Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program we seek to holistically improve start-up opportunities for a diverse group of beginning farmers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations and communities.

Developing beginning farmers will simultaneously address workforce development, nutrition, natural resource conservation, and economic development, in a region where one in five citizens lives at or below the federal poverty line.

  • If you have 3+ years of farming experience and are interested in participating as a Mentor Farmer, click here to apply. Applications are due by January 19, 2018.
  • If you are a beginning farmer with at least 1 year of farming experience, either on your own farm or someone else’s and are interested in participating as a Mentee Farmer, click here to apply. Applications are due by February 23, 2018.

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Program Partners

The program will be implemented in the following counties: 

Tennessee: Cater, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, and Unicoi

Virginia: Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe