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Alabama

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network
ASAN's mission is to support conservation practices, families who grow and consume natural food and fiber, and the communities where they live. Our Farmer-to-Farmer program program links experienced producers to new farmers for one-on-one training, business planning, workshops, and other mentoring opportunities. Contact: 256-743-0742, info@asanonline.org, Visit our homepage and our farmer-to-farmer webpage


Chattanooga Sustainable Farmers (see listing under Tennessee)


Southeast CRAFT  (see listing under Tennessee)



Arkansas

North Central Arkansas Farmers Network
Very young network in early stages of development. Would like to host a potluck gatherings, seeking to connect sustainable farmers and help support each other. Contact: Katie Murray, Mud Hollow Farm, 870-439-2531, katimae@eritter.net

 


Florida

Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, Inc. (Florida and Georgia)
Our goal is to help producers in our area build community, share skills and grow their small farm enterprises. We have established on online market through localfoodmarketplace.com. We are planning a Growers Circle for educational opportunities and farmer to farmer field trips. Our membership includes farmers and friends to build community connections. We hope to build a scholarship fund for beginning farmers to attend workshops and conferences. We are working with other groups[like the meat producers] to support their efforts. We have done some policy analysis to assist in developing right sized regulations in Florida. And we expect to have fun doing all of the above. Please visit our website at www.rhomarket.comContact: smallfarmalliance@gmail.com, Karen Goodlett: 850-228-2904, Katie Harris: 850-567-1493, Louise Divine: 850-980-2485

 


Georgia

Athens-Area Farmers Network
Sustainable growers sharing information, learning, and building a stronger support network. Check out this overview of the network written by CNGContact Kate Munden-Dixon at katemundendixon@gmail.com


Chattanooga Sustainable Farmers (see listing under Tennessee


C.R.A.F.T. Southeast (see listing under North Carolina


Georgia Mountains Farmers Network (northeastern Georgia)
Georgia Mountain Farmers Network is a group of farmers coming together to identify ways we can collaborate to our mutual benefit. These include things such as bulk ordering supplies to get bulk rates and save on shipping, and farm visits to to facilitate farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing. We are also considering working on ways to coordinate bulk deliveries, coordinate local production of feed grains, and share contacts of farmers as well as buyers, though we have not done so yet. For more a bit information, read this profile written by CNGContact: Justin Ellis at soque@windstream.net, and visit our blog for upcoming events.


Georgia Growers (Forsyth County and adjoining areas)
Growers sharing challenges and successes while touring local farms and enjoying a sense of community among growers. Contact: Michele Gillman, Cane Creek Farm, 404-668-1245, michele@canecreekfarm.net


Southeast CRAFT (eastern TN, northern GA, and northeastern AL) 

 


Kentucky 

The Agricultural Legacy Initiative of the Community Farm Alliance 
The Agricultural Legacy Initiative is Kentucky’s beginning farmer network. We initiate programs, policies, and practices that benefit the next generation of Kentucky farmers. As the average age of farmers rises, CFA wants to ensure there are enough farmers to take their place and carry on the agricultural legacy of Kentucky. Ag Legacy is focusing our efforts around the 5 core needs of beginning farmers: (1) Access to land, (2) Support resources, (3) Reliable, scalable markets, (4) Community with mentorship, (5) Holistic support system. Please visit our website for more information: communityfarmalliance.org/


Kentucky C.R.A.F.T. 
KY CRAFT is a growing group of Kentucky organic and biodynamic farmers and gardeners who share a mission to strengthen interns’ awareness of the diversity of sustainable agriculture initiatives in Kentucky and provide interns/apprentices access to a variety of regional operations through an established cooperative. To fulfill this mission the following objectives will be met:
(1) Broaden future farmers’ exposure to Kentucky’s farms with organized monthly KY CRAFT workshops along with a community calendar inviting member farmers and their interns/apprentices to join in on field days and other events hosted at KY CRAFT farms.
(2) Promote the role interns/apprentices play in the greater sustainable agriculture community by participation in these events.
(3) Enhance awareness of Kentucky’s efforts in sustainable agriculture by connecting farmers, apprentices/interns and volunteers to the beauty and diversity of Kentucky’s farming community.
Contact: Hill and Hollow CSA, 8707 Breeding Road, Edmonton, KY, (270) 432-0567. Visit our website www.hillandhollowfarm.com/craft.htm



North Carolina

Forsyth County Beekeeper's Association (northern North Carolina)
The FCBA is a non-profit beekeeper's organization in North Carolina. We have educational programs and a solid membership. Contact: Jared from Bee Happy Apiary, wfuavenger@gmail.com


Western NC C.R.A.F.T. 
CRAFT stands for Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training and is a program of the Organic Growers School. WNC CRAFT is a coordinated effort to bring established farmers, farm apprentices, and students of agriculture together for a comprehensive training program in sustainable agriculture. CRAFT is designed as a program to mentor and teach the next generation of farmers while also building a stronger network for current farmers here in the WNC. Farmers learn best from other farmers, and apprentices learn best from hearing how successful farmers in the region are running their farms. In this way, CRAFT training occurs through a series of on-farm tours led by experienced growers in the region. 

