Funding our farm: loans, grants, and a gamble

By Caitlin Arnold, Furrow Horse Farm  When Brandon and I decided to start Furrow Horse Farm last January, we knew we were about to spend a lot of money. We were moving onto leased land that had no infrastructure, and we needed to build hoop houses and put up a deer fence. Since we had both been working for other farmers in the years after graduating from college, we didn’t have very much money saved, nor did we have inheritances or farmland... Read More

Last Call for Submissions to the New Farmer’s Almanac

Our friends at the Greenhorns seek your agrarian essays, flowcharts, manifestos, cartoons, illustrations, policy briefs and sonnets for their 2015 New Farmer’s Almanac. In case this last call is the first you’ve heard, here’s a bit of background: The New Farmer’s Almanac is a radical continuation of a thousands-year old almanac tradition. Self-published by the Greenhorns, it is an anthology of contemporary writing and illustrations... Read More

January 18th: SSAWG Young Farmer Mixer!

We’re excited about the young farmer mixer coming up this weekend in Mobile, AL!  Going to be in the area? Come on out!  (Or know someone who is?  Make sure they hear about this!) Time: 8:30PM-10:30PM. Saturday January 18th Read More  Read More

The latest scoop on the Young Farmer movement from GOOD

GOOD just published a new article by Jeff Gangemi, of FarmPlate.com, about NYFC’s fight to improve government ag policies: “The NYFC is currently lobbying Congress to roll back a proposed 50 percent cut to The Beginning Rancher and Farmer Development Program, and to provide $5 million a year in mandatory funding for the Individual Development Account Program, which sets aside matching funds for beginning and apprentice farmers. “While... Read More