BFRDP Projects

Skagit County Beginning Farmer Development Program
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Award Amount: $599,999
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Michael Frazier
Organization: Viva Farm


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Project Overview

The Beginning Farmer Development Program Skagit County establishes a formal network of key local partners, and leverages the experience and mission driven strengths to improve the sustainability of Skagit County Agriculture. The partners and collaborators for BFDP Skagit are: Viva Farms, Skagit Valley College, WSU Skagit County Extension, Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, Future Farmers of America, North Coast Credit Union, Northwest Farm Credit Services, and Skagit Land Trust. The goal of this project is to increase the number of sustainable beginning, socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers by establishing coordinated community partnerships to train, educate, mentor and provide technical assistance.  This goal will be achieved through five objectives. 1. Increase formal partnerships of local organizations including community based organizations (CBOs), state cooperative extension services (SCESs), and school based agricultural educational organizations (SAEOs). 2. Increase access to, and coordination and effectiveness of farm and poultry production and risk management education and training. 3. Increase access to, and coordination and effectiveness of business and financial training specific to farming enterprises. 4. Increase access to land by identifying available farmland for lease or sale, and improving the coordination and effectiveness of land transfer strategies and resources. 5. Increase access to, and coordination and effectiveness of mentorship, apprenticeship, and internship programs.

Number of Participants: 232


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