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Our program team has produced a number of publications that support our goals.  These publications can be accessed through the following links or through Virginia Cooperative Extension’s listing of publications and resources.

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Introduction to Whole Farm Planning
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Land Acquisition and Tenure
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Whole Farm Business Management and Planning
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Introduction to Labor Issues for Beginning Farmers
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Are you a Beginning Farmer? A Resource Tool of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
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Successful Farm Startup for Beginners: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
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An Evaluation of Program, Training, and Resource Needs of Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ranchers: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
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Technical Assistance & Resource Directory
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Virginia Beginning Farmer Profiles
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Common Ground: Why Should University Faculty Partner with Virginia Cooperative Extension?
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Building Capacity & Sustainable Partnerships: A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Beginning Farmer Training in Virginia
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Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program Survey Final Report and Instrument

During the spring and summer of 2015, members of the VBFRC interviewed the owners of five farms across Virginia to ask about their experiences and enterprises. Each farmer discussed how they got started in farming, their primary products and markets, labor practices, and a variety of other topics related to their farms. These conversations were recorded for the purpose of creating videos that will help beginning and established farmers and ranchers in Virginia learn more about other Virginia farmers while gaining valuable information about how different farms are operated. To view these videos, visit our YouTube channel.

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The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2015-70017-22887. For more information, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at niewolny@vt.edu or 540-231-5784.


For website updates, such as broken links, please contact Allyssa Mark, Program Associate.