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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.

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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.

The Farmer Resource Network

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Resources for Aspiring and Beginning Farmers 7 Replies

Started by Cornelia. Last reply by Cornelia May 2, 2011.

The Desire 3 Replies

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 Cornelia on February 12, 2009 at 5:45pm
Job posting/ internship opportunity
Hay House Farm in Old Saybrook, CT is currently seeking an intern and/
or farm manager for the 2009 growing season. The Hay House is a 12.5
acre organic farm, off the grid, chickens, compost, veggies for market
and a small start up CSA, cut flowers, honey, and jam. For more
information, visit hayhouseonline.blogspot.com. This is a unique opportunity, with the possibility of transitioning management of the farm over to the right
person.
Please call David Brown at 860.575.2387 if you are interested, and set
up a time to come visit.
Comment by Cornelia on February 12, 2009 at 5:46pm
Farmland Matching Service
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project has recently launched a new Farmland Matching Service to help farmers in Massachusetts identify parcels of land suitable to start a new enterprise, expand an existing farm business, or both. If you are a farmer in need of land, or a landowner (or landowning organization) looking to fully utilize your land and need a farmer, please visit our website at www.nesfp.org (go to “Resources” section under the heading For Farmland) or call the office at (978) 654.6745 for more program information and to register for the Farmland Matching Service. Our website includes an interactive farmland map, county by county farmland resources, sample lease agreements, and many more resource links!
Comment by Carrie Seal-Stahl on February 14, 2009 at 3:32am
I'm working on it! This economic climate is making it darn near impossible for us to get into a farm, although we've been trying like hell!
Comment by Cornelia on February 14, 2009 at 10:41am
I shouldn't forget to plug Farm Aid's Farm Resource Network. The past 24 years of work with farmers in an online search able database. www.FarmAid.org/ideas
Comment by Cornelia on February 20, 2009 at 12:13pm
Sacred Bough Farm is seeking a summer apprentice to help out on our growing permaculture farmstead in Downeast Maine. We live at the site of an old granite quarry; a very unique and beautiful environment hosting a
diversity of species. We have 22 acres of mostly wooded land and are creating a permaculture eden with a forest garden and medicinal herb focus. Currently we grow an organic veggie garden with small greenhouse, a small collection of trees, berry, and nut bushes (the foundation of our food forest), and several organic, perennial flower beds. We have a flock of 13 laying pullets and will be getting Icelandic chicks and dairy goats this spring. We hope to add bees, ducks, meat rabbits, and a farm collie to the mix this year.

We’d love an extra hand to help out with various projects, many of them livestock-related as we develop a plan for integrating critters into the picture. We will be increasing the main garden plot which will require
assistance in mulching, planting, harvesting, etc. We will be giving more shape to the forest garden this year, incorporating more permanent plantings. We also hope to grow part of our animal feed this year… and
will need help planning and implementing this aspect as well. Lots going on, and more projects will be conceived before we get our hands into the soil!

We make a living doing craft fairs (my partner Obie is an artist working primarily with stone). There will be ample opportunity to help out and learn in this aspect of our lives….from going on stone collecting
expeditions, to making and finishing stone crafts, to helping at craft fairs. To get an idea of his work, please check out Obie’s website at www.bournedesigns.info (however please note that the apprentice description listed there is not accurate for ‘09)

We are eager to provide housing and food in exchange for a minimum of 4 hours of work per day (weekends are flexible). Housing is UNHEATED so realistically apprentices would be most comfortable here between end of
April through September. Composting toilet is available; apprentice housing does not have running water. We prefer to share cooking and cleaning duties. This is a flexible position–we’re psyched to meet new, like-minded folks and get some extra minds and hands helping out on our beautiful land. If interested, please contact Katie at 207-422-8926 or nettles@riseup.net
Comment by Cornelia on February 23, 2009 at 5:35pm
Organic Agriculture’s New National Resource for Farmers and Rancher...
This resource, created by the eOrganic Community of Practice, is for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture, published research results, farmer experiences, and certification. Our current content is focused on general organic agriculture, dairy production, and vegetable production. The content is collaboratively authored and reviewed by our community of University researchers and Extension personnel, agricultural professionals, farmers, and certifiers with experience and expertise in organic agriculture.
Comment by Cornelia on March 2, 2009 at 4:37pm
http://thegreenhorns.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/work-weekend-at-awesome-farm/
Not farming on your own, but longing to get your hands in the dirt? Plenty of farmers could use some help! Including Greenhorns Kaycee & Owen of Awesome Farm in Tivoli, NY…

Saturday April 4th 10-6
Sunday, April 5th 10-5

Lunch will be served both days. Please dress for cold, wet weather. Hopefully you will be shedding all of your layers, but it is better to be prepared. Wear boots as it will probably be wet. Bring drills and hammers if you can.
Comment by Sarah Martin on March 6, 2009 at 10:37am
Are there any aspiring farmers in Colorado/New Mexico?
Comment by Cornelia on March 11, 2009 at 2:40pm
A new site being developed by The Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies at Michigan State University.

BeginningFarmers.org
Comment by Cornelia on March 27, 2009 at 11:00am
Via The Greenhorns:

Lovely 4 acre farm in Livingston NY (10 minutes south of Hudson). The farm is surrounded by Rockefeller Trust lands; sits upon an aquifer; and holds a 3,000 square foot recently renovated, super energy efficient house.

This has been farmland for generations, most recently as an herb and vegetable CSA. It is mostly flat, stone-free, sandy loam. Great neighbors.

The farm is for sale only because the owner now struggles with brain injury and is unable to sustain the land.

Many extras available: large heated greenhouse, large drying house, Kubota tractor with bush hog and tiller, poly watering system. Farm already is protected by 7 foot deer-away fencing.

Price is $425,000 recently reduced from $495,000.

More information, and to visit the farm, contact the owner, Isa, at dancingcrowfarm@yahoo.com

To see the farm in action, visit our website: http://www.dancingcrowfarm.org/

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