This past year NOFA-NJ was able to secure funding from the USDA to launch New Jersey’s first Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Affordable access to land in New Jersey is a great barrier for potential farmers and NOFA-NJ will support the launch of 5 farm businesses this year as they “test” their business plans in a low risk environment by offering support with utilities and irrigation, low rent, shared farm equipment & barn space, experienced mentors and educational field days offerings with $1,000 stipends. Upon successful completion of our incubator program, land linkage opportunities are being developed in partnership with the State Agriculture Development Committee and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture so participants may transfer their farm enterprises to other areas of the State.
Meet The Beginning Farmer Team:
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