ag_begfarmWhether you’re young and just starting out in farming or making a lifestyle change in your mid-forties, you can turn to the Watershed Agricultural Council for guidance on the farming profession. The future of farming — and feeding a hungry, growing population — depends on people like you to start fresh, to be Beginner Farmers.

The Watershed Agricultural Council offers various resources to those new to farming and establishing a farmstead.

  • Starting to farm in the watershed and ready to enroll in our programs? Fill out this Tier 1 Survey for Catskill/Delaware Watershed farmers or this Tier 1 Survey for Croton Watershed farmers. One of our Agricultural Program staff will contact you, visit your farm and get you started with Whole Farm Planning.
  • Interested in farmland located in the Catskills region of the New York City watershed? Catskills FarmLink connects farmers with landowners looking to sell or lease land located in six counties east of the Hudson River.
  • New to farming and want to start out on the right foot? Enroll in Cornell University’s Northeast Beginning Farmer Program or take an six-week Enterprise School offered by the Council and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • Been farming a few years but ready to improve your skills? Attend a Farmer Education workshop on no-till seeding, or come to one of our many pasture walks or farm tours to see first-hand what others are doing successfully.
  • Time to expand your farm but not sure where to start? Attend the annual Farm to Market Connection and Catskill Regional Dairy, Livestock and Grazing Conference for new ideas and networking opportunities.
  • Need a mentor? Join one of three Producer Groups to share experiences and advice among new and seasoned farmers with the same interests as you.
  • Need to network with like-minded farm starters? Catskills CRAFT meets monthly to visit established farms for insight and to motivate farming apprentices to go to the next level.

CONTACT: Kristan Morley, Economic Viability Program Manager
(607) 865-7090, ext. 293
E-mail: kmorley@nycwatershed.org