Free consultations for farmers in NY & Midwest

Map of USA highlighting north central region and New York

Published January 1, 2022


Filed under Technical Assistance

Farmers, do you wonder about how to set prices for your crops, hire workers, or manage business risks? AJP has received funding to provide farmers with free technical assistance on employment practices. We’re offering our full services at no cost to farmers in New York and in the North Central region (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, and WI). We can help you with employment policies, integrating social justice values into employment practices, communication and conflict resolution, health and safety, and pricing your products to cover fair wages and production costs.

Note that AJP also has a separate Social Justice Fund that provides free technical assistance (and pays the cost of Food Justice Certification) for smaller-scale family farms and independent, small-scale grocers, regardless of where you’re located.

How does it work?

  1. Fill out a 30-minute self-assessment of your farm’s current practices.
  2. Email us your existing written employment policies and health/safety plan. Don’t fret if you don’t have anything in writing yet–that’s what we’re here for!
  3. We’ll respond with an individualized report and offer resources and suggestions that you may find helpful.
  4. We’ll also invite you to workshops on pricing, writing an employee handbook based on social justice values, creating a health and safety plan for your farm, and training your employees, as well as summer field days where you can meet up with other farmers to share ideas and learn more.

We look forward to helping your farm to succeed in all of its goals. For more information on the project, see our Technical Assistance page.

Fair Farm Technical Assistance and Outreach Projects (2021-2024) is a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY), and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). This project is funded thanks to grants from the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center (NERME) and the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE).

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