Statewide Resources

Cornell Small Farms Program
Our mission is to foster the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment. We do this by encouraging small farms-focused research and extension programs and fostering collaboration in support of small farms.

Project of Cornell Small Farms Program: New York Beginning Farmer Project at

NY FarmNet/NY FarmLink
Transferring management responsibility and farm assets to the next generation or a non-family member is an important, but sometimes confusing process. In addition, existing farmers face a limited amount of choices for retirement and new farmers face a tremendous uphill battle in order to obtain the necessary knowledge, skill and finances. NY FarmLink provides educational resources, consulting and opportunities that enable more farms to be transferred and joint ventures to be developed for the economic enhancement of New York State agriculture.

New England Small Farm Institute
Our mission is to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers. We maintain an extensive resource collection; produce publications; develop and offer innovative, farmer-guided programs; and advocate for policies that encourage sustainable small-scale agriculture. We seek collaborative program-delivery partnerships with service providers-associates, on-farm mentors, organizations and agencies-throughout the Northeast and nationwide.

The Greenhorns
The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Our mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America.

NYS Agricultural Mediation Program
Agricultural mediation is a tool for farmers and others in the agricultural community to communicate clearly, negotiate effectively, and to find fair and workable solutions. Decisions are made by the people directly involved, and not by mediators or other outside authorities.

Land for Good
Access to land is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers - especially beginning farmers. Will you acquire your farm by leasing, purchasing, or a combination? How much can you afford and how will you pay for it? How will you determine the right property for you? How will you work with landowners, landlords and community resources? These are big questions for all farm seekers.

This online course will help you find the answers that are right for you. As you go through the course, you will build your own action plan. You will have new information and be better prepared to make sound land acquisition choices.

NOFA-NY, Northeast Organic Farming Association
NOFA NY, Inc. is an organization of consumers, gardeners and farmers working together to create a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and educational opportunities, they promote land stewardship, organic food production and local marketing. NOFA NY brings consumers and farmers closer together to make high-quality food available to all people.


Start2Farm includes programs and resources from federal and state agencies, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations including grassroots organizations.

There are four types of services we identify for you at Start2Farm:

- Training – This includes programs and resources that teach any aspect of being a successful farmer or rancher.

- Financing – This includes loan programs, development accounts, grants and other programs to help farmers and ranchers finance their enterprise. Please note: There are generally not any grants to start a farm or ranch and no new direct funding programs associated with the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program that the Start2Farm clearinghouse is a part of. Start2Farm is not a lender.

- Technical Assistance – this includes identified programs in your location to assist with topics such as business planning, land transfer, licensing and regulations, alternative energy technologies, and farming techniques among others.

- Networking – this includes information on programs and organizations that provide farmers and ranchers with opportunities to exchange ideas and find farmer to farmer support.

FSA Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Guarantee Program

New FSA Program to Help Young Farmers Buy Land

"As Juli Obudzinski, policy associate with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), says, 'the Land Contract Guarantee Program offers a good option for retiring farmers looking to work with new farmers directly, and helps beginners access the land they need to grow a viable farm.' NSAC, with which NYFC is affiliated, pushed for this program’s inclusion in the last two US Farm Bills."

FSA Farm Loan Programs

FSA Farm Loan Programs

FSA's farm loan programs are a valuable resource to establish, improve, expand, transition, and strengthen your farm or ranch.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture - The Virtual Grange

Inside the Grange, you’ll be joined by hundreds of other beginning farmers from across the country who are busy preparing for the season ahead. Participate in forums. Watch technical tutorials. Read the latest agricultural news. Find out about upcoming conferences, workshops, and apprenticeship opportunities in your region. Seek advice from experienced farmers and share your story. Step inside the Virtual Grange and join the conversation.

Fund-A-Farmer Project

The Fund-a-Farmer Project, a project of Food Animal Concerns Trust, awards grants for projects that help family farmers transition to pasture-based systems, improve the marketing of their humane products, or more generally to enrich the conditions in which the farm animals are raised. Together with our farmer partners, we are leading our country back to a food system that is both financially and ecologically sustainable

Producer Groups

The Watershed Agricultural Council coordinates Producer Groups focused on dairy, beef and sheep/goat issues. These farmer-to-farmer gatherings meet periodically to discuss livestock topics of interest or to find solutions to on-farm hurdles.

National Young Farmers' Coalition Online Forum

The NYFC Forum is an informal space for farmers to ask questions, swap stories, and share information.

Farm Assessment Checklist from UVM

Farm Assessment Checklist

This guide helps you examine prospective farm properties for lease, but farm seekers have also found it helpful in evaluating properties that are for sale.