Areas of Work
new Farmer training
Cultivate! Ohio Valley hosts a beginning farmer training program that provides future farmers with the foundational knowledge and experience to build or manage a farming enterprise. We also operate an entrepreneurial seed-starting program called CincySprouts, which offers beginning farmers the opportunity to learn valuable planning, propagation, sales, and marketing skills.
Food hubs & farmers markets
Cultivate! Ohio Valley connects farmers of different experience levels and scales with the resources they need to reach their target markets -- from farmers markets to institutional customers. Additionally, Cultivate! supports the efforts of local food hubs, Our Harvest and Local Food Connection, by helping prepare farmers to meet required food safety, packing, and grading standards.
Existing farmers support & education
Cultivate! Ohio Valley serves as a hub of support for local growers. We provide classroom and in-the-field experiences to help current farmers grow their businesses. We also work to facilitate resource sharing, group supply ordering, and social networking.
Cultivate! Ohio Valley collaborates with and supports other organizations in the local food system to address broad needs in the areas of health and wellness, consumer education, food waste, and environmental sustainability.