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Greenmarket’s Technical Assistance Program

FARMroots - Farm Assistance Retention & Management

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Drawing on years of combined professional experience in the agricultural, legal, and marketing fields, FARMroots provides Greenmarket producers with a range of technical support programming designed to meet the needs of diversified farmers. Our two part approach provides business training to aspiring farmers while offering short-term project support and intensive technical assistance programs to established Greenmarket farmers. Using our unique knowledge of Greenmarket, the east coast’s largest marketplace, and the needs of small, diversified producers, we work to increase the long-term viability of participating producers.

THE HISTORY

The FARMroots program grew out of our New Farmer Development Project which targeted support to immigrants with agriculture experience and is now available to all of our Greenmarket farmer community of more than 230 producers. Our approach responds to the wide range of technical assistance needs identified by the Greenmarket producers who responded to a survey published in the report Farmers on the Edge co-published with Open Space Institute and with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

SERVICES

• Land and Legal Planning

• Marketing and product development

• Business management and Record Keeping

• Access to Capital

• Food Safety and Risk Management

SHORT TERM TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

FARMroots assists Greenmarket producers with 3 or more years experience whose technical assistance needs can be met within a relatively short time frame. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

More seasoned Greenmarket farmers (3+ years experience) in need of longer-term assistance will be considered for FARMroots’ long-term technical assistance program. Through the program, FARMroots team performs a comprehensive analysis of our farmer-clients’ businesses to assess their most compelling needs, and then provides assistance both in-house and through referrals to various professionals.Farmers will be assisted by FARMroots staff every step of the way to ensure that their needs are met. You can apply online or contact us for a paper application.

WORKSHOPS

FARMroots holds advanced workshops, panel discussions and events around common challenges and relevant topics, such as financial recordkeeping and forming limited liability business entities. For more information on past and future workshops please check our workshops tab on the left.