BFRDP Projects

Building Entrepreneurial, Farm Management and Land Stewardship Capacity for South Carolina New and Beginning Farmers
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $595,133
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Dave Lamie
Email: dlamie@clemson.edu
Organization: Clemson University

 

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Project Overview

As a collaboration of organizations, coordinated and led by Clemson Extension, we are working toward the continuation and further development of the South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program (SCNBFP). Clemson Extension launched the SCNBFP in 2011-2013 with the assistance of BFRD funding; an abbreviated program was reintroduced in 2015 without federal assistance.

The long-term goals of the SCNBFP are to increase the initial success and long-term viability of new and beginning farm businesses --- and to build long-term statewide and sub-state regional program delivery capacity --- in order to help create and support the cadre of next generation farm operators in South Carolina. The target audience for our proposal is new and beginning farmers in South Carolina (27 of 46 counties are Strike Force communities), including those considered socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, with a particular focus on non-conventional, specialty crop, and value-added operations at both the novice and intermediate levels.

We recently completed the first year of our three year grant-funded program to 41 program graduates and 541 others through our regional network of workshops across the state.  We have already started the second year of programming and have our largest class to date.  The program continues to attract a diverse array of entrepreneurial beginning farmers interested in learning how to create successful farm businesses and we continue to provide the service or providing the resources they require to the best of our abilities.  

Number of Participants: 599

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