Beginning Farmer Workshops
Led by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, a team of 5 Extension educators and specialists are participating in this three project from 2017 to 2020 as co-learners and facilitators as they develop and conduct a series of 8 beginning farmer workshops each year, targeting 25 new farmers per year. The content of workshops vary with the background and skill levels of the farmer audiences, but the curriculum includes marketing, production and business planning, soil and nutrient management, production practices including planting/seeding, irrigation and weed, insect and disease management. The participant-trainers are building knowledge and skills outside their own area of specialty by developing and facilitating workshops with others, serving as peer coaches, and they are convening periodically to assess the effectiveness of their training efforts.
Recently Completed Project
Delaware State Program Project: Estate Planning and Farm Succession
Farm succession planning is a business and risk management practice that is critical to the agricultural industry and specifically to the health of families and farm businesses. This project provided education to farmers (and their families) who are considering transferring farm ownership.