Land Stewardship Program Releases New Report – “Crop Insurance – How a Safety Net Became a Farm Policy Disaster.”

Although we don’t often discuss it, one of the largest ways that the government and US farming community interact are through crop insurance. NYFC focuses on highlighting and reforming the many programs and institutions that play a big role in beginning farmers’ lives, and for most – in particular for first-generation farmers – crop insurance isn’t high on that list. But we can’t ignore crop insurance programs completely,... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ WILD RIDGE FARM – FARMER TRAINING

By Alissa of Wild Ridge Farm It was clear from the beginning of my farming internship at Chubby Bunny Farm that my boss, Dan Hayhurst, loved the work of growing vegetables. Most mornings I would be lying in bed, just waking up around 6:30 am, and I’d hear his truck roll up to the barn. I’d listen as Dan got out and started hauling sacks of feed out of the barn to drive out to the small flock of chickens and few pigs on pasture. This was my cue... Read More

New Farmer Summit Brings 150 Farmers Together in Wisconsin

Who says the young farmer movement is confined to our nation’s coasts? Last month, 150 young and beginning farmers gathered at Primrose Valley Farm in Belleville, WI for the New Farmer Summit– hosted by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Renewing the Countryside, Agrarian Trust, and the National Young Farmers Coalition. I had the pleasure of flying out to meet the region’s passionate and innovative young... 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

NYFC Signs on to Call for Investing in Beginning and Underserved Farmers

NYFC has joined with the Land Stewardship Project and other agriculture organizations around the country in signing on to an organizational letter to Congress calling for proper investment in USDA programs supporting a bright future for American agriculture when they reconvene after the election. The letter urges action on a new farm bill along with inclusion/investment in two key programs: the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and... Read More

Thanks to farm bill funding, The Land Stewardship Project is helping farmers grow farmers

This is a new series of blog posts to highlight the amazing programs funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.  This grant program is slated for a 50% cut in the 2012 Farm Bill.  The Land Stewardship Project has successfully trained young farmers for the past 15 years with its farmer-led, community-based sustainable agriculture program—Farm Beginnings. The program has evolved substantially, thanks to funding from the USDA’s... Read More