• 22Oct

    GBAF Announces First Farmer Loans in Connecticut

    The Greater Berkshire Agriculture Fund (GBAF) is a program of The Carrot Project focused on the Greater
    Berkshire area, including Dutchess and Columbia Counties in NY, Litchfield County, CT and Berkshire County, MA. We’ve been developing technical assistance and loan programs in the region for two years, and we are very pleased to announce our first two loans ever in Connecticut.

    Our experience working in the Greater Berkshire region has shown that farm and food businesses in Berkshire and Litchfield Counties are geographically isolated from lending and technical assistance services. We are eager to continue technical assistance in the region, and look forward to developing further services in partnership with other providers.
    Of particular note is Maple Hollow Farm in New Hartford, CT,  a Christmas tree farm nearing its fourth decade. Christmas tree production may seem like an outlier among The Carrot Project’s mostly farm and food clients. Working with the Steadman family highlights the importance of serving non-food businesses that also contribute to maintaining the working landscape economy and providing for regional needs beyond food, such as fiber and wood products.
    For more on Maple Hollow and Chubby Bunny farms, see their full profiles below.

  • 21Oct

    Calypso Farm and Ecology Center (Alaska)  Farmer Training Program 2015

    ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW! (4 spaces currently available) Open until filled – if you’re interested, apply now! Spaces are limited. Students are selected based on their level of interest in the program and potential for future application of what they’ve learned. We also strive to select a diverse group of participants. To be considered in our first round of applicants—apply by September 15th! To be part of our second round of applicants (if space allows) – apply by December 1st.
    Dates: May 4th – October 5th, 2015

    http://www.calypsofarm.org/ Read more »

  • 19Oct

    General Farm Description: Flying Coyote Farm is a woman owned and operated farm nestled in the foothills of Mt. Hood in Sandy, Oregon. We use organic and biodynamic growing practices on our 3-acre farm to raise high quality produce, meat and dairy. We grow produce in a onacre market garden for our CSA members farmer and local restaurants and grocer. We also have an extensive livestock program we raise dairy goats and sell raw milk and make cheese for home consumption. We raise pigs, goats and chickens for meat, and laying hens and ducks for eggs. Each year we process between 100-200 broiler chickens for our house and for sale, and we generally raise and process 2-3 pigs and 1-2 goats. We also grow berries and fruit mainly for onfarm use. Read more »

  • 17Oct

    Weed Science Society of America Undergraduate Student Research Grant

    The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) has developed an Undergraduate Student Research Grant program designed to encourage and involve exceptional undergraduates in agricultural research. The program offers awards of up to $2,000 for support of research to be conducted during 2015.
    The application deadline is December 1, 2014.

    Indiana Livestock Promotion and Market Development Grants
    Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for matching grants to foster growth within the Hoosier livestock industry. The livestock promotion grant will help fund youth programs and events, shows, sales, exhibitions, educational programs, conventions, and similar events or projects. The market development grant provides funding for value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development, and other projects that encourage the development of business and industry related to livestock production, processing, and distribution.
    Applications are due by December 1, 2014.

    Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program
    The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the second round of grants under the Ecosystem Restoration Program. These grants restore and protect rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands from unregulated nonpoint source runoff and erosion containing nutrient and sediment pollution. Typical project budgets range from $10,000 to $75,000. Municipalities, state agencies, regional organizations, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups are eligible.
    Proposals are due November 10, 2014.

  • 16Oct

    Sustainable Ag Expo
    November 17-18, 2014; San Luis Obispo, California
    The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo provides an opportunity for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends related to sustainable agriculture. There are sessions on soil and plant nutrition, measuring soil health, sprayer technologies for vineyards and orchards, root-soil dynamics, irrigating in the drought, and updates on pesticide laws and regulations.

    The Livestock Conservancy National Conference 
    November 14-15, 2014; Austin, Texas 
    Join America’s leading organization working to protect nearly 200 livestock and poultry breeds from extinction and enjoy programs on conservation, animal husbandry, food, marketing, and more.

    Women, Food & Agriculture Network Annual Conference
    November 14-15, 2014; Fairfield, Iowa 
    The 2014 annual conference, “Women Doing Democracy: Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community,” includes field tours, intensive workshops, keynote speaker Karen Washington, and concurrent breakout sessions.

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  • 15Oct

    Governor Cuomo Launches New Farmers Grant Fund in New York – Beginning Farmer Support and Student Loan Forgiveness

    New York State New Farmers Grant Fund Will Support Farmers, Encourage Farming Career Path

    Department of Agriculture & Markets Convenes Working Group to Assist New Farmers

    New York State Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program Now Taking Applications

    Albany, NY (October 14, 2014) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced several initiatives to assist new and early-stage farmers, and encourage the continued growth of agribusiness across New York.  The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund, which will support beginning farmers and encourage farming as a career, launched today and is now taking applications. The $614,000 Fund, enacted in the 2014-2015 New York State Budget and signed into law by Governor Cuomo, will be used to provide grants for beginning farmers who will substantially participate in the production of an agriculture product, and employ the use of innovative agricultural techniques at commercial farm operations throughout the State.

