Beginning Farmer Program

If you are interested in learning more about Farmer Assistance's Beginning Farmer Program please email Garbriela Pereyra

The applications for the Farm Beginning course are open! Full schedule here.  

You can apply here: 

Farmer Assistance' Beginning Farmer Program identifies, educates, and supports aspiring farmers with agricultural experience to establish their own economically and environmentally sustainable 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. 

The BFBP (formerly the New Farmer Development 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 315 aspiring farmers have completed Farm Beginnings.
  • 48 farmers and their families have started their own independent farm businesses with the support of Farmer Assistance.
  • Graduate 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.
  • Graduate farmers keep a total of 400 acres of farmland in production.
  • 9 graduate farmers have purchased farmland, and collectively own 95 acres.
  • 6 graduate farmers have long-term leases with landowners.
  • 10 graduate farmers sell through 18 CSAs city-wide, providing approximately 1,100 individual shares.
  • Graduate farmers are extremely effective at reaching low-income customers, selling at 23 farmers markets and 10 CSAs in low-income neighborhoods.

Farmer Assistance​ Contact:

Gabriela Pereyra 
Phone: 212-788-7900 x 288

In a moment where New Yorkers have turned to parks and gardening to ease the mental and emotional strain the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on residents, when the need for education surrounding nutrition and health couldn’t be more critical, the same nonprofits that make green space and nutrition education possible are in danger of going under, while vital city agencies like the New York City Parks Department’s GreenThumb program are facing severe budget cuts.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

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

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.