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Northeast beginning farmer service providers come together to share teaching tools, resources on Feb 9, 2019 in Lancaster, PA

The Cornell Small Farms Program will host the 11th Annual Northeast Beginning Farmer Learning Network (BFLN) meeting bringing together 70 service providers from extension programs, non-profit organizations, and government agencies across the NE on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Lancaster, PA, as part of PASA’s 2019 Sustainable Agriculture  Conference.

The day-long program will allow plenty of time for networking–including a Friday, Feb 8 evening social time from 7:30-9pm–as well as sessions on social justice, program evaluation, making farm finances fun, and advancing the work of the Blueprint: Building a Better Business Assistance Network for Farms and Food Businesses.

Cost is $75 including breakfast and lunch.


Fri, Feb 8

  • 7:30-9pm – Casual cocktail hour and networking for farm service providers

Sat, Feb 9

  • 7:30-8:45am – Breakfast and networking time

(Morning programming integrated with rest of PASA’s conference; the following sessions are suggested for service providers)

  • 8:45-10:15amA Fun Approach to Accounting Systems – Elaine Lemmon, Kitchen Table Consultants
  • 9:00am-12:00pmUprooting Racism: Becoming an Anti-Racist Accomplice in the Food System – ari rosenberg, Nicole Sugerman, Marian Dalke, and Bri Barton, Soil Generation
  • 10:30-12:00pmUsing Cost-of-Production to Understand Pricing Strategies – Julia Shanks
  • 12:00-1:30pm – LUNCH together (included in registration for BFLN meeting; served separately from rest of PASA’s conference)

(Afternoon programming is exclusive to the BFLN, as PASA’s conference officially ends at lunchtime)

  • 1:30-2:00pm – Planning for the Future of the BFLN
  • 2:00-3:30pm
    • Build Your Capacity to Support Beginning Farmer Success: What Does it Look Like for our Diverse Audiences?
      Presented by Jennifer Hashley and Lindsay Davies from New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and Kim Niewolny from Virginia Tech
      This is an interactive session to help build and identify farmer development pathways and define success across diverse beginning farmer populations, facilitated by the GREW Project (Gaining Results through Evaluation Work) team. The GREW Project is funded by a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) Educational Enhancement Team (EET) grant.
      Be part of the critical thinking about what success looks like, and how we might track that as individual organizations and for this field as a whole. Attendees will benefit from a rich conversation about what outcomes are meaningful for their audience(s), and their comments/insights will be used in the ongoing development of a “Pathways Map” tool and “Outcomes List” that this national project is developing.
    • Workshopping the Blueprint: Building a Better Business Assistance Network for Farms and Food Businesses – Dorothy Suput, The Carrot Project
      Learn about, discuss, and get involved in The Blueprint, a network forming in New England and New York’s Hudson Valley to support business assistance advisors for farm and food businesses at all stages, including those working with beginning farmers. The Blueprint is the result of over 50 advisors coming together to envision what they can do together to increase farm and food economic viability. The work focuses on workforce development, building a community of practice, and increasing the resources for critical business development work. One of our first projects is mapping the resources and services already being delivered. Do you wonder what types of services are delivered where? Do you want to get involved? Would you like to determine how the Blueprint and BFLN could work together? Would you like a similar network in your region? Join us so we can discuss these questions and many more.


Check out agendas and presenter slides from past BFLN meetings and webinars HERE.