Small Farm Institute
The small farmer institute mission is to serve the new, disadvantaged, minority, underserved, women, and veteran farmer in Louisiana; through outreach, education, hands on training, provide resources, introduce new technological innovations and assist farmers with making sound decisions for a successful agriculture business.
- To assist small new, beginning, women and veteran farmers and landowners in achieving the small farm dream.
- To educate and provide information on emerging agriculture trends and science base practices.
- To assisting farmers in generating and maintaining an income that supports their families and communities.
- To serve as an incubator of small farmers information in Louisiana
- To provide materials for bilingual farmers and personnel
Small Farmer Definition:
A small farmer is defined as one that grows and sells between $1,000 and $250,000 per year in agricultural products. These farmers could include:
- Growers working with plants in greenhouses.
- Ethnic minority farmers.
- Farmers with limited resources.
- Hobby farmers, retirement farmers, lifestyle farmers.
- Farmers who sell directly to consumers
- Through farmers markets, CSA’s and other marketing channels not a part of the traditional, wholesale distribution chain.
- Farmers who do not monocrop, including those who grow vegetables or fruits while also raising livestock.
Source: USDA, Small Farms, Big Differences, 11 March 2021.
- Livestock Operations – (Cow/Calf/Sheep/Goat/Poultry)
- Vegetable/Hemp Production
- Forestry/Tree Management (Fruit, Nut, Timber)
- Seafood/ Crawfish Production
- On Farm Readiness
- Continuing Education Programs
- Wisteria Alliance- Women in Agriculture Program
- Small Farm Academy
- Enhancing Capacity of Small Farms and Businesses
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