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Special Projects

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PDF File NY FarmLink: The Dr. George Show
(PDF FILE: 160 kb)

PDF File Wayne County (NY) Agribusiness Microenterprise Program
(PDF FILE: 158 kb)

PDF File Vermont Land Link
(PDF FILE: 190 kb)

PDF File Farming for Me, CT Farm Bureau
(PDF FILE: 83 kb)

PDF File Regional Farm & Food Project: Farmer to Farmer Mentoring
(PDF FILE: 182 kb)

PDF File Women's Agricultural Network
(PDF FILE: 153 kb)

PDF File Rutgers Coop Extension: Agriculture Outreach Initiative
(PDF FILE: 151 kb)

PDF File Hartford Food System: CT New Farmer Initiative
(PDF FILE: 151 kb)

PDF File MA Dept of Ag: Farm Viability Enhancement
(PDF FILE: 151 kb)

PDF File Maryland Cooperative Extension: Operating a Profitable Small Farm
(PDF FILE: 146 kb)

PDF File RI Shellfish Aquaculture Extension
(PDF FILE: 137 kb)

PDF File Beginner Farmers of New Hampshire
(PDF FILE: 183 kb)

PDF File Finfish Aquaculture Demonstration Project, RI
(PDF FILE: 156 kb)

PDF File Northeast New Farmer Program Profiles
(PDF FILE: 1302 kb)

PDF File Agriculture and Rural Development Services, NJ Dept of Agriculture
(PDF FILE: 138 kb)

PDF File NY FarmLink
(PDF FILE: 163 kb)

PDF File Penn State: Marketing and Managing Skills for Farmers
(PDF FILE: 171 kb)

PDF File UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture: Growing Places
(PDF FILE: 163 kb)

PDF File High School Agricultural Apprenticeships
(PDF FILE: 95 kb)

PDF File New England Small Farm Institute: Exploring the Small Farm Dream
(PDF FILE: 148 kb)

PDF File Exploring the Small Farm Dream, NOFA-NJ and Mercer County Community College
(PDF FILE: 147 kb)

PDF File Pennsylvania FarmLink: Beginning Farmer High School Apprenticeships
(PDF FILE: 158 kb)

PDF File First Pioneer Farm Credit Beginning Farmer Program
(PDF FILE: 125 kb)

PDF File Cornell Coop Extension: Beginning a Successful Small Farm Operation
(PDF FILE: 134 kb)

PDF File Cornell Coop Extension: New Farmer Development Project
(PDF FILE: 160 kb)

PDF File Access to Land
(PDF FILE: 193 kb)

Programs and projects for new farmers

Northeast New Farmer Program Profiles  (1.2 MB)
A collection of 23 program profiles by and about GNF Consortium member organizations that specifically target new farmers in their region or state. Profiles contain information on the organization, the target audience, needs addressed, response created, challenges and successes, partners, outreach and promotion, funding sources, and next steps (GNF Project/NESFI, 2004).

The profiles in this publication are also available to be viewed individually:

Pennsylvania FarmLink: Beginning Farmer High School Apprenticeships 
Regional Farm & Food Project: Farmer to Farmer Mentoring 
Beginner Farmers of New Hampshire 
New England Small Farm Institute: Exploring the Small Farm Dream 
Vermont Land Link 
Maryland Cooperative Extension: Operating a Profitable Small Farm 
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture: Growing Places 
NY FarmLink: The Dr. George Show 
MA Dept of Ag: Farm Viability Enhancement 
Penn State: Marketing and Managing Skills for Farmers 
Cornell Coop Extension: New Farmer Development Project 
Hartford Food System: CT New Farmer Initiative 
NY FarmLink 
Cornell Coop Extension: Beginning a Successful Small Farm Operation 
Rutgers Coop Extension: Agriculture Outreach Initiative 
Agriculture and Rural Development Services, NJ Dept of Agriculture 
Wayne County (NY) Agribusiness Microenterprise Program 
First Pioneer Farm Credit Beginning Farmer Program 
Women's Agricultural Network 
Finfish Aquaculture Demonstration Project, RI 
Exploring the Small Farm Dream, NOFA-NJ and Mercer County Community College 
Farming for Me, CT Farm Bureau 
RI Shellfish Aquaculture Extension 
High School Agricultural Apprenticeships  (96 KB)
A report on the creation of the first certified high school apprenticeship in agriculture in the US. The program is in Pennsylvania. (PA Farm Link, 2000)

GNF Pilot Projects


The Growing New Farmers Project brought together and provided support to GNF Consortium member organizations to undertake projects that benefit new farmers. To learn more about these projects, click the organization's name to go directly to its website.

Chester County Economic Development Council developed several new loan programs for beginning farmers.

NY FarmLink tested a cooperative-financed milk marketing contract.

Maine Department of Agriculture worked with partners to explore ways to provide operating loans to new farmers, and created a brochure outlining how beginning farmers can become credit-worthy.

Greenmarket/New Farmer Development Project created a peer-monitored revolving loan fund for new immigrant farmers.

NOFA VT explored cooperative marketing using the Community Supported Agriculture model.

Beginner Farmers of New Hampshire investigated collective approaches such as pooled product to increasing market access for new farmers.

Nuestras Raices helped new urban farmers in Holyoke, Massachusetts get their Puerto Rican specialty crops to local markets.

The Connecticut Farm Bureau designed "Farming for Me", an educational program for prospective farmers.

The Hartford Food System worked with land conservation partners to provide new farmers with tenure on protected farmland.