Building from the Ground Up: USDA NRCS Conservation and FSA Loan Programs


Monday, January 30, 2023


6:00pm – 8:00pm


New Entry's Incubator Farm and Online (Hybrid)  733 Cabot Street, Beverly MA, 01915



Building from the Ground Up: Join representatives from NRCS and FSA, to learn how they programs can help you make key infrastructure improvements and implement conservation practices to protect farmland. You will also hear how other farmers have used these programs to take their businesses to the next level. Speakers will be available for a Q&A at the end of the session.

About the speakers:

Margaret (Maggie) Hayes is a Soil Conservationist for USDA NRCS working in Worcester, Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. She graduated from Northern Vermont University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. She is an enthusiastic hobby knitter and sewist in her spare time.

Alice Hurst-MacDonald is the Program Technician for the Middlesex/Essex County Farm Service Agency and has been serving in this position, helping connect farmers with FSA programs, since summer of 2022. She graduated from Salem State University in Spring of 2021 where she studied Peace and Conflict Studies and Minored in Sustainability. Her passions include sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, and exploring outside. She looks forward to working on behalf of the FSA to build beneficial, equitable, and long-term relationships with local producers from all backgrounds.

Robert Purcell currently works for the USDA NRCS as a District Conservationist covering Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk Counties. Robert graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics. In his spare time you will find him either golfing, tending to his garden, or watching UConn sports.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award number 2021-70027-34693, as an effort to connect Massachusetts' Underserved and Beginning Producers to Safety Net and Farm Support Programs.