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Helpful Websites for Beginning Farmers

Links to great resources to learn more about farming

Here are links to several websites which cater to beginning farmers. There are hundreds of other quality sites worth checking out but these are a few goodies:

AgrAbility- focuses on Cultivating Accessible Agriculture and Promoting success in agriculture for people with disabilities and their families. They have a new focus on reaching veterans both with and without disabilities and offer a military liason, Cindy Chastain Farmer Veteran AgrAbility Coordinator Purdue University 225 S University Street West Lafayette, IN 47907-2093. Phone: (765) 496-2377  http://www.agrability.org/

Beginning Farmers offers information on how to start a farm, planning a new farm, funding resources and finding land to start your farm on. We cover all areas of farming from raising chickens and goats to mushroom production, and urban farms to business farming. Internships and employment opportunities posted regularly. http://www.beginningfarmers.org/

The Beginning Farmer: This website is a blog that has been written by a beginning farmer and his wife as they start their farm journey 5 years ago. They have chronicled just about everything in their journey and are pretty honest about the ups and downs they have gone through. http://thebeginningfarmer.blogspot.com/

Cornell University- whose 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.  http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/beginning-farmer/

Farmer Veteran Coalition- The Farmer Veteran Coalition is a nonprofit that connects military veterans with careers, training, and places to heal on America’s farms. They are at the epicenter of getting veterans involved in farming. Fellowship grants, educational programs, and sponsorship of the "Homegrown by Heroes" labeling effort began here.  http://www.farmvetco.org/

USDA- Start2Farm- The USDA has put together a website geared at linking beginning farmers with educational programs on training, financing, techniical assistance, and networking. http://www.start2farm.gov/

 

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