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Find everything you need to help your farm grow

The newly expanded Marbleseed Organic Resource Directory now includes buyers, suppliers, and certification agencies, as well as educational resources such as fact sheets, workbooks, guidebooks, and more.

Want to see your business or resource listed in the Marbleseed Organic Resource Directory? We review all submissions to ensure products, services, and educational resources are appropriate for inclusion in the directory. To submit your business or resource for consideration, please use the forms below.

If you would like to order large quantities of the Organic Resource Directory or Guidebooks, please email info@marbleseed.org, or call 888-906-6737 to place your order.

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Farmer Advancement

Fearless Farm Finances Online Course

Beginning Farmers, Farm Business, Farm Business : General, Farm Business : Marketing
This one-of-a-kind course is packed with instructions, tips, and tools for setting up and managing a farm’s financial system. It includes real-life examples from successful farmers and sample data to show how forms and records should look.

New Farmer U

Apr 28 - Apr 29 | Rosholt, WI | $
Boost your farm business skills at New Farmer U in Rosholt, WI…

AgrAbility Summit 2023

Apr 06, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT
Tomah, WI | $

Presentation Topics…

What are Fair Systems for Farm and Food Businesses? | Audio Article
Apr 2023 by Adam Utley

As current OEFFA Executive Director, Rachel Tayse, describes, “In a truly just future, farms will fully support and sustain the ecological and human resources needed to produce food, fuel, and fiber…

Build Your Farm Labor Management Know-How

Jan 07 - Mar 09 | Online | $
The 2023 workshop series from the Farm Labor Dashboard project will help farmers build knowledge and skills they need to successfully recruit and manage the right employees for their farms. The…

2023 Frontera Farmer Applications

Beginning Farmers, Farm Business, Farming Systems
The Frontera Farmer Foundation is committed to promoting small, sustainable Midwestern farms serving the Chicago area by providing them with capital development grants. Small local farms, which often struggle financially, are more likely to promote biodiversity by planting a wide range of produce and operating using organic practices. By their artisanal approach to agriculture, the freshness of their product, and the variety of their offerings, these farmers ensure the highest quality food while they add immeasurably to the fabric of their local rural community.

Frontera Farmer Foundation will award grants for capital improvements of up to $12,000 to small and mid-size farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin that sell their food products to customers in the Chicago area at farmer’s markets and otherwise. We define “small and midsize” to mean family farms with up to $600,000 in annual gross revenue.

Farmers must have been in business for at least three years and must demonstrate how the grant will improve both their farm’s viability and the availability of locally grown food products in the Chicago area. Farms that have been awarded grants will be eligible every other year.

Nonprofit farms & farms with nonprofit parent organizations are not eligible for grants.

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Organic Transition 101
2023 by Kristen Adams

Thinking about transitioning to organic? Hear from organic certifiers
about steps to take, and resources to help you along the way.

Panel: Vegetable Market Analysis
2023 by Laura Frerichs, Becca Carlson Rudebusch, Liz Granak, and Atina Diffley

It is always something. Markets change. One day home-delivered produces boxes are cutting into CSA sales; the next, a pandemic shuts down restaurants, colleges, and farmers markets. In this workshop…

Cooperatives: A Business Model for the Solidarity Economy
2023 by Austin Frerick, Lauren Langworthy, Ken Meter, Kelly Maynard, Josh Bryceson

Generations of farmers have depended on cooperatives as an
essential tool to support their livelihoods and their communities.
Do co-ops support a fairer food system? Can they offer alternative…

Creative Land Access for Beginning Farmers
2023 by Bonnie Warndahl, Brett Olson, Katie Kubovcik, Moses Momanyi

Join experienced Farmland Access Navigators to learn about the
current challenges and solutions of land tenure. They will share land
access stories and dive into creative solutions to land acquisition…

Funding Your Farm with Little to No Debt - Grants and Creative Fundraising Strategies for Farmers
2023 by Fresh Roberson

There are a variety of ways to incorporate money into your farm
besides the sales of your products. We will share several ways to fund
your farm while minimizing or avoiding the stress of debt and…

Marbleseed's 34th Organic Farming Conference

Feb 23 - Feb 25 | La Crosse, Wisconsin | $
Join us for the 34th annual Organic Farming Conference, February 23-25, 2023 in La Crosse, Wisconsin…

2023 OEFFA Conference

Feb 16 - Feb 18 | Newark, Ohio | $
Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, the 2023 @OEFFA conference is three days full of live learning, sharing, and connecting with sustainable farmers, gardeners, and local food…

Beginning Farmer Institute

Beginning Farmers, Beginning Farmers : Connect with Peers
National Farmers Union's Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) is a free, year-long training program intended to improve the health of your farm or ranch business.

