Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program

Across the United States and in Georgia, the number of small and medium–sized farms is declining and the average age of farmers is on the rise. Although we need new farmers, the barriers potential farmers face when trying to grow new agricultural businesses from the ground up can be challenging. UGA Extension and partners have developed the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program to provide a comprehensive training program for beginning farmers.

Check in with your county Extension agent to see if a program is scheduled in your county. Each program is different, so make sure to ask which components of the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program they plan to offer.

Possible Components of a Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program:

  • Small Farm Business Planning or AgAware Training
  • Small Fruit & Vegetable Production or Small Ruminants Production,
  • Hands-on Production Training (Internship, mentorship, and/or incubator opportunities. If your county is offering this part of the program, please check in with the county agent for more information)

Participants are welcome to travel to any classes offered around the state, so if there is not a program being offered in your county, you may also check with other county Extension agents to see if one is being held nearby. You will receive a certificate if you take the classes and pass the knowledge evaluation that follows the classes. Please realize that counties offering Hands-On Production Trainings may only have opportunities available in their county.

Again, call your county Extension office with any questions you have regarding the program. If your county is not currently offering the program, you can let your county agent know you are interested and they may be able to offer the program in the future.


Program Locations for 2019

See Programs and Events Page for more details regarding the West Georgia Beginner Farmer Development Program (BFDP).

Carroll, Haralson, Paulding Counties Collaborative Program (see flyer)

What: UGA Extension in Carroll, Haralson and Paulding Counties are hosting the Journeyman Farmer program that provides comprehensive training for beginning farmers, with a focus on small ruminant production. This certificate program requires completion of three steps: Small Farm Business Planning, Small Ruminant Production, and an Internship/Mentorship.

Where: Small Business Planning: Carroll County Extension Office: 900 Newnan Rd., Carrollton, GA 30117. Small Ruminant Production: E-911 Communications Center, 896 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA 30117.  

When: Small Farm Business Planning: Monday, February 11, 2019 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm). Small Ruminant Production: Friday and Saturday, February 22 & 23, 2019 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm both days). 

Registration: Cost is $75. Contact the Carroll County Extension office at 770-836-8546. Registration deadline is February 4, 2019.