New Farmer Resources

Additional Educational Opportunities Available to New, Beginning, & Aspiring Farmers


  • SCNBFP Advanced Workshops – SCNBFP advanced workshops are available to the public.  Visit the SC New & Beginning Farmer Program website for an ongoing schedule.
  • Farming Foundations (Clemson Extension Online Classes) – This 14 module class will teach beginner and advanced farmers the foundations to get their farms moving in the right direction.  The class is focused on vegetable production but many topics such as soil testing, fertility, and irrigation can be applied to many different farming ventures. At the completion of the class, participants will have a portfolio that will help them in their farming journey.
  • SARE Programming – Hosted by the Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Program and partners, statewide, throughout the year.  Visit the website to view programming schedule and sign up for the mailing list.
  • Clemson University Cooperative Extension – Contact each County Extension office in your area and ask to be placed on their mailing list for workshops and trainings.
  • South Carolina State University 1890 Extension Program – Contact your closest 1890 Extension office for more information on workshops and trainings.
  • Soil & Water Conservation Districts – Like Extension services, each county has its own Soil & Water Conservation District office.  Many of these host workshops of interest to farmers.  Use this directory to contact your local office and asked to be placed on their mailing list.
  • Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program – If you have an interest in horticulture and helping educate others, Clemson’s Master Gardener Program provides 40+ hours of training, including vegetable and tree/small fruit production. Available in more than two dozen SC counties, as well as online.



Note: There are also many associations related to particular areas of production, operating in SC. For example, the SC Beekeepers Association; SC Cattlemen’s Association; SC Specialty Crop Growers Association; etc.