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#34 Information Resources for Getting Started

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There are numerous resources to help you learn how to grow or market specific products. These are a few that have been verified for content. Reading and research are great, but if you want to start a farm, the best way is to learn from farmers who are already doing it!

Sign up to receive the monthly Small Farms Update, which contains links to several event calendars, as well as resources useful to farmers:

Cornell Small Farms Program Update Sign- Up
http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/contact/e-news-sign-up/

Websites

Program Information Contact
Cornell Small Farms Program Contains a wealth of information about production, marketing, and business management

blogs.cornell.edu/smallfarmsprogram/

607-255-9227

ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer to Rural Areas) Committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. www.attra.org
Toll-free helpline:
800-346-9140 (English) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time
800-411-3222 (Español) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time
eXtension An interactive learning environment that has information on agriculture production and business management issues. The information posted here represents the best information based upon researchers and educators across the country. New content is added regularly. www.extension.org
Rodale Institute’s New Farm website Covers everything of interest to organic farmers http://rodaleinstitute.org/
farm/newfarm/

 

Books

Title Download Online
Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses

Available online in PDF format from:

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/
Books/Building-a-Sustainable-Business

Starting an Ag Business? A Pre-Planning Guide
by Steve Richards

Available online in PDF format from:

http://www.agmrc.org/media/cms/

AgBizPrePlanningGuide_91D3019CA30CE.pdf

You Can Farm
by Joel Salatin
Plenty of advice for new farmers, written by a successful livestock farmer
The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook
by Richard Wiswall

Contains excellent advice and a clear process for managing your farm for profit, also comes with a CD with template forms.

Available from Chelsea Green Publishers

 

Journals and Magazines

Title Download Online
Small Farm Quarterly All articles available in PDF format online at: http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/quarterly/
Acres USA – Voice for Eco-Agriculture www.acresusa.com/magazines/magazine.htm
Growing for Market www.growingformarket.com  

 

Conferences and Events

Name Contact
NOFA-NY – the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s (NOFA) of NY Annual Conference is in January each year Check www.nofany.org for details in the fall
PASA – the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) holds its annual conference in February in State College, PA Check www.pasafarming.org for details

 

 

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