Throughout the year, New Entry holds dozens of classes, advanced workshops, online trainings, farm tours and field trainings for beginning and established farmers, World PEASCSA customers, and the general public. Almost all of our events require some form of pre-registration but most are free or very low-cost to attend. Filter our events below by your area of interest and then let us know you're coming. We can't wait to see you on the farm!
Our Farm Manager John Short will be teaching a Field Workshop on harvesting and post-harvest strategies for the harvesting and care of safe, beautiful, and fresh vegetables and fruits. The workshop will focus on good harvesting techniques and maintaining food safety and preventing spoilage and loss both in the field and during storage.
Each year, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project opens our ‘doors’ and welcomes the community for a tour at our incubator farm sites for an afternoon of fun and farming in the field! The tour gives an insider’s view of the beginning farmer incubator training sites and what it takes to farm on ¼ acre. Use this opportunity to learn from project farmers and staff about our beginning farmer training programs, our farmland preservation efforts, and farm employment resources. Discover what motivates New Entry farmers and hear first-hand the challenges and joys of starting a small farm business. And most importantly, explore where your food comes from! Also, enjoy some delicious appetizers made with locally-grown produce right from the farms.
Our two incubator farms in Dracut, MA are located at 126 Jones Ave. and 25 Wildlife Way.
The event is free and open to all New Entry friends and supporters.
The Farm Tour will happen rain or shine! Note that our farm site is not handicap accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
This is a Show and Tell Workshop in conjunction with Eastern Massachusetts CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training). A wide variety of tools including walk-behind tractors, wheel hoes, flame weeders and more that are used in small scale farming will be examined and demonstrated. Please bring your own favorite tool for small scale farming to demonstrate!
Come explore, learn, connect and unwind with fellow Incubator Farm Project staff from across the country. This year will include:
• Workshops on best practice related to Incubator Farm Project design and implementation.
• Discussion sessions for digging deep and getting creative.
• Farm visit to the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association.
• Opportunities to stretch, move and relax on the seaside with people who intimately understand your work!
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. This conference is possible thanks to funding from the Community Food Projects grant program of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
We will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at the local and regional level through sustainable food production.
More details: http://nesfp.org/community-food-systems-conference-2017. Registration information coming in 2017.