New Farmer Development Project
The New Farmer Development Project identifies, educates and supports agriculturally experienced immigrants in the NYC region to establish economically and environmentally sound, small-scale farm operations. Our project seeks to preserve regional farmland, strengthen farmers’ markets, and expand access to high-quality, locally-grown farm products. Over 100 people are actively involved in the NFDP by participating in educational events, and pursuing farming opportunities and/or marketing opportunities. Most of the participants are originally from Latin America. They possess a range of backgrounds, with skills and interest in raising vegetables, flowers, and livestock, as well as organic production and alternative energy. Many participants have access to specialized marketing outlets, knowledge of ethnic crops, and large family networks that provide a rich pool of knowledge and resources.