Sprouting Farms Project
Enabling beginning farmers by providing affordable land,
communal resources, equipment and experienced mentors.
Sprouting Farms: Appalachian Croft, Resource, and Training Center (Sprouting Farms) is an innovative approach to enhancing local food systems within the rural Appalachian context.
Sprouting Farms includes six main components to address these challenges: (1) a Resource Sharing Program for participants and area farms; (2) a Farm Business Accelerator Program for new and beginning farmers; (3) a Mentorship and Education Support Program that provides programs and workshops for area farms; (4) a Crofting and Land-Lease Program that provides leased land and creates affordable landownership opportunities; (5) a Production Program that provides anchor quantities for wholesale markets and a learning platform for participants, and (6) a Sales, Marketing and Production Planning Program that works to open new markets for participants and participating area farms. This project will be based off of a farm site located in the Greenbrier Valley that offers shared facilities for washing, cooling, and packing, storage, and educational events.
Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative, Greenbrier Valley Economic Development, and Downstream Strategies will bring together a complete financial and business plan supported by a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program, an experienced project management team, grant management and partnership development, established project advisory council, croft planning resources, and extensive partnership support to launch this project. For more information, please visit www.sproutingfarms.org.