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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Cooperative Extension Office
100 Dominion Dr • Farmville, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

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 Agent Katy Overby, 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.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office ( or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


Workshops support the USDA NIFA grant designed for “Outreach, Training, and Technical Assistance Project for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmers and Rancher in Virginia” Award Number 2017-70011-26861