University Programs

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Cornell Small Farms Program

Our mission is to foster the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment. We do this by encouraging small farms-focused research and extension programs and fostering collaboration in support of small farms.

NY Beginning Farmer Project

The NY Beginning Farmer Project is led by a team of Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program. We launched the project in 2006 in response to increasing interest in farm start-ups. Our goal is to enhance the likelihood of success of new ag enterprises by making the best resources and training available to any new or diversifying farmer in NY.

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. For more customized, one-on-one assistance, contact your county’s Cooperative Extension office.

Acreage & Small Farm Insights

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension

Contains information about animals, buildings, crops, farm management, haylands and pastures, home environment, landscaping, machinery, safety, specialties, waste water management, water, weeds, and wildlife.


Small Farm New Farm Internet Resources

Ohio State University Extension

Quick links to agriculture and natural resource pages, including agri-tourism, crops, diversified agricultural enterprises, enterprise budgets, livestock, management, value-added products, and water management.

Small Farm Sustainable Agriculture at UF/IFAS

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Information about marketing, alternative enterprises, livestock, and farm and business management; university links; additional resources; and links to state and national organizations.

Small Farm Program

Washington State University

Contains information about crops, animals, foodsheds, marketing, soils and compost, pest management, farm resources, and publications.

For more information, contact Dave Muehleisen at (253) 445-4597 or .

Growing Small Farms

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Site contains a wealth of information, including a grower resource list, marketing tips, organic ag info, online agronomic reports, and more.

Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
P.O. Box 279
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-8202

Oregon Small Farms

Oregon State University Includes links to publications, information about what one can do with a small farm, and information about direct marketing, pasture management, livestock production, and crop production.

The Small Farm Institute

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland

The Small Farm Institute is a Maryland Cooperative Extension program designed to meet the needs of farm operators (i.e., part-time, hobbyists, minority, and/or limited-resource farmers). The SFI develops sustainable agricultural technologies and provides techical assistance to small farm operators. It also offers research, educational, and outreach programs in diverse areas including horticulture and farm management.

For more information, contact Stephan Tubene, Small Farm Institute Coordinator,

at (410) 222-6759 or .

University of California Small Farm Center

University of California-Davis

The Small Farm Center web site contains links to the University of California’s Small Farm Program, an online library, food safety information, small farm research, databases, news bulletins, postharvest factsheets, agri-tourism information, publications, and much more.

Small Farm Center
University of California
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-8699
Phone: (530) 752-8136
Fax: (530) 752-7716

UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

University of Vermont

The Center for Sustainable Agriculture was established in 1994 as a unit within the University of Vermont Division of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Extension to integrate university and community expertise to promote sustainable farming systems throughout Vermont and the region. Recognizing the need to address issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, the Center works with academic departments, public agencies, private organizations, and producers to find innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing today’s farmers.

UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

63 Carrigan Dr.

Burlington, VT 05405

Phone: (802) 656-5459

Fax: (802) 656-8874


Missouri Alternatives Center – AgEBB

University of Missouri

The Missouri Alternatives Center’s mission is to provide Missourians with timely information about alternative agricultural opportunities, to evaluate diverse enterprises, improve management decisions, increase economic returns, and enhance the quality of their lives.

Phone: 1-800-433-3704 (Missouri only)
Fax: (573) 884-4336

Community and Regional Development Institute

Since 1990, the Community and Rural Development Institute has strengthened Cornell’s role as a leader in responding to current and emerging needs in community and rural development. Working with Cornell faculty and staff–including Cornell Cooperative Extension’s network of county offices–and other state and regional institutions, CaRDI is a center of dialogue and collaboration addressing needs at the local, state, and national levels. Our mission is to offer research-based information in support of identifying solutions to community problems, provide training, based on research and data, for elected and appointed officials and community leaders to foster informed decision making, and connect Cornell faculty and staff from various colleges to build collaborative partnerships and to envision community development alternatives in key areas.

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