Northern Piedmont Beginning Farm and Rancher Program
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program
The Fauquier Education Farm also plays a unique role in support of the Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. These are two multi-week courses for folks who are new to, or dreaming of launching, a farming business.
The first is called the Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program, which we have been teaching since 2011. It is a Whole Farm Planning course using the curriculum developed by the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program. The Fauquier Education Farm has partnered with several Agricultural Extension Agents from surrounding counties to present this course and help guide new farmers on their path to becoming professionals.
The second course is, An Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty. In this course we take a careful look at what goes into field grown crop production. Our students should expect to learn a basic level understanding of the concepts and tools necessary to grow crops. It includes two labs at the Education Farm and a farm tour.