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The New Farmer Fund
The New Farmer Fund uses a sustainable, market-based approach to fund organizations assisting new farmers. Consumers purchase products with New Farmer Fund labels, and a portion of the purchase price is then used by Partner organizations to help finance new farmers, primarily through Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).
FarmStarter is a prototype microlending program designed to provide loans to farmers who lack access to traditional means of credit. Farmers sign up with Partner organizations in their state or region, submit their stories to FarmStarter, and receive funds from people looking to invest in America’s new farmers. The public is able to peruse the FarmStarter website and select farms based on farm methods, products, or location.
The information on this site is primarily geared toward assisting the organizations supporting new and beginning farmers. It is the goal of this resource to promote new farmers engaging in a diverse array of agricultural endeavors by providing reference material on the various methods for assisting new farmers and corresponding legal issues and government programs.
While new farmers will probably find the information here of value, there are additional directories designed to help new farmers locate information, including Start2Farm.gov and BeginningFarmers.org.