Resources For Women Who Want To Farm – Northeast

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Connecticut

Animal Auctions:

Middlesex Livestock Auction (Middlefield, CT): Livestock auction held every Monday at 12:30 p.m. with livestock sold by the pound.

https://www.facebook.com/skye1400/

UConn Beef Auction (Storrs, CT): Annual event held at the University of Connecticut in October selling beef cattle.

http://animalscience.uconn.edu/beef/beefCalfSale.php

 

Seed Supplies:

NESEED – New England Seed (East Hartford, CT): Supplying organic, non-GMO vegetable, flower, and herb seed varieties in bulk and packets.

https://www.neseed.com/

Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre (Wethersfield, CT): Natural food market and café supplying heirloom seeds and gardening supplies.

http://www.heirloommkt.com/home.html

 

Grants:

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture offers a list of grant opportunities and programs on their website: http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=1366&q=499192

The University of Connecticut also provides an exhaustive list of grant providers and advice on how to search for grants here: http://www.canr.uconn.edu/ces/frm/grant_links.php

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The New Connecticut Farmer Alliance has a “New Farmer Bucket List” which gives guidance about must-dos for new farmers, including finding land, registering as a business, handling taxes, growing products, and more.

http://newctfarmers.com/new-farmer-bucket-list/

CT NOFA – the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut – also provides a list of resources for new farmers, particularly those interested in organic and sustainable farming, here: https://ctnofa.org/Resources_for_farmers.html

 

Delaware

Animal Auctions:

Dill’s Auction Service (Wyoming, DE): Auctions on Wednesdays with a variety of animals for sale.

https://www.facebook.com/Dills-Auction-Service-LLC-204863516206901/

Wilson’s Auction (Lincoln, DE): Wilson’s Auction is a general auction house which holds weekly auctions, some of which are for farm, horse, and horse-related items. Their auction schedule is available on their website.

http://www.wilsonsauction.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Clark Seeds (Clayton, DE): Supplying a variety of garden, farm, grass, and wildlife plot seed.

http://www.clarkseeds.com/

Newark Natural Foods Co-op (Newark, DE): Supplying Southern Exposure seeds including vegetables, herbs, flowers, and more.

http://www.newarknaturalfoods.com/

 

Grants:

The Delaware Department of Agriculture offers a list of farming grants and programs on their website: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/grants-loans/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The Delaware Beginning Farmer Program gives new farmers hands-on training, demonstrations, workshops, and more to improve their knowledge and skills in farm management: http://extension.udel.edu/blog/beginner-farmer-program/

 

Maryland

Animal Auctions:

Four States Livestock B&J Livestock Inc. (Hagerstown, MD): Sales for feeder cattle on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Dairy cattle sales on the 3rd Wednesday of every month with bidding starting at 7:15 p.m. Stock cow sales on the 1st Wednesday of every month with bidding starting at 8 p.m. Goats, lambs, sheep, and hogs auctioned too.

http://www.fourstateslivestocksales.com/

Westminster Livestock Auction (Westminster, MD): Large livestock sale beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. Small livestock sale beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Feeder cattle sales on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in September, October, and November.

http://www.fredericksheepbreeders.com/westminster-livestock-auction/

 

Seed Supplies:

Potomac Garden Center (Urbana and N. Potomac, MD): Supplying a wide variety of flower and vegetable seeds, as well as many varieties of vegetable and melon plants for seasonal growing periods.

http://www.potomacgardencenter.com/index.html

Johnson’s Seed & Feed (Salisbury, MD): Supplying a variety of grass seed, garden seed, and vegetable packs.

http://johnsonsseedandfeed.com/

 

Grants:

The University of Maryland Extension provides a list of grants, incentive programs, and loans for farmers in Maryland, available here: https://extension.umd.edu/smallfruit/resources/grants-loans-and-incentives

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Condition (SMADC) makes grants and financing assistance available to individual farmers, groups and ag-related entities. Information about these grants is available on their website here: http://www.smadc.com/farmRESOR/grants.html

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The University of Maryland Extension offers advice for new farmers, including information, publications, and programs, here: https://extension.umd.edu/agmarketing/new-farmers

 

Massachusetts

Animal Auctions:

Northampton Cooperative Auction (Whately, MA): Sales held every Tuesday at 12 noon beginning with eggs, rabbits, and poultry. Pigs, goats, lambs, and sheep sale beginning at 2:30 p.m. with cattle and calves to follow.

