Service Provider Directory

The following is a list of farmer training programs, submitted to us by farmers and service providers. This list does not serve as an endorsement of any specific program by the National Young Farmers Coalition. We encourage all new farmers to thoroughly research options and seek reviews from training program participants.

Midwest (includes IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)

Northeast (includes CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)

South/Mid-Atlantic (includes AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV)

West (includes AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)

National

International

Online Courses and Resources

Are we missing something? Please email us for any additions or changes.


 

 Midwest

The Land Connection: TLC offers a classified section and map of farmland for sale and for farmers looking to buy land, as well as a farmland transition program to support those making that transition.  TLC is based in the midwest and covers many states in that area.

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service: MOSES offers several programs for beginning and transitioning organic farmers: (1) the Farmer-to-farmer Mentoring Program pairs experienced organic farmers with transitioning organic farmers, (2) the organic info line, (3) the Organic University offers full-day classes on topics relevant to organic production, (4) Farm Field days and workshops where you can tour farms and learn directly from organic farmers and (5) the MOSES Rural Women’s Project which provides networking, educational and media training opportunities for women ecopreneurs.

MOSES Land Link-Up: The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service has a free online service in an effort to connect those looking for farmland with those looking to rent or sell.

LSP Seeking Farmers – Seeking Land Clearinghouse: An online listing, run by the Land Stewardship Project, for those seeking to rent or purchase land, and vice versa, in the Upper Midwest.

Illinois

Angelic Organics Learning Center Farmer Training Initiative: Angelic Organics helps urban and rural people learn from the local farmers. The program is led by farmers from the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), and offers business planning, on-farm training, and mentoring.

The Land Connection: The Land Connection provides farmer training through a number of programs. The main training program is the Central Illinois Farm Beginnings course, a year-long course that helps students write business plans and get connected to mentors.  Additionally, the Farm Dreams workshops is a series of one-off sessions that introduce community members to the possibilities of a farming career.  The Land Connection also offer other workshop and field days, and this year will begin offering three-day intensive farmer trainings and the beginning of a farmer incubator program.

Indiana

Purdue Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Team: This division of Purdue University provides educational programs for those starting out in farming.

Iowa

The Farming Institute: Located in Solon, IA, the Farming Institute runs a two-month summer farming immersion program designed to give an intensive view of organic sustainable vegetable production with a balance of hands on, classroom and individual study.

Growers Supply CEA Hands-On Workshops: CEA workshops educate and inform attendees on a variety of sustainable growing opportunities and technologies through informative presentations and hands-on demonstrations. Workshops are offered in two locations, Growers Supply CEA Learning Center East in South Windsor, Connecticut and Growers Supply CEA Learning Center West in Dyersville, Iowa.

Iowa Network for Community Agriculture: INCA works to connect Iowa farmers through conferences and direct mentoring support for new farmers.

Iowa State Beginning Farmer Center: The Beginning Farmer Center, a service of Iowa State, provides resources and programs for new farmers

Iowa State University Farm On: An Iowa-based service for connecting beginning farmers to retiring farmers. Not just a list of locations, but provides services throughout the process. There is a fee for non-residents.

Iowa State Sustainable Agriculture Extension Office: This program of Iowa State University Extension provides training in sustainable agriculture and sponsors programs for farmers and the general public.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Find-A-Farmer: A free service that maps out existing land opportunities and allows beginning farmers to post their land needs. Requires a free registration.

Practical Farmers of Iowa New Generation: The Next Generation Program is designed to help PFI’s beginning farmer members, and to help farm families transition their farm to the next generation.

Sustainable Iowa Land Trust: The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust offers an informal list of SILT farms and farmers available for matching.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network: WFAN offers workshops and field days for all women involved in sustainable ag, including aspiring and beginning farmers.  It also operates an on-farm apprenticeship program, Harvesting Our Potential.

Kansas

Cultivate Kansas City: Cultivate Kansas City works with new and experienced farmers to start, run, and improve their farm businesses. The Juniper Gardens Farm Business Development Program supports limited resource people and refugees in Northeast Kansas City in starting independent farm businesses.

Kansas Farmers Union: The Kansas Farmers Union is a general farm organization in Kansas with a focus on sustaining and supporting family farms and ranches.  They offer a series of educational workshops, internships and a program under the National Farmers Union’s Beginning Farmer Institute.

Kansas Rural Center: The KRC offers a range of educational one-day workshops on various farming topics.

Michigan

ISLAND Farmer Residency at Maple Bay: The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design operates an incubator program designed to provide a farmer with the resources needed to start their own business.  This is not a training program, but it is an opportunity for business development and personal learning.

Michigan Farmer to Farmer: F2F is a farmlink website serving the Grand Traverse Region in Northwest Lower Michigan that connects farmland owners who wish to sell or lease farmland with farmland seekers looking to buy or lease farmland in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Manistee Counties. The tool also links agricultural employers with job seekers. Farmer to Farmer was developed through a partnership between Leelanau Conservancy, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Michigan State Extension, and Taste the Local Difference.

Michigan Land Use Institute Get Farming!: The Michigan Land Use Institute connects farmers to farmland through a farmland exchange database, and offers business resources, workshops and events.

Michigan State University Organic Farmer Training Program: This organic farmer training program is a 9-month intensive. The program emphasizes student learning through hands-on farm management and decision-making.

The North Farm at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center: The North Farm, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is a Michigan State University operation that includes a farm incubator program (the Apprentice Farmer Program) that provides land, equipment, infrastructure access, and technical assistance to those interested in starting a farm, as well as extension and outreach programming on a variety of topics linked to sustainable agriculture.

Tillers International: Tillers International offers a range of courses and programs on sustainable farming and homesteading, as well as program internships.

Tilian Farm Development Center: Based in Ann Arbor, the Tilian Farm Incubator Program provides land access for beginning farmers in a multi-year program that includes on-site support and educational opportunities.  Farmers have the opportunity to start their own businesses before transitioning to their own land.

