For Service Providers
Listening to New Farmers: Findings from New Farmer Focus Groups
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Gaps in New Farmer Programs and Services
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Northeast New Farmers: Opportunities for Policy Development
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Success in Farm Startups in the Northeast
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Access to Land
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Access to Credit
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Developing Partnership Models with NRCS and Other Agencies
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Working with New Farmers: Topics in Professional Development
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Reports About Farmers & Their Service Needs
The following reports were produced by collaborators in the Northeast New Farmers Network (NENFN) and Growing New Farmers (GNF) projects:
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Listening to New Farmers: Findings from New Farmer Focus Groups This report presents a 'typology' of new farmers and several conceptual frameworks for understanding the characteristics of new farmer types and their learning and assistance needs. The report is based on and describes nine new farmer focus groups conducted in 1999 and 2000. (Northeast New Farmer Network, 2000)
Exploring the Concept of Farm Career Paths This report is no longer available. Please email email@example.com if you would like more information.
This paper explores general career progressions in farming, and presents ways of thinking about farming careers in the Northeast. It offers a conceptual framework to help service providers offer more tailored guidance to farmers seeking their next career step. (Northeast New Farmer Network, 2000).
Gaps in New Farmer Programs and Services This report analyzes 'gaps' in the array of programs and services for new farmers in the Northeastern US. (Northeast New Farmer Network, 2000)
Northeast New Farmers: Opportunities for Policy Development A working paper outlining the history and status of federal and state policy regarding beginning farmers. (Kathy Ruhf, GNF Project Director, 2001)
Success in Farm Startups in the Northeast A research report analyzing survey data and in-depth interviews with current and former startup farmers in the Northeast U.S. sheds light on the social and other factors related to success in farm startups. (Gilbert W. Gillespie Jr., Cornell University and Sue Ellen Johnson, New England Small Farm Institute, 2005)
About New Farmers: Address to the National Conference on Family Farm Succession Remarks made by Kathy Ruhf, GNF Project Director, at Canada's National Family Farm Succession Conference on May 11, 2002.
USDA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Advisory Committee: Recommendations to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, June 2002
GNF Postings: The Final Report of the Growing New Farmers Project
Who Will Farm? article published in The Natural Farmer, Winter 2002-2003.
Access to Land, article published in The Natural Farmer, Winter 2002-2003.
Access to Credit, article published in The Natural Farmer, Winter 2002-2003.
Developing Partnership Models with NRCS and Other Agencies: Report authored by Marion Bowlan, PA Farmlink, December 2004.