Greener Pastures for New Farmers
A Look at Financial and Technical Assistance for Beginning Farmers in Greater Philadelphia

Greener Pastures for New Farmers

Product No.: 14048
Date Published: 09/2014

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Recent trends show that, although increased consumer interest has generated new market opportunities for farmers, it is becoming more difficult to start and sustain a small, profitable farming enterprise. Despite these challenges, it is important to support small and mid-sized farms, especially those managed by beginning and young farmers. This guide addresses a number of the challenges that small and beginning farmers face in accessing knowledge, land, and financing. It summarizes information regarding existing financial and technical assistance for small and beginning farmers, highlights a few nontraditional farm financing resources, and provides recommendations for improving access to land and capital for beginning farmers specifically in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Geographic Area Covered: The nine-county DVRPC region: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Key Words: Aging Farmers, Agriculture, Beginning Farmers, Business Plan, Capital, Cash Flow, Census of Agriculture, Credit, Collateral, Community Development Financial Institution, Conservation Easement, Crowdfunding, Direct Sales, Diversified Agriculture, Farms, Farm Service Administration, Farm Credit, Farming, Farmland, Farmland Preservation, Financial Assistance, Food System, Greater Philadelphia, Individual Development Account, Microloans, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Sustainable, Tax Credit, Technical Assistance, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Working Landscapes

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