New Farmer Legal Resources from Farm Commons

Graphic courtesy of farmcommons.org. A quick message from farming attorney extraordinaire Rachel Armstrong about new resources available from Farm Commons. Hello Farmers and Food Advocates, We all know how vital good food safety practices are to our community of farmers and eaters. But, bad things can still happen to the best of farmers. Farm Commons has just released a new, detailed guide to the legal aspects of a farm-related food safety incident.... Read More

NYFC March 2014 Newsletter

We’ve kicked off the spring with an exciting win at the USDA! Thanks to feedback from our coalition, the Farm Service Agency is making key changes to its facilities loan program that will increase access to diversified farmers. Want to be involved in NYFC’s next policy win?  Now’s your chance – we’re calling for applications for a new Policy Analyst for the coalition, one of two new positions. In this March newsletter,... Read More

Rachel Armstrong, Founder of Farm Commons, on the Farmers Forum This Week

We are excited to welcome Rachel Armstrong, attorney and founder of Farm Commons, to the Farmers Forum this week (March 24th-28th) to answer your farm legal questions! Running a strong farm business is easier with the help of a knowledgeable attorney who truly understands the business of farming and can help farmers meet their financial and social goals. Rachel is generously offering legal advice on the “Legal” section of the Farmers Forum... Read More

Farm Commons Law Webinar Coming Up – Developing a Good Buyer Relationship

The latest Farm Law Webinar is coming up for beginning farmers (and experienced farmers alike!) interested in learning more about how the law impacts their farm. Farm Commons is an organization dedicated to providing proactive legal services for sustainable agriculture, and we’re thrilled to help promote this webinar project. Read More  Read More

NYFC January 2014 Newsletter: FDA listens, Jobs, Legal Help, Events

  Thank you. Last month, 213 farmers and consumers joined NYFC. This growth topped off an incredible year: a dozen new chapters formed, we rallied nearly a thousand farmers and consumers to tell the FDA that organic and diversified farms produce the safest food (more on that below!) and we started to move innovative land access strategies that will help new farmers find affordable land. Our coalition has a lot to be proud of! Read... Read More

Upcoming Free Legal Webinars for Farmers

This winter, Farm Commons will offer free webinars on legal issues for farmers who market their product directly to consumers. Direct-to-consumer farmers are building a new food system, but farmers and advocates alike often don’t realize the unique laws and regulations that affect these unique farm operations. Addressing these potential issues before problems grow is essential to the growth of a stable, resilient community of farmers. The line-up... Read More

How Much to Pay the Apprentice?

We are excited to announce an upcoming webinar/discussion on apprenticeships, employers and the law. In our 2010 report, “Building a Future with Farmers,” we found apprenticeships to be the most valuable tool today’s young farmers have to kick start their careers in agriculture.  And not only are apprenticeships an accessible way to gain experience and knowledge about farming, as an employer, they can be an effective way to afford... Read More

Farm Commons Explains the Nuts and Bolts of CSA’s

Last month, I participated in a very helpful webinar by Farm Commons discussing the legal aspects of running a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. It began by discussing how member/shareholder agreements can lay the groundwork for a positive relationship between CSA owners and members. According to Farm Commons, detailed agreements are the key to establishing expectations and responsibilities for both sides. Some examples of recommended... Read More

Farm Commons Explains the Nuts and Bolts of CSA’s

Last month, I participated in a very helpful webinar by Farm Commons discussing the legal aspects of running a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. It began by discussing how member/shareholder agreements can lay the groundwork for a positive relationship between CSA owners and members. According to Farm Commons, detailed agreements are the key to establishing expectations and responsibilities for both sides. Some examples of recommended... Read More

CSA Legal Practices Online Webinar

Beginning farmers – here is a free class for those interested in learning more about the legal aspects of running a CSA: Building the Base of Your CSA: Legal Best Practices, Including Member, Volunteer, and Intern Agreements Monday, December 10th, 2012 from 6-7:30pm, Central   Do you have a CSA program or are you planning to start one? Would you like guidance on how legal documents can help you achieve your CSA goals?    Farmers are invited... Read More