Pick-Your-Own Consultant

Launched in 2021 and back for 2022, this program links farmers up with the consultant of their choice, providing them with the opportunity to strengthen their business and address challenges with the support of in-depth, free-for-the-farmer discussions with experts. 

Applicants are invited to identify their top two priorities for working with a consultant and choose the consultant they are most interested in working with – either from our list of consultants or from their own research and interests. Topics farmers have requested range from improved marketing plans and financial record keeping systems to creating nutrient management plans and enhanced soil fertility regimes. 

All farmers are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to farmers with 5+ years of experience, Future Harvest members, and farmers from socially and/or economically marginalized backgrounds.

Applications for 2022 will open in the Spring

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I work with a consultant/advisor who isn’t on the list?
Yes! You’ll just need to include their name and contact information on the application HERE.

Can I work with more than one consultant?
We strongly suggest you work with just one
consultant so you can get the most out of your time together. However, you can work with up to two consultants. You will need to identify both consultants. Just remember the total amount each awardee has to work with is $1,000.

$1000 isn’t enough for my needs.
While awards are capped at $1000, we encourage you to apply to at least offset some of the costs of the services your farm requires.

Will I need to pay the consultant?
Nope! If you are selected to be part of this program, we will send additional instructions. The consultant/advisor will invoice Future Harvest, and we’ll handle payment.

Questions? Email Niamh Shortt at niamh@futureharvest.org


A FEW OF OUR CONSULTANTS

Vanguard Ranch

Gordonsville, VA

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Carter Farms

Orange County, VA

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Ellen Polishuk

Plant to Profit

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ALL CONSULTANTS

LEGAL

Maryland State Bar Association
The Law Office of Michelle Namer, LLC DBA The Law Farm

ACCOUNTING, FINANCES, ENTERPRISE BUDGETS

Julia Shanks Food Consulting / The Farmer’s Office
The W2 Group, Jeff Wilson
Dangerfield Consulting, Inc. DBA Farm Profit Plus
Virginia Foodshed Capital
Maya Kosack, Hillen Homestead
Ellen Polishuk, Plant to Profit
Patrick B. Johnson, Diversity Permaculture
India Brahm, Virginia Foodshed Capitol

INSURANCE

The Piedmont Group

SOILS & SOIL FERTILITY

Ellen Polishuk, Plant to Profit
Lisa Garfield, Future Harvest and Million Acre Challenge
Marcus Roberson, Good Earth Therapy
Wills Soil & Streams

PRODUCTION, INFRASTRUCTURE, SEED SAVING

Renard Turner, Vanguard Ranch
Michael Carter, Africulture
Amyrose Foll, Virginia Free Farm & Pocahontas Project
Laura Beth Resnick, Butterbee Farm
Anandi A. Premlall, FarmWarts Academy
Wesley Cornell
Lisa Garfield, Future Harvest and Million Acre Challenge
Micheal Judd SilvoCulture Ecologia Design

FOOD SAFETY

Cara Fraver
Kimberly Raikes, Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS)
Michael Carter, Africulture
Lindsay Gilmour and the Chesapeake Harvest Produce Safety Team

FARM EFFICIENCY & URBAN FARMING

Ben Hartman, Clay Bottom Farm, The Lean Farm
Denzel Mitchell Jr., Farm Alliance of Baltimore
Maya Kosok, Hillen Homestead
Renard Turner, Vanguard Ranch
Amyrose Foll, Virginia Free Farm & Pocahontas Project
Laura Beth Resnick, Butterbee Farm
Anandi A. Premlall, FarmWarts Academy

COOPERATIVES, GRANTS & STRATEGIC PLANNING

Farris III and Aita Amaize, OurSpace World

NON-PROFITS

Caitlin Patton, Caitlin Patton Consulting


This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIVA under Award Number 2018-70027-28588 and is supported by the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center (NERME). NERME provides competitive grants that fund education projects focused on helping farmers and ranchers successfully manage the unique risks associated with production agriculture across the northeast. 

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