The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project in partnership with New York FarmNet are excited to announce the successful farms for the second round of our Beginning Farmer Profit Team Program. We had another competitive round of applications but these farms were selected as the best: Blue Spoon Farm (Groton), Cedar Hedge Farm (Lowville), Green Shepherd Farm (Bovina), Common Thread CSA (Madison), Greyrock Farm (Cazenovia), Polestar Farm (Mecklenburg, White Pine Community Farm (Wingdale), Dutch Barn Farm (Fort Plain), Mariaville Mushroom Men (Schenectady), Good Fight Herb Co. (Germantown), and Farmhand Flowers (Cobleskill). These farms vary widely in shape, size, and product mix. Everything from veggies and livestock, to mushrooms, herbs, and flowers.
The Beginning Farmer Profit Team Program seeks to improve the long-term success of these farms by providing customized, one-on-one guidance from farm professionals (financial, production, legal, marketing, etc.) over an 18-mo to 2-year period. Not only will these farms get the personalized guidance of selected advisors, but we also want to help them develop new skills to grow their capacity as leaders. Participants in the program will attend an annual intensive leadership training designed to grow the network of skilled farmers and help them transfer their skills to new farmers just entering the field. This project is funded by the New York Farm Viability Institute and the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. We will be accepting applications for the 3rd and final round of the program in February 2016.