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New and Beginning Farmers in Lee County

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Welcome to the New and Beginning Farmers

in Lee County Launch Pad!

Are you interested in starting your own farming operation, or are you within your first couple years of farming? If so, this page is for you!

Over the next few months, we will be compiling resources designed for the “Ag Curious” as well as new and beginning farmers to learn the technical ropes behind producing local food. These resources will include educational programs and experiences (classes, workshops, etc.) as well as publications, videos, and more that will help you get your farm started on the right foot. Check back regularly for updates as we start to populate this page.

You can get started with this quick USDA resource document in the meantime!

Would you like to join us in Fall 2024 for Small Farm Boot Camp?! Let us know here!

In the Fall of 2024, we will be hosting our Small Farm Boot Camp program! Developed by the Extension Local Food Program, Small Farm Boot Camp is designed for those interested in exploring farming as well as market gardeners, homesteaders, and new and beginning farmers to help provide the technical knowledge and skills to get started with farming.

This program includes more than eight modules, with topics including understanding your local food system and selecting marketing channels, learning the essentials behind soil health, learning how to grow different vegetables, tree fruits, and small fruits, season extension, post-harvest handling and food safety, and putting it all together. This program is a multi-county collaboration between Lee, Chatham, Moore, Harnett, Randolph, and Johnston counties.

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