BFRDP Projects

A Collective Approach to Providing Resources, Technology and Assistance to Beginning Farmers
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $711,213
Grant Program: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Ayanava Majumdar
Email: azm0024@aces.edu
Organization: Alabama Extension/Auburn University

 

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Project Overview

The Alabama Beginning Farms (BF) Project at Auburn University was initiated in 2015 as a partnership between two nonprofit agencies, three producer organizations, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System/Auburn University (ACES/AU) as the backbone organization. A collective impact model utilizes the strengths of each collaborator for a unified theory of behavior change measured using a consistent evaluation system. This project is specially geared toward low resource farmers and military veterans getting into farming. As part of the BF initiative, we have conducted a statewide Stakeholder meeting in Montgomery, AL, and documented the immediate needs of producers statewide through event and newsletter surveys. ACES/AU has also developed a project logo, website, and a communication toolkit that include templates for the electronic curriculum and mobile phone app (under development). Crotovina and Farmscape Solutions, with the help of Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs), have developed a unique farm planning tool adapted from the Vermont New Farmer Program. TAPs have assisted 19 farms in the past year and found business decision making skills, access to capital, land, markets and infrastructure to be the most critical needs. BF workshop attendees indicated 90% increase in awareness about BF resources and 33% increase in knowledge about basic crop production and pest management practices. Thus, the Alabama BF Project is poised to continue to expand and be in high demand from producers providing critical support to the growing local foods industry. 

Number of Participants: 19

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