For New Farmers

Are you a New Farmer?

New farmers may be new to farming, or they may have grown up on a farm. New farmers may be young, but they may just as likely be career changers or retirees. New farmers may be exploring the idea of starting a farm, actively planning to start a farm, or be in the first years of operation. The USDA defines beginning farmers as anyone in the first 10 years of operating a farm.

Whether you are an “explorer,” a “planner” or a beginning farmer at any stage of business, you will find helpful resources in this section of the website. If you are going to train new farmers on your farm, also visit For On-Farm Mentors. If you offer programs and services for new farmers, go to For Service Providers.

Take a course!

Thinking about starting a farm business? Find an Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course near you.