Business Planning

Massachusetts Farmland Guide

A plain language guide from New Entry that is written for beginning farmers who are looking for land to start a farm business. Includes resources to help farmers locate and secure farmland through a variety of purchasing options.

Client Letter of Agreement

Letter of agreement between the International Rescue Committee IRC) and an IRC Fostering Agricultural Refugee Microenterprise (FARM) client. Agreement outlines IRC responsibilities, client responsibilities, and mutal understandings. FARM is an an initiative that is aimed at the economic empowerment of refugees through agricultural business, providing education and farming resources to participants.

Construyendo Mejores Lugares Rurales

An introduction to federal programs or resources that may assist you in adding value, diversifying, or adopting more sustainable practices in your agricultural business. This guide offers an overview of each program, its purposes, the assistance it offers, and any restrictions. The programs are listed alphabetically as well as by field of interest.




Financing the Farm: Applying for an FSA Loan

Plain language guide from New Entry that is designed to help farmers apply for a Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan, in order to provide extra resources to get started, expand, or own their own farm business. The guide explains the types of FSA loans available and provides instructions for applying and making a business plan.

Applying for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Plain language guide from New Entry for farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which pays farmers and ranchers to implement practices that protect water, soil, and air quality. The guide explains how the program works and outlines eligibility, the application process, and how the money can be used.

Applying for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Plain language guide from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for farmers interested in applying for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which rewards farmers for being good “stewards” of their land. The guide includes information on program eligibility and an explanation of how to apply.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Presentation

Presentation from New Farms for New Americans that outlines the basics of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), benefits, and how to start one.

Fresh Start Farms Wholesale Price List

2012 Wholesale price list from Fresh Start Farms, an immigrant and refugee farmer collective.

Your Potential Profit: Enterprise Budgets

Presentation from New Lands Farm that illustrates growing crops for market, with specific examples of expense planning and calculations.

Your Farm is a Business

Presentation from New Lands Farm on planning for your business and making a profit: outlines how to create a business plan with an emphasis on profit, crop specifics, and competition.


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