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Tools & Resources from GNF & NENFN

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Policy Tool Kit  (967 KB)
Provides new farmer supporters and public policy educators with ways to discuss and promote new farmer policies in their own states. Includes basic information about policy-making and agriculture, examples of policies that impact new farmers, and innovative ideas that supporters might want to introduce in their own states (GNF Project/NESFI, 2004).

Access to Financial Resources: Findings and Recommendations  (556 KB)
Study commissioned by the GNF Project to promote the establishment of state-level programs that assist beginning farmers in obtaining financing via federal-state partnerships, aggie bonds, and/or other tools and mechanisms, as appropriate, in the Northeast region. (Agricultural & Community Development Services, LLC, 2004)

Improving Whole Farm Planning through Better Decision-Making
A booklet of short case studies and profiles that share the stories of 14 new farmers, established farmers, and service providers as they begin to manage holistically. (The Savory Center, 2004)

On-Line Learning: Sharing What You Know with New Farmers and Agriculture Service Professionals  (270 KB)
A workbook for designing, constructing, and delivering an on-line course. (GNF Project/NESFI and NewStories, Inc., 2002)

Introduction to Farming with Growing New Farmers
This on-line clearinghouse (also available as a CD) was developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Washington County. It offers lists of online and print resources, and suggestions for using your local library to connect with the agricultural information needed to start a farm.

Transferring the Family Farm: What Worked, What Didn't for 10 New Jersey Families
This publication is designed to help farm families in undertaking the planning needed to ensure they can successfully transfer the farm to the next generation. Ten real-life profiles, in which families describe their successes and challenges, as well as what they learned and what resources proved valuable, provide farm families with information and ideas to consider as they evaluate and embark on their own transfer processes (NJ Department of Agriculture/NJ FarmLink).

Conservation Easements: Determining the Impact on a Farm Business
(this is a web course and will open in a separate window)
How will a conservation easement affect your farm business? The sale (or gift) of an agricultural conservation easement can be a useful management tool for farm transfers and estate planning, but is a complicated endeavor with many ramifications. This on-line course is designed to guide farmers through the process of assessing the impact of an agricultural conservation easement (purchase of development rights). (Wayne County (NY) Planning Commission, 2004).

Technical Assistance Directory, First Edition  (1565 KB)
Created to enhance peer networking and resource-sharing, this Directory lists GNF Consortium members according to their subject matter expertise, methods of program development and delivery, and target new farmer audience. Highlights the expertise and experiences that Consortium members are willing to share with each other (GNF Project/NESFI, 2004).

Working with New Farmers: Topics in Professional Development  (1069 KB)
A series of articles focused on professional training topics identified by GNF Consortium members (GNF Project/NESFI, 2004). The complete bound text is available for no charge; email to request a copy. The following articles are available for individual download:

What Does the Term "New Farmer" Mean?  (196 KB)

Honoring Work: Sharing Works Produced by Growing New Farmers Consortium Members  (193 KB)

Addressing Gaps in New Farmer Programming  (196 KB)

Targeted and Relevant New Farmer Programming  (196 KB)

Gathering and Using Case Studies and Profiles in New Farmer Programming  (337 KB)

Making Effective Referrals to Help New Farmers  (209 KB)

GNF Consortium Evaluation Resources:

  • Why Evaluate?  (80 KB)
  • Goal-Based or Goal-Free Evaluation?  (56 KB)
  • Who Will Use Your Evaluation?  (84 KB)
  • Meeting the Expectations of Funders and Others  (104 KB)