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A Farm Apprentice Story – Adam M

A Farm Apprentice Story – Adam M

Adam Moore was not born and raised on a farm. He grew up in the big city of Fort Worth, Texas. His first taste of farm life was volunteering on a friend’s urban farm there. The experience inspired a desire to become more self-reliant and to grow food. He learned about sustainable, regenerative, and bio-intensive farming. With no formal agriculture education or farm training, Adam decided that he wanted to be a farmer.

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A Morning at dH Farm in West Fork

A Morning at dH Farm in West Fork

Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, Mark Den Herder was uncomfortable with the confinement style of raising pigs. He thought to himself, “I’ll never do that.” And, he hasn’t. The pigs at his dH Farm in West Fork look pretty dang happy. As do the sheep, the dogs, the plants, the chickens, and the kids. As a summer morning settles in, we get a peek at life on a small organic farm in the hills Arkansas.

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Helping Small Farmers Meet a Growing Demand for Local Produce

By connecting small farmers to available land, technical assistance and capital, along with improving their access to sales and distribution services, the program is building a national model for small farmers looking to meet growing demand for fresh, local produce.

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Dripping Springs Garden – A beautiful CAFF mentor farm.

Dripping Springs Garden – A beautiful CAFF mentor farm.

The drive to Dripping Springs Garden takes you through truly stunning views of the Ozarks. Once you arrive, the peace of the farm settles over you. On a recent visit, the fog of a cool spring morning nestled into the lush dark greens of the foliage. Here and there, the white domes of greenhouses sat like large stones in a misty creek. The farm is host to CAFF apprentices where Mark and Michael train a new generation of small scale and specialty crop farmers.

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Applications Open September 1 for New Farm Program

Applications Open September 1 for New Farm Program

The programs focus on small and mid-sized farms, specialty crop production and local markets in northwest Arkansas, said Heather Friedrich, program manager in the division’s department of horticulture. Both programs are open to anyone from any area of Arkansas. “We have connections with farmers in many areas of the state,” she said.

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Summer Chickpea Salad Recipe

Summer Chickpea Salad Recipe

The SNAP Double Your Dollars program presents a cooking demonstration by Heather Artripe from Ozark Natural Foods. This nutritious, delicious recipe features fresh food available at your local farmers market.

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New Program Supports Farmers

The current state of the world is also highlighting the essential role local farmers play in our food supply chain. This work is vital when communities navigate the unprecedented challenges we are experiencing today. The authenticity of Northwest Arkansas’ farming heritage is inspiring our family’s new effort to strengthen the region’s capacity to grow more local food for local people.

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Crop Planning and Forecasting Workshop for Farmers

Crop Planning and Forecasting Workshop for Farmers

Hands-on Learning of Production Planning Tools Adam Millsap, of Red Barn, will share planning tools and tips. Local produce buyers will discuss market opportunities. Everyone leaves with their own electronic spreadsheet planner. March 6, 2020 9 AM - 1 PM Benton County...

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The CFFSE is now the Center for Arkansas Farms and Food!

The CFFSE is now the Center for Arkansas Farms and Food, also known as CAFF! The Center for Farm and Food System Entrepreneurship has changed its name to better emphasize the local and statewide impacts of the program. The goals of the center remain unchanged, to...

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Farm Apprenticeship Program Featured in TB&P

A recent article in TB&P focused on the new Farm Apprenticeship Program and highlights the mentorship and business aspects of the curriculum and training. https://talkbusiness.net/2019/10/farmer-apprenticeship-program-to-start/

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New Farm Apprenticeship Program Opens Doors

New Farm Apprenticeship Program combines classroom education with on-farm training to help those interested in becoming farmers. Media Contact: Nick Kordsmei nkordsme@uark.edu 479-575-6368 Oct. 29, 2019 New apprenticeship program opens doors for aspiring farmers By...

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