Farmer Outreach

The Farmer Outreach Program is a collaborative effort with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  to conduct outreach and educational activities for underserved groups in Northeast Georgia. The goal of the program is to increase the number of minority farmers and raise awareness of NRCS programs.

Underserved groups are defined as: Individuals and groups who have not participated in or have received limited benefit from USDA or NRCS programs which may improve their quality of life and/or the environment.

For more information, please contact:

Farmer Outreach Coordinator
Christina Hylton

christina@athenslandtrust.org

 Program Objectives

  • Introduce new and underserved populations to farming as a career
  • Introduce new and existing farmers to NRCS programs, especially easement programs such as the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and others
  • Increase the opportunities for beginning, non-traditional farmers by providing educational activities and matching them with landowners who are not currently utilizing their land
  • Expand opportunities for new farmers through a land lease program

Farm Training Opportunities

ALT currently offers free agriculture, education and business training at the West Broad Market Garden to underserved individuals interested in farming. Beginning farmers can learn how to raise organic vegetables and specialty crops that will be sold to markets.

Connecting New and Beginning Farmers with Land Owners for Sustainable Agriculture & Conservation

Are you looking for land to develop your farm business?  Do you have available land that you would like to lease and do you want support sustainable agriculture?  Our Land Match Program seeks to connect Farmers and Landowners who are either need of access to land or have land available to lease.

Landowner Application

Landseeker Application

Reasons for Landowners to Participate

  • Improved soil fertility

  • Conservation planning

  • Supporting sustainable agriculture

  • Increasing access to affordable land

  • Improved land management

Reasons for Farmers to Participate

  • Access to affordable land

  • Agribusiness Development Support

  • Experience farming before purchasing land

  • Support for NRCS Assistance application

  • Collaboration with USDA programs

The connections the Athens Land Trust makes between farmers and landowners supports the next generation of farmers to start their agribusiness and promotes sustainable agriculture and land stewardship. Once a match is made the farmer and landowner develop a mutual agreement that allows the farmer to operate on the land and develop their small farming business.  Farmers have the opportunity to become a member of ALT’s farmer outreach program and can participate in ALT farmer support programs.  Landowners will have opportunity to receive support in developing conservation plans, and developing easements with ALT’s conservation program.