New! Guide to URBAN Farming in New York State

Are you interested in or currently farming in a city?  Do you wonder how to access land, how to reclaim a contaminated site, how to maximize use of a small growing space, or how to most successfully target your urban market? The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the release of our new “Guide … Read More

Appendix

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Urban Farming and Related Organizations/Programs in NYC Organization Services and Resources Contact Information GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Wholesale Greenmarket, Grow Truck Tool Loan Program, Rainwater Harvest Plan, Gardening Factsheets 51 Chambers Street, Room 228 New York, NY 10007 (212) 788-7900 Just Food CSA in NYC Program and … Read More

#48 General Resources

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Urban Farming Books The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal, Penguin Books, 2011 Breaking through Concrete: Building an Urban Farm Revival by David Hanson and Edwin Marty, University of California Press, 2012 Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in Your Backyard, in Your … Read More

#47 Financing an Urban Farm

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Loans and Other Financing Options The most appropriate source of money for a new farm enterprise is your own cash – no loans, no home equity, and no credit cards. Relying on loans substantially (or entirely) puts your farm dreams at too great a risk. … Read More

#46 Grant and Financial Opportunties

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Applying for Grants An increasing number of grant programs are available to farmers from federal or state sources each with specific objectives. Grants fall into the three general types: 1) grants for business planning, adding value and increasing farm viability; 2) grants for on-farm research … Read More

#45 Labor Information

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Labor Laws Employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance on their workers if cash wages are or exceed $1,200 in a year. If you host unpaid interns and apprentices on your farm, they must also be covered by workers’ compensation (the training and/or room … Read More

#44 Record Keeping

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Record Keeping At a minimum your farm will need a record keeping system for tax and legal compliance and it is highly recommended that you also keep yield and other farm production records that might be useful to making decisions on the farm. For example, … Read More

#43 Value-Added Processing

Back to the Guide to Farming Table of Contents>> Value-Added Processing for Urban Farmers For urban farmers whose production is limited by space or other constraints, value added processing provides a way to increase the profitability of harvest. When deciding what product to produce and sell, research your target market and distribution outlets to determine … Read More

#42 Accepting Food Stamps

Back to the Guide to Farming Table of Contents>> What are Food Stamps? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal assistance program, known as the Food Stamp Program in New York State, which provides benefits to low-income households in the United States. These benefits are distributed via Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, which … Read More

#41 CSAs in the City

Back to the Guide to Farming Table of Contents>> What is a CSA? Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a direct marketing relationship in which farmers sell their products directly to consumers. Farmers receive payment up front at the beginning of the season, and CSA member receive a share of the farm’s produce throughout the season. … Read More

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