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VABF Fall Farm School 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Monday, November 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM (EDT)
FARM SCHOOL - A Virginia Whole Farm Planning Educational Program for Farm Start-up & Development
Brought to you by the Virginia Association for Biological Farming
Have you dreamed of farming one day, but have no idea where to start? Do you want to meet and talk with other farmers who have already taken the plunge? Then maybe VABF's FARM SCHOOL is for you!
The purpose of this program is to help beginning farmers and ranchers in Virginia to make informed farm planning decisions as part of a whole farm plan. This six week comprehensive program (Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm 10/22-11/26/12) will introduce students to these curriculum modules:
- Introduction to Whole Farm Planning (10/22 & 10/29)
- Marketing (11/5)
- Sustainable Farming Practices (11/12 & 11/19)
- Holistic Business Management (11/26)
When & Where
Virginia Association for Biological Farming
Sorry - we are now sold out! However, if you missed the six-week Farm School this fall, or want to make good use of the day before the VABF Conference, we are hosting a One Day Farm School course utilizing this same Whole Farm Planning. The course is designed for those with 10 years or less farming experience, and includes presentations from successful farmers as well as extensive hand-outs and resources from the Whole Farm Planning curriculum. Complementary Farm tour component on Friday morning. See the Virginia Association for Biological Farming's webiste for more details.
Great news! VABF has decided to drastically lower the cost of its Farm School program to make our program truly affordable for everyone, and to ensure we get a good turn-out. This low cost is a small price to pay for mapping out the future of your farm business - a business in which you could potentially be investing thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in the years to come!
Also, we will be offering a scholarship based on limited resources (a limited resource is a person with a total household income at or below the national poverty level for a family of 4 ($22,050) or less, or less than 50% of the county median household income). If you feel you meet this requirement, let us know and we can email a scholarship application to you.
We are very fortunate to be working with the Virginia Tech team and the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project members on this exciting project, and look forward to training many new farmers and ranchers in the months to come!