    “New York’s farmers play a central role in New York’s economy, and today we’re taking another step forward in supporting them and their industry,” Governor Cuomo said. “By funding as much as 50 percent of the start-up costs for young farmers, we are creating new opportunities for young farmers across the State and planting the seeds for their long-term success. I am proud to be supporting the next generation of farmers in New York, and I look forward to seeing our agricultural economy flourish for seasons and generations to come.”

    The $614,000 Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 for eligible farmers who participate in the production of an agricultural product on a commercial farm operation within New York. Funds can be used for up to 50 percent of project costs including, but not limited to: lease or purchase of farm machinery and equipment; construction or expansion of farm buildings or systems; and purchase of supplies such as root stock, seed or fertilizer. Empire State Development, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets, will administer the Fund.

    The application for the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund is available HERE; the deadline for submission is January 28, 2015. Read more »

  • 15Oct

    Organic Disease Management Workshop and Organic Brassica School, New York

    Geneva, NY- 10/21/2014 -   Did you have a rough disease year in your fields?  Did bacteria, fungi, and assorted plant pathogens have you (and your veggies) down?  Come join NOFA-NY, Cornell researchers and educators, and your fellow farmers to discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what plans we can make for better control and crops in the future!  This intensive workshop will discuss some of the worst disease challenges facing NYS organic growers in 2014 as well as the strategies that had the most impact controlling them.  Discussion will cover bacterial issues, fungal diseases, and soil borne pathogens in the morning, before moving on to discuss late blight monitoring, forecasting, and managing in the afternoon.  Bring your questions, your success stories, and your challenges to hash out this difficult growing season and leave with the resources and information to plan effective organic disease management strategies for the future! Read more »

  • 15Oct

    Thornapple CSA, located near Lansing, MI, is looking for a farmer for the 2015 growing season.  We are a 35 member organic CSA embarking upon our 7th season.  Our “Core Group”, a dedicated team of volunteer members, provides the leadership for Thornapple CSA. We have been in partnership with the same landowner from our beginning. We are looking for a farmer to partner with us in growing great vegetables for our members.

    Job Description

    The farmer will devote full-time working hours to CSA between mid April – mid October 2015 with options for season extension.

    The farmer will work diligently on behalf of the CSA to provide the best variety and quantity of produce shares that nature will allow.

    The farmer will co-labor with CSA members to provide on-farm education for members on organic agricultural methods as appropriate.

    The farmer will maintain regular communication regarding the status of the farm with Jane Bush (landowner) and the CSA Core Group.

    The farmer will be engaged as an independent contractor and be responsible for his or her own federal and state tax, and insurance.

    Previous experience with organic vegetable production with demonstrated skill and proficiency is preferred.


    The CSA will be responsible for farm expenses including the seed order and inputs consistent with organic production systems. CSA members will contribute regular work hours on the farm (sweat equity). The CSA Core Group will maintain regular communication with the farmer and as much as possible provide support in the form of equipment, scheduling changes, ideas and any other matters requested by the farmer.


    Expanded farming operations are very possible which could include value-added products, raising animals, and beekeeping would be negotiated with the landowner. The use of additional acreage and other on-farm facilities such as the walk-in cooler, licensed kitchen, and barns may also be arranged with the landowner.

    Contact: Diane Thompson 517-230-5821   Email: Thornapplecsa@gmail.com

  • 14Oct

    USDA Expands Microloan Program for Beginning Farmers

    USDA microloan program limit to be raised to $50,000 to help beginning and family farmers.

    USDA has announced that it is: raising the borrowing limit for its microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000;simplifying the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities. The changes take effect on Nov. 7, 2014.

    The microloan changes announced today will allow beginning, small and mid-sized farmers to access an additional $15,000 in loans using a simplified application process with up to seven years to repay. These efforts are part of USDA’s continued commitment to small and midsize farming operations, and new and beginning farmers.

    To find out more, read the USDA news release.

  • 13Oct

    Farmer Veteran CoalitionFarmer Veteran Coalition to hold November (2014) conference

    Farmer Veteran Coalition and the Drake University Agricultural Law Center are convening the first-ever National Stakeholders Conference.

    The Farmer Veteran Coalition will host a first-of-its-kind national gathering for organizations that serve military veterans pursuing food, farming and agricultural careers,Nov. 14-15, at the Drake University Agricultural Law Center in Des Moines. The conference is in response to a growing interest by military veterans. The conference will be the first to convene local, state and national service providers in order to facilitate networking, partnering and educational opportunities. The conference is supported by the Farm Credit Council, National Farmers Union and American Farm Bureau.

    This will be the first national forum on programs and services for veterans pursuing careers related to food and agriculture. All stakeholders from the agricultural and veteran communities are invited: non-profits, businesses, philanthropists, government agencies, trade associations, and educators.
    Learn more about the conference at the Farmer Veteran Coalition website.


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