LEARN: Farm business operations, crop planning for profitability, farm-business marketing, niche production, and much more.
EXPERIENCE: On-farm field days, workshops led by nationally renowned farmers and local experts.
JOIN: A group of like-minded entry-level farmers from across central Louisiana
MEET: Statewide networks of farmers with diverse experience and build links to national, statewide, and regional farmer support organizations that will help you build a sustainable farm business.
Over forty(!) hours of learning opportunities tailored to meet your needs to take you from Seed to Success in your farm-based business**.
*Successful applicants will attend all components of the series at NO COST! Must live or work in the CLEDA region to be eligible. **Plus, everyone who completes the entire series will receive follow up and on-farm technical assistance at NO COST!
This class is a huge time commitment, but if you want to be smart about what you do they give you the tolls and the know-how so you can grow your business.
I took the class in 2018 and still work with the Fresh Central Team at least once a month, sometimes more. They are so supportive and always help me find what I need to keep my farm and business productive.
I made great friends with other beginning farmers in my class! I still work with the instructors and the Fresh Central Team at CLEDA. I can count on their help every time I need it. Starting a business is hard work but they really help.
The connections I made in the Fresh Central farmer training program at CLEDA helped me grow my farm into a more efficient and profitable business! I still take workshops from them every chance I get.
This was a lot of work, but it paid off, I started the farm business of my dreams. And if you take the 2019 program, you can see my farm during one of the field days!