Resources for Farmers:
ATTRA is a program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology and is focused on research and solutions for sustainable farmers. The goals of the program are to promote sustainable lifestyles through the use of appropriate technology and education. The information ATTRA provides is organized into these major topics:
- Energy Alternatives
- Beginning Farmer
- Field Crops
- Horticultural Crops
- Livestock & Pasture
- Local Food Systems
- Marketing, Business & Risk Management
- Organic Farming
- Soils & Compost
- Water Management
CADE (Center for Agricultural Development Entrepreneurship) [http://www.cadefarms.org/indexC.php]
CADE works to build a vibrant local food system, in which locally owned agricultural busi-nesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy sustainably produced food. With a knowl-edgeable staff supplemented by consultants experienced in production, business development, marketing and distribution, CADE is a catalyst for strengthening multiple sectors of regional food systems.
The Center for Rural Affairs works to “establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities. Since its in-ception, the Center has resisted the role of advocating for the interests of any particular group. Instead, [the CFRA] has chosen to advance a set of values – values that reflect the best of Rural America. Ultimately, [the CFRA] believes it is in the interest of all to create a future reflecting those values.”
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a key outreach system of Cornell University with a strong pub-lic mission …through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.…by offering programs in five broad areas: Agriculture & Food Systems; Children, Youth, and Fam-ilies; Community & Economic Vitality; Environment and Natural Resources; and Nutrition and Health.
The Executive Service Corps of Otsego-Delaware is an association of middle management and senior level executives who volunteer their time to consult with small business and not-for-profit organizations. Volunteers believe the experience and skills acquired during their business ca-reers can help these organizations solve management, governance and administrative prob-lems. ESC has provided thousands of hours of consulting to more than 500 small businesses and non-profit agencies since 1991.
The Farmers’ Market Federation of New York is a not-for profit corporation that supports and promotes the viability of farmers’ markets through innovative services, programs and partner-ships that maximize the benefits of markets to sellers, buyers and communities.
Founded in 1983, NOFA-NY “is an organization of consumers, gardeners, and farmers working together to create a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economi-cally viable. Through demonstration and educational opportunities, we promote land steward-ship, organic food production, and local marketing. NOFA-NY brings consumers and farmers closer together to make high quality food available to all people.” NOFA-NY is a member of the NOFA Interstate Council. In addition to providing resources and education opportunities for farmers, NOFA-NY has been accredited by the USDA to provide organic certification for farm-ers and processors in the United States.
The Greenhorns is a non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting, promoting, and supporting young and beginning farmers. The Greenhorns is a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organi-zation made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. With a range of practical workshops, art, documentary film, social events, and print and web materials, the Greenhorns provides many resources for young and beginning farmers.
Other Farmers’ Markets in the Area
Many markets in the area seek vendors. Check them out:
Southwind Farms Market in Gilbertsville
607.783.2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Saturday of the month, 9am – 3pm
Fly Creek Farmers’ Market
Contact Tracy Helgeson, email@example.com
Oneonta Farmers’ Market:
Contact Dana LeCroix, (607) 437-0158, www.OneontaFarmersMarket.com, Saturday markets
Richfield Springs Farmers’ Market:
Contact Ron Bayson, (315) 858-2703, Richfield Springs Market, Thursdays – PM, and Saturdays – AM
Unadilla Farmers Market:
Contact: Unadillafarmersmarket@hotmail.com, (607)369-2474
Also see Central New York Fresh’s list of markets in the area.