BFRDP Projects

Advancing Beginning Farmer and Rancher Viability by Expanding Our Effective Educational Strategies
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $750,000
Grant Program: 2022 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Education Projects
Project Director: Garry Stephenson
Organization: Oregon State University


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Project Overview

The long-term goal of this project is to (a) support and educate experienced beginning farmers (years 4-6 and 7-10) to continue their farming careers on established, profitable farms, and (b) share our current and proposed program content and curricula nationally with interested BFR service providers. This project combined instructional and experiential learning with farmer support networks. This project continues to utilize our BFR development framework and is resulting in another suite of educational programs, and networks that support farmers and ranchers as they develop from startups to mature, profitable farm businesses. Project objectives:
1) Develop and deliver new advanced-level instructional learning using online, hybrid, in-person approaches on drought resilient and climate adaptive strategies. Expand the audience for our busineness mangagement courses. Share these and current educational resources nationally with BFR service providers
2) Develop and deliver new advanced-level experiential learning projects demonstrating drought resilient and climate adaptive strategies at our three established Teaching Farms.
3) Facilitate farmer networks organized by farmers around gender, geography, or cropping system to enhance BFR support and encourage peer to peer learning.
4) Support and actively engage with the statewide Farming for the Future (Beginning Farmer and Rancher) Working Group of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.
This project is a powerful collaboration with non-profit partners Oregon Tilth, Inc. (Farm Viability Program), and the Oregon Community Food System Network (Farming for the Future (BFR) Working Group).                                               

Number of Participants: 500


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