ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, is a program of the Center for Appropriate Technology. The site features an “ask the ag expert” online query, workshops, internships, and more.
The Carrot Project
The Carrot Project offers specific programs for loans and related financial technical assistance for farm and food enterprises. Capital or operating loans of $3,000-$75,000, at 4.99-7% interest, are available to farm, forestry and fishery businesses, and to processing, distribution and storage enterprises with any type of local agricultural product.
Extension Training for Agricultural Tourism
Rutgers University’s resource on agritourism can help those who advise farmers assess their readiness for inviting the public to their farm.
Farm Aid’s Farmer Resource Network
The Farmer Resource Network connects you to Farm Aid’s resource partners and hundreds of organizations providing services, tools and opportunities for family farm profitability and sustainability, as well as immediate support.
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.
Farmers Union Scholarships
Check back frequently for application deadline information.
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
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.
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
Tools to learn about how the USDA and federal partners support local and regional food economies. Explore the map to see what projects are happening near you.
Land for Good
This organization offers resources for matching farmers and land, and information and coaching on the complex transfer of farms.
Labor Law and Agriculture
This powerpoint presentation, given at NEFU’s 2013 Convention by Allison Condra of Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, outlines some of the issues.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
A venerable organization where Mainers and New Englanders can harvest new ideas.
New England Farmland Finder
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.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
This organization has a wealth of information for beginning and immigrant farmers, including content on business planning, farm purchasing and leasing options, and trainings.
NFU Beginning Farmers Institute
Interested applicants can download the 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. See NFU’s website for deadline information.
This new blog, written by Dr. Rachel Gilker who developed the pasture program at UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, includes articles about grazing management, pasture health, livestock and more. Check it out!
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 Connecticut.
Southside Community Land Trust
A resource for urban agriculture lives here.
Small Farm Institute
How Do I Find Land? See this resource.
USDA Microloan Program
On January 15, 2013, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans. To learn more and begin the application process, contact your local Farm Service Agency Office.
Vermont Open Farms
A resource for farmers on Agritourism.
WWOOF organizations connect volunteers to organic and sustainable projects.
A resource page with trainings organized by state.