In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell talks with beginning farmer Violet Keys about the journey that took her from a career in the military to beginning Synergy in the Garden, a 6-acre urban agriculture operation in Jackson, Mississippi.
Violet discusses overcoming her nervousness as she begins her farm – where she plans to grow medicinal herbs, cut flowers, and other crops. She and Felicia also talk about creating a business plan and utilizing USDA financial and planning assistance. Violet shares her dream of creating a “healing space” for veterans that is also an asset to her community.
Related ATTRA Resources:
- Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers
- Selling to Local and Regional Markets: Barriers and Opportunities for Beginning Farmers
- Veteran Resources
- Farm Start-Up
- Farmer Well-Being
Contact Felicia Bell at email@example.com.
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