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Resources for Farmers

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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 - baystateorganic@earthlink.net or 774-872-5544

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

Internship/apprenticeship resources

North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

WWOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

Other Resources

Connecticut FarmLink

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




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