Resources

Thinking of starting your own farm? Looking for grant opportunities? Want to learn more about forest farming?

Below are some helpful links to get you started!

  • Build-A-Lease

    • Farmers and landowners—and the land—benefit from good farm leases. A sound, written farm lease doesn’t have to be complicated, but it should have a solid legal foundation and reflect the interests and goals of both parties. The Land For Good Build-a-Lease tool will help you develop or improve your farm lease

 

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  • North East SARE: Farmer Grants

    • Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. Proposal deadlines are in early winter with awards announced the following spring

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program

    • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility.

  • WV Forest Farming Initiative

    • The West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative is a collaborative effort of six partner organizations to grow a thriving an ecosystem and economy for non-timber forest products and the people who love them in the Mountain State​

  • The Yew Mountain Center

    • The Yew Mountain Center is on a 500-acre nature preserve among the forests and farms of West Virginia. 

  • Certified Naturally Grown

    • Certified Naturally Grown provides a much-needed complement to the National Organic program. CNG is tailored for direct-market farmers producing food for their local communities. 

  • WV Herb Association

    • WVHA is a non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to promote the ethical and environmentally sound propagation, cultivation, harvest and use of herbs in West Virginia.

  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)

    • Register your farm and get set up for assistance programs. They offer the FSA Loan as well as other insurance/incentive programs (i.e. crop insurance, disaster assistance, etc).​