Farm Beginnings Programs are popping up across the country, serving as an invaluable resource for next generation farmers.

Dakota Rural Action (DRA) brings the  Farm Beginnings program to prospective farmers in South Dakota.

The program is taught by local farmers and ranchers and provides participants with the support and education needed to launch a profitable and sustainable  enterprise. Beginners of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply, even if they do not currently own land.


This is the fifth year DRA has offered the Farm Beginnings course and the first time it is being held West River. Winter classes will be held every other Saturday in Rapid City. All sessions are led by established local farmers and ranchers and agriculture professionals. Classes provide real world skills in areas such as Whole Farm Planning, Financial Planning, Marketing, Business Planning, Connecting with Resources, and Connecting with Mentors. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of on-farm tours and skills sessions offered during the spring and summer, as well as engage in mentorships or apprenticeships with local farmers.

The course provides a solid base of knowledge around farm business planning as well as the opportunity to network with both beginning and established farmer mentors.

Learn more and apply at http://dakotarural.org/grow/farmbeginnings/.

Program for Beginning Farmers in South Dakota
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