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Farmers Helping Farmers

get the resources they need to succeed

GO FARM CONNECT is a farmer-led initiative to build relationships between non-traditional farmers and the agricultural support agencies and experts that can help farms succeed.

Our trained peer Connectors can help farms of all sizes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. For new farmers, new citizens, big dreams or small steps, Go Farm Connect is a peer network of support and information to assist the emerging cohort of farmers America needs to thrive. 

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If you are a beginning, woman, immigrant, or Person of Color farmer or gardener, or you have otherwise had difficulty accessing agricultural assistance programs, please do fill out a Welcome Form and we will pair you with a Connector in your region of Minnesota or Wisconsin. 

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Meet KaZoua Berry, a farmer and Connector from Maplewood, MN.

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds.” 
― Thomas Jefferson

Our Project

GO FARM CONNECT is a three-year project led by Renewing the Countryside and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), whose aim is to connect farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin with USDA resources. Our wide network of peer Connectors spread across the region provides one-on-one support to beginning and historically under-represented farmers to help them access the wide range of programs at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Farmers who work with our Connectors learn about USDA services through individual peer mentoring, workshops, farm field days, and group informational visits to USDA service centers.

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Our Mission 

This project specifically supports beginning and historically underserved farmers, which the USDA defines as belonging to a group “whose members have been subject to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice … without regard to their individual qualities.” The existence of such prejudice has prevented women and People of Color from accessing USDA services for which they were or could have been eligible. This project aims to remedy this inequitable gap in federal support for US farmers.

Our Connectors

Our peer Connectors, many of whom are themselves farmers, are rooted in the communities they serve and often have well-developed networks connecting them to people with expertise in farm finance, soil health, and conservation. Connectors are well versed in USDA programming, and are actively building relationships with local county and state NRCS and FSA staff. When working with individual farmers, connectors take time to get to know each person’s situation; help them identify which programs are right for them; and walk alongside them through the process of meeting eligibility requirements and signing up or applying for programs, including setting up record-keeping systems. 

3-Year Goals of
GO FARM CONNECT

750

Connections to underserved farmers

60

Events to connect underserved farmers to USDA local staff

200

New farmers successfully

working with USDA

100

USDA staff educated about the needs of historically underserved farmers

Our
Partners

GO FARM CONNECT is very grateful for the opportunity to partner with UDSA, NRCS and FSA staff in Wisconsin and Minnesota to inform participants from underserved audiences about USDA programs and services. We are also looking forward to educating USDA staff about the needs of historically underserved farmers, and how to better serve them, based on the project research. DA programs and services

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USDA'S NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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USDA'S FARM SERVICE AGENCY

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