Countryside Beginning Farmer Program

The Countryside Beginning Farmer Program connects beginning farmers with valuable resources from agricultural technical assistance, business support, farmlink, internship and apprenticeship opportunities.

 Farmlink

Farmland Owners

If you own farmland in northeast Ohio and would like to sell or lease your land to a new and beginning farmer, we can help connect you. Contact Tracy Emrick at temrick@cvcountryside.org or call 330-657-2542 extension 223.
If you own a farm and are interested in finding out how to preserve your land with succession plans or preservation tools, visit our links below, or call for a free consultation.

Real Estate Agents and estate lawyers do you clients have land that they want to keep in farming? We can help them connect to new farmers looking for land.

Farmland Seekers

New to farming and looking for land? Sign up for our enews and stay tuned for our revised landlink program.

Contact Tracy Emrick at temrick@cvcountryside.org or call 330-657-2542 extension 223 with additional questions.

Farm Intern & Apprentice Programs

Beginning in 2018 beginning and learning farmers will have opportunities to intern or apprentice on northeast Ohio farms and learn and work right here in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Stay tuned for more details and applications.

Farmer Education for Beginning and Seasoned Farmers

Visit Countryside U for Classes and dates here

Farm Succession & Protection

American Farmland Trust
Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Resources
Small Farm Workshops and webinars at Countryside.

New Farmers USDA - https://newfarmers.usda.gov/

Ohio State University Extension -
http://www.extension.osu.edu

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - http://www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) - http://www.fsa.usda.gov

Ohio Department of Agriculture - http://www.ohioagriculture.gov

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) - http://www.oeffa.org

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation - http://www.ofbf.org

Center for Rural Affairs -www.cfra.org

Farm Aid - www.farmaid.org

Farm & Dairy - www.farmanddairy.com

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) - http://www.nass.usda.gov

USDA Rural Development in Ohio - www.rurdev.usda.gov/oh

U.S. Census Bureau National Ag. Statistics Service – Quick Stats - http://quickstats.nass.usda.gov

OSU - Agroecosystems Management Program - http://www.oardc.osu.edu/amp/

Growing for Market - http://www.growingformarket.com

Local Food Systems - http://localfoodsystems.org

Local Matters - www.local-matters.org

LocalHarvest - http://www.localharvest.org