Year: 2020

What farmers need to know as CFAP rolls out this week

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began accepting applications through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) this week for direct aid payments to agricultural producers affected by price declines and additional marketing costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CFAP will provide $16 billion in aid to farmers who suffered economic losses due to the coronavirus […]

Free, one-on-one assistance for farmers and farmland owners

Go directly to COVID-19 Resources for farmers, farm supporters, policymakers, and more. Are you a farmer or farmland owner in New England who has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? You can receive FREE, in-depth technical assistance to access farmland, draft leases and other tenure agreements, improve landowner relations, or plan for your farm succession or […]

A farmer’s 10-year journey to finding land that she can call her own

Every farmer’s story of getting securely on farmland is different. For this female farmer, her journey has been 10 years in the making. In January 2020, Andal Sundaramurthy signed a lease-to-own agreement on a 3-acre field in Wilmot, New Hampshire that will become a vegetable farm. We first met Andal in 2010 at a workshop […]

Take Action: Raise your voice so USDA aids all farmers

We, along with other members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), are reaching out to farmers and advocates like you to join an important Take Action initiative to demand of USDA that no farmer be left behind. Relief efforts should be extended to all farmers in need, including family-scale farmers, those who sell into local/regional markets, diversified and organic farmers, underserved farmers […]

Join #GivingTuesdayNow to support farmers & local food security

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. […]

Making land more resilient with Vermont farmer Julie Wolcott

We always enjoy getting news of former advisees and are grateful to Vermont Natural Resources Council (VRNC) for sharing this hopeful interview with Julie Wolcott. Reprinted with permission. Julie Wolcott farms organically on Green Wind Farm with her partner Stephen MacCausland and family in Fairfield, Vermont, where they also produce and sell maple syrup. In 2019, […]

Rhode Island farmers share their Stories of the Land

Update: Rhode Island Monthly is releasing updates on the farmers who participated in this event showing how they’re managing amid COVID-19. Released updates include news from Walrus & Carpenter Oysters, Gnarly Vines, Deep Roots Farm, Brandon Family Farm and Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative.  The Young Farmer Network (YFN) celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. YFN is the […]

Extending our support amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Thanks for all that you are doing – in your work, immediate circles and communities – to keep us all safe and help us get through these unprecedented times. We see you and appreciate you. We are all concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on farmers and farm businesses of all types across […]

Action alert! Make sure farmers are in the COVID-19 stimulus support bill

This is a time-sensitive request. Advocacy is important now more than ever. Through the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), I’ve been tracking federal policy action impacting agriculture within the fast-moving federal stimulus legislation. This is an especially difficult time for farmers and ranchers engaged in direct sales through farmers markets, schools and restaurants. A new study estimates […]

Recognizing those who lead our organization

Our Board of Directors contribute so much to our mission and work. Please join us in recognizing all that they do for the organization. Meet all of our current Board members. Appreciation to Outgoing Board Members Four amazing Board Members finished serving several terms: Melissa Benedikt-Blindow, Kristin Powers, and Mike Smolak. We want to recognize […]

Microgrants available to help farmers access and secure land, expand their farm, or plan a farm transfer

Update: The application period for AFT’s first round of Microgrants has closed. Read about the award recipients. American Farmland Trust (AFT) recently announced the New England Farmer Microgrants Program (NEFMP), which will provide between $500-$5,000 to assist farmers in New England with financial barriers to land access, expanding onto new land, and farm succession planning.  […]

Approach financial decisions with confidence: a new farm access tool

Land For Good shares the goal of making secure, affordable access to land possible for all farmers and ranchers with many organizations, including the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). NYFC recently completed and released a helpful new farm access tool, the Finding Farmland Course. The Finding Farmland Course, now available in English and Spanish, includes […]

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