The Field Guide to the New American Foodshed is designed to help those entrepreneurs and their advisors find and use relevant business development information from this new territory of local and regional food markets.
"This tip sheet provides a brief overview of some important farm income tax issues and offers resources where beginning farmers can find the answers to their general questions. To learn more, contact a tax professional, especially one who has experience working with farmers."
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Farm Cost and Return Tool (CART) was created to assist beginning farmers and ranchers. It can be used by those who are either thinking about farming or are actively engaged in a farming operation.
"A vocation is more than a job. It implies an occupation as being particularly worthy and requiring great dedication. Farming is such a vocation. We hope these offerings are a beginning towards restoring agriculture as a foundational impulse for our own health and for the well being of our planet and our communities."
The Southern Illinois Farming Network provides small-scale growers, agricultural professionals, and individuals interested in small-scale farming support and training along with access to key agricultural resources.
"The Farm Beginnings Collaborative is a national alliance of independent regional groups of farmers and farmer-training support organizations working together to promote Farm Beginnings, a farmer training model that is community based, rooted in sustainable principles, and farmer led." As of the summer of 2014, it is available in Illinois, SW In