NEW RESOURCES FOR FARMERS
Farmers Union Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
Applicants must be Farmers Union members. Selection committees make their determinations after evaluating the applications and essays. For details on deadlines and to download application forms, please visit the NFU Education page, as well as visit NFU’s education Facebook page for updates and further information on NFU’s youth and young adult education programs.
Applications Now Being Accepted for 2013 NFU Beginning Farmers Institute.
Interested applicants can download the 2013 application on the NFU website, as well as visit NFU’s education Facebook page for updates and further information on NFU’s youth and young adult education programs. Applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 11, 2013.
Plow to Plate
Check out this YouTube video about NEFU’s board member, Marydale DeBor and her Plow to Plate program at New Milford Hospital in CT.
Host a SPIN workshop or attend a SPIN workshop
SPIN-Farming® Basics is a one day intensive workshop that teaches how to make significant income growing common vegetables on less than an acre of land. SPIN stands for s-mall p-lot in-tensive, and it is a farm system that combines intensive production with a direct marketing business model.
This is a field guide to finance and accessing support resources developed by Farm Credit, Eco Farm, Greenhorns, MOSES, the Wallace Center and many other partners. It was funded by Risk Management at the USDA. Recruiting new farmers is a good way to reduce risk in the US food system. There is some very useful information here
Farmers looking for land? Land looking for farmers? New England Farmland Finder is a new online service that helps farmers and landowners find each other. This farm property clearinghouse is free, simple, up-to-date, and privacy protected. It contains information and resource links to inform and support farm seekers and landowners. Click here for more information.
Farmer-to-Farmer Mentorship Program
The NOFA-NY Mentorship Program assists beginning or transitioning-to-organic farmers in finding a farmer mentor who will help them develop their farming career. The NOFA-NY Mentorship Program is geared toward beginning farmers in a role of farm start-up, ownership, leadership, management or transition-to-Organic. The Mentorship Program connects these farmers with experienced farmers, creating a long-term mentorship that supports the beginning farmer’s development surrounding organic and sustainable practices.