Minnesota
Lake Superior Farm Beginnings: Lake Superior farm Beginnings is part of the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association. It is a year-long program that provides beginning and transitioning farmers with training in values clarification, goalsetting, whole farm planning, business plan development, and low-cost, sustainable farming methods.

Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings: Farm Beginnings provides opportunities for beginning and transitioning farmers to learn about values clarification and goal setting, whole farm planning, business plan development, and low-cost, sustainable farming methods.

Minnesota Farm Link: The Minnesota Farm Link program is a web-based tool designed to link farmers and farmland.  The MDA’s website also features the Beginning and Transitioning Farmer Information, a clearinghouse of programs and services for all types of farmers, which includes farmers seeking land, financial assistance and loans, farmer education, legal services, multi-cultural programs, networking, mentoring and transitioning, and succession planning.

Minnesota Food Association Big River Farms Training Program: Big River Farms focuses its training on immigrant and minority farmers. Class topics include production, marketing and operating a farm business. Winter classes are held weekly in St. Paul, and trainings during the growing season are held at Big River Farms or on other nearby farms.

Missouri

EarthDance Farms: EarthDance Farms is an organic farm school offering a 5 month, part-time apprenticeship program.

Growing Gardeners Training Program: Growing Gardeners takes full-year apprentices – both paid and unpaid – at their Kansas City facility. They also run monthly workshops and other educational opportunities.

Jefferson Institute: The Jefferson Institute, in addition to its 67-acre educational farm, runs programs for local farmers, with an emphasis on crop diversification.

Missouri Beginning Farmers: Run by the University of Missouri, the Missouri Beginning Farmers effort offers a number of online resources, including a number of free webinar series through its Beginning Farmers Online Community.

Nebraska

The Center for Rural Affairs: Nebraska’s Center for Rural Affairs offers resources specifically for new farmers in Nebraska.

Community CROPS Growing Farmers Program: The Growing Farmers Program provides training, technical assistance and land access to beginning, immigrant and limited-resource farmers. They offer a Growing Farmers Workshops series, and a 3-year, land-based training program at Sunset Community Farm. Beginning farmers begin producing on 1/4 acre, and receive access to water, tools, equipment, and ongoing technical assistance and marketing support.

Farm Beginnings Nebraska: Farms Beginnings Nebraska is part of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. Farm Beginnings Nebraska is a farmer-led, community based training and support program aimed at getting more farmers on the land farming sustainably. It includes mentorship, seminars, fields days, and conferences. For information email William at healthyfarms@gmail.com

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture: The College of Technical Agriculture, a division of the University of Nebraska, has full course catalog of courses in agricultural sciences.

University of Nebraska EDGE Program: University of Nebraska, Lincoln’s EDGE (Enhancing, Developing, and Growing Entrepreneurs) program has a number of business courses available, including those for starting farmers.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network: WFAN offers workshops and field days for all women involved in sustainable ag, including aspiring and beginning farmers.  It also operates an on-farm apprenticeship program, Harvesting Our Potential.

North Dakota

Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability (FARRMS):FARRMS empowers people to dream and realize those dreams creating thriving, exciting, diverse, and sustainable rural communities. We establish links between people, good food, living farms and the environment through hands-on educational experiences. We model sustainability by acting with appreciation and respect for the environment, society, and just economics. FARRMS builds a better world through powerful, creative actions. FARRMS offers Learning Circle programs, micro loan and grant programs, and internship opportunities.

North Dakota Farmers Union: The Farmers Union provides a variety of services for North Dakota farmers, including educational programs for farmers and ranchers.

Ohio

Countryside Conservancy FarmLink: A listing of land opportunities in northeast Ohio. Requires a $10 registration.

Heartbeat Learning Gardens: The Heartbeat training program helps aspiring farmers learn skills, gain confidence, and meet others as they prepare to manage a small farm of their own. The program can be completed in 3-6 months.

Innovative Farmers of Ohio: The Innovative Farmers of Ohio works with the state’s farmers to become more ecologically and economically sustainable.

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA): OEFFA connects Ohio farmers with local consumers and food activists, promoting sustainable food systems. For young and beginning farmers looking for land and job opportunities, OEFFA operates an apprenticeship program, which helps to link experienced growers with beginning farmers. The organization regularly posts job and land opportunities in their quarterly newsletter, on social media, and on an email listserve; and offers an annual conference and other events that facilitate networking and information-sharing about these opportunities.

Ohio State Extension Offices: OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has a large network of extension offices that will work with new farmers in their area.

South Dakota

Dakota Rural Action, Farm Beginnings: Dakota Rural Action Farm Beginnings is a farmer-led training and suppport program that provides training in lowcost, sustainable methods of farming. Participants can be any age, and do not need to own land.

Wisconsin

Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture: Kinstone offers introductory and advanced Permaculture design courses, short courses on plants and earthworks, as well as hands-on natural building workshops

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute: The Institute offers  an introduction into biodynamic and organic agriculture through workshops and online materials.

School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: The School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers provides the experience and skills needed to get started in raising pasture-based dairy and livestock.

Southwest Badger RC&D Grazing Broker: The Grazing Broker connects landowners with livestock producers in Southwest Wisconsin.​ Grazing Broker also offers grazing plan writing; guidance on rental contracts for grassland acres; assistance determining fair market value of grasslands; and workshops on whole farm planning, grazing management, and contract grazing.

University of Wisconsin Extension Emerging Agricultural Markets Team: The EAMT works to connect beginning farm entrepreneurs with development projects and trainings in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Farm Center: A program of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, the Farm Center offers a Land Link program and other resources for beginning farmers.

Northeast

Connecticut

Community Farm of Simsbury: The community farm of Simsbury is an organic-certified incubator farm, providing inexpensive farmland as well as resources and trainings for beginning farmers.

