All in person workshops around the state have been postponed until the further notice. Please look for our virtual workshops and webinars starting in April.  

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VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is pleased to host this introductory course from the New, Beginning & U.S. Military Veteran Farmer and Rancher Program for those interested in starting a farm operation or who have been farming for less than 10 years and want to find resources to grow and strengthen their operation.

Whole Farm Planning puts beginning farmers in a good position to maintain or improve profitability while enhancing their sustainability. Whole Farm Planning helps beginning farmers define long- and short-term goals to help you achieve a better quality of life at home and in your community.


•VSU Small Farm Outreach Agents Susan Cheek, Derrick Cladd and Michael Carter Sr. as they review the Whole Farm Planning manual

•Cooperative Extension Agents for the county who can connect you with local resources

•Farm Credit representatives with instruction on how you can develop a simple, one-page business plan

•USDA agency representatives who will share information about available services and resources for farmers

•Mark Chandler, owner of Chandler Farms and one of our Beginning Farmer Mentors, as he shares his own farm experience and insights

For information, contact Small Farm Agents Derrick Cladd, (804) 892-4489;, Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539; or call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292.