This fall, the North Carolina Farm School, an entrepreneurial program run by North Carolina State University for new and beginning farmers with the aim of increasing their business success, will be hosted by Durham County Cooperative Extension. The program will begin on August 2, 2021, and run through November 8, 2021.
Durham County agriculture agents, in collaboration the NC Farm School team and agriculture agents from surrounding counties, will deliver training during the eight-week program. The school consists of eight learning sessions covering various topics including financial management, resource development, goal setting, and effective marketing strategies. The sessions are enhanced by visits to area farmers and producers to demonstrate the diversity of agriculture enterprises that farmers should consider as part of their plan. Each participant receives one-on-one assistance in developing a farm plan that reflects their individual goals and ideas.
“One of the best aspects of NC Farm School was the camaraderie between participants learning from each other by sharing experiences,” said Matthew Eagle, a Durham farmer and participant in the 2019 NC Farm School.
The goal of the NC Farm School is that every region of North Carolina is able to preserve farm profitability and land resources. Applications are being accepted for the Durham program offering now through July 12, 2021 and can be accessed online at https://ncfarmschool.ces.ncsu.edu