Beyond the Field: An Interconnected Farm Community

The practice of agriculture relies upon a tremendous amount of knowledge, skill, and hard work. It is also uniquely subject to pressures from outside of the farmer’s immediate control. ‘Beyond the Field’ is a series of posts that examines the many outside factors that can play a determining role in the success of a farm business. No farm is an island. As any farmer who has ever struggled to find a market can tell you, having an engaged, educated... Read More

NYFC Welcomes its new Membership Development Coordinator

We are thrilled to announce that NYFC is bringing on Sophie Ackoff as its Membership Development Coordinator.  Sophie has been working closely with NYFC as a volunteer and blog contributor, and we are excited to have her on staff. Sophie’s dedication to sustainable agriculture began at the age of eight when she put down her fast-food burger and decided she would no longer eat factory farmed meat. Though an active environmental and local food... Read More

The Farm Bill’s Real Impact – BFRDP Helps Train the Next Generation

My name is Sophie Ackoff, I have been an apprentice at Glynwood Farm.  Like so many other beginning farmers today, I don’t come from a farming family and I have no land or agricultural skills to inherit from my parents.  I believe that the government needs to support beginning farmers and shouldn’t short-change farmer training programs.  Please act now to send that message to Congress. I grew up in suburban Southern California, a region... Read More