We spoke with Geoff Seelen of Piedmont Biofarm about the farm’s innovative project to create an on-farm experience that combines the operation’s talents in farming, culinary skills, and education to create a new enterprise that adds to the farm’s overall profitability.
Steve Sifford of Alamance County, North Carolina received a grant through RAFI’s Agricultural Reinvestment Fund in 2015 to add the necessary infrastructure for raising rabbits including building hutches and shade structures. He grew up on a dairy farm and originally purchased land to raise cattle while working as an instructor nearby. Although Steve has a lifelong love for the cattle business, he wanted to find a new livestock product that could bring high value to the farm without needing much more land. The 40+ acre farm was already at maximum grazing capacity with the cattle and Steve did not have the capital or the desire to purchase more land. He found that rabbits could be raised with little infrastructure and land while bringing in a premium price. Read more about Steve’s story here…
Please join us for a free workshop on December 10th from 6:30 to 7 pm to learn about our grant program for farmers and ag enterprises, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. We will have printed applications available at the workshop and will explain how to apply.
Please join us for a workshop on November 4th from 7 to 8 pm to learn about our grant program for farmers and ag enterprises, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. We will have printed applications available at the workshop and will explain how to apply.
My co-workers and I at the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) have had the privilege of working with many of the women interviewed for Kim Severson’s recent New York Times article, “A Food Sisterhood Flourishes in North Carolina,” and it was a real pleasure to see this group of hardworking innovators receive national attention for their efforts.