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Who is Building Farmers Designed For?

  • You want to start a market farm business
  • You have a market farm business and have farmed 10 years or less
  • You desire to improve your business skills
  • Would like to network with other market farm producers
  • Produce an agricultural or value added AG product
  • Market direct to consumers, to local wholesale or retail firms

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Farmers Teaching Farmers

The Idaho Building Farmers program builds farm community and farmer capacity through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers (0 – 10 yrs exp). The Market Farm Track is a series of eight evening classes designed to help New Farmers explore farming as a business and provide Intermediate and Experienced Farmers with tools and ideas to refine and enhance their business management, production, and marketing skills.

  • The local food movement is growing in Idaho.
  • Local farmers' markets are thriving and can provide an excellent inroad for new farmers.
  • Take your operation to the next level – enhance your business and marketing skills.
  • Learn from successful producers about what it takes to market locally.
  • Make the most of your opportunities; explore more ways to add value to your products.
  • Build your skills, take a new look at how you do business, develop business/marketing plans.
  • Network with other growers in your area.

University of Idaho Extension programs are available to all without discrimination









Began as a regional partnership to build community and capacity among a new generation of direct market farmers and local food systems.

For additional information, contact:

Dawn Thilmany McFadden
(970) 491-7220 dawn.thilmany@colostate.edu

Jo Ann Warner
(509) 477-2168

Western Extension Risk Management Education

Initially funded by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (grant award number 2009-49400-05877).