Farmer Resources

Guide to Farming in NYS
Comprehensive guide for navigating the various dimensions of agricultural business including basics of financing, taxes, planning, marketing, grants, climate and soil considerations and more. A great place to start. 
Small Farms Resources
Ample resources for small farm management, from funding to soil health, marketing to food safety.
NNY Ag TeamEastern NY Commercial Horticulture Harvest NY
Each team is made up of specialists, research programs and workshops tailored for our region. Research-based tools for your agricultural operations, experts providing on-the-ground support, business planning and marketing tools and more.
Farm Commons
Legal information and support for sustainable farmers. Webinars, tutorials, resources, services and even a podcast.
Farm Hack
A worldwide community of farmers who build and modify their own tools and share their innovations as well as other techniques online. 
Google Earth and Web Soil Survey
This website provides tutorials on how to use Google Earth and the UC Davis SoilWeb adaptation of the national soil surveys to zone, map, measure, plan and study your farm. You can also overlay topographical maps. Note that the ‘parcel’ view function in Google Earth is not available as described in the tutorial. However, you can view Essex County parcels in the following website:
Essex County Map Viewer GIS
If you click on ‘Map Layers’ and ‘Parcels’ then zoom in far enough, you can view parcel information. You can also view all Ag District parcels. Go to the right of the map, click layers, click Essex County, and choose "Ag District". You may need to zoom in for this layer to activate.
Adirondack Harvest
Get connected with local growers, local markets and communities. Have your farm featured on an interactive website and local food map and in festivals.
Natural Resources Conservation Programs
Conservation practices and programs for your land. Includes funding opportunities.
Custom Rate Resources
Provides reasonable ballpark prices for buying, selling or renting various services, equipment and commodities.
Farm Building Exemptions
New York Farm Bureau
Agricultural lobbying organization, also offering a wide range of legal advice.
* Please feel free to contact Carly at any time to suggest your favorite resources or inquire about resources that you'd like to see.
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Contact

Carly Summers, Ph.D.
Agricultural Resource Educator
cfs82@cornell.edu
518-962-4810 x409

Last updated December 22, 2020