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Aspiring Farmers

Interested in farming? Looking for land to work as a farm business? We'll post opportunities we hear about through our networks here, as well as resources for future and existing farmers.

Members: 163
Latest Activity: Dec 11, 2013

Farm Aid's Farmer Resource Network

The Farmer Resource Network connects you to more than 400 organizations developing innovative approaches to producing, processing and marketing food from family farms. We're here to share our stories about successful farm operations and connect you to people with ideas to diversify and strengthen your farm.

This tool allows you to search for farmer resources by location, subject (like "new farmer support") and type of farm.

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Resources for Aspiring and Beginning Farmers 7 Replies

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Started by Rachel Hoff. Last reply by John Suscovich Nov 30, 2010.

Dissertation to Dirt - The story of a former PhD-track graduate student and her new husband, Travis, who decided to leave behind an emergent life in Bosotn to pursue a career in organic farming

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Comment by Ken /Stacy Zivicki on October 31, 2013 at 11:49am

Blessings, we are in WI and just starting out. We have always had chickens and dairy goats as part of our family food. However its been our dream to both be full time farmers. 

2014 will be our first official year in biz. We are starting a 20 share CSA have a goal to raise 800 pastured nat meat broilers along with turkey and pork. In time we want all our meat to be from heritage breeds and on the slow grow chart. 

Just this summer we grew about 250 broilers and could not keep up with the demand for healthy food. We hope and pray that demand will allow us to thrive in the coming years. 

Part of our 5 year plan it do be farming our 40 Acres and be diversified. At this point we have the veggie fruit CSA on 1.5 but want to have it on 5 ac total. On the rest of our place have a healthy grass based system that supports  chick, pork, turkey, sheep and last beef.

I hope to read and learn form you all!! 

FYI we have a lil blog post on here from my 4 year old. Pint size farmer, we hope it will get kids excited to farm. 

Comment by Antonn Bryant on March 27, 2012 at 9:42am

Any aspiring/beginning farmers from Massachusetts?

Comment by Margaret V on February 24, 2012 at 6:37pm

I'm a rookie to this site.  Would love to know if there is a volunteer site, by state, city, etc.  Would love to work, volunteer in the Orange Co. or Los Angeles area.  Or if anyone has any suggestions.

Comment by Kristin Eggerth on July 6, 2011 at 4:57pm

If anyone around the southwest Wisconsin area would like to help out the cause let us know!! We're always looking for willing volunteers, and it's a great learning experience. We are a WWOOF farm but just putting us out there any way we can!  :)

Comment by Shannon Jones on April 15, 2011 at 5:12pm
My partner and I started our farm business this spring (Broadfork Farm www.broadforkfarm.com). We had both been working on farms (me for the past 6 years, him for the past 3 years) and finally decided to start our own. We took a farm business planning course which was REALLY helpful (Farmers Growing Farmers through Everdale www.everdale.org). We hadn't realized how little we knew about running a business. I highly recommend aspiring farmers learn as much as possible about running a business.
Comment by Ellen Walsh-Rosmann on April 13, 2011 at 9:39am

Yay! I love that you are supporting PFI! Also new from PFI, a Farmland matching website. We NEED Farmers in Iowa. :D

 

http://www.practicalfarmers.org/findafarmer/

 

My husband and I currently farming with his dad. Things are happening here. :)

Comment by Cornelia on February 23, 2011 at 2:50pm
Online "Farminars" schedule from Practical Farmers of Iowa just released. Check it out here.
Comment by Cornelia on September 8, 2010 at 4:16pm
Online Courses for Brand New to More Advanced Beginning Farmers at ...

* Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Land and Resources and Choosing an Enterprise (BF 101)
(6-week course) Oct. 14 - Nov 24, 2010
* Markets and Profits: Making Money Selling What You Grow (BF 102)
(6-week course) Jan. 6, 2011 - Feb. 16, 2011
* What Do I Need to Do to Start a Farm Business? (BF 103)
(6-week course) Next offered March 2011
* Financial Recordkeeping: A Cornerstone of Farm Profitability (BF 104)
(6-week course) Oct 14, 2010 - Nov. 24, 2010
* Soil Health: Investing in the Vitality of Your Farm (BF 110)
(6-week course) Oct 14, 2010 - Nov. 24, 2010
* Getting Started in Commercial Vegetable Production (BF 120)
(7-week course) Jan. 5, 2011 - Feb. 23, 2011
* Marketing Your Farm Products: Developing a Marketing Plan (BF 201)
(6-week course) Dates TBA for 2011
Comment by Cornelia on June 22, 2010 at 10:13am
Farm-sitting opportunity. Twenty acres in Minnesota: from the Greenhorns
Comment by Cornelia on April 27, 2010 at 4:51pm
 

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