BFRDP Projects

Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator: A regional program for growing resilient farmers
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $404,650
Grant Program: 2017 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Liz Corio
Email: ecorio@glynwood.org
Organization: Glynwood

 

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Project Overview

The average age of a farmer in the US is roughly 58 years old and increasing.  New entry farmers face persistent challenges, including access to affordable land, working capital, agricultural training and business mentoring.  In recent years, US agriculture has witnessed as much as a 20% decrease in the number of new farmers who have been on their operation less than ten years.  So, not only are principal farm operators getting older, fewer new farms are making a go of it. This project is designed to address these problems by helping new entry farmers (year 0-1) and growth stage farmers (years 2-8) in NY's Hudson Valley build sustainable profitable businesses, allowing them to bring or keep farmland in production.   The Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator helps new and growth-stage agricultural entrepreneurs with business and financial planning, farm mentorship, market connections, training in technical skills and leadership, and support in accessing farmland. By year three, we anticipate launching or helping to grow up to ten new and beginning farm businesses, with another 350 farmers benefiting from workshops, tools and resources developed through the project.   As of the end of year one (August 2018), we have helped to grow five new farm businesses, and served an additional 158 farmers through workshops.

Number of Participants: 501

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