Connecticut NOFA: CT NOFA has a beginning farmer program, a journeyperson program, provides advice and several beginning-farmer-focused workshops over the course of the year, and is developing an apprentice-matching program.

Growers Supply CEA Hands-On Workshops: CEA workshops educate and inform attendees on a variety of sustainable growing opportunities and technologies through informative presentations and hands-on demonstrations. Workshops are offered in two locations, Growers Supply CEA Learning Center East in South Windsor, Connecticut and Growers Supply CEA Learning Center West in Dyersville, Iowa.

UConn Extension New Farms and Farmers Website: UConn Extension has brought together many of their resources for beginning farmers onto one page, to better serve the state’s new farmers.  This includes the Scaling Up program, a calendar of events and other online and offline resources.

Massachusetts

Beginning Farmers Network of Massachusetts: BFN/Mass is a collaborative network of farmers and farm service providers with such resources as a state-wide farmer resource map, a referral network, a jobs directory and other helpful information.

The Farm School: The Farm School’s tuition based, Learn to Farm program blends classroom and field instruction in vegetable crop production, livestock management, business planning, product marketing, and a variety of practical skills including carpentry and welding. Must be college age or older to apply.  Give a year and you’ll get the skills for a lifetime of farming!

The Food Project Winter and Summer Institute: A three-day training for activists, teachers, and youth development workers that focuses on how to engage with teens on food justice education.  Learn from an inspirational group of staff and teens about their work at the Food Project in Boston, MA and look at how it can inspire new approaches in your own organization.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project: New Entry provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged farmers, and offers services for beginning farmers such as accessing farmland, training, and business and enterprise development.

Nuestras Raices: The farm/La Finca rents small plots of land (1/4 acre – full acre) to beginning farmers, and provides them with small loans, training, shared resources, and market assistance. Beginning farmers build the necessary capital, knowledge, and connections to graduate from the incubation site onto their own farm.

Tufts University’s Sustainable Farming Project: Tufts has a number of new entry training programs, including exploring farming, business education, technical programs, and marketing assistance.”

Maine

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA): MOFGA has several programs to help beginning farmers: (1) the Farm Apprenticeship Program, (2) the Journeyperson Farm Training Program, which provides mentorship, technical assistance, and business planning, and (3) the Organic Farmer Loan Fund.

Stone Soup Institute: The Stone Soup Institute in Harpswell, ME offers semester programs in agrarian arts. Areas include horse power, logging, gardening, animal husbandry, blacksmithing and fiber arts, and fine arts.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm:  Wolfe’s Neck Farm is a nonprofit organization in Freeport, Maine dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture, education, and outdoor recreation while preserving its 626 acres of open space and historic buildings. This working saltwater farm includes hundreds of acres of forest, saltwater marsh, pasture lands, over four miles of Casco Bay coastline and an award-winning oceanfront campground. Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s educational programs include a summer day camp, sustainable living classes, field trips, Farm School and its Teen Ag Program. It hosts annual barn dances and farm festivals as well as growing vegetables and pasture-raising chickens, turkeys and lamb for the local community. Open free to the public year-round, the Farm encourages visitors to explore its miles of hiking trails, meet the animals in the barn, explore the organic gardens and enjoy the open space.

New Jersey

NOFA New Jersey: The New Jersey branch of the Northeast Organic Farming Association offers beginning farmers courses as well as other workshops for farmers.

New York

Alfred State College: Alfred State College’s Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture has a number of multi-day courses in sustainable agricultural production as well as online and campus-based resources.

Catskill CRAFT: CRAFT provides opportunities for beginning and established farmers to connect and learn from each other by offering their time, talents and experience. CRAFT provides farmer-to-farmer learning and access to the social network and culture of local farmers.

Farm Catskills: In its “Growing New Farmers” programs, Farm Catskills offers both a paid farm internship program and a New Farmer Incubator.

Farm School NYC : Farm School NYC provides training in urban agriculture, and works to increase the self-reliance of communities around issues of food access.

Glynwood Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator: The incubator, located on more than 300 acres of historic farmland owned by the Open Space Institute in New Paltz, NY, accepts applications for livestock, vegetable, value-added, or mixed/diverse enterprises. Incubator participants are provided with access to land, housing, shared equipment and infrastructure, farm and business mentoring, technical classes and peer learning opportunities. After successfully completing the program, graduates may have the opportunity to transition to long-term land tenure accessed with the assistance of Glynwood and project partners such as OSI.

Grow NYC FARMroots: The New Farmer Development Project (NFDP) educates and supports immigrants with agricultural experience by helping them establish small farms.

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming: Groundswell, located in Ithaca, NY, provides access to land for marginalized people and education that merges sustainable farming practices and social justice. At our 6-acre incubator farm, we offer affordable land access, equipment, hands-on training and mentorship.

Hawthorne Valley Farm Beginnings Program : Hawthorne Valley Farm Beginnings offers a business planning course, Field Days on sustainable farms, and mentoring sessions for both new and practicing farmers. The program uses materials from the Land Stewardship Project and Angelic Organics Learning Center.

Hudson Valley Farm Hub: A non-profit for resilient agriculture located in Hurley, NY. The ProFarmer Program is a multi-year, salaried, residential training program for those with farming experience who aspire to own or manage a farm enterprise in the Hudson Valley.  Working under the mentorship of Jean-Paul Courtens, Director of Farmer Training, ProFarmers gain experience in a hands-on learning environment on one of the most productive and beautiful tracts of farmland in the region.

Hudson Valley Farmlink Network: A partnership of 15 organizations, coordinated by American Farmland Trust, offering the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder website, workshops, training and networking events, and one-on-one assistance for farmers and landowners.

NOFA-NY: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York s an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system. Through demonstration and education, NOFA-NY promotes land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing.

