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Tuesday, October 22 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Beginning Farmer Technical Assistance: Local, Regional, and National Best Practices

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The tools and resources used to educate previous generations of farmers may not be the most applicable for digital natives or other young people drawn to farming. This panel will provide a biosketch of young farmers and then dive deeper into how one-on-one projects, regional collaborations, and national coalitions provide resources to strengthen the business opportunities of a new generation of farmers. Join Intervale Center's Nikki Lennart to learn more about the processes and tools that help direct service providers guide beginning farmers through business planning, land access, financing and more. Representatives from the Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine will present on systems that help service providers to specialize in one area of farmer technical assistance while collaborating with other local service providers to make sure beginning farmers receive comprehensive support. The National Young Farmers Coalition will discuss technical assistance materials that are broadly relevant to beginning farmers and service providers and can be used nationally. Attendees are welcome to bring ideas and questions on how to transform resources to truly provide beginning farmers with the tools they need. 


Cara Fraver

Business Services Director, National Young Farmers Coalition
In the past two years, Cara has managed the delivery of 57 business services workshops in the areas of food safety and federal credit to more than 1700 young farmers. She authored guidebooks for farmers, including Farm Service Agency Loans: The Ins and Outs of Growing a Farm with... Read More →

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Tori Jackson

Professor of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Professor Jackson is an Extension Educator covering Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties and specializing in beginning farmer education and farm business management. She provides one-on-one consulting with beginning farmers in the early stages, and continues relationships with them... Read More →

Nikki Lennart

Farm Business Specialist, Intervale Center
As Farm Business Specialist at the Intervale Center, Nikki works one-on-one with beginning farmers in their business development and land access across Vermont. A Midwest native and no stranger to farming, Nikki graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s degree... Read More →

Michael Parker

Land Access Program Associate, National Young Farmers Coalition
While managing the BFRDP-funded farmer training project, Laying the Groundwork: A Land Affordability Calculator & National Land Access Training Series to Help the Next Generation of Farmers Succeed, Michael Parker planned and delivered 23 land access training workshops, reaching 500... Read More →

Tuesday October 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm CDT
Mainstreeter Room