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CT Department of Agriculture has a number of other programs, such as the farmland restoration, farm viability, and farm transition grants.
USDA's National Agricultural Library, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, announced www.Start2farm.gov, an online portal that helps to provide assistance for beginning farmers and ranchers. The portal includes links to training, financing, technical assistance and other support services specifically for beginning farmers and ranchers as well as successful case studies about new and beginning farmers and ranchers.
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.
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.
Friends of the Farm at Hilltop, Suffield
Ambler Farm, Wilton
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).