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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.

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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 April 3, 2009 at 1:15pm
Beginning Farmers resource from Cornell
http://www.nybeginningfarmers.org/
Comment by Cornelia on August 18, 2009 at 11:15am
http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/as-farmers-116633.html

Matching service for young / beginning farmers with aging / existing farmer landowners
Comment by Jessica Green on August 20, 2009 at 12:46am
I am looking into the Farm Beginnings course. Does anyone have any experience with this course?
Comment by Cornelia on August 21, 2009 at 10:29am
Farm Looking for Farmer

The Race Brook Lodge, http://www.rblodge.com/ a 30-room hotel located on one of the most picturesque roads in The Berkshires, is looking for a farmer.

When many young and enthusiastic farmers scramble to rent land at a reasonable cost, The Race Brook in Sheffield, Massachusetts is offering the following:

* Ten (10) acres of farmland, of which four (4) acres have been cleared
* Water, including a river, spring house and a well (60 gal/min)
* Two Ford 8n tractors and lots of old, useful but rusted implements to work with
* Two large greenhouses, one of which may be heated year-round using waste oil from the kitchen
* Built-in wholesale buyer for produce, poultry, eggs, flowers, even meat through the hotel’s 170-year old Stagecoach Tavern
* A farm-stand with parking
* Housing

The land was farmed until 1950. Then new larger farms and ranches in the Midwest and West drew farmers and farming to the center of the country-the beginning of agribusiness in earnest.

The owners already support local producers. Now they are looking for a farmer, a partner rather than an employee, to make ‘local; as simple as walking out the kitchen door. Most small farmers depend on off-farm income, and The Race Brook Lodge may have additional off-season work in maintenance or in the restaurant, depending on the candidate’s skills.

Owner David Rothstein is open to people with passion as well as farming skills. You can email David directly at dsrdash@gmail.com.
Comment by Cornelia on October 21, 2009 at 10:31am
The New England Small Farm Institute has a new web site with plenty of helpful resources for new farmers. Check it out here: http://www.growingnewfarmers.org/index.php
Comment by Cornelia on November 3, 2009 at 11:14am
From the Farm Aid blog:
New and transitioning farmers, this "Farminar" is for you!
JoelBeginning at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, November 3rd and continuing each Tuesday through December 22nd, there will be a series of eight, 90-minute "Farminars" for beginning and transitioning farmers. Our friends at Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Beginning Farming Center are collaborating on the series, and each Tuesday's Farminar will focus on a topic relevant to new farmers and farmers in generational transition: whole farm planning, legal issues in succession, estate planning, enterprise and market identification, enterprise budgeting, product placement/pricing/promotion, and financing your enterprise. Every Farminar will include farmer presenters who will share their experience and expertise on these issues.

What's a "Farminar," you ask? A farminar is a farm-focused "webinar," an interactive presentation broadcast over the internet that includes both visual and audio elements, with live presentations coupled with slideshow images. What this means, of course, is that anyone anywhere with internet access can click on their browser to watch, listen, learn, and take part. To participate, simply click here at the time of the broadcast. Or visit this page to get more information prior to the first broadcast.
Comment by Cornelia on November 6, 2009 at 10:20am
Scholarships for Beginning Farmers to attend the EcoFarm Conference.

The 30th Anniversary Ecological Farming Conference (http://www.eco-farm.org/efc) will take place January 20-23, 2010 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.
 
EcoFarm is the largest conference on sustainable and organic agriculture in the western United States, with more than 1,400 conference participants and over 60 workshops featuring prominent speakers on the latest advances in agricultural techniques, marketing strategies, research and other important food system issues, along with organic meals and live entertainment. This year's conference theme "EcoFarm: Where the Future is planted," will celebrate 30 years of advancing sustainable and organic agriculture through education, alliance building and advocacy.

Thanks to the EcoFarm GenNext partnership with California FarmLink (http://www.californiafarmlink.org), funded by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, we are pleased to offer 7 beginning farmer scholarships worth $250/each for EcoFarm 2010.

Awardees may use the funds for any combination of conference attendance, lodging, or bus tours. For the purposes of this program, you are considered a beginning farmer if you are currently farming and have been farming for 10 years or less.

GenNext Scholarship Application for Beginning Farmers is available at http://eco-farm.org/efc/worktrade_discounts_scholarships/.

Please complete and return forms by Monday, November 30, 2009 to Kristin Rosenow (kristin@eco-farm.org) by Email,
FAX: 831-763-2112 or MAIL: 406 Main St., Suite 313, Watsonville, CA 95076.
Comment by Simon on November 18, 2009 at 5:49pm
www.locavore365.org is a cool website I found where you can sell your excess home/farm grown produce. Also you can find produce local to you.
Comment by Cornelia on December 3, 2009 at 4:40pm
Comment by Cornelia on December 9, 2009 at 5:22pm
A phenomenal online compendium of beginning farmer resources here: http://beginningfarmers.org/

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