Technical Consultancy Program

Through the Technical Consultancy Program, NOFA-NY and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture are facilitating short-term, technically-focused consultations between new and experienced farmers.

The Technical Consultancy consists of a roster of Northeast farmers and farm-friendly business consultants, who apply for the role of educators through this program. Beginning farmers can use this directory to work through production and business challenges they face--up to six hours of consultation per topic.

You can download the consultant information directory here.  To print and create a booklet (it's portable and easier to read than on the computer screen), set your printer to print on both sides of the page, flipping on the short edge.  Once all three sheets are printed, fold them and staple the center spine into the booklet shape.

Want to automatically receive the next list in the mail? Go Directly to the Sign-Up Form.

 

When you use this service, keep in mind:
  1. You directly contact the technical consultants with the expertise you need.
  2. You and the technical consultant choose to use phone calls, e-mails, or even visits to help work through your specific technical questions, with an understanding that the consultant will only be paid for up to 6 hours of their time spent with you on that particular topic.
  3. Following the consultation, the experienced farmer will be paid, and you will be contacted for a short follow-up evaluation and verification that you used the service.
  4. Each listed farmer and consultant has gone through an application process, but NOFA-NY and Stone Barns are not responsible for the information provided by these consultants.

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Offering Your Knowledge & Signing up as a Technical Consultant
In the fall of 2013, NOFA-NY and Stone Barns published a directory of technical consultants (experienced farmers as well as professionals with an understanding of business and legal issues on farms) whom beginning farmers can contact for support. The program is free for any beginning farmer in New York and participating technical consultants will be compensated for their time. 

Compensation

The program supports technical consultants by compensating them for their time at an hourly rate of $50.

Orientation

Consultants receive an orientation packet, necessary supplies to record contact with beginning farmers, and are required to participate in an orientation via phone or online meeting.

Directory and Privacy

NOFA-NY and Stone Barns Center will be publishing an online and hard-copy directory of technical consultants, featuring consultant photographs, background information and areas of expertise. Personal contact information will not be published. 

Please call the Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator, Rachel, at (585) 271-1979 ext. 511 or e-mail newfarmers@nofany.org for more information about our application process.  The next call for applicants will be in early spring of 2014.

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 Frequently Asked Questions (each is linked to their response)

Who is Eligible? 

All New York farmers with ten or fewer years of experience are eligible to use the roster and contact our consultants.
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What does it Cost?

There are no costs to the beginning farmer, outside of any technology or travel you might use to connect with the consultant.
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How Long is a Technical Consultancy Mentoring Relationship?

Technical Consultancy relationships have a maximum length of 6 hours per beginning farmer per topic with a consultant. Participants will be prompted to remain in the program and update their information one year from their initial enrollment.
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Click Here for More Information About Stone Barns Center (links to external website)

Click Here to Visit the NOFA-NY Mentorship Program Page


 

This program is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, USDA, #2011-49400-30510 and #2011-49400-30307. For more information on the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, click here. For other Beginning Farmer-related information, visit the National Agriculture Library Clearinghouse at start2farm.gov.