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    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
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    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project

Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program

Welcome to the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program! 

Starting a farm is difficult, and succeeding beyond the first few years may be even more so.   Beginning farmers and ranchers nation-wide face unique challenges to achieve their farm goals and aspirations.  The long-term goal of the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program (VBFRCP) is to improve opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations and communities in Virginia.  To reach our goal, we support the development and enhancement of whole farm planning curriculum and training, online resources, social networking, and farmer mentoring.  Unique to this state-wide Extension program is its coalition of agricultural organizations and farm business that work together to develop and implement these programming aims. 

 

 Growing Farmers Through Training and Networking!

   

Program Farm Tour Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program Farm Tour, Floyd, Virginia

 

 
Coalition Media Releases

Farm bill helps new farmers grow roots

Kim Niewolny working to address historical and emerging issues in agricultural and community development practice.

Virginia Tech helps cultivate new farmers

Virginia's Farm Link (video)

VDACS Commissioner Matt Lohr talks about turning a childhood fascination into a career.

Virginia Tech News Release


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If you want to stay informed about our program activities using social media, follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our listserv.  If you have comments or questions, please contact Kim Niewolny by email or at (540) 231-5784.

 

 

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.  Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award # 2010-49400. Program activity is currently funded, in part, with an integrated, competitive grant from VAES, VCE, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. For more information, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at niewolny@vt.edu or 540-231-5784.

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Common Ground

 

    Getting Started Farming

Getting Started in Farming

2014 Whole Farm Planning Opportunities

Certified Farm Seeker Program 

VSU Whole Farm Planning Workshop Series

Grower's Academy

The Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program

VABF Farm School for Beginners 
 (2014 course being planned)

SustainFloyd's Pocket Farm Class
(fall 2013 class completed)

Attimo Winery's Whole Farm Planning for New Wineries & Vineyards

Whole Farm Planning Workshops in Southwest Virginia with ASD

Grayson LandCare's Whole Farm Planning Program


 


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