BFRDP Projects

Groundtruthing Farm Viability: Providing a Continuum of Advice, Support, Education and Outreach to Create Long-Term Sustainability for Beginning Farmers
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Award Amount: $577,965
Grant Program: 2017 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Greg Van Den Berghe
Email: greg@practicalfarmers.org
Organization: Practical Farmers of Iowa

 

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Project Overview

The long-term goal of this project is to help beginning farmers enter, establish, build and manage successful farms, thereby increasing the diversity and sustainability of farms, access to healthy food, and vibrancy of communities in Iowa and Nebraska. Goals by the end of this grant: Help 1,310 beginning farmers develop the knowledge, skills and tools needed to create viable businesses by providing them farmer-to-farmer education, mentoring, technical assistance, network building and outreach. In the first year of this grant, 12 farmers have reported they were able to start farming and 224 reported they were able to improve their farm businesses as a result of grant activities. Our supporting objectives are to increase beginning farmers' knowledge and skills through: 1) Education, advice, support and outreach to 183 aspiring farmers; 12 aspiring farmers start farming by end of grant; 2) Education, advice, support and outreach to 607 farmers who have been farming 0-5 years; 32 will continue and improve farm businesses; 3) Education, advice, support and outreach to 142 farmers who have been farming 6-10 years; 14 continue and improve farm businesses; 4) Outreach to 41,293 people with information about the opportunities and challenges beginning farmers face. Practical Farmers of Iowa is uniquely positioned to achieve this ambitious project.

Number of Participants: 307

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