I own Sugar House Creamery, I’m one of the founders of the Adirondacks Farmers Coalition, and I’m a member of NYFC.
When my husband and I bought our land, it hadn’t been farmed in about 50 years. The fields were lying fallow and little trees were coming up in the pasture. The realtor who showed it to us was trying to sell it as a housing development site—“you could put five houses here,” she said. I love knowing that we saved it from that fate.
Saving the farm meant making big investments to repair and improve most of the infrastructure, like adding a modern milk tank to our barn, which hadn’t been used for milking since the 1920s. Our budget was tight, and we weren’t sure if we could afford new equipment. That’s when we remembered our NYFC membership discounts.
As NYFC members, we save 5–40% when we shop at more than 20 farm and garden suppliers. We can save on things like seeds, tools and even work boots. Our 10% discount with Bob-White Systems ended up saving us more than $600 on our shiny, new milk storage tank!
Saving money was a big deal to us, but it isn’t why we joined NYFC. We are members because we like being part of a nationally organized group of young farmers and tapping into that energy and knowledge. When you are a tiny little farm in an isolated area by yourself, it really helps to know there are other people out there like you, and you’re all in it together.
We saved one farm from development; NYFC is fighting every day to save thousands of farms by advocating for policies that support young farmers and preserve farmland for the next generation.
I’m proud to call myself a member, and I hope you’ll join, too.
This year drought has gripped the West to a new extreme. But both young and seasoned farmers are forging new and innovative solutions, growing more food with less water while enhancing biodiversity, soil health, and their local communities.
Yet despite this, too often young farmers are not engaged in shaping water policy. This means their values and their voices go unheard by policymakers.
NYFC is changing that. As part of our ongoing work on water in the West, we are developing a grassroots advocacy platform on western water. We just launched an online survey to hear what matters most to you on western water issues.
Are you a farmer or rancher? Complete our survey, and as a thank you, we will give you a year of free membership in NYFC. Existing members will have their membership renewed.
TAKE THE SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TPP8H9Q
We have been hosting community gatherings on water across the West, but since we can’t make it everywhere we’d like, we’re hoping to get a broad response via the survey. We want to know: Is conservation important to you? How has drought impacted your operation? Can policy and funding be enhanced to support you in your success?
We know your time is packed with actual farming this time of year, so thank you for taking five minutes to lend your voice to this effort. For taking the survey, you will receive a FREE year-long membership with NYFC.
Membership is optional, but membership is also awesome. You decide.
Want to meet with your representative on an issue you care about? Email our western organizer, Kate Greenberg, and we’ll help you have your voice heard.
To learn more about issues farmers are facing in the arid West, watch our short film “RESILIENT.”