Led by Farmers, Focused on Farm Viability

The New York Farm Viability Institute is a grant making organization, led by volunteer farmers, funded primarily by New York State.

Our mission is to help New York’s farmers become more profitable and to improve the long-term economic viability and sustainability of our state’s farms, the food system, and the communities which they serve.

We strive to achieve our mission through a farmer-driven grant making process connecting farmer-identified needs to practical research and education solutions. We amplify our efforts and the efforts of others through leadership and collaboration. This creation and sharing of knowledge results in positive farm-level impact.

The Board of Directors selects projects for funding. The board considers the recommendations of review panels that include farmers from the related agriculture sector and represent diverse farm sizes, production practices, and locations across the state.

To broaden their impact, projects must measure and report on the results the work produces. Project results are accessible to the entire agricultural community to help others in making decisions about their farms.