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Whole Farm Planning — Virginia Cooperative Extension – Virginia State University

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 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

  • One of our Beginning Farmer Mentors, as they share their own farm experience and insights 

    For information, contact Small Farm Agent Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539 / or call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292.