Poughkeepsie Food Project: PFP’s City Seeds program is an intensive educational opportunity for new farmers.

Rockland Farm Alliance: New City’s Rockland Farm Alliance has a range of educational opportunities from one-day farm trips to season-long internships.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture: Stone Barns offers both unpaid farm internships and longer-term apprenticeships for aspiring farmers.

 

Watershed Agricultural Council: The Watershed Agricultural Council supports working landscapes through several programs, including the Catskill CRAFT, a Farm to Market program that includes farmer training, Catskills FarmLink and Pure Catskills, a buy local program.

Westchester Community College: Westchester Community College offers a Certificate in Sustainable Vegetable Production, with classes held at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, NY.  The program consists of 45 hours of core courses, 18 hours of electives, and 16 hours of community service at the Farm, for a total of 79 hours.

The Youth Farm – Urban Farm Training Program: A part-time apprenticeship (either six or eight months long) on the Young Farm in Brooklyn, which also includes formal education, field trips, and independent projects.  Participants will receive a Certificate in Urban Farming.

Pennsylvania

Delaware Valley University: The Organic Farming Program is a 36-credit, one-year certificate program offered through a partnership between Delaware Valley University and Rodale Institute. The program can lead to a rewarding career producing food in a way that restores, maintains and enhances the natural world. Courses in the certificate program may be applied toward bachelor’s degree programs in agriculture at DelVal for those who decide to continue their studies. 

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture: In addition to a number of educational trainings and a conference, PASA works with sustainable farmers in consumer outreach, community building, and food system advocacy.

Penn State Agriculture Marketing: Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences offers a plethora of information for new farmers in the Pennsylvania region.

Penn State Extension: Beginning farms can take a number of courses through Penn State Extension, from introductory farm planning to poultry management.

The Seed Farm of Lehigh County: An agricultural incubator program for the establishment of new sustainable farms, supported by the county of Lehigh.

Rhode Island

Southside Community Land Trust: The SCLT, in addition to running a number of programs for schoolchildren and other youth, operate the Urban Edge Farm, a 50-acre business incubator farm for new farmers.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island: NOFA/RI is an organization of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and environmentalists working to promote organic farming and organic land care practices.  They provide advanced organic growing seminars, organic farm advisors, CRAFT workshops, and a bulk order for organic farming supplies.

Vermont
Intervale Farms Program: The Farms Program removes the start-up barriers that typically challenge new farmers by leasing land, equipment, and storage facilities to small independent farms. Each year, between one and three new farm businesses join the program as incubators.

University of Vermont Farmer Training Program: The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month educational training opportunity for aspiring farmers. Participants work with current Vermont farmers to manage a sustainable small-scale vegetable operation, and receive instruction both in the classroom and on field trips.

Rutland Area Food and farm Link New Farmer Initiative: RAFFL works to link new farmers with the resources they need to build successful farms. They link beginning farmers with business planning and technical resources, and advocate for training sessions in the Rutland area. They also host mixers for new farmers to meet and network with each other.

UVM Women’s Agricultural Network: University of Vermont’s WAgN program provides technical and educational support to Vermont’s women farmers. Educational opportunities include extended courses, one-day workshops, and local informal learning circles.

NOFA-VT Apprentice and Willing Worker Program: This program, independent of the WWOOF network, produces an annual directory of Vermont farmers looking for interns and apprentices. The program also includes one-day intern workshops and trainings.

Vermont Tech: The Vermont Tech Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems offers courses and extended programs to teach practical, hands-on techniques in diversified agriculture ranging from vegetable, fruit and berry production to dairy herd management to technical skills such as meat-cutting and welding.

South/Mid-Atlantic

From Here Classifieds: Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s directory of jobs, internships, equipment and other needs in Southern Appalachia.

Alabama

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network: ASAN’s Farmer-to-Farmer program links experienced producers to new farmers for one-on-one training, business planning, workshops, and other mentoring opportunities.

Arkansas

Foundation Farm School: Each year, the Foundation Farm School admits up to 4 trainees who are interested in establishing their own farm in the near future. The program teaches the skills and tools to start a successful farm. Classes cover the cultivation, marketing and financial aspects of running a farm.

Delaware

Future Harvest CASA: year-long program has trained motivated aspiring or transitioning farmers since 2009. The program provides both classroom instruction and shoulder-to-shoulder on-farm training for beginning and transitioning sustainable farmers in the Chesapeake region.

Florida

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University New and Beginning Farmer Training Program: The Farmer training Program is designed to equip new and beginning farmers in Florida with knowledge, skills and tools needed to start successful farms. The main goal of the project is to use the basic business development model and apply it to agriculture operations.

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) farmer workshop series: The goal behind these workshops is to promote sustainable and organic farming methods such as farm planning, sustainable soil management, sustainable pest, disease, and weed management, food safety, marketing, and more. These workshops create a meeting place for the sharing and exchange of ideas among farmers and researchers. FOG also hosts a Food Justice Study Group for local residents in Gainesville and its surrounding communities.

Georgia

Georgia Organics: Georgia Organics is a member-supported non-profit with a full-time farmer services coordinator and a mentor program specifically for young and beginning farmers. GO also coordinates field days and trainings, offers a bulk farm supply ordering program twice a year, and has an organic growing curriculum available.

Georgia Organics Field Trip: GO’s Field Trip series features mostly young farmers leading short how-to videos on organic farming techniques in our region.

Northeast Georgia Farm / Farmer Match Program: An offering from the Athens Land Trust, this land link program works to connect under-served farmers with landowners in the region.

Kentucky

KY CRAFT: Kentucky’s Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training is a program to train farm interns through educational events and farm tours.

KY Farm Start: A program of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, KY Farm Start is a resource including online trainings and in-person events.

