OFFICE OF FARMLAND PRESERVATION (OFP)
Farm Link and Transition Pilot Workshop
Are you a farm owner or farm seeker serious about farm transition options?
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP) and Virginia Farm Bureau (VAFB) Young Farmers are conducting the second of three pilot farm transition workshops on February 11, 2012 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham. These workshops are specifically designed for those farm owners and farm seekers who are serious about taking the next step toward the transition of the farm and farming operation.
The pilot workshop is the result of the VAFB Young Farmers' efforts to work with OFP to enhance the Virginia Farm Link program, and to help those farm owners and farm seekers who can create a future of flourishing farms in Virginia. The purpose of this pilot workshop is to:
Bring together farm owners and farm seekers who are serious and who want to implement a farm transition plan
Educate farm owners and farm seekers about key farm transition and whole farm planning concepts
Enhance the communication between farm owners and farm seekers
Collect feedback on ways the Virginia Farm Link program and Virginia Farm Bureau can better provide assistance to farm owners and seekers
This one-day workshop will include a mix of case studies, group exercises, a farmer panel and service provider presentations. Based on the feedback from the previous pilot workshop, this workshop also will have intensive breakout sessions targeted to farm owners, experienced farmers looking to expand, and new/beginning farmers. Time also will be provided during the day for farm owners and farm seekers to discuss possible partnership opportunities with each other. The third workshop in this pilot series is set for August 11, 2012 (Rockingham County).