The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program (VBFRCP) is working hard to improve opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations thorough whole farm planning programs. We offer several, place-based whole farm planning training opportunities across Virginia. These trainings provide farmers with a range of networking opportunities, classroom-based workshops, farm tours, field instruction, and self-study opportunities using our newly developed Whole Farm Planning curriculum. Below are the most current opportunities for 2013. Visit this site often to see updates for fall 2013 and winter 2014.
The CFS program is led by Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and consumer Services (VDACS). Through whole farm planning curriculum, individuals seeking farming opportunities, will be provided with the tools needed to successfully demonstrate their farming commitment and vision to interested landowner. The CFS Program is designed around helping interested farmers produce a business plan and resume, as well as demonstrate on-farm experience.
Virginia State University's Beginning Farmer Program: Whole Farm Planning Workshops
Southside and Eastern Virginia, Winter, 2014
The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is offering Beginning Farmer Program Workshops January-February 2014. These workshops will cover the materials included in Module 1, Introduction to Whole Farm Planning, of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program. These workshops will be free and open to any Beginning Farmer. The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program requires the completion of Module 1, Introduction to Whole Farm Planning, as a requirement for participation in the Virginia Farm Mentoring Program. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. All workshops will be from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Register with Jim Hankins or call 804 892 4492
Attimo Winery is dedicated to celebrating the everyday moments in life. In collaboration with Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program, Attimo is working to encourage, recruit, educate, and train the next generation of viticulturist and wine makers in Virginia.
SustainFloyd's beginning farmer & rancher efforts include development of a working, model farm creating opportunities within a living laboratory for experiential learning. Whole Farm Planning educational training will include day-long workshops, and courses focused on Principles & Production, as well as Entrepreneurial-Agribusiness training.
Grayson Landcare's Whole Farm Planning efforts include educating and training beginning farmers, rancher, and grazers to make economically sound, realistic, and sustainable goals to promote long term agriculture success.
Appalachian Sustainable Development is working with Virginia Cooperative Extension to offer Whole Farm Planning and other beginning farmer workshops fall 2013. These opportunities aim to assist Appalachian farmers in addressing available local marketing opportunities and developing a working business plan, while promoting sustainable agricultural practices.”
Whole Farm Planning Farm School
2013-2014 Farm School is currently being planned. Stay tuned for more information soon!
Goochland County & Richmond, Virginia
The purpose of this program is to help beginning farmers and ranchers in Virginia to make informed farm planning decisions as part of a whole farm plan. A six-week course is organized at the introductory to intermediate stage of farming knowledge and experience.
The Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program
2014 training course is currently being planned. Stay tuned for more information soon!
Fauquier County, Virginia
A six-month initiative to help aspiring farmers make an informed decision about the direction and future of a farm operation. NPBFP uses curriculum developed by Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Agriculture experts from across Virginia present instruction using both online and in-person curriculum. Participants develop a farm business plan in coordination with local farmers and agriculture service representatives. Upon completion, participants will possess the basic knowledge and skills to start a farm operation.