Catskills Agrarian Alliance

Catskills Agrarian Alliance (CAA) is a comprehensive food sovereignty project built from the ground up by farmers in Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties. Since its inception, CAA has actively integrated land access for historically and presently marginalized farmers as a central element of our programs. Our recent focus has been on aiding farmers such as the Iridescent Earth Collective (IEC), a collective of Black and Latinx queer and trans farmers, in navigating farming opportunities and contributing to the development of West Branch Commons (WBC).CAA is presently providing technical assistance to West Branch Commons, aiming to facilitate the development of a collectively governed model for equitable land stewardship. Additionally, CAA runs the 607csa, a forty-farm strong multi-farm community supported agriculture project and logistics company that also supports wholesale and farm-to-institution work.

As Regional Navigators collaborating with local organizations and community groups, our role involves introducing land access opportunities to new and beginning farmers from historically marginalized communities. Our primary focus is on farmland access opportunities within our inaugural land access project, West Branch Commons. 

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North Country, Essex County, Capital Region, Albany County, Washington County, Hudson Valley, Sullivan County, Mohawk Valley, Schoharie County, Otsego County, Southern Tier, Delaware County, New York City, Bronx County, Brooklyn County, New York County, Queens County

Ag Updates

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Applications Open for Dairy Funding Accelerator Program

The Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) has opened applications for its upcoming Northeast Dairy Funding Accelerator (DFA) program. The 20-month intensive training curriculum will combine virtual and in-person sessions, as well as group and personalized Business Technical Assistance (BTA) training to help each participant meet their individualized needs. Funding for the program is being provided by the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC). Applications are being accepted until December 1, 2023.

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The Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Fellowship Program is seeking participants!

The Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Fellowship (CAMF) Program is designed to empower farmers and agricultural advisors to gain and share both the knowledge and tools needed to be resilient in the face of climate uncertainty.  This cohort-based learning opportunity is for farmers and agricultural advisors who are interested in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and planning, as well as peer-to-peer networking and support. Applications are due by midnight on November 11th, 2023. 

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Register Now for Cornell Small Farms Online Courses!

Are you thinking about starting a small farm? Do you already have a farm that you're looking to expand? Invest in your professional development and you'll see the returns in your business. The Cornell Small Farms Program offers a suite of more than 30 online courses, primarily taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. 

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Are you looking for a farm job? Are you a farm looking to hire help? Check out the 'Find a Farm Job' page on the New York Farmland Finder website! 

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