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The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is led by a team of educators who care deeply about supporting the success of new farmers. It is housed at the Cornell Small Farms Program and is funded by the USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, project #2009-49400-05878 with additional support from the NYFVI and the Local Economies Project.

This website is one of our projects. We also offer online courses taught by experienced Extension educators and using content from this website, and we develop new informational resources for new farmers (like the Guide to Farming in NY and our series of farming videos). When we initiated this beginning farmer work in 2006, we focused exclusively in NY, but now we are building connections among the many excellent organizations serving beginning farmers across the Northeast region, many of whom you’ll find in our map.

With our USDA, NYFVI and Local Economies Project funding, the Team will:

  • Offer annual 5-day intensive entrepreneurial “boot camps” to military veterans seeking to farm
  • Develop approved on-the-job training opportunities on farms, allowing military vets to use GI benefits to get hands-on farm experience
  • Create regional farmer veteran networking groups
  • Provide 40 advanced beginning farmers with intensive support from a “New Farmer Profit Team” of advisers
  • Develop 8 new online courses geared toward advanced beginners seeking to diversify with new enterprises
  • Design intensive trainings on scaling up, including wholesale marketing and equipment decision-making

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Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Team:

  • Anu Rangarajan – Cornell Small Farms Program
  • Erica Frenay – Cornell Small Farms Program
  • Matt Weiss – Cornell Small Farms Program
  • Catherine Moore – CCE Jefferson County
  • Lynn Bliven – CCE Allegany/Cattaraugus
  • Steve Hadcock – CCE Albany County
  • Bob Weybright – Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program
  • Dan Welch –  NY FarmNet
  • Ed Staehr – NY FarmNet
  • David Grusenmeyer – NY Farm Viability Institute
  • Aileen Randolph – NY Farm Viability Institute
  • Bradd Vickers – Farmer Veteran Coalition of NY
  • Jamie Critelli – Farmer Veteran Coalition of NY
  • Leora Barish – Heroic Food Farm School
  • Norm Conrad – National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Institute for Veterans and Military Families
  • NY Department of Veterans Affairs
  • NY Department of Labor

If you have comments or questions, please email  or call 607-255-9911.