Farmer Training

Farmer training is the core of New Entry's work and provides farmers with the knowledge and experience they need to grow a commercial agricultural business.

New Entry prides itself on helping new and prospective farm business owners launch and succeed in their business. Here is a description of some of the services that we provide so that you can best take advantage of all that we have to offer:

1. Explore Farming is New Entry’s introductory workshop for those who are brand new to agriculture. If you dream of becoming a farm owner or getting involved in the food system, this workshop is a great place to start. In this workshop we provide an overview about what the agricultural landscape looks like and we help you decide what steps you can take to get started. This workshop is offered 6 times a year in multiple locations in eastern Massachusetts.

2. The Crop Production Course will begin to teach you everything you need to know to start growing crops for a commercial business. This course involves presentations, hands on activities and an opportunity to volunteer on our incubator farm. By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the skills and resources you will need to commercially produce vegetable crops. This course is offered every spring at our incubator farm.

3. New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Course is designed to help you write your business plan. This course is for those who have already gained an understanding of the skills and resources needed for farm business ownership and are ready to put their plan in writing.

4. The Incubator Farm is a unique offering at New Entry. At our incubator farm we provide you with a small plot to farm, access to tools and infrastructure, as well as technical assistance from our farm manager and an opportunity to work alongside other new farmers. Once you have a New Entry approved written business plan, you can apply to farm on the incubator.
 

 

To find out more about where you fit in to our curriculum, or to speak to a staff person about any of our farmer training programs contact Justin Chase at justin.chase@tufts.edu