The Collaborative


The Farm Beginnings® Collaborative is a national alliance of independent regional groups of farmers and farmer-training support organizations working together to promote Farm Beginnings, a farmer training model that is community based, rooted in sustainable principles, and farmer led.

Guiding Principles

Farmer Led

Farm Beginnings® is a farmer-led training program for new and beginning farmers. It was started by experienced farmers, and farmers participate at all levels—as steering committee members, classroom presenters, on-farm presenters, and on-farm mentors.

Community Relationships

Farm Beginnings® offers new and beginning farmers a means to establish strong relationships with local farmers, businesses, resources and consumers within a community network that supports and strengthens the local food and farming system.

Sustainable Farming

Farm Beginnings® programs support sustainable farming by promoting farming practices that are ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just and achievable for new and beginning farmers.