Tax deductible donations are accepted on-line through the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Please select the Friedman School of Nutrition and specify that you would like your donation to be directed to the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.
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Do you want to support a vibrant local food system in Massachusetts?
Are you interested choosing fresh, locally produced foods that haven’t traveled thousands of miles to get to your plate?
Do you wish to protect valuable farmland for the generations of tomorrow?
We all eat and deserve access to a safe, healthy local food supply for our families. To accomplish this, we need active and economically viable local farms. We also need to train new farmers and food producers in our region. Recognizing “the face of your farmer” and knowing who grows your food in our local landscape builds community and ensures a level of accountability in the food we eat.
We are in the midst of an exciting period of opportunity for local agriculture due to a resurgence of consumer and institutional interest in locally-produced foods. This renaissance of local food has created demand that is already outstripping supply in many areas. For example, farmers’ markets beg for more producers and waiting lists grow for CSA membership. By far the weakest link in the revival of regional agriculture is the beginning farmer. New farmers are critical to sustain our agricultural base and to replace an aging farmer population. However, people interested in starting agricultural careers are increasingly challenged, as barriers to entry are significant and traditional venues for education are declining.
New Entry provides constructive environments and strategies that support new producers and create opportunities for them to strengthen agricultural capacities, share learning experiences, and build better communities. We provide access to information, resources, farmland, market, and individualized training and technical assistance so that producers can grow healthy, local, fresher food for you and your family.
In the past, New Entry received the majority of its funding from government sources. As the demands on these resources grow, due to budgetary pressure, the struggling economy, and competition from other projects emerging around the country, the potential funding for New Entry programs shrinks. The future of our project becomes increasingly dependent on alternate funding sources. In order for New Entry to continue to provide needed services to its beginning farmers, who, in turn provide locally grown produce to the surrounding communities, we rely on your help. Please consider a donation to New Entry, to keep small-scale farmers economically viable, to keep locally-produced food in the marketplace, and to protect valuable farmland.
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