Looking for more information? We have compiled a list of resources specially intended for beginning farmers. These resources include Whole Farm Planning modules and publications developed by the VBFRC, as well as online resources developed by other organizations. The information will be helpful and useful to beginning farmers and the service providers who work with them. Please visit often as we add to the list!

Whole Farm Planning Resources for Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

The VBFRC supports in-person Whole Farm Planning trainings, as well as the development of modules available online. The Whole Farm Planning curriculum includes an introduction to whole farm planning, marketing, business management and planning, land acquisition and tenure, and sustainable farming practices. For Whole Farm Planning curriculum resources, see the Whole Farm Planning page.


Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Online Resources and Publications

One of the objectives of the VBFRC is to develop online resources. In fulfillment of this aim, we have made all of our publications available online. You can view these publications on our Publications page. In addition, we have a number of videos posted to our YouTube channel that may be helpful for beginning or established farmers looking to learn from experienced farmers across Virginia. If you are a fan of live updates, you can follow VBFRC on Facebook and Twitter. Lastly, our blog provides updates on VBFRC happenings, helpful resources, and opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers across virginia.


National and Regional Online Resources

The VBFRC is not the only source of online resources. We have compiled a list of online resources that may be useful to beginning farmers and ranchers in Virginia. These resources include Virginia-specific resources, national and regional resources, federal government resources, mentoring guidebooks, and research literature. You can view these resources on our Online Resources page.


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The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program, contact Katie Trozzo, Program Coordinator, at or 540-231-4582.   For other questions, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director, at

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