylvania, Suffolk, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland

Farmer Mentor and 2017 Small Farmer of the Year Herbert Brown, Sr.

Farmer Mentor and 2017 Small Farmer of the Year Herbert Brown, Sr.


Workshops support the USDA NIFA grant designed for “Outreach, Training, and Technical Assistance Project for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmers and Rancher in Virginia” Award Number 2017-70011-26861

Workshops support the USDA NIFA grant designed for “Outreach, Training, and Technical Assistance Project for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmers and Rancher in Virginia” Award Number 2017-70011-26861


 
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Contact Megan Harrison in the Small Farm Outreach Program or call (804) 524-3292 to get started!


FREE OR LOW-COST EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS WILL HELP YOU:

  • Create financial plans and make decisions about when and how to grow your farm business
  • Identify and apply for financial resources that may be available
  • Improve farm production, livestock and forest management practices
  • Evaluate value-added production strategies that provide additional income from your farm products
  • Learn about state-of-the-art farm tools and equipment
  • Develop marketing strategies to help you find buyers and build your customer base
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PERSONAL SUPPORT FROM A SMALL FARM OUTREACH PROGRAM AGENT:

  • Get convenient, one-on-one training and technical assistance
  • Experience hands-on, in-the-field training 

CONNECT WITH EXPERIENCED PRODUCERS:

  • Learn from farmer-mentors who understand the challenges and benefits of creating and sustaining a small farm
  • Become aquainted with others in the program and network with established farmers throughout Virginia at conferences and on farm tours
 

How It Works

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BEGIN WITH A SMALL FARM ORIENTATION WORKSHOP

Each month, the Small Farm Outreach team offers Small Farm Orientation for a limited number of new and beginning farmers. This half-day workshop introduces the available training programs, technical assistance and financial resources designed to support farm operations. 


Farmer Mentor Clif Slade shares information with new farmers at a Whole Farm Planning workshop.

Farmer Mentor Clif Slade shares information with new farmers at a Whole Farm Planning workshop.

ATTEND A WHOLE FARM PLANNING WORKSHOP

This introductory course provides comprehensive information about the Beginning & Veteran Farmer and Rancher Program. All workshops are from 9am-12pm.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

  • February 17 (United Methodist Church, Dry Fork)
  • February 27 (Lake Country Advanced Learning Center, South Hill)
  • March 6 (VSU Randolph Farm, Petersburg)
  • March 24 (Paul D. Camp Community College, Franklin)
  • April 4 (Orange County Public Works Building, Orange)
  • April 17 (Lord Fairfax Community College, Warrenton)