Beginning Farmer Program

FARMroots' Beginning Farmer Program identifies, educates, and supports aspiring farmers with agricultural experience to establish their own economically and environmentally sustainable small farm businesses in the NYC region.

By training the next generation of regional farmers, the FBFP helps keep farmland in production and strengthens rural communities, farmers markets and the region’s food system as a whole. FBFP farmers grow a range of unique products originating from around the world, and expand public access to high-quality, locally-grown farm products. You can learn more about Farm Beginnings Whole Farm Planning Course here

The BFBP (formerly the New Former Developemnt Project) was created in 2000 as a partnership between Greenmarket and Cornell Cooperative Extension's NYC Program. The project is based in New York City and supports new farmers witin the city, New York's Hudson Valley & Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Project Facts and Milestones:

  • More than 250 aspiring farmers have completed the NFD farm business planning course, Farm Beginnings.
  • 42 farmers and their families have started their own independent farm businesses with the support of the NFD.
  • NFD farmers sell a variety of vegetables, specialty herbs, pastured poultry, eggs, cut and potted flowers, honey, small fruits and plants at nearly 60 farmers markets throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley.
  • NFD farmers keep a total of 400 acres of farmland in production.
  • 7 NFD farmers have purchased farmland, and collectively own 72 acres.
  • 5 NFD farmers have long-term leases with landowners.
  • 9 NFD farmers sell through 18 CSAs city-wide, providing approximately 1,100 individual shares.
  • NFD farmers are extremely effective at reaching low-income customers, selling at 23 farmers markets and 10 CSAs in low-income neighborhoods.


FARMroots Contact:

Maria Rojas - Project Coordinator
Phone: 212-788-7900 x 288

Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does affect markets;  markets may close early, or snow-bound farmers may not be able to make it into the city.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and support community and school gardens through tool loans, volunteer days, technical assistance, training, school garden grants and more.

  • Educate

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.