NY Farm Bureau
Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, volunteer organization financed and controlled by families for the purpose of solving economic and public policy issues challenging the agriculture industry. Farm Bureau’s "grass roots" policy development process continues to ensure that the organization represents the majority position of its membership. Policy development begins at the county level with problem identification and culminates at the New York Farm Bureau Annual Meeting with a resolution addressing the issues. Our success in implementing the enclosed policies depends upon our active, well informed membership guided by the efforts of many dedicated volunteer leaders. With a growing membership of nearly 30,000 member families, it is evident that Farm Bureau is the voice of New York agriculture. Farm Bureau will continue to meet the needs of those who make farming their livelihood and rural New York their home.
The Glynwood Center
Glynwood Center’s raison d’étre is helping communities integrate their natural resources, cultural heritage, and economic development potential to create a brighter future that is distinctively theirs. This links to the resource page of their web site where you will find an online newsletter and varied publications on the relationships between community and agriculture, as well as other web site links.
P.O. Box 157
Cold Spring, NY 10516
Phone: (845) 265-3338
Small Holders’ Alliance
Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts chapter The goal of the alliance is to bring together those who wish to practice small scale dairying with those who wish to buy farmstead-produced dairy products. The alliance will be gathering information to facilitate farmstead dairy production, make available equipment making and knowledge for dairy operators, and support the right of the small holder to exist in an increasingly urban environment. The alliance is open to all small scale dairy operators; those with a family cow, goats, or sheep. Organic practices are not required, just an openness and enthusiasm for the work at hand.
New England Small Farm Institute
A private non-profit organization supporting beginning farmers and sustainable small scale agriculture throughout New England. Programs and resources include the Small Farm Development Center, Lampson Brook Agricultural Reserve, Small & Sustainable Farm Policy Initiative, and Growing New Farmers.
275 Jackson St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Voicemail: (413) 323-4531
Fax: (413) 323-9594
Regional Farm & Food Project
The Regional Farm & Food Project is a 10-county, non-profit membership organization of farmers and consumers promoting vibrant, sustainable agriculture in our region and beyond. Its activities build community, skills, and awareness through education, networking, organizing, and celebration.
Mailing address: Regional Farm & Food Project PO Box 8628 Albany, NY 12208
Email address: lizlukowski[at]farmandfood.org
The Northeast Organic Farming Association certifies organic farmers and processors, advocates for policies supporting sustainable, organic, and just food systems, and supports farmers via workshops, team projects, and website resources, including a directory, events listing, funding opportunities, and production information.
Small Farm Success Project
A coalition of land grant universities, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and nonprofit organizations in the mid-Atlantic region is dedicated to helping small and emerging farmers improve their financial success. With funding from the USDA’s IFAFS (Initiative for Future Agricultural Food Systems) program, the coalition developed an initiative entitled The Small Farm Success Project, to help farmers:
- effectively use consumer research and direct marketing techniques.
- develop sustainable and profitable crop rotation strategies.
- adopt financial strategies that enable farmers to remain viable.
The Adirondack North Country Association
The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is a 14-county association in New York’s North Country that is committed to economic improvement. Since incorporation in 1954, ANCA has worked to create a greater sense of regional identity and pride through advocacy and promotion. ANCA is a voice for the North Country, monitoring important public policies, encouraging discussion of regional issues, and advocating changes to policies which would limit reasonable business development. Throughout its history, ANCA has promoted the message that the Adirondack North Country is a special region with unique challenges to be addressed.
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
NESAWG is a regional network of organizations and individuals working together toward a more sustainable and secure regional food system — one that is economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially just and produces safe and healthful food. Its mission is to strengthen the work of its members by providing active support and assistance in achieving shared food system goals. NESAWG’s agenda reflects a “systems approach” to addressing the root causes and full spectrum of farm and food system problems.
NESAWG embraces Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. It is one of 5 regional sustainable agriculture working groups in the US. NESAWG also works closely with the other SAWGS (Western, Midwest, Southern, California) and the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture to develop federal policies that benefit small-scale and sustainable farmers throughout the country.
