Our Theory of Change

Our goal is to encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurial ecological farmers.  For the last 10 years we did this by:

  • Encouraging many to explore their new farm dreams and helping more serious prospective farmers assess and plan their next steps into agriculture.
  • Connecting new farmers with training, resources and mentors as well as land, assets and peers that help them to not only get their farm businesses off the ground, but to thrive.
  • Providing start-up farms, seed capital and flexible training and skills building opportunities as well important connections to peer, mentor and community networks.

No one can make it easy, nor should we hold anyone’s hand.  We aimed to help make the road to a farming dream a little more accessible, a little less risky, and a little less lonely. We have found that small amounts of timely and effective support and encouragement can make the difference to someone who is pursue the exhausting, challenging and rewarding road to becoming a farmer.

Below is the Theory of Change that FarmStart developed to describe both the direct support and the ecosystem a new farmers needs, to build sustainable livelihoods and a successful career.

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