National uncertainty, community hope, and pruning

By Harrison Topp, Topp Fruit All winter I’ve been going to conferences, having potlucks, and generally reveling in the amazing farmer community we have here in Colorado. But now it’s time to start farming, which means the fun is over. Okay, that’s not true, but the rolling of the season brings us into a new cycle of long hours and hard work. Just as the buds are beginning to swell, so are the knots in my lower back and shoulders. Hello, spring. Actually,... Read More

NYFC’s 2nd National Leadership Convergence

More than 60 young farmer leaders from 26 states gathered in Encinitas, CA in November for our 2nd annual National Leadership Convergence. From rural mid-Missouri to urban New Orleans, our chapters provide a platform for young farmers and ranchers to tackle the challenges they face building careers in agriculture. The Convergence is an annual celebration of the young farmer leaders who go above and beyond in their communities, fighting isolation... Read More

National Convergence: 29 chapter leaders

Top: All of the chapter leaders and NYFC staff. Middle: NYFC executive director Lindsey Lusher Shute addresses the chapter leaders. Bottom: Tess Brown-Lavoie of the Young Farmer Network of Southeastern New England addresses the group. Tess is also an NYFC board member. Last week was a momentous one for the National Young Farmers Coalition: we hosted our first National Chapter Leader Convergence, an event that brought the leaders of 25 chapters from... Read More

VIDEO: Young Farmers Speak Up

Do you want to change food and farming in the US? Then it’s time to get with your chapter and engage elected officials. In this short video, see members of the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition in action– sharing stories, building relationships and winning the change they need! Read More  Read More

VIDEO: Don’t farm alone… Start a crop mob!

We believe cooperation beats competition, any day. From barn raisings to crop mobs, having each other’s back is the basis of a strong farming community. Leslie Touzeau of the Missouri Young Farmers Coalition says it best, “Farming is hard…if we’re going to be successful, we have to learn to work together. “ WATCH our short film with Leslie on Crop Mobs and learn how to build the movement in your region. Read More  Read More

VIDEO: Young Farmers Show You How To Party!

Tierney Creech, organizer of the Washington Young Farmers Coalition (WAYFC), says it perfectly: “In the middle of the summer, camaraderie is almost as invigorating as sleep.” Take it from Tierney, WAYFC knows how to throw a party. Each fall, they bring together hundreds of farmers from across the state for a young farmer mixer complete with live music, local food, dancing, camping and, of course, plentiful opportunities to make new friends. Thanks... Read More

Start Organizing with the NYFC Organizing Handbook

We’re kicking off the brand new year with a brand new resource for local young farmer organizing – the Organizing Handbook: How to Bring Local Farmers Together for Shared Success! Read More  Read More

Connect with Young Farmers at Farm Aid Tomorrow!

Headed to Farm Aid tomorrow?   Connect with NYFC while there and getting involved!  The Young Farmers’ Coalition will have a table in the Farm Aid Farmyard area along with other farm-related organizations.   This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about joining the national coalition, starting a local group, and what can be done to support beginning farmers. More about Farm Aid:  Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil... Read More