Although more beginning farmers are cropping up each year, 90% of them do not come from farming backgrounds. And all of them need education and support to succeed.
Here's how you can help:
BUY FROM LOCAL FARMERS
Join a CSA; ask your farmer what they are having trouble selling–and buy it; find out if your favorite restaurants and markets source from local farmers; and more.
INVEST IN FARMERS
Help them access capital and land. Private investment and land trust models are proliferating, as are micro-lending programs. For some examples, check out Dirt Capital Partners and the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network.
BACK FAVORABLE POLICIES
The Young Farmer Success Act (H.R. 1060) is a bipartisan bill to forgive young farmers’ student loan debt. The National Young Farmers Coalition represents young farmers on Capitol Hill and beyond. Find out how your state representatives rank on food policy issues and write to ask them to support pressing issues facing our food and farms.
HELP FUND TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Contribute to nonprofits working to provide farmers with training and education, like the National Young Farmers Coalition, Stone Barns Center’s Growing Farmers Initiative, The Berry Farming Program and more.
EDUCATE FRIENDS AND FAMILY
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