Starting a Farm

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons

Many states are growing new farms and farmers, according to preliminary reports from the latest USDA Agricultural census. Consumer support of local farmers continues to grow. Farmers markets, direct sales and agritourism help make farming a viable occupation in many regions.

In her webinar called “Starting a Farm,” Rachel Armstrong of farmcommons.org explained how to establish a new farm business. She covered legal issues of starting a new farm: buying land and equipment, leasing, forming a business, buying insurance and protecting the farm. New farms may be started by buying or  inheriting land and/or an existing farm operation.

Armstrong’s goal is to help farmers build good relationships with landlords, vendors,  lenders and customers to ensure good communications. Formalizing business arrangements can help prevent misunderstandings. [Learn more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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One Response to Starting a Farm

  1. Ghanem Ghanem says:

    To start a farm we must do the following steps :
    1_Have a land with deep soil.with good physical, chemical, and biological properties, with equal proportions of silt, clay,sand,and organic substances.
    2_ To have energy, electricity, water.
    3_To be near agricultural markets.
    4_ To have farmers and workers.
    5_ To have a capital.
    6_ To have agricultural machines and equipments.
    7_ To select plant-kinds and varieties, suitable for climate of the location, and markets.

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