AFSIC specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of the USDA’s effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide. AFSIC identifies online resources for beginning farmers at http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/farms-and-community/beginningnew-farmers . AFSIC is a program of the USDA National Agricultural Library.
Farmers and conservationists concerned about the rapid loss of the nation’s farmland to development, American Farmland Trust (AFT) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting our nation’s agricultural resources. They have a legislative agenda and programs to help deter and/or stop the development of farmland.
ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, provides efficient access to science based- technical information for decision making about sustainable farming and marketing practices. ATTRA offers free publications for beginning farmers on organic and sustainable production methods, crops, marketing, and farm internships. The program is managed by the nonprofit National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).
Beyond Pesticides assists individuals and community-based organizations in stimulating discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides, while providing information on safer alternatives. They produce a quarterly magazine, bulletins, and reports.
A national nonprofit working to curb the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and promote sustainable alternatives. CFS uses legal actions, scientific and policy reports, books and educational materials, market pressure, and grass roots campaigns to represent small farmers.
Center for Heirs Property Preservation
1535 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite D Charleston, SC 29407
A non profit that offers legal education and direct legal services to help families reach agreement, clear title to family land and probate estates. Clients can receive the legal services necessary to resolve heirs’ property issues including title searches, preparing documents, scheduling land surveys, requesting hearings, and providing full representation in court.
The CfRA is a nationally recognized policy analysis and advocacy organization. Among its several programs, the Center offers a Sustainable Options Hotline, run by Traci Bruckner, that provides information to organic and sustainable farmers and ranchers, including those beginners looking to get started in farming or ranching, and on how they can use farm bill programs for their operations.
Dedicated to the fight for economic justice for the family-scale farming community. Through research, advocacy, and economic development, the Cornucopia Institute’s goal is to empower farmers both politically and through marketplace initiatives.
Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization with a mission to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million from music concerts towards promoting a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Through the Farm Aid Hotlines (1-800-Farm-AID) and the Farm Aid Resource Network, Farm Aid staff refer farmers to a network of more than 500 family farm organizations across the country. Farm Aid makes grants to farm and rural service organizations to create this network of resources.
FLAG is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal information, referrals, and advocacy to family farmers and farm organizations. FLAG has written materials on disaster assistance, GMOs, wind energy, contracts, farmers markets, and legal appeals.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org The FMC is devoted to strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, serving as an information center for farmers markets, and a voice for farmers market advocacy. The FMC hosts a searchable library of resources for farmers, market managers, and sponsors of farmers markets, hosts regular webinars and a national listserv, and publishes a quarterly e-newsletter highlighting best practices.
FVC works with military veterans and active-duty military personnel who are interested in pursuing careers in farming or ranching. The FVC works to match those who want to farm with mentors, helping veterans looking for farm employment or apprenticeship opportunities.
A non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators. Greenhorns recruits, promotes, and supports the new generation of young farmers through producing programming, video, audio, web content, publications, events and projects.
HMI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate people to manage the land for a sustainable future. Among the many programs, it includes a Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program focused on women farmers, funded through the USDA NIFA BFRD grant program.
The goal of the International Farm Transition Network is to support programs that foster the next generation of farmers and ranchers. IFTN has established a land-link program in at least twenty states.
A tool box for leasing farm land containing materials most relevant to farming and farms in New England. It includes practical articles about what’s in a lease, types of leases, what to look for in a lease and how to negotiate a good lease.
LSP is a grassroots membership organization made up of farmers and rural and urban residents working together for positive change through organizing for progressive farm policies; building community based food systems, and farmer-to-farmer education. Among other things, LSP offers a Farm Beginnings course that provides opportunities for beginning and transitioning farmers to learn firsthand about whole farm planning, business plan development, and low-cost, sustainable farming methods.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental impacts of farming and developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center focuses on ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research, and cross-cutting research. It has earned a national reputation for its work on riparian buffers, hoop barns, food systems and food miles, rotational and winter grazing, low-external-input systems, as well as development of the late-spring soil test and equipment to more accurately apply nitrogen fertilizer.
110 Maryland Avenue NE Suite 307, Washington, DC 20002
The National Family Farm Coalition serves as a national link for grassroots organizations working on family farm issues. NFFC brings together farmers and others to organize national projects focused on preserving and strengthening family farms.
A national alliance of grassroots family farm, rural, and conservation organizations that together advocate for federal policies and programs supporting the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC member groups advance common positions to support small and mid-size family farms in federal agriculture policy.
NYFC works in coalition with farmers, consumers, organizations and government to tackle the many challenges that young, independent and sustainable farmers face in their first years operating a farm business. NYFC uses social media to develop open-source and appropriate farm technology, build community across great distances and reform policy to support local, independent and sustainable agriculture.
NYFEA educates agricultural leaders, providing seminars and resources to train individuals in agricultural leadership and business management. Through internet training materials and convention programs, the association will provide valuable information to its members.
NESFI is a land-based non-profit organization with a mission to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers. The institute maintains an extensive resource collection, produces publications, develops and offers farmer-guided programs, and advocates for policies that encourage sustainable small scale agriculture. It’s Growing New Farmers section helps connect new and potential farmers with programs and services, and provides resources for service providers who wish to facilitate their development.
Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed through collaborative education, research, and advocacy programs with farmers and other seed professionals.
Rodale Institute is an organization dedicated to researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet. New Farm (from the Rodale Institute) provides tons of useful educational, production, and policy information on organic farming and organic transition. They also feature stories about individual farmers that are often quite instructive and interesting.
An information service and website for beginning farmers and ranchers, Start2Farm is a service of the USDA’s National Agricultural Library in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation. It provides information on funding, training, networking, and technical assistance programs throughout the US.
Southern SAWG focuses attention on issues and differing perspectives around food production, marketing, and distribution, and brings sustainable solutions to farmers, families and communities in the southern U.S. Provides support to farmers and their community through online courses in food hub creation and development, finding the right market channel for your farm, ag policy education, and growing your farms profits.
The mission of the SC Specialty Crop Growers Association is to support promotional, research, and educational efforts for improving the marketing and quality of production of fresh fruit, vegetable, and specialty crops grown in South Carolina.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE Outreach)
The national outreach arm of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE). SARE Outreach publishes a variety of farmer-ready handbooks, free bulletins, reports highlighting SARE projects, and resource guides.
The Wallace Center supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and economy. They foster linkages, knowledge and resources through the National Good Food Network and by informing public policy.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA)
WWOOF-USA is a project of the Ecological Farming Association dedicated to connecting farms and volunteers. Members have access to an extensive international list of organic farms that welcome volunteer help in exchange for room and board. WWOOF farms offer a variety of educational opportunities, including growing vegetables, keeping bees, building straw bale houses, working with animals, making wine, and much more.