BFRDP Projects

Addressing the Training Needs of Hispanic and Limited Resource Beginning Farmers in Nebraska
[Final Report]

Award Amount: $381,726
Grant Program: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Ingrid Kirst
Organization: Community Crops


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Project Overview

Since 2015, this joint project between Community Crops and Center for Rural Affairs has enhanced urban and rural-based farm viability of 191 beginning Hispanic, socially disadvantaged, and limited resource farmers in Nebraska. These new farmers frequently lack financial or production skills, are unaware of technical resources, or lack English-language proficiency for accessing technical information. We assisted these beginners with development of small scale farm enterprises through training and technical assistance that: (1) improved participants’ financial and business skills, (2) connected them with a network of resources, and (3) gained and improved production skills. We have conducted three 4-month long courses for financial training and resource identification, field workshops for farming skills, farm tours to observe practices in place, and provided individual advising to participants. The classes were broadcast to additional sites to reduce travel for participants, and interpreters were available for all activities. Main Street Project, based in Minnesota, presented to the workshop participants in 2015 and 2016. In 2016 they also hosted a site visit for participants to demonstrate their farming systems.

Number of Participants: 191


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