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

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Sits down with NYFC and Hudson Valley Farmers

Deputy Secretary Harden meets with farmers at the NYFC roundtable in Clermont, NY. NYFC got the rare opportunity last week to sit down with the USDA’s new Deputy Secretary, Krysta Harden, in Clermont, NY, when she was in-state for the Young Farmers Conference at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture.  Read More  Read More

Notes from Plowbreak Farm in Hector, NY

Walking into the field in Hector, New York, I find two farmers cheerfully harvesting basil and hot peppers. Meet Aaron Munzer and Kara Cusolito, founders of Plowbreak Farm.  Plowbreak Farm began in 2012 when Aaron and Kara leased three acres of loamy soil in the agriculturally rich Finger Lakes region. Their farming philosophy is simple: they grow good food because they like doing it, and they want to bring good food to other people. 2013 is only... Read More

Upcoming Food Justice Certified Training in NY

Farmers and businesses in the northeast: The Agricultural Justice Project is hosting a Food Justice Certified training in upstate NY from October 30th to November 1st.  See below for more information. The Food Justice Certified label was created to unite a standard for farms, processors, and retailers. The goal is to take a holistic view of working conditions for employees, business practices and fair pay for farmers. The label is managed by the... Read More

NYFC Reps farmers at New York’s Pig Mountain Festival

“The delicious medley of fourteen freshly-cooked pigs, spread out on the tables of fourteen of the region’s top chefs – what a way to end the summer!” -a satisfied Pig Mountain customer who stopped by the NYFC booth Regional chefs satiating appetites at Pig Mountain 2013. Last week, NYFC was thrilled to represent the beginning farmer community at New York’s annual Pig Mountain festival in Narrowsburg, NY.  The coalition... Read More

Bootstrap @ Chaseholm Farm – Training

Happy Summer! I’m writing after our recent (and very productive) dry and hot spell from the comfort of cool weather.  The cows are loving it.   This post is about the training that I have received, am currently receiving and what I still need to know…  I have been looking forward to this post because I feel like I did this farming thing a little backwards.   Growing up on a farm gave me so much experience and insight but I often had the... Read More

Good old-fashioned innovation in the Ithaca meat market

How do you increase farmers’ profits and consumers’ meat consumption without asking farmers or consumers to break the bank? The Meat Locker Project logo In Ithaca, NY, Matt LeRoux, an agriculture marketing specialist at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and Keri Bartlett of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, set out to find answers, and the Meat Locker Pilot Project is one of them. Two 10 foot by 14 foot lockers,... Read More

Resource Spotlight – Kiva Zip Helps Connect Supporting Communities with Entrepreneurs

Beginning farmers know that one of the biggest obstacles we face is access to capital and credit as we build our farms.  While there are a lot of commercial and governmental loan programs for farmers out there, many don’t have the flexibility or reach to assist those just starting their businesses.  We are lucky, however, to be seeing a growth in outside-the-mainstream resources available.  Kiva Zip is one such program. Kiva?  That Sounds... Read More

Bootstrap @ Hartwood – Finding Time to Make Changes

The crops are mostly out of the ground, the fields and yard are picked up for winter, and our off-season project list has grown to seemingly impossible lengths.  We don’t want to praise anything too much though—last month’s blog where we celebrated our equipment making it through the season may have jinxed us.  Two days after writing that, our tractor engine blew, requiring complete rebuilding, including machining.  It was a tortuous... Read More

Introducing NYFC’s Newest Advisory Committee Members – Adam Stofsky

 Adam is a human rights lawyer, social entrepreneur, and part-time farmer.  Adam currently works as the founder and executive director of the New Media Advocacy Project and a co-founder of Ticketyboo Farm, with his wife Anna.  Adam is a graduate of Amherst College (1998) and Harvard Law School (2004). After finishing law school, he served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then received a Skadden Fellowship... Read More

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