Bootstrap @ Forager Farm – Welcome to the 2014 Season!

My name is Hannah Sargent and I am a marketer turned farmer turned marketing-farmer. My fiancé Jonathon Moser and I own and run Forager Farm, a vegetable CSA in central North Dakota and are in our first season!  We are on a mission to revive our food culture by providing fresh, local produce directly to our members. In January 2013, we jetted off to Australia to live and work at Captain’s Creek Organic Farm, an organic vegetable farm located one... Read More

How Beginning Farmers can Tap into the Farm to School Movement

Hello! Since I’m new to the NYFC blog, I’d like to introduce myself briefly. I grew up in Brooklyn, worked for two years as a student farm manager at the Yale Farm, then for a year at the Woolman Semester School, and now work at the San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative through a Jewish Food Justice Fellowship. At the Initiative I help coordinate the Farm to School (F2S) Taskforce; my goal is to increase the amount of fresh, local produce in... Read More

New Data Shows the Ups and Downs of Farm to School Progress

Reprinted with the permission of the USDA. More and more farmers are looking to institutional relationships as a new marketing outlet, and we’re excited to see how beginning farmers are taking an active role in that progress.  Recently, the results of the inaugural United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School census were released – based on data primarily from 2011-2012 – which give us a good picture of growth of... Read More

New Marker Bill Promises Local Food Support

We are happy to announce the release of the new Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013!  The bill, introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine, addresses a range of farm bill titles, from extension programs to processing and distribution as it works to aid farmers and consumers on the local and regional level.  As you’ll recall, NYFC promoted the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act (LFFJA) introduced... Read More

Washington Young Farmers Coalition Lobby for local food next week!

Good luck to the Washington Young Farmers Coalition (an NYFC affiliate) as they join forces with other Washington food and farming groups in pushing for positive change in state programming!  Here is more about the event from WAYFC: WA Young Farmers Coalition is joining forces with Tilth Producers of WA, the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network, and the Good Food Coalition to ask our state legislature to restore funding for the WSDA’s... Read More