Local Food: Training Resources for Practitioners

Local Food: Training Resources for Practitioners

Local Food: Training Resources for Practitioners

Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems

The following resources are particularly suited to improving the skills and knowledge of ag professionals who are involved in strengthening local and regional food systems.

Agritourism Training Materials


This curriculum was designed to provide detailed training resources for agricultural professionals and farmers interested in expanding their income sources and entering the agritourism industry. 

Case Studies: Training the Trainers in Community-Based Food Systems


These case studies highlight the project planning and development of 12 county-based teams trained to assist in the development of community-based food systems in North Carolina. 

Cooperative Extension Farm to School Resources


Farm to School resources available from ASAP in North Carolina.

Course 2. Strategic Farm/Ranch Planning and Marketing


This course covers planning and business development, marketing opportunities and strategies for farm/ranch businesses, and managing the farm/ranch business for long-term success.

Direct sales of beef--a digital workshop


A workshop on producing, harvesting, and marketing beef. Includes case studies. 

Farm to School Training Toolkit


Resources for ag educators and community leaders who are starting a farm to school program.

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Farmers Market Managers Training Manual


This comprehensive training resource provides tools for market managers to be effective and to overcome common obstacles they face.

Download File (7.04 MB)

Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers in the North Central Region


With support from an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, Betrand Farm developed 24 educational PowerPoint modules that can serve as an internship curriculum for food farmers in the North Central region.

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Marketing for Profit Webinar Series


Webinar participants will learn the skills necessary to complete a business and marketing plan for their farm business. 

MarketReady Educational Resources


MarketReady prepares food producers to sell directly to consumers and wholesale buyers. 

Organic Horticulture Training for the Southeast


An interactive website to help ag professionals develop successful organic education programs.


University of Nebraska SARE Agri-Marketing Website


This is a web toolbox to support the SARE AgriMarketing Professional Development Program.  

Regional SARE Conferences on Local Food

Western SARE's Strengthening Agriculture's Infrastructure conference was held in December 2012. Available resources include a conference report, session recordings and more.

North Central SARE's Scaling Up Local Food conference was held in September 2010. Conference organizers developed a list of educational resources.

Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Direct Marketing Curriculum (University of Arkansas)

Trainers' Resource Guide (curricula and resources for teaching financial and business skills to producers)

Worker Protection Standard: Train the Trainer (online training course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)

Product specs
Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2013


Intro to the Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers


This short webinar introduces viewers to the Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers, a collection of 24 PowerPoint modules that can be used to teach interns sustainable and profitable growing practices.

Andrea Godshalk5 (NC-LW)

Interested in using high tunnels and other season extension techniques to increase local food sales?

Check out the High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques Topic Room.

Are you an ag educator or farmer interested in sharing a SARE Topic Room at an event? Consider using this one-page flyer (PDF) or the four-page topic brief, Building Local and Regional Food Systems.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is a USDA-wide effort to share information about grants, loans, tools, resources and stories related to local and regional food systems.