Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications

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Looking to launch or expand your farming business?

Join this 200+ hour Farm Beginnings Farmer Training Program!

Early Bird application due August 1, 2019. 

Many skills are required to start a successful farm: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. The Farm Beginnings® class is a 12-month training session that uses holistic management to help beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. The course uses a mix of farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network. Farm Beginnings® is designed for new and prospective farmers who want to plan a profitable farm business. Students do not need to currently own land, but some farming or production experience is helpful to get the most out of the class.

2019-2020 Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training is 200+ Hours including:

Winter Whole-Farm Business Planning Courses – 60 hours (October – March)**

— ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference (February) – 8 hours

— OGS  Conferences – 40+ hours

— Mentorship with an experienced Farmer Mentor (March – September) – 15 hours

— Production Training – 45 hours (April – October): WNC CRAFT tours on sustainable farms around WNC & Field Days at the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Incubator Farm and Living Web Farms

— One year WNC CRAFT Farmer Network membership – Membership and mentoring in a regional farmer network

**Location of Winter Sessions: Creekside  Farm and Education Center  at Walnut Cove at 339 Avery Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704