This plain language guide is written for people who want to start a small farm business. This guide will help you think about the benefits and challenges of owning a farm before you begin, and will introduce you to services that will help you put your farm dream into action.
In this guide, you will learn about:
Skills you need to start a small farm
Risks & rewards of owning a farm
Resources for investing in your farm
Making a farm business plan
Marketing your products
This guide was written for small farmers in the Northeast United States, but can certainly be used in other regions - just keep in mind that some of the example figures might be different in your area.
Join us for our first ever combined NIFTI & AgALN Field School, November 4-6, 2019 in Ithaca, NY. Hosted by New Entry and Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, the 2019 National Field School is a chance for farmer trainers, apprentice mentors, and incubators to come together and participate in workshops, review sessions, goal setting and networking opportunities. Come learn from peers about how they run successful land-based farmer training programs, gather ideas for your farms and programs, and spend time building relationships with people passionate about the work you do.
Developed by the Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network, this toolkit is a comprehensive guide to establishing or improving an agricultural apprenticeship on your farm or ranch. This resouces includes tools, suggestions, and external links to supplementary resources.
This report, completed in 2016, summarizes the findings from a study aiming to understand the gaps in the resources and information available for beginning farmers across the state of Massachusetts. The study collected both quantitative and qualitative data which was collected through an online survey and one-on-one farmer interviews. The key findings report can serve as a baseline for groups wishing to understand how we can move the needle forward in providing excellent access to high quality resources to our beginning farmers.
Farmers will learn about becoming eligible for USDA programs, accessing technical assistance, applying for low-interest and micro loan programs, purchasing federal crop insurance, and more! Representatives will emphasize the importance of record-keeping and highlight best practices for busy farmers.