"Here, every day and in every way, students farm. Growing food for a 175 member CSA, a vibrant Farmers' Market and a 50 member meat CSA and managing 150 acres of productive forest land is the core of life and learning on the farm. Here students learn to farm by farming.
"Looking to join, build or strengthen a farmers network in your area? We created this registry to help farmers connect and learn from each other. Find your state in one of the regions below to see if there is a network listed near you. You can also browse other states to get inspiration about strengthening or starting your own.
"Exclusively for growers and producers, the Grower's Group brings together farmers, producers, apprentices, farm agencies, local representatives, and experts to tour farms, receive training, and network.
Those entering farming face decrease in available affordable land, increasing regulations, and high equipment cost. To address these issues, Lowcountry Local First partnered with Clemson University to develop an Incubator Farm that provides a low-risk incubation period for farmers interested in entering the market.
At each stage on this path, aspiring and beginning farmers have very different needs for information, resources, and technical assistance. The New Farmer Toolbox has been developed with a focus on resources for four of the top challenges to new and beginning farmers in North Carolina:
Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots is a University of Nebraska - Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) program designed to assist eligible military personnel, their families and armed forces veterans to become Farmers, Ranchers, and Business Entrepreneurs in their next careers.
The Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA), a partnership between the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, assists Tennessee farmers in analyses, evaluation, development and sustainability of value-added agricultural enterprises.