- Animals: rabbits
- Farm Business Management: new enterprise development
Within the past three years, the rabbit industry in Alabama has become an emerging industry. The Tri-State Rabbit Growers Association has developed a network of partnerships. This project will train Limited Resource/Small Scale, African American farmers, how to produce and market rabbit products to supplement their families income. An opportunity will be developed in a rural community that provides hands on training for Limited Resource/Small Scale African American farmers in rabbit production, processing and marketing. I will use this information by providing hands on, outreach/training opportunities on my farm utilizing potential producers in my community. When the producer feels comfortable to start their own operations I will provide guidance, brood stock and training at their farm to set up a rabbit production, and marketing operation. Information concerning this model will be recorded as such and used as a marketing and outreach tool that can be duplicated in other rural communities across the state of Alabama and the south. The new producers will be encouraged to network with the Tri-State Rabbit Growers Association.