New Entry’s Incubator Farm Training Program provides practical, hands-on training for beginning farmers who want to start and operate successful small farm businesses. After completing the Farm Business Planning Course and creating a personalized farm business plan, new farmers are eligible to lease land on our training farms in Dracut, MA at affordable rates for up to three years, with access to regular field-based trainings, one-on-one technical assistance from our trained staff, and basic farm infrastructure.
Shop at Whole Foods Market on Wednesday, December 14th and 5% of sales will benefit New Entry! Participating stores include: Arlington, Framingham, Lynnfield, Wellesley, Woburn, Westford, Medford, Melrose, and Wayland. This is an excellent opportunity to stock up on your holiday goodies while supporting new farmers and local food access. Thanks for your support!
The Beginning Farmer Education and Curriculum Coordinator will develop new farmer education strategies and build curriculum to provide high-quality training to small-scale, direct market beginning farmers, both on and off the field, on multiple aspects of farm enterprise development. She/he will oversee educational programs, courses and practical skills workshops for diverse adult learners. Other important work includes working with the farmer training team to develop, educate and support new producers to achieve economically viable farm businesses through group learning, individual farm coaching and financial technical assistance. This person will also support case management/technical assistance for participants in New Entry programs and services.
If you are a beginning farmer in Massachusetts, take our survey! We'd love your feedback on farming resources available in our state; this survey is part of a research project of the Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts.
In 2015, New Entry was able to make an impact throughout the food system, from farmer training and production of fresh, healthy, local food, to the distribution and consumption of that fresh produce to consumers and low-income families.