BFRDP Projects

Infrastructure, Access, and Community: A Plan To Support Beginning Farmers in Indiana
[Final Report]

Award Amount: $681,405
Grant Program: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Kevin Gibson
Organization: Purdue University


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Project Overview

The primary goals of this project are to increase the number of farm startups in Indiana and to assist beginning farmers and ranchers, particularly small farmers and Veterans, in improving their business or production practices. During the three-year project, we delivered 21 farm tours 11 day-long workshops that were open to the general public. We delivered 4 farm tours and 2 workshops that were developed specifically for military veterans. Each tour included a morning session focused on a particular topic relevant to beginning farmers and an afternoon tour of a farm. The workshops were developed by Extension Educators and Purdue University staff and addressed multiple topics relevant to BFRs. We led 5 field trips to premiere farms and programs outside Indiana. Each field trip was attended by BFRs and Extension Educators. We provided support and training to 62 Extension Educators during annual workshops that focused on the needs of beginning farmers and military veterans and on ways to work with these groups. 
We also developed a website specifically for BFRs in Indiana and evaluated each event as well as conducted a final survey of all participants.  Cumulatively, we provided programming to over 1000 participants.  Our final survey of participants suggests that nearly a third of prospective farmers who attended our events started farming and over 80% of attendees who were already farming indicated that they changed their farming practices after attending our events. Our program has improved infrastructure that will support beginning farmers, increased their access to training and educational materials, and developed a community of Extension Educators and farmers. 

Number of Participants: 873


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