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 2016 Growers Academy
General Information

About the Growers Academy

In partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Coalition, the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center is offering the 2016 Growers' Academy in Christiansburg, VA. The course is designed to help new and transitioning agricultural businesses succeed. The series focuses on whole farm business planning and low-input crop production. Instructors include resource professionals and farm business owners.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Whole Farm Planning
  • Business and Finance
  • Enterprise Budgets & Financial Services
  • Soil and Pest Management
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Crops and Crop Planning

The Farm Credit Knowledge Center is committed to sharing knowledge and resources to individuals interested in agriculture. Their generous scholarship lowered the fee to $200 for each person who wishes to participate in the 2016 Grower's Academy.

Dates and Location

January 19 – March 1, 2016
Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm

Montgomery County Government Center Classroom
755 Roanoke Street
Suite 2
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Josh Nease
Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center, Manager
108 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 701, Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: 540-553-2311 or
Erin Burcham, 540-767-6145,

Notices & News

Want to start a farm business but don’t have land?
Graduates of the Growers' Academy are eligible to lease land at a discounted rate at the Catawba Sustainability Center in Catawba, Virginia.


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