Fast Track Farming program to collaborate with beginning farmers

By Land-Grant Communications
Posted May 20 2024
two people at a garden

Central State University Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Department is beginning a new growing season with the Fast Track Farming program.

With new classes now available at six different sites across Ohio, the program is helping to build local food systems by providing a beginning farmer program to aspiring farmers. 

The 12-month program helps prospective farmers learn about farming through classes that include hands-on activities on a demonstration farm. The free program focuses on intensive vegetable production in an urban setting and includes topics such as:

  • Vegetable/small fruit farming
  • Beekeeping
  • Integrated pest management
  • Land access
  • Food safety
  • Farm business planning and management
  • Soil health and fertility
  • Fertigation and managing intensive production
  • Hydroponics/aquaponics
  • Organic production systems
  • Harvesting and sales
  • Value-added food production

Classes and demonstration farms are located throughout Ohio. For more information, on specific classes, contact the CSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Regional Educator for each location as noted below.

Cuyahoga County — East Cleveland

Christopher Thompson,

Locations: Croit Road Farm Market and Green Movement Glenville

Trumbull County — Warren

Christopher Thompson,

Location: Trumbull Neighborhood Partners

Lucas County — Toledo

Michelle Wallace,

Location: Grace Community Center

Clark County — Springfield

Marc Amante,

Location: Melrose Acres with Springfield Ohio Urban Plantfolks (SOUP)

Muskingum County — Zanesville

Denise Natoli Brooks,

Location: Urban Greens with Muskingum SWCD