September News: Climate Justice, Food Safety News, and Land Access Training

It’s officially fall  — we hope you’re catching your breath in the fields and watching the new season edge its way in.  The FDA just released a new draft of Food Safety rules and significant improvements were made. The agency certainly listened, but we’ll need your help to ensure that the final rules work for local farms. Read more about this campaign, NYFC at the People’s Climate March, our work to make farmland... Read More

NYFC Takes a Step in Protecting Working Farmland with Land Access Innovations Training

Representatives from over twenty land trusts listened as Equity Trust and other mentors, along with Jen Smith – the farmer and owner at Crimson and Clover CSA – talked about their land access innovations. “Forty years of farmland conservation, and we are watching it unravel before our eyes.” That was the warning that John Halsey, president of Long Island’s Peconic Land Trust, delivered to a room full of conservation professionals... Read More

New York’s Young Farmers Ask Governor Cuomo to Support Land Access Legislation

Governor Cuomo speaking on a farm in Middleburgh, NY in 2011. Photo: Office of Governor Cuomo Farmers, aspiring farmers, and organizations across New York State are rallying to urge Governor Cuomo to pass a bill that would improve land access for beginning farmers in the state. If passed, this bill could provide access to state-owned farmland for beginning farmers, bolster technical support to both beginning farmers and organizations that assist them... Read More

New film highlights Importance of land preservation for the next generation

We wrote a few weeks ago about NYFC’s report on how current farmland conservation practices are failing working farmers.  The report was based on a survey of over 200 land trusts on how they work with beginning farmers.  What we saw was land going fallow as non-farmers push prices up to astronomical levels and farmers being pushed further and further from urban markets in the search for affordable land. This isn’t just an intellectual... Read More

RELEASE: FARMLAND CONSERVATION 2.0: HOW LAND TRUSTS CAN PROTECT AMERICA’S WORKING FARMERS

The National Young Farmers Coalition released a report today that reveals how current farmland conservation practices are failing working farmers. Farmland Conservation 2.0: How Land Trusts Can Protect America’s Working Farms surveyed 200 land trust leaders from across the United States and found that one-quarter of land trusts have seen protected farmland move out of production. Land is going fallow as non-farmers purchase farms at prices beyond... Read More

Leasing Farmland in the Hudson Valley and Beyond.

Land access is an obstacle oft-cited by young farmers seeking to get their business off the ground. As a group, young people looking to farm tend to be rich in energy, ideas, and ideals, but often rather short on capital. Resourceful as we are, the rise in land prices makes it unrealistic for many of us to purchase good farmland near markets at a price we can afford. The idea of farming on rented land may be hard for some to swallow: There is a very... Read More