Maryland

Future Harvest CASA: Year-long program has trained motivated aspiring or transitioning farmers since 2009. The program provides both classroom instruction and shoulder-to-shoulder on-farm training for beginning and transitioning sustainable farmers in the Chesapeake region.

Institute of Applied Agriculture: 60-credit hands-on certificate program blending academics with experiential learning at the University of Maryland, with majors in Sustainable Agriculture and Agricultural Business Management. Students gain knowledge and skills in agricultural science and production, as well as business acumen. The IAA offers career advising, small class sizes, and access to nationally recognized farm, research and lab facilities.

Maryland FarmLINK: A program to help buyers and sellers of farmland. FarmLINK also connects novice farmers with mentors, offers workshops, and distributes useful information.

North Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA): CFSA is a member organization that provides marketing, GAP certification, Organic Certification and training resources for farmers. Their website includes a listing of intern and apprenticeship openings in both North and South Carolina.

Central Carolina Community College Sustainable Agriculture Program: CCCC’s Sustainable Ag program is designed as a two-year program, includes classes in soil, plant and animal science, practical gardening skills, biological pest management, sustainable livestock management, greenhouse design and agricultural marketing.

Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm: Located in Concord, NC, the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm is the only certified organic incubator farm in the Southeast. It is a training-ground where beginning farmers can gain access to land and equipment to start their own farm business.

The Farm School for Women: The Farm School for Women is designed for women who are passionate about sustainable agriculture, and are committed to the values of small scale farming.

North Carolina FarmLink: Co-developed by Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and WNC FarmLink, this program provides support for farmland seekers and farmland owners. It is collaboratively managed and supported by a network of partners across the state.

Organic Growers School: The Organic Growers School maintains a listing of apprenticeships and labor management resources available in North Carolina for interested farmers.

PLANT @ Breeze Farm Enterprise Incubator: The PLANT @ Breeze program is a series of eight workshops on growing and a crop and business planning session, after which participants can lease land and use equipment at the incubator program.

Western North Carolina FarmLink: A partnership facilitating successful relationships between farmers looking for land to farm and landowners aspiring to keep their farm and forest land in agriculture.

Oklahoma

The Kerr Center: The Kerr Center is an educational non-profit foundation that has a beginning farmer and rancher program that takes on 50 beginners for a year-long training program.

Noble Foundation: The Ag Division of the Noble Foundation assists regional farmers and ranchers with financial, stewardship, and production goals.

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service provides services and resources to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.

South Carolina

Clemson University New and Beginning Farmer Program: Clemson’s New and Beginning Farmer Program offers workshops on starting a farm, an eight-week farm business course, farm visits, and the possibility of longer internships.

Lowcountry Local First: The organization’s Growing New Farmers program provides apprenticeships, a 5 month accredited Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, farm business incubation, and monthly farmer-to-farmer trainings.

Upstate School of Sustainable Agriculture: The Upstate School of Sustainable Agriculture is a cooperative group of farms that invite new farmers to workshops on sustainable farming.

Tennessee

Roots Memphis: Roots Memphis Farm Academy is a 501(c)(3), non-profit farmer incubator program that trains and launches new, sustainable farmers in the Memphis region by combining sustainable farm skills training and small farm business management classes with an incubation process that connects graduates to land, financing, markets, and ongoing technical assistance and consultation.

Rural Resources: Rural Resources is a non-profit organization in East Tennessee that aims to connect farms, food and families through hands-on learning opportunities. Our 15-acre farm serves as a year-round demonstration, classroom and training center. We invite area high school students to join our Farm & Food Teen Training Program, which involves youth in growing and cooking food as well as initiating businesses with skills they learned through the program. We also host Farm Day Camps, CSAs and operate a mobile farmers market.

Tennessee New Farmer Academy: Offering a six-month certificate program that includes hands-on practical agricultural training on the farm, mentorship by a farmer,  monthly meetings and workshops.

Texas

Farmshare Austin: A nonprofit dedicated to providing communities with healthy food, the program uses a blend of hands-on in-field training and formal classroom education to provide students with practical knowledge and experience in organic and sustainable growing methods. The program also provides education about business and financial planning skills. Students live and work on a seven acre organic farm in an intensive four-and-a-half month immersion learning experience.

Texas Agrilife Extension Service: This program of Texas A&M University provides resources and free trainings on a variety of subjects, from crop and soil science to IPM to animal science, horticulture, and others.

Virginia

Allegheny Mountain Institute: The Allegheny Mountain Institute’s funded 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Fellows gain hands-on experience on a diversified farm and study food system issues and opportunities. Fellows apply their training as they work with service organizations on community projects designed to build healthy communities through food and education.

Future Harvest CASA: year-long program has trained motivated aspiring or transitioning farmers since 2009. The program provides both classroom instruction and shoulder-to-shoulder on-farm training for beginning and transitioning sustainable farmers in the Chesapeake region.

Tricycle: Tricycle Urban Ag is Richmond, Virginia’s leading urban agriculture non-profit organization. Through their Urban Ag Fellowship Program participants earn their Certificate in Urban Agriculture, recognized by the USDA-National Resources Conservation Service. The 10-month part-time program combines classroom training with hands-on experience on urban ag sites that enables a graduate to go on to starting their own small, urban farm, a small business in the field of urban agriculture, or support the work of creating healthier food systems in our local community.

Virginia Farm Link Program: A platform for connecting retiring farmers to beginning farmers. The program also offers transitional services and educational programs.

West Virginia

Sprouting Farms: This incubator farm & training program focuses on providing farmers with solid business management and production skills along with hands-on apprenticeships, mentorship, and the land and resources necessary to launch, experiment, and refine their farm businesses.

West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition: West Virginia Incubator Farm Network has resources available for new & beginning farmers in WV.

West

Alaska

Alaska FarmLink: Alaska FarmLink helps connect the next generation of farmers to landowners with available farmland to sell or lease in Alaska.

