Beginning Farmer Workshop with NCAT’s Luke Freeman

Beginning Farmer Workshop with NCAT’s Luke Freeman

Join NCAT Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension staff for an information-packed evening designed to help beginning farmers plan for success.

Workshop Details

This workshop is geared towards beginning farmers or those who are considering getting into farming. Luke will talk about whole farm planning and selecting the right farm enterprise. Additional topics will include developing a farm business plan, establishing a business entity, and other farm startup considerations.

The workshop will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at the Benton County Extension Office, 1204 SW 14th St., Bentonville, AR. The event is free, but attendees must register. Click here to register online. Contact Heather Friedrich at with questions about this event.

University of Arkansas Extension and NCAT are sponsoring the workshop.

Additional Beginning Farmer Resources

If you’re unable to attend the evening workshop, or you’re looking for additional resources on starting a farm, visit NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. You’ll find hundreds of publications, videos, podcasts, tutorials and more.

Farm Business Planning & Marketing for Beginners is an introductory-level online course that will help you develop a basic business and marketing plan to meet your farm goals. This tutorial includes information about small livestock production.

Getting Started in Farming: an Introductory Course in Farm Business Planning is a more advanced online course for those who have already decided to start farming. This course will help you anticipate personal and financial challenges and create a written business plan.

Free publications for beginning farmers include the Farm Business Start-up Checksheet and Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland.

Luke and the rest of NCAT’s sustainable agriculture specialists are available for free, one-on-one technical assistance! If you have questions about starting a farm, scaling-up your existing operation, or any other sustainable agriculture topic, contact our ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture helpline at 1-800-346-9140. You can also email questions to

About the Presenter

Luke Freeman has been a Horticulture Specialist with NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office since 2016. Luke has a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Arkansas. Before coming to NCAT, he worked for the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Poteau, Oklahoma. During his time at the Kerr Center, Luke served as the horticulture program assistant under the direction of former NCAT staff member George Kuepper. Luke and his wife own a farm on which they raise laying hens, goats, vegetables, and cut flowers.

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