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Acquiring Your Farm Tutorial 2.0 (beta)

Welcome to AYF 2.0! You’re on your way to making sound farmland acquisition choices.

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Acquiring Your Farm (AYF), our free, online tutorial, has been our main online resource for aspiring, new and beginning farmers – and others – preparing to access farmland.

Since 2014, AYF has had over 2500 registered users. The recently relaunched AYF 2.0 is in a beta version with revised content and on an expandable, online course platform.

AYF contains lessons and resources that will help you answer some of the most critical questions facing all farmers seeking to access farmland; questions like:

  • Is leasing or purchasing farmland (or a combination) the best option for me?  
  • What’s the best farm property for my situation?
  • How do I finance my farm acquisition? 
  • How do I effectively work with landowners, landlords and other folks in the community?

By using AYF you’ll gain new knowledge, learn how to apply it, and be better prepared to make sound land acquisition choices. Each lesson covers a single topic area with stories that illustrate the issues, as well as links to additional resources. Simple worksheets are provided to help you assess your situation and to systematically develop a well thought-out action for acquiring your plan for your farm acquisition.

AYF is free and available to anyone. Simply register to access the course.

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AYF 2.0  has been supported in part by grants from The Cedar Tree Foundation, The John Merck Fund and Farm Aid.

Special thanks to the farmers, farm seekers and community partners who provided input and “pilot tested” early prototypes, and the hundreds of AYF users have used and provided  feedback on a previous version. The following organizations generously granted permission to reproduce or adapt their materials: University of Vermont’s FarmLASTS project;  New England Small Farm Institute,  A Legal Guide to the Business of Farming in Vermont; and Farm Credit East.

The first version of AYF was supported in part by grants from the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education (NECRME) under Award Number 2010-49200-22787 and by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) under Award Number CNE10-082. NECRME and SARE are parts of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.