Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. The data it provides will be critical in guiding new program development and securing long­term financial support for NOFA and MOFGA's farmer training programs.

As the market for organic and locally-produced food continues to increase and more attention is paid to the importance of regional food security, there is an opportunity for new farmers to enter the marketplace in the Northeast. Moreover, with a new generation of farmers showing increased interest in soil health and regenerative farming practices, there is an opportunity for regionalized networks of ecologically-minded farmers to increase the climate change resiliency of working lands and to be a part of an overall regional response to climate crisis.


As a coalition of grassroots farmer-support organizations, we feel an urgency to support beginning farmers be successful in their ventures, and to foster a thriving independent farming community across the Northeast. We are therefore reaching out for your help in understanding how we can build a stronger suite of resources, trainings, network facilitation and other farm viability programs to help farmers deepen their capacity for resilience and long­term success.
Biographic Information
(Note: In order to help us apply for USDA funding we need to collect information that classifies farmer experience level based on the number of years they have been farming as a primary operator of a farm business—though we fully recognize that this is not the best indicator of actual skill level)

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* How many years have you been farming independently?

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* Current/most recent farm county

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* Current/most recent farm state

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* Did you ever participate in the MOFGA Journeyperson Program?

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* Are you...

(The options above are USDA subcategories of priority; please check all that apply.)

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* Is English your primary language?

As we develop a suite of programs targeting beginning and intermediate farmers, please rate your interest in the following elements:

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* Targeted intensive workshops on a specific topic

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* Mentor matching/stipend (for example: MOFGA Journeyperson program)

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* Personal technical assistance (for example: production, business, management topics)

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* Professional services (for example: lawyer, crop advisor, engineer, web designer)

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* Farm viability programs (for example: loan programs, shared use equipment, group purchasing or marketing etc.)

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* "Soft skills" training (for example: management, communication, negotiation skills, relational systems, farm/­family balance)

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* Networking opportunities

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* Professional development stipend (for example: for specialized training, conferences, farm visits, reference materials)

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* Technology upgrade stipend (for example: software, hardware, tools for increased efficiency)

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* Are there any other programs, services or resources that would be particularly useful to you? Other thoughts to share?

Accessing Programs

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* Which of these options would be likely to increase your ability to access NOFA/ MOFGA programs? Please select all that apply:

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* Other suggestions or commentary:

Topics for Support Services & Professional Development Training
In which general areas could you benefit from support:

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* Production skills, technical training (for example: soil health, pest control, livestock management)

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* Business planning, marketing, accessing new markets

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* Land tenure (for example: lease or purchase agreements, land access, transitions)

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* "Soft skills" (for example: communication, negotiation, relational systems, work/­life balance)

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* Legal assistance

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* Scaling up, systems efficiencies

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* Management, labor issues

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* "Network navigation" (for example: accessing services, resources, grants)

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* Networking

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* Access to capital, financial services, debt management

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* Food safety, certifications, regulatory issues

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* Organic certification, transition, recordkeeping

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* Financial planning, retirement, insurance

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* Comments or other areas of support to suggest?

Education & Communication Tools
Which modes of 'education' do you find effective?

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* Classroom­-based workshops, conferences, discussions

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* On-farm workshops, discussions, demonstrations

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* Listservs, e­bulletins, online resources

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* 1-­on­-1 technical assistance, consultation

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* Peer mentorship

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* Live webinars

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* Podcasts, archived recordings

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* Video clips, recorded presentations

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* Print resources

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* Social media, virtual networks

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* Comments or other educational tools to suggest?

Last Questions! - Targeting Pressure Points

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* What is the biggest gap in support services or other primary challenge you face in building a stable, viable farm business? This could be specific personal needs, larger structural barriers, or whatever it is that leads to the most struggle in meeting your goals.

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* Realistically, which action(s) do you think NOFA and MOFGA could take to most effectively support your growth, resilience and long­term success as a farmer?

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* Are you certified organic?

Thank you so much for your input and engagement!

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