Laying Roots in Foreign Soil: Refugees Thrive in Urban Agriculture Roles
“Dirt”, an online food and agriculture information hub, featured New Entry for our comprehensive farmer training programs.
For Would-be Massachusetts Farmers, a Matchmaker that Knows the Land
New Entry was featured in this Boston Globe article regarding our GIS mapping program to sift through available land and identify farmable plots in towns around the Boston area.
Small Scale Farmers Weather Challenging Season
New Entry was featured in this on-line EcoMass article which highlights challenges facing beginning farmers during their start-up phase.
A World of Fresh Flavor - Local Farms, Global Farmers in Unique Lowell Program
New Entry has been recognized for its impactful work by major organizations:
Harvard Pilgrim Foundation's Community Spirit Award
In 2013, New Entry was recognized by the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation for their low-income food access initiative. Each Harvard Pilgrim employee has the opportunity to award $500 to a local organization each year. The program was started in 2002, to commemorate Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Farm Service Agency Award
In 2012, New Entry was recognized by the FSA for significant contributions in expanding programs and services to underserved communities, as well as demonstrating outstanding leadership in expanding targeted groups participation in FSA programs and services through their development of “Your Guide to FSA Farm Loans.”
Glynwood Harvest Award
In 2006, New Entry was recognized with the Glynwood Harvest Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food Award. Glynwood Center helps communities address change in ways that conserve local culture and natural resources while strengthening economic well being. Glynwood Center created the Harvest Awards program in 2003 to highlight work by individuals and organizations who are doing an exceptional job of supporting local and regional agriculture. The Awards help to identify and disseminate “best practice” ideas that will inspire others to take action within their own communities and build urban/rural coalitions in support of regional farmers.
In nominating New Entry, August Schumacher Jr., former Massachusetts Commissioner of Food and Agriculture and senior official at the USDA, wrote that New Entry: “…represents an excellent model for replication in other states, and initiatives in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and elsewhere have already been modeled on their work. It is innovative; it has strong local, regional and national support; and it is stimulating a rapid expansion of new immigrant farming initiatives across the region and the country.”