New York Small Scale Food Processors Association
The Small Scale Food Processors Association was formed after a need was identified to help stop the demise of New York State family farms. It was agreed that creating value added products from farm produce was the best way to keep businesses and grow it on the farms. A conference was organized on the topic and the general consesus was that there needed to be an organization that represented small-scale food processors. Small Scale was chosen because that would help be inclusive to farmers and help with mentoring and marketing regionally and using local products.
NYS Agricultural Mediation Program
The NYS Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP) is one of the largest agricultural mediation programs in the country. NYSAMP is managed independently by the NYS Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA). NYSDRA is a non-profit professional membership organization committed to the promotion of quality conflict management and peaceful dispute resolution. NYSAMP works with affiliated mediation centers that provide free of low cost professional services quickly and conveniently for every county in NY. Most mediation centers are non-profits and are funded by the court system and charitable organizations.
Stone Barn Center for Food and Agriculture
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a farm, a kitchen, a classroom–an exhibit, a laboratory, a campus. The mission of this unique, nonprofit, member-driven collaboration is to celebrate, teach and advance community-based food production and enjoyment, from farm to classroom to table.
Just Food has been the leader in connecting local farms to NYC neighborhoods and communities since 1995. Our mission is to unite local farms and city residents of all economic backgrounds with fresh, seasonal, sustainably grown food. In the city, Just Food tackles deficiencies in food access and security by increasing the production, marketing and distribution of fresh food from community gardens and urban agriculture sites, on the one hand, and promoting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiatives (food-buying clubs), on the other. Our aim is to turn “food deserts” (i.e., neighborhoods underserved by supermarkets and other food retailers) into “islands of sustainability.”
In the countryside, we are addressing the rapid decline of family farms and the loss of agricultural land by linking small and medium-scale producers to new markets in New York City. In both town and country, Just Food fosters new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of small and medium family farms, urban gardeners, and NYC neighborhoods. Through training, leadership development and organizing efforts, we build diverse partnerships to advance dialogue and action on farming, hunger and nutrition.
Field & Fork Network
Field & Fork Network is a non-profit organization working toward developing new economic opportunities for farmers and artisan producers in the 8 counties of Western New York. Through networking, consumer outreach and education, and a focus on integrating local food purchasing into public policy, Field & Fork Network’s goal is to build a local food system in Western New York that functions as an economic driver for our region. With nearly 7,500 farms in Western New York and an exceptionally diverse range of crops, livestock and value-added products available to us nearly year round, Western New York is primed to embrace the farm-to-table movement in its restaurants and in its homes. Field & Fork Network is proud to be leading the charge for the local food movement with our corporate and agency partners. Through the successful annual Farmer-Chef Conference, speaking engagements, food-oriented events, and educational programming, Western New York went from having one or two farm-to-table restaurants in 2008, to having more than a dozen chefs and restaurant owners committed to offering local food on their menus in 2009. These chefs now work as partners with local farmers to provide their guests with healthy, sustainably-raised produce and meats. The best of them have farmers raising livestock and produce specifically to meet the needs of their kitchens.
An online forum for finding farmland and ranches for sale and agricultural finance resources.
New York Agricultural Land Trust
The New York Agricultural Land Trust (NYALT) was created by farmers, for farmers, municipalities and community members to conserve farmland, in 2006 with the assistance of American Farmland Trust. In 2007 we received our nonprofit status allowing us to work directly with farmers and interested landowners to conserve their farmland. As the first state-wide agricultural land trust in New York State, we receive inquiries from farmers about conserving their land on an average of once a week. Our primary focus is to support farm families and communities in their efforts to conserve those lands important to each community’s agricultural industry, rural character and farming legacy.
Fingerlakes Permaculture Institute
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI) was founded in 2005 as a response to a growing local need for effective sustainability education. We offer a multitude of opportunities to the community which include short classes, study groups, apprentice programs, and the intensive Permaculture Design Certification Course.