Resources for Farmers
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has resources for new and beginning farmers. News release here and USDA New Farmer portal here.
New Farmer Bucket List-Key Resources for New and Beginning Farmers in Connecticut. Collaboratively compiled by CT’s top agriculture service providers.
Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, Healthy People- Guide to healthy eating in Connecticut
CSA Toolkit for Connecticut Farmers- Includes: What is a CSA; Getting Started; Crops & Pricing; Best Practices for a CSA contract; Finding Customers; Customer Satisfaction; Labor/Employment Considerations for a CSA Farm Business;Funding Opportunities; Financial Assurance; as well as Pricing for 2015 CSA shares in CT.
Local Poultry Resources:
My Pet Chicken
Clark Farm in Higganum, CT - custom coops and chicks/pullets
Margitas Poultry in Wallingford, CT - custom coops and chicks
*Baystate Organic Certifiers Materials Certification Program - April 2014 List of Local/Northeast Area Fertilizers, Compost, and Potting Soils Approved for use on Certified Organic Farms (pdf)
Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together - Greenhorns
NOP Releases New Guides for Organic Certification:
The four guides provide detailed information about the relevant organic requirements, provide best practices, and further explain the certification process.
Peaches: Organic and Low-Spray Production Guide and Season Extension Techniques for Market Gardeners
2012 Production Guide for Storage of Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Cornell's Northeast Beginning Farmer Project ~ On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines
New England Farmland Finder
NOFA-NY's new publication: Breeding Organic Vegetables: A Step by Step Guide for Growers. A link to the view a PDF file can be found here.
Cornell's Buckwheat and beneficial insects to control Colorado Potato Beetles Study
Cornell's Northeast Beginning Farmers Project
Grants, Funding & Training
USDA Farm Service Agency Loan Programs
Cornell's Winter Online Farming Courses>
Permaculture Design and Certification Courses - Shutesbury, MA and High Falls, NY. Begins January 2012. Details>
New Farmer Apprentice Program at the University of Vermont
Connecticut Agricultural Business Management Guide
Resource Webpage for Conservation Stewardship Program
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund
USDA's NRCS - the Connecticut page of the National Resources Conservation Service. Provides cost share for farm improvements, including deer fencing, wells, compost pads, forestry practices and more.
Organic Certification and Recognition
Baystate Organic Certifiers Certification Program
Information on CT NOFA's Farmer's Pledge and Organic Certification
North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
WWOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
USDA's Organic Program Handbook
New England Landlink
Farmland conneCTions - A Guide for Connecticut Towns, Institutions and Land Trusts Using or Leasing Farmland
Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook from Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Agritourism: Cultivating Tourists on the Farm
Organic Farming Research Foundation has FAQs posted about Organic and the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011
The Holistic Agriculture Library - a great library of online books