Resources for Underserved Farmers and Farm Businesses

The resources listed below are  oriented towards farmers and farm businesses owned and managed by underserved populations, including farmers of color, new and beginning farmers, women farmers, members of the LGBTQ+ community and others. For more information on the USDA’s definition of Underserved farmers, please visit here.


The grants listed below offer specialized grants for underserved farmers and farm businesses. We are always on the lookout for new grants, so please check back periodically.

CISA Climate Change Adaptation Grants: CISA’s adaptation grants help farms design and implement adaptive practices.

CISA Emergency Farm Fund Loans: CISA’s Emergency Farm Fund no-interest loans help farms recover from weather events.

USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants (HSI) Program

Technical Assistance Providers

Underserved farmers and farm businesses can require specialized technical assistance when adapting to climate change, whether due to language, background or farming experience. The following organizations and agencies provide specialized support for diverse farming communities.

United South & Eastern Tribes

New Entry Sustainable Farming Program

The Carrot Project

CISA Climate Program

USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants (HSI) Program

Massachusetts Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR)

UMass Extension

Land Acquisition

Acquiring farmland is difficult for many new farms and can be especially challenging for underserved farmers. The resources listed here specialize farmland acquisition in Massachusetts and New England.

Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

All Farmers

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Nuestras Raíces

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Find Local Food

For more information about CISA’s Climate Program, contact Stephen Taranto at or 413-665-7100, ext. 17.