LINKS FOR NEW FARMS AND FARMERS:

Below you will find helpful links for establishing a new farm or to learn about farming 

 Southbury Training School (photo courtesy of Connecticut DOAG)

Southbury Training School (photo courtesy of Connecticut DOAG)

USDA Websites:

Finding Farmland:

  • The National Young Farmers Coalition Finding Farmland Calculator helps you build scenarios for purchasing farmland.

  • The American Farmland Trust presents the Farmland Information Center, which tackles issues like access to land and capital.

  • Growing New Farmers has a regional searchable directory of resources and programs for new farmers, including access to land, credit, information, and markets. Includes Frequently-Asked-Farmer-Questions, publications and other resources. 

Laws, Regulations, and Permits:

Grants, Loans, and Programs:

Marketing and starting an agricultural business:

Helpful Organizations:

Apprenticeships:

Community Supported Farms in Connecticut:

These farms are typically run by a local community organization on town-owned land.  Their goals include:  food production, education, preservation of historic buildings and sites, biodiversity conservation, and community events. 

Models Of Incubator Farms Or New Farmer Training Programs:

  • Intervale Farms Program (Vermont):  a small farm incubator program that leases land, greenhouses, and equipment to new farmers who set up small organic farm enterprises on Intervale land. 

  • Nuestras Raices (Holyoke, MA):  Started as an urban gardening program with the Puerto Rican community.  Now includes an incubator farm, Tierra de Oportunidades, as well as a community kitchen, bakery, restaurant, youth program, etc. 

  • Southside Community Land Trust (Providence, RI): Also started with community gardens, expanded to include environmental programs, city farm. 

  • New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (Tufts University with farms in Dracut and other towns): Trains immigrant and refugee farmers in agriculture with an 18 week program.  At the end of 18 weeks, the farmers should have in hand a production plan, business plan, and marketing plan, and be ready to farm on a small scale at the incubator farm.  At the end of 3 years, the project helps the new farmer get established on other land (generally rented from local farmers).