Appalachian Sustainable Development Recruiting 2021 Field School

The Appalachian Sustainable Development or ASD is currently recruiting students for the 2021 Summer Season of Field School. There will be two sessions held in 2021-2022; one in Summer and one in Winter. During both session, students build the knowledge, networks and confidence for planning out a farm operation to fit their land and business goals. Beginning farmers, gardeners and military veterans are encouraged to apply. Registration for 2021 Summer Field School is required and available at www.eventbrite.com/e/139669722901. Enrollment cost is $15 per session, with no fee for military veterans to participate. Questions should be directed to Jenni Roop. FARM Program Manager at jroop@asdevelop.org.
To provide emerging farmers with more tools for success, the Field School is a beginning farmer training program that provides students with an overview of small-scale farming. The Field School program began with Appalachian RC&D Council in Northeast Tennessee. In 2021, ASD is hosting Southwest Virginia’s first annual Field School as part of the expanding offerings of its FARM Program. This next phase of the program’s expansion is funded by the US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement or OPPE, with a focus on serving the needs of military veterans in Central Appalachia.
ASD’s Field School will offer two sessions, taught by 20+ farmers and agricultural professionals at various locations to highlight the opportunities available. The Summer Field School (May 2021-September 2021) has eight on farm sessions to explore production methods and farm enterprises that are thriving in Southwest Virginia.
The Winter Business Intensive (November 2021-March 2022) has eight classroom sessions where students will write business, financial and marketing plans for their farm. Summer Field School and Winter Intensive Classes will be held the first and third Thursday of each month.

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