Fresh Central

Cultivating Small Farm Success

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-A Fresh Central Seed to Success Workshop Series 2019-

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.


The 2019 beginning farmer accelerator program* will consist of:

  • 6 in-person workshops (three hours each; dinner provided)
  • Online Tutorials
  • 3 on-farm field days at unique farm operations in central Louisiana
  • 1 Certification award ceremony with guests from
    • Capitol City Produce (start building wholesale relationships now)
    • National Young Farmers Coalition (check out the amazing resources they have for you)
    • Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (network of peers in SE states)
    • LA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (supporting your farm with science and education)
    • Much more!


Over forty(!) hours of learning opportunities tailored to meet your needs to take you from Seed to Success in your farm-based business**.


Applications accepted NOW – January 11, 2019.
Extremely limited due to small class size.

Required Workshops:

  1. January 17:Intro To Your Successful Farm Startup [Bahia Nightengale] 
  2. January 31: The First 8 Years [Danelle Myer]        
  3. February 14: Growing With Facebook [Wayne Mullins]  
  4. February 28: Business Operations [Gary Perkins]
  5. March 14: Planning for a Successful Market Farm [Josh Volk] 
  6. March 28: The Lean Farm: Production Tips for Market Growers [Ben Hartman]


Field Days: (1 Required)

  • April 11: Field Day-Sycamore Acres, Cottonport
  • April 18: Field Day-Gray Walk, Alexandria
  • April 25: Field Day-From the Ground, Hornbeck


Graduation Ceremony: May 2, 2019

  • Certificates Awarded
  • Networking  Opportunities


*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!


Meet the Workshop Leaders:


What people are saying:

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!