Imagine you’d like to start a local farm. You’ll want land, equipment, seeds, and that special ingredient that few people think about: a lawyer. Surprised? You’re not alone! Few... Read more ›
The apprentice program at Caretaker Farm started in the 70’s under the direction of previous farmers who were part of the back-to-the-land movement, where individuals from all over the world... Read more ›
I can now let out the results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture Preliminary Report and what it shows about beginning farmers in Massachusetts. To be honest, the results are a mixture of good news... Read more ›
The university that began as “Mass Aggie” recently created a new Bachelor of Sciences major in Sustainable Food and Farming.   Originally an option within the former Plant and... Read more ›
Last Friday, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, more commonly known as the Farm Bill.   The House and Senate finally compromised on the Farm Bill, after three years of... Read more ›
How many beginning farmers are there? This is probably the single most common question I get. Well, at 12:00 PM EST on February 20, 2014, I finally get to tell you because the USDA National... Read more ›
What’s part speed dating and part mini-retreat? Sounds a lot like the Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts’ 2013 Fall Forum (BFN-Mass) held this past November 12 in Charlton MA... Read more ›
Many new farmers explore direct sales to consumers as their sole business model. Direct sales offer great potential to secure a high price for your products, but many farmers in Massachusetts are... Read more ›
    1. Create a seasonal chart of crops featuring estimated harvest dates, specific varieties, & unique produce features. For example: Cambodian chilies available late July to mid... Read more ›
    In this series of six blog posts, Myrna Greenfield discusses six strategies to Sell More with Better Displays. Part 6: Build Brand Awareness This colorful display of... Read more ›