Local Food Leaders and Beginning Farmers

Local Food Leaders Hang Out

And Talk About Beginning Farmers

Want to learn more about how the Land Stewardship Project has used USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to train new and beginning farmers in Minnesota? Amy Bacigalupo of the Land Stewardship Project was one of the panelists during a Google+ Hangout (a live, virtual panel) on November 21; she discussed beginning farmers issues in relation to the development of local food systems.  

The Google+ Hangout was hosted by Elanor Starmor, National Coordinator and Advisor, Local and Regional Food Systems, at USDA. On her blog post about the hanout, she wrote: “Each panelist spoke eloquently and passionately about how USDA programs have supported their work.  They were loud and clear that without a Farm Bill and USDA resources, this important work they do in the local and regional food community is at stake. But don’t take my word for it.  Take theirs.  You can view the entire conversation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnBI5VYRhOU.

You can read more at Elanor’s “Local Food Leaders Take a Break to Hang Out” post or watch the recording of the Google+ Hangout linked to above.

1 Comment on Local Food Leaders and Beginning Farmers

  1. Local Food Leaders and Beginning Farmers announced a new microloan program that would specifically target the smaller credit needs of beginning farmers and other small farm operators selling to local and regional food markets.

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