 

CRAFT is a membership program, this gives members access to a wealth of summer farm tours, winter round tables, and our CRAFT Handbook. There is a place for everyone! You may join as a farm with your apprentices/interns, a farm without apprentices/interns, an aspiring farmer or farm apprentice, or an interested friend or non-commercial grower. Join online today, or  Download a membership form  and join this important regional effort to strengthen the future of sustainable farming in the Southern Appalachians. Membership is open year-round, so you may join anytime. Contact:  via email farmerprograms@organicgrowersschool.org or call 828.338.9465  Visit our website to learn more: farmers.organicgrowersschool.org/craft



Yancey County Farmers Market (western North Carolina)
We have three CNG farmer's in our market and we do each others' inspections. We have several others interested and share information with them. One CNG Farmer has contacts in other counties and does a work share with them. We do bulk orders of organic amendments. We do some sharing of equipment and help each other sometimes if a person gets behind. Contact: Melissa Will & Robert Thompson, beeloggarlicandflowerfarm@frontier.com



The Center for Honeybee Research (Asheville, NC)
The CHBR is a nonprofit dedicated to "finding and promoting answers to create a world safe for bees." We have four long-term goals: (1) Promote conferences, schools and events, (2) Engage in research, (3) Serve as a a forum for information exchange, (4) Establish a comprehensive laboratory. "May your bees live long and prosper". Contact: info@honeybeeresearch.org, 828-779-7047, and visit our website at www.honeybeeresearch.org



South Carolina

South Carolina Women's Ag Network
The primary purposes of SC-WAgN are to encourage and support women in agriculture provide and strengthen networks for women in agriculture; provide educational and mentoring opportunities for women in agriculture; raise community awareness of agricultural related issues and concerns; and sustain farming livelihoods.

SC-WAgN offers on-farm education; hands-on workshops; conferences; networking; mentoring; and online information sharing tools. SC-WAgN programming is based on member needs and requests and includes business planning, farm management, production practices, direct marketing, farm equipment and safety, and health. Contact: Jennifer Boyles, jbyls@clemson.edu, www.clemson.edu/public/ciecd/focus_areas/leadership/programs/scwc/


Wateree Beekeepers Association (Kernshaw County)
Our History: We are an affiliate of the South Carolina Beekeepers Association. Our group held their first "official" meeting in January of 2009 in Camden with just three charter members in attendance.  The group continued to grow each month and eventually decided to change our meeting location to the Kershaw Homemakers Building, which is a popular public meeting spot managed by the Kershaw County Clemson Extension office.  

Our Members: We are a very diverse group of individuals who share a common interest in beekeeping.  We come from various backgrounds and different walks of life.  While beekeeping is a hobby or sideline for most of us, beekeeping serves as the livelyhood for at least one of our members!  Our occupations or "real jobs" are as varied as our backgrounds.  We have members who are small business owners, farmers, plumbers, doctors, counselors and lots more.  It is the amazing little insect commonly known as the honey bee that brings us all together!

For more information see our website: kcbeekeepers.webs.com, or contact: Richard Guess, member beekeeper, Father and Son Honey, 803-968-5262, rguess1@bellsouth.net

 


Tennessee

Chattanooga Sustainable Farmers (southeastern Tennessee)
We are a cooperative of farmers that are working to increase the supply of local food available in Chattanooga - by overcoming common obstacles for farmers. Workshops, bulk orders, and product liability insurance are some of the benefits of membership. Read a profile of us written by CNG. Contact: Butch Tolley, (423) 595-8348, butch@chattanoogasustainablefarmers.org. Visit our website at growchattanooga.org/food-guide-resource-organizations/chattanooga-sustainable-farmers 


Southeast CRAFT (eastern TN, northern GA, and northeastern AL)
CRAFT stands for Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training and is a program of the Organic Growers School. Southeast CRAFT is a coordinated effort to bring established farmers, farm apprentices, and students of agriculture together for a comprehensive training program in sustainable agriculture. CRAFT is designed as a program to mentor and teach the next generation of farmers while also building a stronger network for current farmers here in the the Southern Appalachians. Farmers learn best from other farmers, and apprentices learn best from hearing how successful farmers in the region are running their farms. In this way, CRAFT training occurs through a series of on-farm tours led by experienced growers in the region. 

