"This program for beginning ranchers combines traditional classroom based education with hands-on applied learning in an outdoor classroom and a mentorship program with successful, established ranchers.
"The Organic and Sustainable Experiential Learning for Beginning Farmers project will provide a new level of experiential education, training and support to increase the adoption of organic and sustainable farming practices, especially among beginning and/or young farmers.
This program houses an ongoing peer support network, culturally appropriate training and technical services, and farm and business incubation facilities. Participants will learn about markets, globalization, cooperatives, and production.
"Farmers in this program are provided with the information, know-how, skills, and techniques needed to make informed decisions to enhance the success of their farm enterprise. This is achieved through education and training in crop production, small livestock production and farm financial management.
"The programs provides education, technical assistance, coaching and mentoring to beginning farmers in topic areas of production and management strategies, business management and decision support, marketing strategies, legal strategies, and topics related to processing safe and nutritious food.
The program includes an incubator farm to provide beginning farmers with access to land, equipment, and mentoring while they hone their skills and establish their businesses, a shared equipment bank, and the development of an online decision-making exploration tool and farm business course modules to improve access to regionally-relevant inform
The purpose of the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program is to assist beginning farmers and ranchers with training, resources, and mentoring. At the end of this course, participants will have a plan to establish or improve farm enterprises, and have the resources to move forward and be successful.