NYFC Releases Exclusive “Vegetable Grower’s Guide to Organic Certification”

Whether it’s rallying for better federal programming or providing online resources for your operation, NYFC is dedicated to helping your farm thrive.  We’re excited to release a new tool for you and your farm – the Vegetable Grower’s Guide to Organic Certification. Read More  Read More

SARE Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary

Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture This year, the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program celebrates its 25th anniversary.  The program aims to promote sustainable farming by funding research into different areas of sustainable farming such as cover cropping and rotational grazing, as well as operating competitive grant programs for farmers.  SARE was the first USDA program dedicated to sustainable farming... 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

NYFC to represent young farmers on multi-stakeholder group on water in the West

Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, a classic image of the lifeline to agriculture in the West.Image by Jim Fowler – © 2013 Open up your fridge and chances are you’ll find some of the Colorado River. Whether you’re in Florida, Wisconsin or California, or any state in between, you most likely rely on the Colorado River for part of your daily grub. Over 15% of our nation’s fruits and vegetables, much of our meat and the majority... Read More

Colorado’s young farmers ready to join Governor in conservation

Friends, please take a minute to check out my recent Op-Ed published in the Grand Junction Sentinel on Colorado River water conservation. Young farmers need to be at the forefront of the discussion of how to build a smart water future for Colorado and the Colorado River Basin! Please also note the action at the bottom–sign on in support of water conservation at startwithconservation.com!   Colorado’s young farmers ready to join governor... Read More

A Fond Farewell to Deputy Secretary Merrigan

Leaving Big Boots to Fill:USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan speaks with a potential future farmer in Raleigh, NC. Last week, Kathleen Merrigan announced that she will be resigning from her position as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in the USDA.  It is a regret to see this visionary of local food and organic agriculture leave the department – we hope her replacement brings the same commitment to renewing sustainable and local farming. Merrigan... Read More

Upcoming Community Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture Conference

The Community Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture Conference (CISA) will take place April 5-7, 2013 at Lawrence University and Riverview Gardens in Appleton, WI.  The mission is to provide the necessary community, resources, and experience to establish and support new farmers.  The conference will be a venue for young people to engage in conversations and educational activities, featuring farmer panels, workshops, open space discussions, local... Read More

Young Farmers in the House at NSAC winter strategy meeting

Maya Wiley of CSI addresses the NSAC winter meeting. Photo courtesy of NSAC. Last month, the Young Farmers’ Coalition took part in the semi-annual planning meeting of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).  NYFC is a member group of NSAC, which advocates nationally for agricultural reform and also coordinates the advocacy efforts of nearly 100 member organizations. The winter meeting – this most recent one held in Haines City,... Read More

Introducing Firefly Meadows of Fairfield, NE

Mike and Rita Brhel’s just over five acres might be small in size but it’s big in dreams. Firefly Meadows features a farm-fresh chicken and duck egg business, a pasture-based sheep operation, and a vegetable garden with spring, summer, and fall plantings. There are plans to add meat goats, pigeons, and an orchard. Both Mike and Rita grew up on farms – Mike on a diversified livestock and crop operation southwest of Lincoln, NE, and Rita on a... Read More

Apply now for NRDC’s Growing Green Awards

Are you a leader in the sustainable food movement?  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announces its fifth annual Growing Green Awards to recognize individuals who have demonstrated original leadership in the field of sustainable food. Through this national award, NRDC will recognize extraordinary contributions that advance ecologically-integrated farming practices, climate stewardship, water stewardship, farmland preservation, and social... Read More

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