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Farm Beginnings® Year-Long Farmer Training EARLY BIRD Application Deadline!

August 1, 2017

Looking to launch or expand your farming business?
Join this 210+ hour Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program!
EARLY BIRD APPLICATIONS DUE BY AUGUST 1. Receive $100 off the course fee!

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.

2017-2018 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 Spring Conference (March) & Harvest Conference (September) – 40+ hours
Mentorship with an experienced Farmer Mentor (March – September) – 10-15 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
One year WNC CRAFT Farmer Network membership – Membership and mentoring in a regional farmer network

**Location of Winter Sessions: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Incubator Farm at 180 Mag Sluder Rd. Alexander, NC 28701 (just 15 minutes from Asheville, NC)


August 1, 2017
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