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A Bed & Breakfast Farm-stay

Your Hosts: Ward and Barb Halligan
Phone: 434-735-0527
434-735-0527 (call prior to faxing)

The Mentorship Package

The Mentorship Package is offered to individuals and families that are looking to start or improve their own small hobby livestock farming operation, and would like assistance in setting up their farms.

CornerStone Farm Mentorship Program -
is a process whereby beginning farmers learn from our farm experience in order to assist them with livestock/farm business management challenges. Drawing upon our experiences and a willingness to share information; the small farmer/hobby farmer learns key operational skills, develops clarification to farm management challenges and obtains general support and guidance.

Mentoring is also a means of raising self-esteem and the level of confidence needed to be a success.

Planning and Managing for Stewardship -
Integrated into much of CornerStone Farm's work is an overall planning value that considers four main resources of the "whole" -- farmland, environment, people and money -- and their interrelationships; which translates into practical techniques for planning and managing farming operations.

Purpose of the Mentoring Program -
The purpose of the CornerStone Farm Mentorship Program is to provide a source of guidance to beginning small/hobby farmers interested in learning or improving their livestock farming skills and enhancing their operations.

Program Objective -
To equip the small/hobby farmer with basic knowledge through hands-on experience to livestock farming operations. Each Mentorship Package is custom-tailored to individual needs. Prior to coming, a packet is sent to provide us with feedback to make your instruction here on the farm personalized to your particular areas of interest. This can be concentrated on one species of livestock or an overview of all we have to offer.

Length of Mentoring Program -
This includes a minimum of three nights stay which will provide a basic overview of all livestock operations offered on the farm. Longer stays will concentrate on particular areas of interest to the beginning farmer. Lodging and all meals are provided.

Ongoing Support -
To the best of our ability and experience, we will continue to support and offer guidance once you have completed the program.

The Basic Mentorship Package Includes Instruction For:


t Animal husbandry for:

The basic care of farm animals




- nutrition, housing, predators




- pasturing, poisonous plants



-Dairy cows- breeding, parturition
-Equine- basics in veterinary care


-Hair sheep- basic operational costs


t Farm set-up

Basic set-up and care of property

- fencing: types and mending


- facilities: cleaning, building

  - basic equipment needs

t Business Planning

The basics in working a farm plan

- vision with goals


- key business factors

  - investment
  - measurements and results
t Gardening, Canning,

- - - -- -Please Note:
These take a full day of instruction, so if you would like this added to your Mentorship Package,
add an additional day.

This includes instruction in the basics of hot and cold methods of canning. Gardening information is provided at a higher level. During the growing season, more hands-on instruction is provided on gardening

Cheesemaking can also be incorporated. In this you will learn two basic recipes.

StayLodging for 3 nights stay required
Meals Country Breakfast, Light Lunch, & Evening Dinner


* Minimum 3 nights stay
* Country breakfast, light lunch, full evening meal

* Certificate of completion
* Discounts given on added nights stay

- -----------Mentorship Rate
All this only:

$880.00 for three nights Single occupancy
$990.00 for three nights Double occupancy

---ADD another night to your stay for a Gardening, Canning, OR Cheesemaking training packages for only $185.00 more.

-The Basic Mentorship Package is offered year round.

$95.00 charge will be added for an additional adult person per room per night stay. Maximum three persons per room. Cot provided for children at $35.00 per night.

Please see Policies for further explanation on all restrictions and cancellation.

What people are saying ...

Dear Barb and Ward, Thank you for the enjoyable time we had in the Mentorship Program. We got alot of good information from the program and really liked working with the animals. Hopefully in the next year or so we will find some land to purchase and get started on our own farm.

Betsy and Becky

Dear Barb and Ward, Thank you for the wonderful hospitality this past weekend! We all really enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot. All the best, ~

Caroline McNeely and family

Thank you for a most enjoyable and eye-opening experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have much to think about. I especially appreciate your balanced perspective on the realities of livestock farming. Will stay in touch as things develop.

All the best,___ ----------------____David

Beyond our expectations!! Your generosity and farming livestock knowledge is amazing. Chores were wonderful (to learn about the animals).We appreciate the lessons, instructions, and your trusting us to perform daily tasks on your livestock. Thank you both! May God's blessing continue to pour out on CornerStone Farms.

Love in Christ, For Christ _______Dale & Christine, Lindsey

Just a belated thank you for our great time at your place. We really enjoyed ourselves and appreciated your teaching.

Warmly, ____________________Alexandra and Marty -

We had a wonderful time, so much to see and learn. With the mentorship, we got a lot of info for the future for our own hobby farm we want. Ward and Barb are excellent teachers. We had a ball. We will come again for sure.

I LOVE the goats, keep their names. - Casey - Ken and Stacey & Family

What a blessing you all have been in our lives. Thank you for opening your home and sharing your farm knowledge with us. To have the opportunity to explore livestock farming through your mentorship program was priceless. We each came away from your program more informed about the animals (no more flashcards) we're interested in ... many, many thanks. We'll miss you all and your special animals!

Franklin, Amy & Andrew, Paul

1st let me tell you what a wonderful time we all had this past weekend on your farm! Thanks for opening up your home to us & teaching us so much. We are all excited about our future in goating & the girls were so excited when we shared our plans to get the does/kids of the goats they loved so much.

Christian &Tom

We had a wonderful time farming with all your babies. We have not stopped talking about all we did in such short a time and learned so much. I appreciate all the hands on opportunities that we all had. Also, the one on one for most of the day allowed me to focus on each task and lesson.

Thank you for the step by step approach. What the weekend at your home did for me is raise my confidence level. I came home believing I could handle goats, sheep and maybe some other livestock. They are the right temperament and personality. Now I need to transfer that to maintaining alpaca as well. Thus, more research is in order. Thank you again for offering this type of program for aspiring farmers and ranchers.

Lots of smiles, -------------------------------Darlene, Brittany and family

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Well-behaved and well mannered children welcome.

Please see Policies for further explanation on all restrictions and cancellation.

Payment: Charges (VISA, MasterCard), personal checks, traveler's checks, money orders and cash accepted for deposit and final balance. $4 discount when prepaying by check - ask about details.

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CornerStone Farm
525 Barnes Rd.
Red Oak, Virginia 23964
In Virginia: 434-735-0527

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