http://northamptonlivestockauction.homestead.com/

Northeastern Avicultural Society (Westford, MA): Bird auction at 10 a.m. on the 1st Sunday of every month for members only.

https://www.poultryshowcentral.com/Northeastern_Avicultural_Society.html

Heritage Farm Horse Auction (Easthampton, MA): Horse auctions held several times a year, with a schedule available on the website.

http://heritagefarmeasthampton.com/auctions/

 

Seed Supplies:

Whitney’s Farm Market and Garden Center (Cheshire, MA): Supplying grass and garden seed as well as organic garden solutions.

https://whitneysfarm.com/berkshire-county-cheshire-garden-center/

Ward’s Nursery (Great Barrington, MA): Supplying a wide variety of seeds as well as other gardening necessities.

http://wardsnursery.com/

 

Grants:

The Mass.gov website offers links to various grants and funding programs for agricultural projects here: https://www.mass.gov/agricultural-grants-and-funding-programs

Mass Farmers Market offers a reasonably extensive list of grants for farmers in Massachusetts on their website here: http://massfarmersmarkets.org/resources/grant-opportunities-for-farmers/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources provides resources for new farmers including programs, land source links, grant options, marketing opportunities, and rules and state regulations. A compilation of these resources is available here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/beginning-farmer-resources

 

New Hampshire

Animal Auctions:

Lussier Auction (Various locations, NH): Holding livestock, farm and construction equipment, and other auctions throughout New England including New Hampshire. Information available on website.

http://www.lussierauction.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Demers Garden Center (Manchester, NH): Supplying vegetable and flower seed as well as other garden paraphernalia.

http://demersgardencenter.com/

Black Forest Nursery (Boscawen, NH): Supplying flower seed, fruit seed, and trees.

http://www.blackforestnursery.com/AboutUs.html

 

Grants:

The website of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food offers information about a number of grants for agricultural development here: https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/divisions/agricultural-development/grant-program.htm

The New Hampshire Food Alliance offers links to local, regional, and federal funding sources here: http://www.nhfoodalliance.com/content/funding-resources

 

Resources for New Farmers:

New Hampshire Farm to School provides links to many resources for farmers, including for new farmers, here: http://www.nhfarmtoschool.org/new-hampshire-agricultural-resources.html

 

New Jersey

Animal Auctions:

Hackettstown Livestock Auction (Hackettstown, NJ): Auctioning lambs, sheep, goats, calves, beef cattle, pigs, rabbits, and all types of heavy fowl every Tuesday beginning at 10:30 a.m.

http://www.hackettstownauction.com/home.html

Cedar Lane Auction & Feed Store (Elmer, NJ): Auctioning livestock every Tuesday from 1 p.m.

http://cedarlaneauction.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Hall’s Garden Center & Florist (Berkeley Heights, NJ): Providing vegetable seed, flower seed, herb seed, organic seed, and more.

http://www.hallsgarden.com/about/awards-accolades/

Wild Ridge Plants (Pohatcong, NJ): Offering a native plant nursery and seed bank assays to retail and wholesale customers.

https://wildridgeplants.com/

 

Grants:

The State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture website offers a page about farming opportunities which includes information about funding and more, available here: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/grants/farmingopp.html

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture website offers a page about farming opportunities which includes information about funding and more, available here: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/grants/farmingopp.html

The State Agriculture Development Committee also offers specific information and resources for new and beginning farmers here: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/farmlink/resources/newfarmers.html

 

Rhode Island

Animal Auctions:

Danny’s Auction (Foster, RI): Livestock and farm tool auction every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

http://www.dannysauction.com/livestock.htm

Southern Rhode Island 4-H Fair (Richmond, RI): Annual fair held in June with livestock auction.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SouthernRhodeIslandFair/about/?ref=page_internal

 

Seed Supplies:

The Good Earth Organic Gardening Center (Hope, RI): Selling vegetable, herb, and flower seed as well as certified organic produce and herbs.

http://www.goodearthri.com/

Cluck! Urban Farm Supply (Cranston, RI): Supplying plants, seeds, and farming advice.

http://cluckri.com/

 

Grants:

The Rhode Island Department of Agriculture website lists some grant sources on their website here: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/agriculture/grants.php

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI offers information about further grants and loan opportunities here: https://nofari.org/resources/funding-grants/#.Wz3rkdIzY2w

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The Rhode Island State Conservation Committee offers a guide to farming in Rhode Island which can be found here: http://www.easternriconservation.org/Guide-To-Farming-In-RI.pdf