BFRDP Projects

Grow Appalachia`s Climate Resilient Farming Project
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $714,717
Grant Program: 2022 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Education Projects
Project Director: Mark Walden
Organization: Grow Appalachia Berea College


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Project Overview

Grow Appalachia's Climate Resilient Farming Project (CRFP) will increase the viability and conservation impact of socially disadvantaged and limited resource (100% of participants) beginning farmers in Eastern Kentucky. The CRFP has three primary goals that will be met across four educational, networking, and technical assistance objectives for beginning farmers The CRFP will: 1) Increase the income and efficiencies, and conservation practices of beginning farmers; 2) Improve the Climate Resiliency of beginning farmers; and 3) Increase the peer networks and resource opportunities for beginning farmers. Grow Appalachia will work with 60 beginning farmers in 38 counties throughout Kentucky, delivering an eight-month virtual series on a variety of Climate Resilient topics based on feedback from farmers. Grow Appalachia will oversee an internship program for 36 beginning farmers, and facilitate 12 Networking Field Day sessions for 180 beginning farmers to be exposed to a diverse group of successful farmers and farm models. The CRFP will also support 60 beginning farmers' professional development by attending regional conferences. By the end of the project, 60 beginning farmers (Categories 1-3) will have increased their skills and knowledge of production, conservation practices, and business planning for their farms. 

Number of Participants: 15


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