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Programs – New Producers & Beginning Farmers

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Extension Programs

Resource Description Resource Type
NC Farmlink An NC State Extension program connecting farmers, landowners & service providers in North Carolina. Land Access
NC Farm School Program Regional training opportunities focused on beginning, aspiring. and transitioning farmers. New Farmer Training & Leadership Programs
Soldiers to Ag Program NC State Agricultural Institute’s five-week program at Fort Bragg providing hands-on training and an introduction to a variety of careers in agriculture. To learn more about this effort, contact Robert Elliott at, 252-725-4875, or if you’d like to contribute, go to to make a gift. New Farmer Training & Leadership Programs

State & National Programs

Resource Description Resource Type
Farm Beginnings A farmer-led training and support program from Organic Growers School. Learn the skills that are required to start and expand a successful farm business: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. New Farmer Training & Leadership Programs
Annie’s Project A 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing educational programs designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Specific to Women in Agriculture
National Women In Agriculture Association A nonprofit working towards developing locally grown food security systems in underserved communities, engaging youth in agriculture and agribusiness skills, and more. Specific to Women & Youth in Agriculture
Women, Food, and Agriculture A nonprofit created for women to share the information, connections, and encouragement they need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems. Specific to Women in Agriculture
The Veteran’s Farm of North Carolina The Veteran’s Farm of NC, Inc. is a farm designed and dedicated to returning service members and veterans to educate on all aspects of agriculture. Specific to Veterans
USDA New Farmers This website includes resources for new farmers, youth, women and veterans. Personalize your search on the USDA website using the new Discovery Tool. Farm Business Planning – USDA Beginning Farmer Resources
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association CFSA is a farmer-driven, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people through advocacy, system building and education. Their Sustainable Agriculture Conference generally has beginning farmer workshops and tours. It is based alternate years in Greenville, SC and Durham, NC.  New Farmer Training
Organic Growers School OGS provides year-round opportunities for farmers and home-growers of all levels. Their Annual Spring Conference in Western NC supports new and existing farmers and gardeners interested in organic and sustainable agriculture. New Farmer Training
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. They also host the Business of Farming Conference each year for new and aspiring farmers.  Farm Business Planning