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verb | ac·​cel·​er·​ate

1.  To progress more rapidly than usual


The Georgia Organics Farmer Fund Accelerator will combine tailored on-farm investments with a customized coaching program to help selected farmers grow into a more financially sustainable operation more quickly than usual.

The Accelerator will provide selected farmers with business & financial consultants, marketing & sales experts, loan and leasing coaches, and production consultants, combined with up to $10,000 in support per farm in the form of  paid apprentices, marketing materials, infrastructure and equipment investments, and health insurance premium cost-shares.

After an application is accepted, farmers will go through an intake process that will evaluate strengths and opportunities to determine the level and types of support a farm needs to truly prosper. Next, farms will be paired with their coaches and consultants and will have up to 20 hours of pre-paid consultations with those experts.

The Accelerator is free for selected Georgia Organics members and lasts one year. Accelerator alumni are eligible to apply for an additional year’s worth of support. Two years is the maximum length of time that farmers can be accepted into the program.

The application is free, but is slightly more complex than, say, an application for a Conference scholarship, and that’s because we will need more information than usual to make sure your operation is a good fit for the goals of this program, and to make sure we pair you with the right coach on the right topic. If farmers have a preferred coach other than the ones being provided, Georgia Organics will default to the coach of the farmer’s choice.

At least 50 percent of accepted members will be members of historically disenfranchised communities.

Farms cannot be in the Georgia Organics Farm to Restaurant program and Accelerator program at the same time, but both are available at separate times. The Accelerator program will accept about 10 farmers a year.

Georgia Organics Commitment to Cohort Members

Accelerator coaching available –  8 to 20 hours per farm.

Accelerator investments available – $500 to up to $9,650. (Accepted farmers are eligible for some or all of the following support.)

Cohort Member Commitment to Georgia Organics

Whether you’re half-acre vegetable operation or a large-scale rancher, we’re here to help!

We’ve got lots of great resources specific to Georgia, but these groups are also doing incredible work and have lots of helpful information for the organic producer.

Southern SARE

SARE’s goal is to support farmers, researchers, and educators as they explore practices that improve stewardship, profitability, and the social and economic health of farm communities.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS provides America’s farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, which helps the environment and agricultural operations. Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can receive financial assistance from NRCS to make improvements to their land.

Growing for Market

GFM keeps you informed about the business of growing and selling vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, plants, herbs, and other food products. “I cannot recommend Growing For Market as a holistic resource for all of these issues highly enough,” says Joe Reynolds of Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens.

The Rodale Institute

For more than sixty years, the Rodale Institute has researched best practices of organic agriculture and shared their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – ATTRA

ATTRA services are available to farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, Extension agents, researchers, educators, farm organizations, and others involved in agriculture, especially those who are economically disadvantaged or belong to traditionally underserved communities.

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