The 2018 CSA season is officially in full swing! With the help of volunteers from American Training, the Food Hub Team is busy aggregating produce from our alumni farmers and forming a bountiful fruit and vegetable share.
This growing season, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is holding a brand new class that teaches students everything they need to know about producing crops! Our first class has 30 students enrolled, all of them excited to learn how to produce vegetable crops. The course started in April with indoor sessions for topics such as crop planning and introduction to sustainable agriculture and in May the class moved outdoors to New Entry’s incubator farm in Dracut for hands-on activities and field demonstrations.
Access to farmland remains one of the top challenges that new farmers face. New Entry is hosting a free workshop to help new farmers identify their land needs and navigate the land procurement process.
Save the Date! New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA) are excited to announce their partnership in putting on the 2019 Community Food Systems Conference. The conference is set to take place in early December 2019 in Savannah, Georgia, and will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture.
4.13.18 // Kristen Irvin, National Technical Assistance Coordinator
The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (“CFP”) has engaged over 500,000 individuals in low-income and food insecure neighborhoods across the country over the last five years. New Entry is honored to serve as the technical assistance provider for CFP applicants and grantees. Read more about the program here and check out the 2017 Indicators of Success Report!
3.19.18 // Allison Koch- TerraCorps Service Member & Community Engagement Coordinator
Have you ever felt like a donation or grant would help your farm move in the right direction? The Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (MEGA) program provides up to $10,000 in grant money to new farmers! New Entry TerraCorps service member Allie Koch spoke with Steve Murray of Heart Beets Farm about his experience with the grant and his tips for new applicants.
During the last session of the Community Food Systems Conference hosted by New Entry in December, a crowd of passionate minds gathered for a lively discussion about The Right to Food: Shifting Systems, Policies, and Narratives that Ignore the Root Causes of Hunger.
New Entry is hiring two, full-time year-round benefited positions to join our Farmer Training Team! If you enjoy working with and mentoring beginning farmers in all aspects of production, business management, marketing, and helping them grow their operations, apply today to be our Incubator Farm Manager or our Education and Curriculum Coordinator.