Spotlight On: Beginning Farmers

Whether you're looking to start a commercial farm or simply to begin homesteading, it can be a completely daunting process to figure out all the ins and outs of land stewardship, animal husbandry, growing, and self-sufficiency.

Enter Beginning Farmers, a comprehensive online resource that compiles information resources on all kinds of farm know-how, including:
  • Farm financing
  • Finding land
  • Business planning
  • Agricultural production and marketing
  • Farm-related jobs and internships
The site also features a blog with up-to-date information and news on farm policy, farming jobs and internships, agricultural research, and the changing face of American agriculture.

Taylor Reid, Beginning Farmers' founder, is a doctoral candidate in Community, Food, and Agriculture at Michigan State University. His dissertation focuses on the values and learning processes of first-generation farmers. His other research interests include agriculture standards, ag.  history, ag. politics, and ag. social movements. Taylor is National Policy Coordinator for Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance, and sits on the ANSI Sustainable Agriculture Practice Standard Development Committee

Check out Beginning Farmers here.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.