WV Beginning Farmer Program

The WV Beginning Farmer Program recruits beginning farmers, connects beginning farmers to training opportunities, and provides transition services and resources to those ready to start a food and farm business of their own. Come farm with us and join West Virginia’s community of farmers.

Training

LEARN TO FARM: We make program recommendations based on your level of experience, interests, and future goals.

Minutemen Farmers’ Cooperative in Ripley, WV targets veterans as well as others wishing to learn specialty crop farming skills. Veterans will be eligible for GI benefits to support their training efforts while earning profits from what they grow while in training. The Department of Labor registered apprenticeship is a two-year training program supported by an optional two more years, if needed, for incubating new specialty crop farming businesses and/or continued training for individuals looking for employment. Link to Facebook Page. Contact the Training Coordinator at 304- 372-3675 for more information about applying.

Refresh Appalachia in Southern Coalfields aims to transform the lives of young people and
those displaced from coal mining. To help expand new businesses and develop entrepreneurs across our service area, we provide two core functions: the operation and management of a regional food hub and the operation and management of incubator farms. We operate seven farms across four counties in Southern West Virginia. These farms serve as training sites for our crew members and members of the community. http://www.refreshappalachia.com/. Contact Ben Gilmer at refreshappalachiajobs@gmail.com or 304-205-0930 for more information about applying.
Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft and Training Center in Summers County, WV is a non-profit farm training center located in Summers County, WV. Programming for new and beginning farmers includes an eight-month farm apprenticeship that provides in-depth learning through farm business classes, a paid apprenticeship, and mentor support. Farms ready to launch with a
business plan can apply to be incubator farmers and access growing space, tools, and bulk supplies along with continued mentorship and support as you launch your farm business.
http://www.sproutingfarms.org/apply.html or contact.
KISRA’s Paradise Farms gives vulnerable adults training and employment
opportunities while also providing communities with access to local, fresh and
healthy food. The produce and plants that are grown with the assistance of
program participants are sold directly to community residents at farmers’ markets,
to area restaurants, caterers, and other commercial customers.
Grow Ohio Valley is working to improve food access and create a strong local food economy in the Ohio Valley. We operate five production sites, including an urban apple orchard, two high tunnel greenhouses, and a geothermal hothouse. Our AmeriCorps program engages beginning farmers in training and hands on experience with urban agriculture. Service terms vary from 1 year to 3 months in length, with opportunities for contract renewal. Trainees are involved in all aspects of the annual agricultural cycle, from enhancing farming sites over the winter, to field preparation and harvesting, as well as improving and documenting production processes and data collection. Join us as we grow a healthier future for West Virginia! Contact Susan Barbour at susanbarbour@growov.org for more information about applying.
Backbone Farm in Oakland, MD
Harmony Farm in Morgantown, WV
http://harmonywv.com/work/
Hudson Farms in Big Chimney, WV
Mountain Harvest Farm in Morgantown, WV
http://www.mountainharvestfarmllc.com/employment-opportunities.html
Moon on the Mountain Farm near Shepherdstown/Martinsburg, WV
http://moononthemountain.com/index.html
Round Right Farm in Terra Alta, WV
http://www.roundrightfarm.com/pages/jobs

 

West Virginia Incubator Farm Network (WVIFN)

WVIFN is a network of agriculture training program representatives from across the state of West Virginia with the mission to encourage and support the collaboration of incubator farm programs by providing an inclusive, open space for communication and peer-to-peer learning.

West Virginia Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training  (WV CRAFT)

WV CRAFT is a nationally recognized, farmer-led, peer-to-peer learning program that offers young, beginning, and experienced farmers an opportunity to participate in farm tours and roundtable discussions across the state to learn about specific topics and issues, connect with other farmers, and enjoy a delicious potluck meal. Link to Facebook page.

Transition

STARTING OUT ON YOUR OWN: We are providing resources for finding affordable, healthy land.

WV FarmLINK is connecting landowners and farm seekers to protect West Virginia’s farmland, keep farmland in production, support our young & beginning farmers, and provide equitable access to land for all people. People of all economic classes, genders, races, and ethnicities have the opportunity to purchase or lease farmland. Contact us at info@wvfoodandfarm.org for more information.

Community

JOIN US: Connect with a network of beginning farmers from across the state.

Join the West Virginia Young & Beginning Farmers Network’s Facebook Page, Facebook Group, and Google Group email.

 

 

Contact us for more information.

Email: info@wvfoodandfarm.org

Office Telephone: (304) 926-0567