Appalachian Sustainable Development & Virginia Cooperative Extension offer Whole Farm Planning Workshops

Whole Farm Planning:  A Tool for Developing a Successful Farming Busines

Appalachian Sustainable Development and Virginia Cooperative Extension are offering two short courses this fall based on the Virginia Tech Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program’s Whole Farm Planning Curriculum. Each of these short courses will consist of three evening sessions and each participant will receive an extensive collection of course materials and resources.


Tuesdays at the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) in Big Stone Gap, VA

Thursdays at the Executive Auditorium at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) in Abingdon, VA.

 Course 1: Introduction to Whole Farm Planning

  • Tuesday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m. at MECC
  • Thursday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. at SVHEC

Course 2: Developing Markets for your Farm Products and Raising Products for Local Markets

  • Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. at MECC
  • Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. at SVHEC

Course 3: Developing a Farm Business Plan, Getting Started in Farming, and Farm Transition

  • Tuesday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. at MECC
  • Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at SVHEC

These workshops are free and open to the public due to grant support from the USDA.  Those pre-registered for all three courses will receive the entire set of curriculum materials. Pre-register by contacting either Appalachian Sustainable Development at (276) 623-1121 or;  Wise County Extension Office at (276) 328-6194 or; or Washington County Extension Office at (276) 676-6309.

If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations for these events, please identify your needs to Amy Osborne (276-328-6194) for MECC or Phil Blevins for SVHEC (276-676-6309) at least 7 days prior to the event.

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