Beginning farmers guide offers training

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AMES, Iowa — A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers (LF 0006), compiles dozens of existing training resources on everything from soil and composting to small farm equipment and whole farm planning, including information on food safety and seed saving.

The guide is available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Online Store, or the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture website.

The beginning farmer guide was prepared by Alice Topaloff, a Leopold Center prograam assistant, with support from the ISU Extension and Outreach Local Foods Team.

The 48-page guide is divided into three parts: production practices, post-harvest handling, and business planning and basic farm finances. Each of the three segments contains modules covering different agriculture topics and is organized by learning objectives and includes a narrative, hands-on activities and links to worksheets and additional resources.

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