CRAFT is a membership program, this gives members access to a wealth of summer farm tours, winter round tables, and our CRAFT Handbook. There is a place for everyone! You may join as a farm with your apprentices/interns, a farm without apprentices/interns, an aspiring farmer or farm apprentice, or an interested friend or non-commercial grower. Join online today, or  Download a membership form  and join this important regional effort to strengthen the future of sustainable farming in the Southern Appalachians. Membership is open year-round, so you may join anytime. Contact:  via email farmerprograms@organicgrowersschool.org or call 828.338.9465  Visit our website to learn more: farmers.organicgrowersschool.org/craft



Tennessee Valley Organic Growers (east Tennessee)
To participate in our forum please visit tvo.organicismfarms.com. This forum is dedicated to strengthening organic and Certified Naturally Grown farms in both Tennessee and neighboring areas by establishing an open means of communication between growers in the area. Please feel free to suggest any new ideas, methods, or general knowledge that you have that would benefit the group. Activities include:
-Farm Tours
-Email List
-Combined Ordering
-Event Promotion
Contact: ryan@organicismfarms.com, 770-265-3343


Tennessee Growers Consortium (central Tennessee)
The Tennessee Growers Consortium supports the small independent farmer through education and networking opportunities. Farm tours and conferences provide a venue for building relationships - the catalyst for cooperative joint ventures. Our website provides a secondary forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information as well as offering a unified voice to educate the public regarding the value and importance of supporting the local sustainable food system. Visit our Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/pages/Tennessee-Growers-Consortium and join our conversation there.


Timberlake Farmers' Co-op (Jefferson County, near Knoxville)
We are a group of farms that pool products for marketing and share marketing tasks; all are independent farms, and all are CNG. Of course, we also share ideas and do some combined ordering and sharing of equipment.

We each grow a variety of fruits and vegetables depending upon the season. Typical spring crops are onions, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, etc. Summer crops are tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, corn, potatoes, summer squash, green beans and raspberries. Fall crops are winter squash, sweet potatoes, edamame, peanuts, kale, mustard, apples, and pears.  In 2011, we sold our products at Market Square Farmer's Market in Knoxville (every Saturdays 9:00-2:00), Oak Ridge F.A.R.M. Market (Saturdays), UT Farmer's Market at the UT Botanical Garden (Wednesday from 4:00-7:00) and Three Rivers Market.

Our farms are:
Buck Hollow Farm (Martha Snyder)
Charter Oaks Farm (Harvey Young)
Country Lane Farm (Jim Holbert)
Happy Harvest Farm (J.D. Dimick)
Riverplains Farm (Jennifer Niceley)
We welcome other CNG farmers in our area to join our group!
Contact: Martha Snyder at Buck Hollow Farm msnyder@usit.net 

 


Texas

Texas Young Farmers' Coalition
We seek to build connections between young farmers throughout the state in an effort to increase food awareness, encourage the exchange of ideas, and create synergistic relationships. We seek to achieve this through the following: (1) Create a real world community of young farmers through social gatherings, such as Farmer Mixers, food gatherings, and Crop Mobs; (2) Encourage farm education through the promotion of skill-building workshops around Texas; (3) Encourage advocacy through local, state, and federal policy by mobilizing our members to express their viewpoints to their local politicians. Contact: info@texasyoungfarmers.org

 


Virginia 

Farm Mentor Project
The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project is building a Farm Mentor Network that provides farmers the opportunity to reach beyond technical assistance and connect with folks working in agriculture.   The Virginia Farm Mentor Network will promote connections between established farmers & ranchers and beginning farmers & ranchers.    

The Virginia Farm Mentor Network facilitates the exchange of knowledge and skills of experienced farmers and ranchers with the beginning farmer and rancher community.  It also provides an opportunity for long-term working relationships for successful farming.  We appreciate your interest in the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition project’s Farm Mentor Network. Contacts: 
Central Virginia -- C.J. Isbell, cjisbell@vt.edu, 540-553-2278
Northern Piedmont -- Jim Hilleary, jim.hilleary@vt.edu, 540-341-7950 ext 217
Southwestern Virginia -- Kelli H. Scott, kescott1@vt.edu, 540-315-5884

 


 


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