Education & Training

Updated: Feb 17

Publications and Web Resources

Growing Small Farms

http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/


National Young Farmers Coalition

http://www.youngfarmers.org/


Guidebook for Beginning Farmers - A Greenhorns Guidebook

http://www.thegreenhorns.net/wp-content/files_mf/1390779671greenhorns_guide_sept2010_web.pdf


Northeast Beginning Farmer’s Field Journal: A Beginners Guide for Young Farmers - A Greenhorns Guidebook

http://www.thegreenhorns.net/wp-content/files_mf/1390760060GreenhornsFieldGuide2012lowres3.pdf


USDA’S New Farmer Website

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/newfarmers?navid=newfarmers


Curriculums

https://georgiaorganics.org/for-farmers/fundamentals-of-organic-farming-and-gardening-an-instructors-guide-revised-for-2009/

https://www.leopold.iastate.edu/pubs-and-papers/2015-07-resource-guide-beginning-farmers

https://attra.ncat.org/intern_handbook/ https://organicfarmschool.org/curriculum/


Organizations

ATTRA’S Internship and Apprenticeship Database

https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/internships/

P.O. Box 3838 Butte, MT 59702 800-346-9140

Contact: askanag@ncat.org This database is maintained by the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, or ATTRA, which is a project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. The database includes a state by state directory of paid and unpaid, full and part season internships and apprenticeships at sustainable farms in the U.S., and some in Canada.

Axiom Farm Cooperative

https://www.axiomfarmscoop.org/

803-397-4065

Contact: info@axiomfarmscoop.org

A cooperative of farmers and businesses that work together to bring consumers quality products and services. Provide education on products to retail businesses and consumers, and education/training for farmers.


Catawba Farm and Food Coalition

https://www.catawbafarmandfood.org/

Supports the development of a secure and sustainable food system in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, and York counties and the Catawba Indian Nation


Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

www.carolinafarmstewards.org Mailing Address: PO Box 448, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Physical Address: 287 East St. Suite 421, Pittsboro, NC 27312

919-542-2402 (fax) 919-542-7401 A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to help people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic agriculture.


Clemson Sustainable Agriculture

https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/research/sustainableag/

The Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program offers sustainable agriculture training and outreach services with support from Clemson Extension and the USDA Southern region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) programs. Priority areas for training are determined by stakeholders through annual public open forum and advisory committee meetings. The program advisory committee is comprised of farmers, 1862 and 1890 Extension personnel, governmental agency and NGO representatives, and others with an interest in sustainable agriculture development. Past meeting minutes and a prioritized list of the current year's training needs, determined by the Advisory Committee, can be found here.


Clemson University New & Beginning Farmer Program

www.scnewfarmer.org or https://www.facebook.com/SCNBFP The SC New and Beginning Farmers program (SCNBFP) is focused on enabling new and beginning farmers to be successful, productive, and innovative members of their local agricultural community by providing them with the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs; sound business managers; exemplary stewards of SWAPA (soil, water, air, plants, and animals), and successful marketers of the unique products they create; and perhaps most importantly, individuals who have a sense of pride and quality of life as a result of their investment and participation in the agricultural community of South Carolina.

Georgia Organics

https://georgiaorganics.org/

200 Ottley Dr NE A, Atlanta, GA 30324

(678) 702-0400

A growers' collaborative that empowers farmers to thrive, helps schools engage children in delicious and educational farm-to-school experiences, and makes organic and local food accessible. Resources available for gardeners: reports on techniques, getting started and building soil, growing vegetables, planting and harvesting calendar, growing fruit.


Jeremiah Farm & Goat Dairy

www.jeremiahfarm.com

Platt Road, Johns Island, SC 843-559-1678

Contact: info@jeremiahfarm.com or jermiahfarmsc@aol.com Jeremiah Farm & Goat Dairy offers classes in goat keeping, cheese making, and soap making. Also offers informal classes in canning, jarring, preserving, gardening, and sustainable agricultural practices.

Lowcountry Local First

www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org

1630-2 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29405 Lowcountry Local First (LLF) advocates the benefits of a local living economy by strengthening community support of local-independent businesses and farmers. The Eat Local initiative is designed to grow and support local food systems by connecting local farms, producers, and apprentices to local restaurants, institutions and people who want farm fresh foods. LLF offers a variety of education, outreach, and apprenticeship programs.


Organic Growers School

www.organicgrowersschool.org

PO Box 17804, Asheville, NC 28816 OGS is a nonprofit organization in the Southern Appalachian region with the mission to advance organic agriculture and sustainable living by building a mutually supportive network of thriving communities and prosperous farms throughout the region. OGS offers educational opportunities for organic farmers through their CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) initiative. They also offer Apprentice Link, a service matching farmers to farmworkers and offering consultation about structuring labor on the farm.


SCF Organics

https://scforganicfarms.com/

SCF-Organic Farm’s Mission is to educate farmers and customers about the benefits of vegetables and fruits grown with organic, heritage, dry-farming methods, and to increase production and consumption of that produce among farmers and customers of all income levels in the State of South Carolina and beyond.


South Carolina Future Farmers of America

www.scaged.org/SCFFA/home.htm SCFFA provides opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success and is delivered through contextual learning, supervised agricultural experience programs, and student leadership organizations.

South Carolina Young Farmer & Agribusiness Association

www.scaged.org/SCYF/index.htm The South Carolina Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association (SCYFAA) is a State organization for out-of-school young people who are engaged in agriculture. It is also designed to aid interested adults through systematic and organized educational programs on agriculture and agribusiness.


The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED)

scaced.org

SCACED is a coalition of individuals and organizations who support the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities throughout South Carolina. Our members work collaboratively to build wealth and create economic opportunity for all SC residents, and many of our efforts are focused on minority communities and other groups who have been left out of the economic mainstream. SCACED partners with a number of agricultural organizations to provide training and outreach to increase the economic viability of local farms.

Center for Heirs Property Preservation

https://www.heirsproperty.org/

1535 Sam Rittenberg Blvd # D, Charleston, SC 29407

(843) 745-7055

Protects heirs’ property and promotes its sustainable use to provide increased economic benefit to historically under-served families.


Recommended Reading Exploring the Small Dream: Is Starting an Agricultural Business Right for You? by Kate Hayes and others. New England Small Farming Institute.

The Dirty Life: A memoir of farming, food, and love. by Kristin Kimball.


The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming (Jean-Martin Fortier) & Organic Farmers Business Handbook (Wiswall)


Letters to a Young Farmer (Stone Barns)

The Organic Farming Manual: A comprehensive guide to starting and running a certified organic farm by Ann Larkin Hansen & Fields of Farmers (Salatin).


Chelsea Green Publishing

No-Risk Ranching and also Comeback Farms by Greg Judy Green Pastures Farm


Letter to a Young Farmer (Logsdon)

Growing for Market (and their list of newer recommended reads)


https://www.growingformarket.com/articles/newmarketfarmingbooks


https://www.hobbyfarms.com/7-farming-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to/

https://civileats.com/2017/12/01/our-favorite-food-and-farming-books-of-2017

https://foodtank.com/news/2018/01/food-tank-2018-winter-reading-list/


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