Introducing Fresh Start Organic Garden at the Stetson School in Barre, MA

We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders.  This one is from Shawn Ilinitch of the Stetson School’s Fresh Start Organic Garden in Barre, MA. Last year, I kind of fell into (love with) farming by accident. Read More  Read More

“An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Farming in Massachusetts” Now Released!

Our friends at the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project in Massachusetts just published their new guide for aspiring MA farmers, entitled “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Farming in Massachusetts.” The guide covers everything from finding land to business management to resources on developing farming infrastructure.  While the guide is intended for Massachusetts-based farmers (and many of the resources are state-specific), anyone looking... Read More

Upcoming Beginning Farmer Forum in Massachusetts

We want to spotlight some great organizing coming out of the Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts (BFN/Mass): Next Tuesday, November 12th, is the BFN/Mass Fall Forum, an opportunity for farmers to meet fellow farmers, farm service providers and food system advocates – in short, all those who are concerned with beginning farmers’ livelihood and success.  The forum is both a networking opportunity and a chance for the group to raise and... Read More

New Website Database to Support Beginning Farmer Success in MA

The Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts (BFN/Mass), a coalition of farmers and farm service providers in MA, have officially released their new website clearinghouse for resources and information for beginning farmers in the state. The website, www.bfnmass.org, is designed to allow for simple navigation through  a database of service provider-offered loan and grant programs, classes, and other services.  At the same time, the website helps... Read More

Massachusetts Beginning Farmer Network Forum Next Week

NYFC is pleased to be able to spread the word about this beginning farmer network starting up in Massachusetts.  MA farmers – check it out!  Anyone in other areas not yet involved with a young/beginning farmer coalition, contact us to learn how to get one going. BFN/Mass Fall Forum- November 13th from 10:30 to 2:30 at the Charlton Public Library.  Register at www.tinyurl.com/bfnmassfallforum     Are you a new farmer or thinking about... Read More