Did you know if you are certified producer/ handler (processor), you can receive assistance for those certification costs? The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) manages the... Read more ›
On Monday afternoons at my farm, we scramble to harvest the final fruits and roots for our CSA, and to label and fill bags of herbs for Tuesday restaurant deliveries. We are sunburned, wet-socked,... Read more ›
Do you ever wonder if your intern program is in line with employment regulations? Concerned that your sales agreements might not hold up in court? OFarm Commons has just released a new podcast series... Read more ›
A report released last month by the National Young Farmers Coalition shows that student loan debt is one of the key barriers preventing more would-be farmers and ranchers from entering agriculture.... Read more ›
In the spring of 2015, Wolfe’s Neck Farm launched the two-year, residential Dairy Training Program, the first of its kind in the country. The dairy operation involves managing a 60 cow herd,... Read more ›
Who Invented Paddock Paradise? Paddock Paradise was designed by a former farrier named Jaime Jackson. In the 1980s, he began to study feral horses and their interactions with their natural... Read more ›
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2014 Organic Survey, a survey of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, or... Read more ›
Accessing secure, viable and affordable farmland is one of the top challenges farmers face in starting a career in agriculture. Land is essential to a farm business. It provides the soil, water and... Read more ›
Hi there! Dan Berube here. I am a second year incubator farmer with the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program in my hometown of Dracut, MA. When I decided to... Read more ›
Beginning farmers who support natural resources on their working lands have an important opportunity to be rewarded for their conservation efforts.  The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)... Read more ›