Calypso Farm & Ecology Center: Calypso’s intensive 5 month, residential Farmer Training Program immerses aspiring farmers and homesteaders in all aspects of farming: production, creativity and business planning.

Valley Permaculture Alliance: Valley Permaculture Alliance offers a number of events and workshops, including a permaculture design course.

California

Agriculture and Land Based Training Association: ALBA is a training program that provides educational and business opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops in Monterey County, California.

AGROpreneurship – Sonoma County Beginning Farmer and Rancher Training  Program: The University of California Cooperative Extension in collaboration with Santa Rosa Junior College, Small Business Development Center, and the Latino Service Providers, will provide training and a full range of supportive tools and resources to beginning farmers and ranchers in Sonoma County.

California Farm Academy: The California Farm Academy is a 30-week long training program run by the Center for Land-Based Learning that combines on-farm learning with classroom-based programming on the business side of running a farm.

California FarmLink: A listing of farmland for sale or lease in central and northern California. California Farmlink also provides free lease development expertise, including developing leases for farmers and landowners. There is a cost for browsing land listing.

Ecology Action: Based in California, Ecology Action provides instruction worldwide regarding its Grow Biointensive method of farming, a high-yielding, sustainable agricultural system that emphasizes local food production and is based historically on intensive gardening systems.

FarmsReach Classifieds: FarmsReach now offers a jobs classifieds section for California farms and farmers.  Free to view and use.

Living Lands Agrarian Network: Living Lands offers full-season internships on six farm locations as well as workshops on various aspects of farming and gardening.

National Hmong American Farmers: NHAF is a resource training center for small farmers in the Central Valley that works with groups of different ethnic backgrounds, including Hmong, Lao, Minh, Latino, African-Americans, Armenian and others. They provide technical assistance and training on topics such as soil management, pesticide health, safety, reading pesticide labels, record keeping, tractor driving, and farm product marketing.

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center: The OAEC operates a number of courses on sustainable agriculture, including permaculture, water management, and range management.

Permaculture Skills Center: The PSC has an on-farm apprentice program in which apprentices will not only build their farming skills, but will also learn other aspects in permaculture design such as water harvesting, greywater, natural building and more.

Regenerative Design Institute: The Regenerative Design Institute offers a number of educational programs on permaculture and aspects of ecological sustainability.

Rudolph Steiner College: Rudolph Steiner College operates a one to two year biodynamic farm apprenticeship program as well as other farming programs and workshops.

School of Adaptive Agriculture: The School of Adaptive Agriculture is a vocational training center that equips the current and next generation with essential skills in the science, art, and business of food production. Through workshops and a 12-week residential practicum program, the School of Adaptive Agriculture has gained a reputation for being one of the premier agriculture schools in Northern California.

Shone Farm Independent Ag Enterprise Program: Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College’s educational farm in Forestville, CA, offers 6 intermediate growers an opportunity to farm on the programs property, using their already-developed systems.  Educational programming through the college are a part of the program.

Sierra Harvest Farm Institute: Based in Nevada City, California, the Sierra Harvest Farm Institute offers farm business classes, a farmer training program, workshops, and a land-linking service.

Soil Born Farms: Soil Born Farms has various events and classes in addition to a full-year farm apprenticeship program for those interested in farming.

U.C. Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture: The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture provides training in organic gardening and small-scale farming. This program is run in conjunction with UCSC Extension.

Urban Adamah: The Urban Adamah Fellowship, based in Berkeley, CA, is a three-month residential training program for young adults (ages 21–31) that combines urban organic farming, social justice training and progressive Jewish learning and living within the setting of an intentional community.

Urban Edge Sustainable Farmers: UESF offers hands-on training for aspiring specialty crop farmers and 550 acres of conservation easement land for farm business incubation and long-term leasing. The program is run by First Generation Farmers in Contra Costa County, CA.

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center: Wild Willow is a six-acre working farm located in San Diego, CA. The School for Sustainable Farming offers students a 12-week (part-time) and 5-week (intensive) course in the Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming. In addition, the School offers classes in small farm business and courses on advanced farming

Colorado

Building Farmers in the West – Colorado:  The Building Farmers program offers evening classes designed to help new farmers explore farming as a business and provide more advanced farmers with tools and ideas to refine and enhance their skills.

Central Colorado LandLink: For the Upper Arkansas River Valley, a connection point between retiring farmers and ranchers and the next generation.

Colorado Building Urban Farmers: The Building Urban Farmers Program, under the “Building Farmers in the West” program umbrella, is a University of Colorado Extension project that combines classroom time with experiential learning and mentorship opportunities.

Old Fort Market Gardens Incubator and Farmer-In-Training Programs: The Old Fort Sustainable Agriculture programs provide entry points for young and beginning farmers in the Four Corners region, giving them the support and skills necessary to farm sustainably in high elevation environments and short growing seasons.

Hawaii

CTAHR Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program: The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program provied a wealth of educational information for beginning farmers, as well as news, events, and videos.

GoFarm Hawaii: GoFarm Hawaii offers five sequential programs for aspiring farmers – starting with basic education and exposure, then technical training for new farmers, following by an incubator program and assistance in finding permanent land.

Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture: Located in North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai’i, HIP Ag is a group of young farmers in Hawaii with an organic permaculture farm.  The organization offers educational programs year round, with internships, design courses and workshops.

Pono Grown Farm Center: Pono Grown Farm Center in Makawao, Hawaii offers residential internships and classes for new farmers.

Idaho

Cultivating Success: Cultivating Success lists a number of on-farm internships and courses throughout Idaho.

Montana

Farm Link Montana: A free database of land opportunities.

New Mexico

Central New Mexico LandLink: A clearinghouse for listing land opportunities, open jobs and apprenticeships, and for listing job and land seekers.

New Mexico Farmer-to-Farmer Training Program: The New Mexico Farmer-to Farmer Training Program provides farmer-to-farmer training. The program is led by Don Bustos, AFSC director.

Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program: The New Agrarian Program partners with farms and ranches in the Southwest to design and implement season-long apprenticeships.

Rio Grande Farm: Rio Grande Community Farm is a non-profit that grows fresh and organic produce, manages a 2-acre community garden with education programming, and advocates sustainable agriculture and numerous initiatives to strengthen Albuquerque’s bonds to its rich agricultural history and quality, healthy, local food.

Oregon

Bridge City Farm School: A hands-on apprenticeship focusing on small-scale, bio-intensive market farming in the Pacific Northwest. This apprenticeship takes place at Blue Raven Farm in Corbett, OR, and is led by Jen Aron, who for seven years was the lead instructor and farm manager for OSU’s Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA).

Clackamas Community College Urban Agriculture Certificate: Clackamas offers a program designed to prepare beginning farmers for careers in small-scale organic operations.  Includes in-class, on-farm and in-lab experiences.

Friends of Family Farmers iFarm: Oregon’s FOFF maintains several databases: properties for sale or lease, open apprenticeships, and other resources for beginning farmers.

Mudbone Grown: Offering Oregon’s first beginning farmer training program specifically for people of color, in partnership with Oregon Food Bank. The program is a 10-month paid training opportunity from January-October in Portland, Oregon.

Oregon State University Growing Farms Workshops: This course is intended for people in their first 5 years of farming, people seriously considering starting a farm business, and people considering making major changes to their farm. It includes both classroom and field sessions taught by OSU faculty, experienced farmers, and other agricultural professionals.

Rogue Farm Corps: Rogue Farm Corps is a collection of host farms that operate a season-long apprenticeship with a educational curriculum for entry-level and advanced farmers in four areas of Oregon, including the Portland Metro area, the South Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, and the Rogue Valley.

Washington

Cloud Mountain Farm Center: Cloud Mountain Farm Center is a 45-acre working farm near Bellingham, WA that offers a paid, eight-month Farmer Training Program.  Cloud Mountain operates as a living laboratory, training new crop and nursery farmers, and expanding educational workshops for home gardeners and commercial farmers.

Cultivating Success: Cultivating Success lists a number of Washington State on-farm internships and courses.

Edmonds Community College Sustainable Agriculture Education: Urban Agriculture: Learn sustainable, biointensive fruit and vegetable production and how to enterprise your production skills for local markets and clients. Study and practice fundamental, sustainable approaches to urban agriculture including agroecology, soil and plant sciences, permaculture design, and low impact development techniques.

Organic Farm School: The Organic Farm School offers an 8-month program focused on training aspiring farmers to run successful ecological- and community-focused farms. In addition to organic vegetable production, training includes instruction in organic seed production, livestock and pasture management, business planning, and marketing.

PCC Farmland Trust: This Washington-based organization connects with both landowners and land-seekers, acting as a land link program.

Pine Meadow Farm Center: The Farm Center is a 32-acre diversified farm that serves as an outdoor classroom for agriculture students at some Washington Universities, has an apprenticeship program, and runs workshops and tours.

Seattle Tilth Farm Works Program: Farm Works, a farm incubator program of Seattle Tilth, provides educational and farm business opportunities to immigrants, refugees, and other under-served families in South King County.

SnoValley Tilth: The Experience Farming Project (EFP) is a program of SnoValley Tilth, an organization run by farmers and dedicated to growing more farmers and more food and fiber in the Snoqualmie and Snohomish Valleys. EFP gives new farmers with some previous farming experience a piece of land between a 1/4 acre to 1.5 acres at a reasonable lease rate as well as tractor work, access to shared irrigation and post-harvest infrastructure, and a connection to a more-experienced farmer mentor nearby.  

Sustainable Connections: Sustainable Connections’ Food To Bank On program is a three-year farmer incubator program that offers training, access to markets, and mentorship.

Thurston Conservation District’s South Sound FarmLink Program: Through our farmland leasing database, farmers looking for land have access to landowners with land for lease or purchase. Conservation District staff work with landowners and farmers to help create agreements and navigate partnerships in order to keep farmland in production. South Sound FarmLink also puts on regular educational workshops to help farmers establish their operation and landowners plan for the future of their property.

Washington Farm Link: A farmer/landowner matching service by the Cascade Harvest Coalition that also includes workshops and one-on-one assistance. Requires a $35 annual program fee.

Washington State Housing Finance Commission: The WSHFC provides information on loans for new farmers and ranchers in Washington State.

Viva Farms Incubator Program: The Viva Farms Incubator Program provides new farmers with access to affordable education, training and technical assistance; capital and credit; land and markets. Viva Farms provides a 33 acre incubator farm where course graduates may sublease plots on which to launch and grow their farm businesses.

 

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National

AcreValue by Granular: A free website that provides information about the value and productive capacity of agricultural land across the United States. For each individual parcel of land, AcreValue provides the estimated value, soil productivity rating, soil composition and production history, in addition to other information about the property.

Agrarian Trust: Agrarian Trust is working to help sustainable next-generation farmers access land.  The project is identifying and showcasing successful farm transitions to develop models, tools and networks for the future.

ATTRA Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships List: A directory of on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S. (and some in Canada). Published by the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service since 1989 as a tool to help farmers and apprentices connect with each other. Searching the database is free and accessible to all, posting positions requires a $5 Internship Database Listing Day Pass.

ATTRA’s High Tunnel Tree Fruit and Grape Production for Eastern Growers: This publication identifies fruits that hold the most potential for profitable high tunnel culture. It also identifies several limitations and potential pitfalls growers must recognize if such a venture is to be profitable.

BeginningFarmers.org: Beginning Farmers has an additional list of resources available to the farmland seeker.

Center for Rural Affairs: CFRA offers a treasure trove of information on transferring ownership of land, in terms of finding the right opportunity, financing advice, and successful strategies.

