NEWS FROM THE CORNELL SMALL FARMS PROGRAM
After a year of development, the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is pleased to unveil a colorful new website with expanded tools and a wealth of new resources. Point your browser to http://nebeginningfarmers.org to find the enhanced site, which will extend high quality support to aspiring, new and diversifying farmers across the entire Northeast.Do you wonder how other farmers breed pigs, process chickens and transplant seedlings? The new site features a growing selection of video footage capturing experienced farmers and their successful production techniques in action. You’ll also find our popular library of video interviews with farmers sharing advice on profitability, choosing an enterprise, evaluating land, and much more. Looking for upcoming classes, events and trainings? You can browse our events calendar, subscribe to our monthly e-news, follow our blog, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter, all from the homepage of the new site: http://nebeginningfarmers.org. Enter the ‘New Farmer Hub’ to start drafting your business plan with the help of tutorials and interactive worksheets. Find answers to common questions, browse the Guide to Farming, and check out the latest beginning farmer online courses which can help you turn your dreams into action right from your home computer. Need some face-to-face guidance in your neck of the woods? Visit the ‘Who Can Help Me?’ map to locate organizations that serve new farmers near you. The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is part of the Cornell Small Farms Program and is funded by a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. With the help of our team of partners, we are:
- Developing new online courses and how-to videos for new farmers on production-oriented topics.
- Working with middle and high schools to develop classroom and on-farm learning opportunities to recruit young people into farming as a career.
- Analyzing the hurdles that challenge new farmers when trying to grow their operations
- Making training opportunities more visible to all new farmers in the Northeast
- Assisting organizations serving beginning farmers with publicity, evaluation, training and information to enhance the success of the new farmers they serve.