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Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program (Western NC)

Looking to launch or expand your farming business?

Join this 210+ hour Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program!

 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 helps 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.

2018-2019 Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training is 210+ 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 & Farm workshops at Living Web Farms.

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

**Location of Winter Sessions:  GRO- Growing Rural Opportunities at the Mill Spring Agricultural Center, 156 School Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756 (Polk County