University of Maryland Extension


The Beginning Farmer Success Program

The program is the product of a collaborative grant project funded through The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Our goal is to increase the number of successful beginning farmers and acreage farmed by them in Maryland. The project has an emphasis on practical training for beginning farmers, including new, underserved, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, minority and ethnic, and explorer farming audiences.

Beginning Farmer Projects

Needs Assessment

Impact Document

Final Report

The program combines the efforts of four partners:

University of Maryland Extension

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission



The Beginning Farmer Success (BFS) program is made possible by the partnership of the following sponsors:

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