USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Provides cost share for farm improvements, including deer fencing, wells, compost pads, forestry practices and more.

Solid Ground Farmer Trainings (UCONN): videos, fact sheets, CSA set-up info, and more – click here.

New Farmer Bucket List (UCONN): Key Resources for New and Beginning Farmers in Connecticut. Collaboratively compiled by CT’s top agriculture service providers.

CSA Toolkit for Connecticut Farmers– Getting Started; Pricing; Best Practices; customers; annual prices for CSA shares in CT.

chicken coopsLocal Poultry Resources:

Getting Organic Certification: A Certified Organic Farm is in compliance with the National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and has been inspected and certified by an accredited USDA certifying agent. Products have been grown/raised without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones, irradiation, or genetic engineering. The certification process is rigorous and requires extensive record keeping, payment of an annual fee, and an annual inspection. Note: The NOP allows farmers who sell less than $5,000 worth of organic produce per year to call their produce “organic” if they follow the national standards. Yet, this produce is not certified organic.

Without an organic label, it can be hard for shoppers to know how the farm has produced the food thier plates. For this and many other reasons, CT NOFA recommends you become a certified organic operation. For example, you would then be counted among the nation’s farmers who are leading the way to organic – the most ecologically-sound farming paradigm. Also, the organic certification process and your farm’s certifiers often share useful new business practices, too. It is easier than you think!

Dian BrewsterCT NOFA Farmers Pledge:  The Farmer’s Pledge, a program for CT NOFA members, is a commitment to farming, marketing, and farm management in accordance with sound ecological and economic principles. It is separate and distinct from “Certified Organic.” There is no inspection process for the Farmer’s Pledge, but the farmers have signed the Pledge to show their commitment to its principles. Of course, while CT NOFA administers the Farmer’s Pledge program, we cannot investigate or make any guarantee that the individual farmer is complying with each and every guideline within the Farmer’s Pledge. We are trusting our farmers and shoppers should get to know each farmer before being assured they are following all of CT NOFA’s recommended, ecologically-sound farming practices. CLICK HERE for more information and to download a copy of the currrent Pledge to sign and send in to the office.

Cornell University Farming Resources (NY)

  • Cornell Guides & Resources for NY Farmers
  • On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines
  • Cornell’s buckwheat and beneficial insects to control Colorado Potato Beetles study
  • Cornell’s Northeast Beginning Farmers Project

NOFA-NY’s Breeding Organic Vegetables ~ A Step by Step Guide for Growers. A link to the view a PDF file can be found here.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) – Grants and Education to Advance Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture

Finding Land To Get Started Farming!

Leasing From Land Trusts To Farm Upon

  • Farmland conneCTions – A Guide for Connecticut Towns, Institutions and Land Trusts Using or Leasing Farmland
  • Equity Trust: local land trusts and others to preserve the affordability of farms for farmers

Grants, Funding & Training

Internship/apprenticeship resources

Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook from Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Agritourism: Cultivating Tourists on the Farm

National Center for Home Food Preservation: source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation.