Who's it for?
Current or prospective farmers in Western North Carolina.
What problem does it solve?
Many skills are required to start and expand a successful farm business: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more.
How does it help?
Farm Beginnings® will help you build these skills through one year of farmer-led training, mentoring, and networking.
The program uses a holistic management frame and includes farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network to help you clarify your goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan, and start building your profitable and sustainable operation. Students do not need to own land, but some farming or production experience is required to get the most out of the program.