Center for Rural Affairs Land Link Service: CFRA’s free land-linking service for connecting retiring farmers with aspiring farmers to work out beneficial arrangements to transfer ownership.

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT): Located in several regions throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a farmer-led coalition. “The secret to CRAFT’s success is simple—farmers learn most effectively from other farmers.”

COMFOODSJOBS: Tufts University’s acclaimed announcement service for employment, internships, and similar opportunities across the sustainable food system spectrum. Subscription to the list is free; a daily digest format can be set up to lessen the email flurry.

Cooperative Extension Offices: Extension offices of land grant universities can provide a variety of forms of assistance to farmers, from trainings to advice to online educational resources.  Use this link to find the nearest cooperative extension office to you.

Eager Farmer: A nation-wide listing of job opportunities.  Cheap to post positions, free to apply.

Farm Aid: Farm Aid is a national organization that, in addition to their well-known annual concert, supports family farms by raising awareness and resources for farmers and promoting local food.

Farm Hack: Farm Hack is a farmer-driven community to develop, document and build tools for resilient agriculture.  It is both an online platform for sharing innovation and a series of Farm Hack gatherings around the country.

FSA TIP-Net: The Farm Service Agency’s land link tool for retiring land-owners to be able to connect with beginning farmers.

Good Food Jobs: A searchable database of jobs relating to farming, food artisanry, and food policy. Positions are free to search for (requires a free subscription) and $60 to post for 60 days.

The Greenhorns: Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization that works to promote and support young farmers.  In addition to the eponymous documentary film, Greenhorns organizes events and workshops, media production, and other online organizing.

GrowFood.org: A free listing of a variety of farms looking for volunteers or other work arrangements.

International Farm Transition Network: A national directory of state-based farm-link programs.

Land and Farm: A nation-wide database of rural land listings.

The Livestock Conservancy: The Livestock Conservancy is a national nonprofit working to protect nearly 200 heritage breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. The Conservancy maintains a network of breeders and conducts workshops and conferences focusing on heritage breeds listed on its Conservation Priority List.

Mother Earth News Land for Sale: A rural properties database by the classic information clearinghouse.

NYFC Member Forum: The National Young Farmers Coalition now has a members-only online forum for land and job opportunities. Become a member to access the forum!

North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program The Apprenticeship Program creates a framework for apprenticeship training, and allows each apprentice enough flexibility to pursue their individual interests. Each apprentice must fulfill the requirements of the program while working for the farms and training centers of their choice.

Orion Grassroots Jobsource: A nation-wide network for connecting with green jobs. Including, but not limited to, farming and food-related jobs.

Ponic JobsThis website is dedicated to finding jobs in the emerging hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic industries.

Quivira Coalition: A non-profit based in Santa Fe, New Mexico dedicated to building economic and ecological resilience on western working landscapes. The New Agrarian Program offers apprenticeships at operations in California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Montana.

Rodale Institute: Pioneers of the organic movement in this country, this research and education farm offers full season hands-on educational and classroom training through organic farming internships and workshops.

Rodale Institute’s Farmers Connect: Rodale has rolled its classifieds section and discussion forums into one group, requiring a log-in (via Facebook) to deter spammers.

Sustainable Agriculture Jobs, Internships, and Apprenticeships: A Facebook group listing sustainable ag positions, mirroring the offerings on Tufts University’s Comfoodjobs listserve. Other sustainable ag positions can also be posted.

World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – USA WWOOF-USA is part of a world-wide effort to link volunteers with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices. Interested workers can find farms looking for help in exchange for room, board, and experience.

 

International

Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network: ACORN is dedicated to supporting beginning farmers in Atlantic Canada through training and addressing obstacles.  The program’s Grow a Farmer program includes educational programming as well as a two-tiered mentorship program.

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Online Training/Resources

ATTRA: A gateway for farmers to learn about sustainable farming, and internship opportunities.

Beyond the Farm Gate: A free series of social media training videos for farmers, created to help farmers develop an online presence in social media to grow and promote their businesses.

Cornell Small Farms Program: Cornell Cooperative Extensions’ Small Farms Program provides access to information to small-scale farmers, with a focus on New York and the Northeast.

Free Legal Forms from Laws.com: Free legal forms (including farming-related forms) that can be downloaded and printed.

Ecological Farming Association: This project engages experienced farmers with beginning farmers for mentoring, support, and inspiration.

Free Legal Forms from Laws.com: Free legal forms (including farming-related forms) that can be downloaded and printed.

Organic Farmers: Steps to Success – An easy evaluation for assessing your management skills and financial performance.  From the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

National Immigrant Farming Initiative: NIFI has a collection of resources in English and Spanish for immigrant new farmers.

The New England Small farm Institute: NESFI Promotes small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.

Northeast Beginning Farmer Project: The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project increases the likelihood of success of new agricultural enterprises by making resources and training available to new or diversifying farmers in New York.

Penn State Extension Beginning Farmer Course: The Beginning Farmer course is designed for people who are new to farming. Through personal interaction with course instructors, participants receive recommendations based on the goals for their farming operation, and gain an understanding of the basics of farm production.

Researching Agroecology: An online course designed to foster and support research in the practical and social dimensions of agroecology (permaculture, biodynamics, urban agriculture, etc.)

Rodale Institute Next Generation: A section of the Rodale website that features news and resources for the next generation of farmers.

Trainers Resource Guide:  A website that brings together training tools, as well as resources of direct value to farmers, to improve the business side of farm/ranch operation.  This is a product of the Evaluating and Improving Educational Instruments and Outreach for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Project.

Vermont New Farmer Project: The VT New Farmer Project informtion on organizations, services, and educational opportunities for Vermont’s farm entrepreneurs. The website provides a virtual toolshed, and includes online and on-the-ground resources to assist in farm development.

 

 

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