"Pennsylvania Farm Link is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to “creating farming opportunities for the next generation.” PA Farm Link accomplishes this mission through a land linking database which matches landowners with perspective entering farmers.
If you are considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are unsure of where to start, this course is for you! For career changers looking to the next frontier, for farm apprentices considering a start-up, or for a hobbyist looking to become profitable, the Explorer class is intended to bridge the gap between ideas and action.
"This book assists rural and farm residents who are considering alternative enterprises. The case study and workbook format helps in evaluating personal and family considerations, resources, market potential, production feasibility, profitability, cash flow, and all factors combined.
"If you are planning to work with a farmer or landowner, there are several issues to consider before you enter into an agreement to create a successful working relationship with your neighbor. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide you with some of the basics involved agreement with which you and your neighbor are happy."
"This publication addresses farmland access, transfer, affordability and stewardship. It focuses on "non-ownership" tenure options and contains sample lease provisions with explanations, sample stewardship standards, worksheets, and case studies."
A Journeypersons is a beginning farmer who has recently begun farming independently, whether on an incubator farm or through a different land use agreement, and makes their own financial, marketing and production decisions. NOFA-NJ works with Journeypersons to find mentors, obtain educational resources and create a business plan.
"The Incubator Farm is a land leasing arrangement for beginning farmers who have farming experience and a business idea, but do not have access to land. It is a low-risk environment to launch a farming business and "test" an idea.
"This course is designed to help you test your ideas, explore new marketing opportunities, and develop a business and marketing plan specific to your farm. Participants will assess their resources, develop marketing strategies, understand financials, learn how and where to get funding for their businesses, and network with other farmers."