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.

Recruitment

The program promotes agriculture training opportunities in the Mountain State through the WV Food & Farm Coalition’s networks. Hiring farm apprentices for the upcoming growing season? Send us the job posting to include in our newsletter, social media accounts, and website. Looking for a farm apprenticeship or training program? We’ll connect you to a training opportunity based on your experience and interests.

Click here for a list of training opportunities in the Mountain State.

Training

The program coordinates the 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.

The WV Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (WV CRAFT) (webpage currently under construction) 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. *We are currently accepting Advisory Committee members for the first year of WV CRAFT.

Transition

The mission of the WV Land Access Program (webpage currently under construction) is 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.

In addition to making connections between farmers and landowners, the program provides resources and services to support beginning farmers in evaluating land, developing a business plan, accessing capital, writing lease agreements, and more.

Community

Join the West Virginia Young & Beginning Farmers Network’s Facebook Page, Facebook Group, and Google Group email to connect with both beginning and experienced farmers, hear about upcoming events, share and receive news, resources and job announcements, and much more.

 

 

Contact Evelyn Hartman, Community Relations Coordinator, for more information about the WV Beginning Farmer Program.

Email: ehartman@wvfoodandfarm.org

Office Telephone: (304) 926-0567

 

 

 

 

 

 

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