The Alabama Beginning Farmer project provides special emphasis to the training needs of military veterans interested in specialty crop production. Originally developed by Chris Becker, Limestone County coordinator, the Operation Grow project supports county-based efforts that are inclusive of all veterans and their families with access to information and resources statewide.
If interested in a training curriculum in your county, contact a commercial horticulture regional Extension agent or Extension coordinator who organizes an advanced training series for producers. For more information about training for community gardens and market gardeners, contact a home grounds regional Extension agent.
Typically, state and nonprofit agencies are also part of the local collaborative network. Thank you to the Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs and the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission for supporting Operation Grow.
Resources for Farmers
- Farming Basics mobile app
- Farming Basics Online Course
- Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter
- Beginning Farmer video playlist
- Commercial Horticulture Monthly Webinars Topics
- Alabama SARE Program