WARREN, Ohio — Budding farmers can learn to get their hands dirty with a new training program offered by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Extension of Central State University.
TNP and CSUE will launch the Beginning Farmer Training Program at the Mahoning Valley Farmers’ Market Network meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Brite Energy Innovators at 125 W. Market St. The three-year grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture focuses on hands-on learnings for growing and marketing fresh food from soil to sale, according to a statement.
The goal is to train individuals to start successful commercial farms and help existing farmers improve or diversify their farms. It is available for people who have never run a farm before, with a focus on helping minorities and veterans.
Central State Extension will provide educational workshops, hands-on learning, seeds, fertilizer, compost, mulch, irrigation system, small farm equipment, access to USDA loans and grants for farm expansion, marketing and business planning assistance, and much more.
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will be an external partner by providing a training site and access to water for student farmers, recruiting throughout the Mahoning Valley, connecting new farmers to local markets and restaurants, and connecting student farmers to leases or sale of land.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.