New Federal Farm and Food Policy Guide Available

Earlier this week, our friends over at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released their updated Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs . In the Guide, NSAC comprehensively describes each federal program supporting sustainable agriculture and how young farmers can access them. If you are looking for information on a specific program, the Guide makes it easy to find it. Or, if you are looking for a farm loan, the Guide... Read More

Water Tour brings farmers together from across Southwest

Farmers of Southwest CO Young Farmers Chapter gather for a potluck and photo shoot for NYFC film “Resilient” Below average precipitation combined with warm and dry summers make it difficult for producers to grow enough to make a profit and forecasts of low precipitation patterns suggests this may be a new normal.  With water being a critical resource for managing a successful farm, drought resiliency is an important skill. This week... Read More

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

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

Rogue Farm Corps: Accepting Applications for 2013 Season

Rogue Farm Corps: Training the Next Generation of Farmers Farms Next is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. Through an innovative and cooperative model, Farms Next combines up to 1500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer, 75 hours of classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, 15 tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based... Read More

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