Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Resources for New Farmers
(718) 722-2891

Land and Soil

Soil and its components, air, water and nutrients, are the foundation for growing crops. Before starting your farm, contact your nearby Soil and Water Conservation District office. Districts work with farmers to assess, plan, and implement solutions to environmental issues on their farms, and then re-assess the outcomes of the implemented solutions.

Farming Practices
Agricultural Environmental Management Program
New York Agricultural Landowner Guide (American Farmland Trust)
NRCS Programs (National Resources Conservation Service)

Soil Chart, Texture and Maps
Soil Texture Calculator (USDA)
Climate and Soil Considerations (Northeast Beginning Farmers Project)
Web Soil Survey (National Resources Conservation Service)

Soil Testing Resources
Cornell University
Cornell Nutrient Analysis Laboratory (CNAL)
(607) 255-4540

See laboratories that are certified under NYS’s Environmental Laboratory Approval Program
(Select a laboratory certified for “solid and hazardous waste”.)

New York City Soil and Water Conservation District

Access to Water
DEC’s Water Withdrawal Permits and Reporting