Friday, December 13, 2013

New Program for Beginning Farmers

There is a new program to help beginning farmers in Maryland. The Maryland Collaborative for Beginning Farmer Success builds on existing Extension resources and partnerships to provide beginning farmers with easily accessible tools and practical experience-based training on farm production, marketing, land management, business planning, and financial resources.

The Collaborative features four major components for various levels of background knowledge a beginning farmer may already possess. Beginning farmers may choose to enter into the Collaborative at any of the four levels.
  1. Explore farming options, understand the components of a successful farm operation, and make decisions about what enterprises best fit their interests.
  2. Refine participants farm interests, understand the requirements and strategies of different farm enterprises and begin developing plans for assessing resources needed to implement a farm plan. 
  3. Develop specific farm production and business plans and obtain needed resources to begin a farm enterprise.
  4. Implement farm plans, start agricultural enterprises and continue as successful beginning farmers. 
Visit the web site at

The Beginning Farmer Success Program was a co-sponsor of the 2013 Lambing & Kidding School

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