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FBEN offers a free membership. Members are from are nonprofit, for-profit, and community-based farms, producing vegetables, animals, fiber, timber, and other natural resource products. Member programs serve all ages from infant visitors with their parent, through K to 12 grades, to university students and adults throughout their lives. Members are teachers and teaching assistants, ecologists, research assistants, FoodCorps and AmeriCorps services members, nutritionists, doctors, garden coordinators, and of course urban, suburban, and rural farmers. In 2015, 49% of members were in rural areas; 68% operated at a nonprofit, and over one third had an operating budget under 50,000 annually.  

Someday Farm, East Dorset, VT

Bean Pod


In 2020, the FBEN membership grew to 4,325 members.  The majority of our members come from the United States, but over the past ten years individuals from the international community have joined as well, representing the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Taiwan, Tasmania, Thailand, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.



Members may host workshops, share resources, mentor peers, read newsletters, download resources, attende virtual calls. Whatever your engagement, we welcome your voice and ideas in what programs the Network offers. Please note that while membership is by individual, only member organizations are listed below.  To see what members offer mentorship, visit our Mentors and Consultants page

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