Why is MIFFS interested in supporting Beginning Farmers?
- Did you know? The USDA ERS (2007) reports that approximately 1/5 of all farms have a beginning farmer principal operator. Although these farmers are typically white, non-Hispanic, and male, they are more likely than established farmers to be female, non-white or Hispanic. They are younger, and operate smaller farms than established farmers.
- There are organizations throughout the state supporting beginning farmers through land-link programs, resource programs, and added-value support. MIFFS sees a need to provide a space for beginning farmers to educate and support each other through farming centers and “Farmers without Acres”
What is MIFFS currently doing for Beginning Farmers?
Farming Development Centers – MIFFS is partnering with multiple organizations to support farming centers throughout the state. See Women in Agriculture and Veterans in Agriculture for more information on these current programs.
Farmers without Acres program – This project will build a community of farmers who are available to support each other as they establish their farms. Contact MIFFS and we will connect you with someone who has the on-the-ground expertise to answer your questions. Over time, this project will also provide resources to those who may seek to farm collectively, on school grounds, or lead others in their desire to farm (as in community gardens, etc.)
Support your fellow farmers! We are building our community of farmers who support each other. If you are interested in making yourself available to answer questions, give short talks, or general support to beginning farmers please contact MIFFS and Rise Up, Dig In! Join our Farmer-to-Farmer Knowledge Community!