March Update: Leanna Says Goodbye to Student Debt

This week, we learned that our Operations Manager, Leanna Mulvihill, was selected to receive student loan forgiveness by New York State. Leanna is starting her own livestock operation this year and will now be able to invest her savings in lambs and pigs instead of student loan payments. This is exactly the kind of impact that we’re working to achieve with #FarmingIsPublicService – to help young people manage their student debt while... Read More

NYFC May Newsletter: Gary Nabhan on the Forum, Update from the West

In the West, spring has arrived with hail, a foot of snow and three-digit temperatures. As climate change comes to the farm, we’re reminded how much we need a strong farm community. This newsletter is all about how NYFC is bringing farmers together to face local challenges as a united front. We’ll fill you in on chapter events, policy updates, new developments in our Western water projects, and our May forum expert—who you won’t... Read More

Historic water cuts on Colorado River put strain on downstream farmers

A 14-year drought, over-allocation, increasing demand and climate change are sucking the Colorado River dry. Photo from National Geographic It’s no news that water is scarce in the arid west. But last week marked an unprecedented moment in the history of the Colorado River and the millions of people nationwide who rely on it for drinking water, meat and vegetables. Based on historically low flows in the Colorado River, the Bureau of Reclamation–a... Read More

Farmers & Consumers join together to support healthy water resources

Last month NYFC launched the Colorado River & Western Water Pledge, an opportunity for farmers and consumers to join together to help ensure healthy water resources now and into the future. It is no question that we face significant threats to our fresh water in the west. Dwindling surface water supply matched with increasing demand, groundwater depletion and extended drought are making us ask the question: Is this the new normal? Historically,... Read More