Here at CFAC, we understand that the road to success as a farmer can be a long and arduous one. Start-up costs are high, access to land can be a deal-breaker, and well, then, there are the hours! Of course, farming has plenty of benefits too – you get to work outside with your hands in the dirt and the sun, you work for yourself, and, as one of our past board members, Erin Turner, has said, “You never complain about not being able to sleep well!”
We believe that if our food system is to be strong and resilient, we need to support beginning farmers and ranchers, to help them over the hump of the first few years to build sustainable, successful business models. There are some key ways in which we can help, by providing:
- Assistance Accessing Land
- Education on Business and Production
- Assistance Accessing Financing
- Networking Opportunities
- Assistance Accessing Markets
Check out our current programs and upcoming events below!
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This work is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22851.