Land Stewardship Project (Upper Midwest)
Year long program including 36 hours of seminar time as well as farm tours, mentorship, & access to revolving livestock loan program. $1500. Expanded to IL, NE & MO.
Beginning Farmer & Rancher Opportunities
Center for Rural Affairs (Nebraska)
Includes Land Link service, financial planning services, advocating for innovative tax law, providing information about innovative production & marketing strategies, and estate planning services.
Growing New Farmers
New England Small Farm Institute (Massachusetts & Northeast)
Online directory of over 200 public, private & non-profit organizations working to support new farmers in New England, through technical assistance, access to land, access to capital & financing, and access to markets.
PEPA – Program Educativa Para Pequeños Agricultores
Agriculture and Land-based Training Association (ALBA) (Salinas, CA)
Non-profit program providing 6 month mulit-lingual classroom training in organic agriculture production and farm management. Students graduate from program onto ½ acre parcels of land to begin farming independently. ALBA provides infrastructure for lease, including walk-in cooler, tractors, irrigation, etc. for collective use.
New American Agriculture Project (NAAP)
MercyCorps NW (Portland, OR)
Non-profit providing a suite of services to immigrant farmers in Portland area, including: technical training, access to IDA accounts and loans, business planning, seeds, tools, and access to leased land.
Central Illinois Farm Beginnings
Collaborative effort between University of Illinois Extension and
the Land Connection. A one year program that relies on the Land Stewardship
Projects curriculum and materials.
Beginning Farmer Center
Iowa State University
Formed by legislative mandate in 1994 to specifically provide services to beginning farmers and to help make land links between aspiring and retiring farmers. The center:
- Coordinates education programs and services for beginning
farmer efforts statewide.
- Assesses needs of beginning farmers and retiring farmers.
- Develops, coordinates, and delivers targeted education to
beginning and retiring farm families.
- Provides programs and services that develop skills and
knowledge in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws,
technical production and management, leadership, sustainable agriculture,
human health, the environment, and leadership.
Washington State University Small Farms Program, University of Idaho Extension & Rural Roots
Offers educational programs to increase the number and foster the
success of sustainable small acreage farmers and ranchers in Idaho and
NY Beginning Farmer Resource Center
A project of Cornell University Cooperative
Extension and New York Farm Viability Institute, which is an independent,
farmer-led nonprofit organization that directs and funds farm-level research to
increase profits, reduce costs and other barriers, create jobs and encourage
practical innovation on the farm. The institute is funded by the New York State
Department of Agriculture and Markets.
The center provides support for beginning and diversifying farmers by offering
a farmer forum, FAQs, farm planning support/templates, and access to a network
Many thanks Zoë for providing this list of resources!