New Crop Insurance Options for Organic Producers

Nov 16, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Online | Free

The Iowa Organic Association and Megan Vaith with Northbourne Organic Crop Insurance, LLC, will present a webinar on Wednesday, November 16 at 12 p.m. about new and existing crop insurance options for…

17th Annual Emerging Farmers Conference

Nov 12 - Nov 13 | Shoreview, MN | Free
The Emerging Farmers Conference is for new and emerging growers and producers. This conference is for farmers, by farmers, and led by farmers. The goal is to empower emerging farmers with knowledge…

Working Together to Address Farmer Well Being and Mental Health - Audio article
Nov 2022 by Joy Kirkpatrick

Farming can be incredibly stressful. From financial challenges to unpredictable weather conditions, and access to labor, there are a multitude of issues impacting farmer's mental health daily. Luckily…

New Farmer U

Oct 28 - Oct 29 | Urbana, IL | $
This full-day session includes four workshops on a variety of farm business management topics…

USDA Assistance for Beginning Farmers

Beginning Farmers
USDA assistance for beginning farmers including loans, grants, conservation, crop insurance, and farm support.

The Farm Answers Library

Beginning Farmers
The Farm Answers library provides answers to the questions that you have about starting your farm or ranch, including Business Management, Marketing, People, Production as well as Taxes & Legal.

First Generation Farm Start-Up

Aug 27, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT
Alexandria, MN | Free

This field day will highlight the journey of Naima’s Farm from the beginning to current transition. Naima and her husband will share the challenges they both experienced regarding land access for an…

Women's Conservation Summer Camp - Tools to Manage Your Land Legacy

Aug 25, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Online | Free

This summer, the last Thursday of the month, Wisconsin Women in Conservation (WIWIC) is hosting Zoom meetings for women landowners, farmers, and operators to discuss different conservation practices…

New Farmer U builds strong foundation for beginning farmers' success
Jul 2021 by Sarah Woutat

It’s exciting to start a farm. You come into it with a passion, sure that you are READY! You’ve worked on other farms to learn the ropes, attended conferences and field days, read dozens of books, and…

Educational Opportunities

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers
Factsheet: List of educational opportunities to learn more about organic farming

Resources For Beginning Farmers

Beginning Farmers, Farm Business : General, Farm Business : Funding
Factsheet: Resources for planning your foray into organic agriculture

urban Growers Collective

Beginning Farmers, Farming Systems : Urban Farming, Leadership and Community : Healthy Communities
urban farming collective in Chicaho.

FARRMS beginning farmer loans

Beginning Farmers, Farm Business : Funding
Serving North Dakota

Farm Service Agency's Farm Ownership Loans

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Farm Business : Funding
FSA loans for qualified first-time farm buyers with no or low downpayments and a low interest rate. Make an appointment to speak with your local FSA agent for more information.

Finding Farmland Course

Beginning Farmers, Farm Business : General

Mentorship: OEFFA

Beginning Farmers
Serving Ohio

Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Beginning Farmers, Farming Systems : Urban Farming
Chicago-based organization empowering urban growers to foster thriving communities through sustainable agriculture and equitable food systems

Ag Solidarity Network

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Land Access : Outgoing Farmers
free online community platform for farmers

Farmland Access Decision-Making Tool

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Land Access : Outgoing Farmers


Beginning Farmers

Hearltand Farmlink

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Land Access : Outgoing Farmers
Serving farmers in Ohio

Mentorship: FARRMS

Beginning Farmers
Serving North Dakota

MN Agrarian Commons

Beginning Farmers

Ag Plan

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Farm Business : General
free online tool offered by the University of Minnesota to help farmers write a viable business plan.

IL Beginning Farmer Bond Loan

Beginning Farmers, Farm Business : Funding

Beginning Farmer Education Angelic Organics Learning Center

Beginning Farmers
Serving Northern IL, Southern WI, and the Chicagoland area

Beginning Farmer Education Practical Farmers of Iowa

Beginning Farmers
Serving Iowa

Cornell Small Farm Courses

Beginning Farmers

Farm Beginnings

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Farm Business : General
farm business planning course offered by the Land Stewardship Project

MN Dept of Agriculture Beginning Farmer Loan Program

Beginning Farmers, Farm Business : Funding

Farmland Access Hub

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Land Access : Outgoing Farmers
Serving beginning farmers in MN, WI, & IA

Marbleseed Land Link

Beginning Farmers, Land Access : Incoming Farmers, Land Access : Outgoing Farmers
free resource to connect land owners and land seekers

Mentorship: Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society

Beginning Farmers

Land Stewardship Project Farm Dreams, Farm Beginnings, and Journeyperson courses

Beginning Farmers
Serving MN, Northern IA, and Western WI

Heartland Farm Beginnings

Beginning Farmers
Serving Ohio


Beginning Farmers, Farm Business : Funding
Ag lender with an emerging markets sector