BFRDP Projects

Growing Good Farmers, Growing Good Food: A Comprehensive Training Program for Ohio`s Organic and Sustainable Beginning Farmers
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $566,141
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Carol Goland
Email: cgoland@oeffa.org
Organization: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

 

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Project Overview

The project has laid the foundation to help aspiring farmers advance to become new farmers through an apprenticeship program, and help early career farmers achieve more success to persist in farming through advanced skill-building educational opportunities. The ultimate goal of this project is to increase the number of organic and sustainable farms in Ohio. For aspiring farmers we offered, intensive on-farm apprenticeships to develop farming skills, and complementary activities such as classroom instruction, network building, field days, and support to assess and address individual learning needs. For early career farmers, we provided workshops at OEFFA's annual conference and farm tours to gain additional farming skills and knowledge of production, business, and financial management. We offered on-going direct technical assistance to over 200 farmers in this first year through phone calls and emails. Through the Farmland of Opportunity event and Business and Legal Q&A, we provided a space for beginning farmers and experienced farmers to ask questions, share ideas, and network. In addition, OEFFA created an online networking platform through Facebook to allow participants an opportunity to continue sharing and learning through social media. In collaboration with Tecumseh Land Trust, OEFFA coordinated a farm succession and transition planning workshop for landowners to work through legal, tax, business, and communication challenges associated with transferring land to a new owner. OEFFA joined the Farm Beginnings Collaborative, a national alliance of regional organizations who offer a licensed whole farm planning curriculum to beginning farmers. OEFFA staff have been trained on Farm Beginnings and will be implementing this program in year two of the project.


Number of Participants: 1031

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