Resource Guide for Vermont's New and Aspiring FarmersThis guide was developed by the member organizations of the Vermont New Farmer Network to better connect beginning farmers with agencies and organizations that serve them.
The guide contains a framework for understanding common challenges that new and aspiring farmers may face. These challenges fall into four main areas: access to capital; access to production knowledge; access to land; and access to markets. Each of these chapters examine considerations and resources available within the state and region to address that access topic.
The guide also provides descriptions of organizations who can help new farmers address those challenges. These organizations are members of the Vermont New Farmer Network. Each description includes an overview of services, specifically how each organization serves new and aspiring farmers, and contact information. Our List of Organizations provides an overview of services, specifically how each organization serves new and aspiring farmers, and contact information.
Finally, the guide contains appendices that provide an overview of farm credit availability and some considerations for managing and deriving income from farm woodlots.
Common Challenges for New Farmers
New Farmer Network Member Organizations
- Center for an Agricultural Economy
- UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
- Green Mountain College
- Intervale Center
- Land For Good
- Middlebury College Organic Gardens
- New Farms for New Americans (NFNA)
- Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)
- Natural Resource Conservation Districts
- Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL)
- Sterling College
- USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA)
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
- University of Vermont Extension
- Upper Valley Land Trust
- Vital Communities
- Vermont Agency of Agriculture
- Vermont Farm Bureau
- Vermont F.A.R.M.S. 2+2 Program
- Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB)
- Vermont Land Trust
- Vermont Technical Colleger
- Women's Agricultural Network
Download the 2008 print version of the Resource Guide for Vermont's New and Aspiring Farmers here.