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Resources

National Farmers Union Action Center
National Farmers Union (NFU)’s online advocacy tool, the NFU Action Center, allows users to keep track of key issues affecting family agriculture and rural communities, and take action on these issues with the click of a button.

NFU Farm Safety Video Series
Through its new farm safety video series, National Farmers Union is hoping to build mass awareness and contribute to reducing the number of annual farm-related accidents. Understanding the dangers on and around the farm and how to avoid them can make a life-saving difference when operating heavy machinery or working around livestock.


Agritourism: Is it Right for You?
This University of Vermont website can help you decide.

ATTRA
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
Making It Happen: Profitability and Success is a set of resources, case studies, workshops and webinars designed to help farmers understand and strategically implement a variety of financial management tools in order to increase the financial strength of their operations. Click here to view past webinars on basic accounting, QuickBooks and our financial calendar tool.

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.
 
FINE has introduced a the resource SETTING THE TABLE FOR SUCCESS: A Toolkit for Increasing Local Food Purchasing by Institutional Food Service Management. The toolkit covers the basics of how institutional purchasing works and offers guidance for using the food service request-for-proposal and contract process to guide institutions in sharing the responsibility of identifying and sourcing local food with their supply chain partners.

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.
 
This Survey Monkey tool will help you determine whether your farm is affected by new Food Safety Modernization Act rules.
 
Learn how to navigate the food policy system and join in efforts to make healthy, affordable food part of your community’s landscape.

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.

Kiva Zip
Kiva Zip supports small producers and agriculture through Kiva Zip’s crowdfunded, 0% interest rate loans. Kiva Zip gives producers a platform to share their story, passion, and products with thousands of people, and connects them to a global community of lenders, business owners, customers, and supporters.

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.

Live Free and Farm: Food and Independence in the Granite State
An ebook written by NEFU Member and UNH Professor John Carroll which “paints a picture of New Hampshire as it has been and as it can be: a more self-sufficient and independent state fed more by its own farmers, gardeners and fishers, and thus a healthier state – physically, economically and politically.”

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
A venerable organization where Mainers and New Englanders can harvest new ideas.

Massachusetts Farm Energy Program
Find out more about how you can improve your farm’s operations, reduce your energy use, install renewables, and save money!

Massachusetts Food System Plan
This plan presents goals, recommendations, and actions for the state’s food system that have been developed through an extensive public process directed by the Massachusetts Food Policy Council.

Marketing for Profit
Free online course materials from the Farmers Market Federation of New York and the New York Farm Viability Institute. Five sections of coursework will prepare farmers to learn essential marketing skills to analyze their personal and business capacity, determine optimal marketing channels, build their customer base, and increase their sales and profits.  After completing the course, participants will have all the knowledge needed to create their complete farm business and marketing plan. Farmers who complete the course in its entirety will be eligible for borrower training credits through the USDA Farm Services Agency.

This Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs covers federal programs for farmers, from renewable energy to rural development and food safety. 

National Young Farmers Coalition
A resource page with trainings organized by state.

New England Farmers Union Convention Resources
Links to presentations from New England Farmers Union conventions. 

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 England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System
American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group collaborated on this comprehensive report on how to build a resilient food system.

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.

Northeast Vegetable and Strawberry Pest Identification Guide
Farmers and gardeners will want to check out this guide to pest management for vegetable and fruit growing. Created by extension professionals throughout New England.

On Pasture
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 member Marydale DeBor and her Plow to Plate program at New Milford Hospital in Connecticut.

Southside Community Land Trust
A resource for urban agriculture.

Small Farm Institute
How Do I Find Land? See this resource.

Sustainable Procurement Toolkit – for higher education institutions
With support from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is pleased to provide this sustainable purchasing toolkit which includes resources that support sustainable procurement at higher education institutions. Included in this toolkit is a webinar series on sustainable procurement, purchasing resources in the AASHE Resource Center, and more.

Vermont Open Farms
A resource for farmers on Agritourism.

WWOOF organizations connect volunteers to organic and sustainable projects.

 

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