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Marketing & Agribusiness Program

The VSU Small Farm Marketing and Business Program works directly with Virginia Cooperative Extension county-based field agents and the Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program to provide science based educational curriculum on critical marketing and business issues facing small farm operations across the state of Virginia. 

If you are a beginning or existing small farm business interested in learning about how to increase profitability in a challenging market, we can help you make informed marketing and business decisions enhancing your competitive edge.


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Small Farm Marketing and Business Education

  • Farm Marketing Strategies
  • Farm Business Development
  • Effective Product Pricing
  • Value-Added Farm Product Start-Up
  • Webpage Development for Farmers
  • Social Networking for Farmers
  • Farmers Markets
  • Community Supported Agriculture
  • Workplace Markets
  • Buying Clubs

Get Started Today!

Step 1: Schedule an office or farm visit to determine your small farm marketing and business educational needs by contacting your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office, Agricultural and Natural Sciences (ANR) county agent: Find them at: http://www.ext.vt.edu/offices/

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NOTE: If you are a beginning farmer, beginning rancher (in operation less than 10 years), African American, Native American, Asian American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native, or a woman, the VSU Small Farm Outreach offers one-on-one technical assistance and outreach in 44 counties in Virginia. Contact William A. Crutchfield, Director of the VSU Small Farm Outreach and Technical Assistance Program to determine your eligibility at (804) 892-4316, or wcrutchfield@vsu.edu.




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Step 2: If you and your field agent or the Director of the VSU Small Farm Outreach and Technical Assistance Program, after the first meeting agree that you need specific additional educational assistance in small farm marketing and business, request your county agent to contact Theresa Nartea, Extension Specialist at (804) 524-5491 or tnartea@vsu.edu for direct VCE field office technical assistance.

Small Farm Outreach and Technical Assistance Program Area (Okpebholo, 2011)
Project Counties #SDFRFL
Zone 1 : Charlotte, Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania (Clifford Somerville) 566
Zone 2 : Brunswick, Greensville, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward (Alvin Adkins; Derrick Cladd) 442
Zone 3 : Isle of Wight, Southampton, Suffolk, Surry, Sussex (Clifton Slade; Derrick Cladd) 199
Zone 4 : Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Nelson (James Sheppard Partial) 293
Zone 5 : Amelia, Charles, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Gooch., Henrico, Prince George (Vernon Heath) 295
Zone 6 : Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Hanover, Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania (Roland Terrell) 307
Zone 7 : Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Madison, Prince William, Rappahannock (Jim Hankins) 396
Total (Project Counties) 2498
Total (All VA Counties) 3753
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