Farm Beginnings Whole Farm Planning Course

If you are interested in learning more about Farmer Assistance's Beginning Farmer Program please email bfp@grownyc.org.

NYC Farm Beginnings is a comprehensive agricultural course developed for farmers by experienced farmers and Farmer Assistance staff. The program is designed for a wide range of participants looking to start farm enterprises, including farmers with agricultural experience from their home countries, NYC and urban farmers looking to scale-up to rural farming. 

Applicants with at least one full season of farming experience or extensive growing knowledge will be considered for the Farm Beginnings course which will run Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm starting on the first week of October each year. The course covers values-based goal setting, financial planning, marketing, access to land, capital, and legal requirements and considerations.

Applications for the Farm Beginnings course start on August each year. Due to COVID, we are not ofering the 2020 course. However, we will reopen our program in Summer 2021, and we welcome everyone to join us for our field days and on-farm workshops when they begin in Summer 2021.

Mentoring

In addition to the classroom sessions each participant will have the opportunity to meet with an experienced farmer mentor to gain skills in a relevant agricultural enterprise.

Technical Assistance

Farmer Assistance provides technical assistance to all graduates of the Farm Beginnings Course. Staff will support you in creating a concrete farm plan and in taking the steps necessary to start farming.

Field Days and Workshops

As part of the Farm Beginnings Whole Farm Planning course we offer a series of beginning level skills workshops and on-farm field days. These events are designed to give aspiring farmers a sense of the agricultural region around New York City while also introducing them to New Farmer Development project staff and some of the farmers who have previously graduated from the course. 

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