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The Beginning Farmer Program

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Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program

Beginning Farmer 

 Join us to work with local educators, producers, and industry leaders to explore those questions and evaluate your farming future. The Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program (NPBFP) is a multi-class initiative to help aspiring and diversifying farms make informed decisions about a new operation.  NPBFP uses curriculum compiled by VA Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). 

We are very pleased to announce that there are scholarships available to anyone who might find the class fees a burden. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of one of our our former students. For more information, please contact Jim Hankins,




 Cost of Series is $100.00 individual, $150.00 for couples. To register, send check made payable to:

Fauquier Education Farm

c/o VCE-Fauquier

24 Pelham Street 

Warrenton, VA 20186

              All Classes to be held at              Va. Cooperative Extension

24 Pelham Street

Warrenton, VA 20186

 For further information contact

Jim Hankins or


Important Dates:

Starting a production farm or diversifying an existing farm? 

Jan. 15 : Free Orientation to outline program.  7-9 PM

Jan. 22 - March 11: Classes Wednesday Evenings 7-9 PM

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 This is a joint effort of Cooperative Extension in Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Rappahannock Counties and the Fauquier Education Farm.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital, family, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.