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Classes to be offered to help beginner farmers in Virginia

December 20, 2019 GMT

WARRENTON, Va. (AP) — A series of classes will be offered in Virginia to help beginner farmers.

The hands-on program uses a curriculum designed by staff at Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Working with local educators, producers and industry leaders, the program covers whole farm planning, marketing and farm business management.

The classes are being offered by the 2020 Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program and the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition.

A free orientation will be held on Jan. 15 at the Extension office in Fauquier County. Classes will be held Wednesday evenings from Jan. 22 through March 11 at the Extension office.

Registration is $100 per person and $150 for couples.