Beginning Farmers

Beginning Farmer Extension Resources

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project
This program works in cooperation with a team of extension educators to enhance and coordinate training and resources for beginning farmers across the Northeast.  The project offers an online resource center, online courses taught by experienced Extension educators, new informational resources (like the Guide to Farming in NY), a series of farming videos, and a service provider map.  Learn more at
NY FarmLink Program
NY FarmLink is an assistance and referral organization that links beginning farmers with retiring farmers and other farm business opportunities.  A network of counselors is available to assist with farm transfers, partnerships, and other business agreements by calling 1-800-547-FARM (3276). Website:
New Farmer Development Project
A collaboration of the Council on the Environment of NYC/Greenmarket, Cornell Cooperative Extension-New York City, the New Farmer Development Project (NFDP) identifies, educates, and supports agriculturally experienced immigrants in the NYC region to establish economically and environmentally sound, small- scale farm operations. NFDP provides education, direct marketing opportunities through Greenmarket’s farmers markets, placement on organic training farms in Queens, Staten Island, and Dutchess County, New York, loans, and assistance in establishing new farms. For information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension-NYC, 212-340-2950 or visit
New England Small Farm Institute
The program’s mission is to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers. Resources for new farmers are located at General contact: 413-323-4531,

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