Farmer Training

Farmer training is the core of New Entry's work and provides farmers with the knowledge and experience they need to grow a commercial agricultural business.

New Entry prides itself on helping new and prospective farm business owners launch and succeed in their business. Here are descriptions of the courses we provide on a regular basis so that you can best take advantage of all that we have to offer:

1. Explore Farming is New Entry’s introductory workshop for those who are brand new to agriculture. If you dream of becoming a farm owner or getting involved in the food system, this workshop is a great place to start. In this free two-hour workshop we provide an overview of the agricultural landscape for small farms and tools to help you decide what steps you can take to get started. This workshop is offered virtually approximately 6 times a year. 

2. The Crop Production Course is about gaining practical skills in organic horticulture. This course focuses on different components of growing mixed vegetable crops for direct markets and includes interactive online content, plus opportunities for experiential learning through our demonstration plot at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA.

3. Making Less Risky Business of Wholesale and Institutional Markets: An Online Course is designed to highlight resources for growers and buyers interested in wholesale and intermediated markets. You will learn how to navigate these market opportunities, how to manage risk, and what requirements exist are essential to successfully engage with schools, institutions, restaurants, and grocery outlets that work with local farmers. Register here and you will be sent access to the free self-guided online course.

4. New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Course is designed to help you write your business plan. This course is for those who have already gained an understanding of the skills and resources needed for farm business ownership and are ready to put their plan in writing.

5. The Incubator Farm is a unique offering at New Entry. At our incubator farm we provide you with a small plot to farm, access to tools and infrastructure, as well as technical assistance from our farm manager and an opportunity to work alongside other new farmers. Once you have a New Entry approved written business plan, you can apply to farm on the incubator.
 

To find out more about these opportunities or the Farmer Training Program in general, contact Kevin Cody at kevin.cody@tufts.edu