Check out the following release from Begin Farming Ohio. Originally funded by NCR
SARE, this resource is now available online.
Begin Farming Ohio Website
Launched to Assist Beginning Farmers
Contact: Sharon D. Sachs, Spokesperson
Phone: 800-372-6092, ext. 3 or 614-885-3042
For the first time Ohio's new and beginning
farmers have an entire website dedicated to their unique information needs and
designed to make it easier for them to find the services and resources they
seek. The website URL is www.beginfarmingohio.org [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102686940510&s=695&e=001X61ZIorzo-GRTw_AFIUixaZBYTXAdj8zljFoy2HdUDRBX2KMT40KKeawuz7OqegT6FAVJxttcEidInqGD-CGKpyaDtsXxD0LtHRIdVM-eO6Y9Tk5QreGqA==]
The website represents the collaborative
efforts of the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy; Ohio Department of
Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture; Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
(OEFFA); the Organic Food and Farming Education & Research Program of the
OSU Ohio Agriculture Research and Development
Center; and the Ohio State
University Extension. These entities, working together as Begin Farming Ohio, aim
to build Ohio's
capacity to provide, expand, enhance, and sustain services to beginning farmers.
The new website was developed with an
affiliated partner, Innovative Farmers of Ohio (IFO). IFO allocated funds
awarded by the national outreach office of the USDA Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (SARE) program to enhance the website development
process. IFO provided case studies and resource referral information first
published in 2008, one output of Wisdom
in the Land, a mentor-based pilot program for beginning farmers in central
Ohio that IFO operated from 2006-2008.
The website will also provide listings of
events of special interest to Ohio's
beginning farmers, and facilitate searches for educational and funding
resources to assist beginning farmers with challenges related to production,
marketing, and business management.
"In order to help sustain the future of agriculture, it is important to
support beginning farmers," said Ohio Agriculture Director Robert Boggs. "The
department is excited to be part of this collaborative effort, which will
assist these farmers with less than 10 years experience."
The USDA 2007 Census of Agriculture reports
that 21% of U.S.
family farms were beginning farms, and in contrast to established farms,
beginning farms were more likely to be small farms.
About Begin Farming Ohio
Begin Farming Ohio was formed in 2008 as a
collaboration of higher education, state government, and the non-profit sector
to better serve Ohio's
beginning farmers. Each of the five founder organizations provides education,
training, and other services to farmers and has an employee pool of
professionals who are experts in both sustainable agriculture production and
farm business management. Additional affiliated partners provide
resources that complement the services of the collaborators. See www.beginfarmingohio.org
a complete list of collaborators and affiliates.
Distributed by SARE Outreach for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
(SARE) program and based upon work supported by the Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), USDA. SARE's mission is to advance -
to the whole of American agriculture - innovations that improve profitability, stewardship
and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. SARE
Outreach operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Maryland and
the University of Vermont to develop and disseminate information about sustainable
agriculture. Visit www.sare.org [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102686940510&s=695&e=001X61ZIorzo-EUktJdMQ_C-1Fh9cYug-TbHyHTqdDTU-zciNnoroDpS_6lFYjNCPo-XwoyozKKvmnOFRw65AemHFaOVQyUdFNHt2XpAkLwFFA=]
for more information.