Business Planning

Plain Language Guide to Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland in MA

In this Guide to Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland in Massachusetts, written in Plain Language, you will learn about:

•Determining the right kind of farmland for you
•Deciding what type of land tenure situation is right for you
•Starting the networking process
•Conducting farmland site visits
•Understanding your land by using the Web Soil Survey and other online information tools
•Negotiating with landowners and signing an agreement to use the land
•Beginning to farm your land!

2.9.19 // 9:00am to 11:00am

Explore Farming

Explore Farming is a two hour workshop designed to help you learn how to get started in farming

1.8.19 // 6:00pm to 2.26.19 // 9:00pm

Farm Business Planning Class

This course meets for 8 evening sessions and is filled with information and activities that will help you write your farm business plan.The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. If you are interested in growing on our incubator farm, you must have a business plan.

Recordkeeping 2: Harvest and Post-Harvest Records for FSMA Compliance

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  • Digital Download

This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm recordkeeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English and/or low literacy skills. It covers the reasons for and benefits of keeping good records for harvest and post-harvest activities, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). 

Recordkeeping 1: Crop Planning and Planting Records for FSMA Compliance

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  • Digital Download

This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm record keeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English or low-literacy skills. It covers the reasons and benefits of keeping good records for planning and planting, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

Crop Insurance 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance

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  • Digital Download

Guided discussion draws on farmers’ traditional strategies for dealing with catastrophic crop failures to introduce the concept of crop insurance. Participants are introduced to basic concepts and vocabulary related to insurance. USDA’s Whole Farm Revenue Protection is introduced through a discussion of its purpose and benefits.

Crop Insurance 2: Introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection

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  • Digital Download

Participants will review costs and benefits of WFRP crop insurance and learn about eligibility, the application process, required farming practices and record keeping. They will be advised on where to find assistance with accessing information about WFRP, decision making, program application, compliance, and, when appropriate, collecting payments. Trainers may need to begin by reviewing what was learned about Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), from Module 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance. This teaching resource was developed by Linda Seyler of Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Chicago, in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

11.15.18 // 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Explore Farming for Veterans

If you are at the very beginning of exploring farm business ownership, Explore Farming is for you! This is a free two hour workshop with presentations and in-class activities designed to help you identify what actions you will need to take towards farm business ownership.

10.10.18 // 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Explore Farming

If you are at the very beginning of exploring farm business ownership, Explore Farming is for you! This is a free two hour workshop with presentations and in-class activities designed to help you identify what actions you will need to take towards farm business ownership.

10.16.18 // 6:00pm to 2.26.19 // 9:00pm

Farm Business Planning Course

If you are ready to start or expand your farm business, the Farm Business Planning Course is for you. In this course you will learn how to create a mission and vision for your business, develop a budget and a plan to fund your business, create a marketing plan for your business, set goals and create a timeline for your farm business to grow or expand, and weave those elements together into a cohesive business plan.

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