BFRDP Projects

Facilitating success for beginning farmers and ranchers in Washington`s remote island communities.
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $554,548
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Sebastian Aguilar
Email: sebastian@organicfarmschool.org
Organization: Organic Farm School

 

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Project Overview

This project served new and existing beginning farmers and ranchers (BFRs) on islands in NW Washington State and beyond through providing education and training, access to land and technical assistance. A collaboration of five organizations, this project worked to improve and expand the resources and opportunities available to these BFRs. This project worked through five objectives including; 1) offered a workshop series on poultry processing and forage production, 2) expanded a full-time farmer training program to include more thorough training on livestock and forage production as well as mechanics, financial management and marketing and 3) created a program to assist BFR access to available and/or underutilized farmland. In addition, the groundwork was laid to 4) offering technical assistance on business planning, financial management, and marketing, and 5) create a mentoring program linking regional elder farmers to local BFRs in year 2 of this project.

Number of Participants: 130

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