Exploring The Small Farm Dream course
The “Explorer” courses are intended for those considering farming as a (small) business. Its purpose is to help pre-venture, aspiring farmers learn what it will take to start and manage their own agricultural enterprise. Explorer makes use of four, guided group sessions and a farmer panel of those who have already done what you are contemplating. It is based on an acclaimed workbook and is presented by an instructor experienced in starting farm businesses. Explorer was created to help you articulate the clear vision and goals you will need to guide a new agricultural venture.
(*tentative based on interest):
Feb – March 2017
5 Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00PM
Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28, 2017
@ Bristol Community College Fall River campus
If you are interested:
Complete and send in an application form BY SEPT 30.
Applications are available on the MDAR Agricultural Business Training Program (ABTP) website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/land-use/agricultural-business-training-program-abtp.html
Email completed application to Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: October 28th, 4-6pm
The Fall Fest will be held at Henry Lord Community School, 151 Amity St Fall River. Rain or shine! Free for vendors attend.
Seeking farmers, artisans, and other value-added producers to participate.
Also seeking donations of pumpkins.
Those interested should contact Emily Mallozzi at email@example.com
BOSTON – September 20, 2016 – Under a recent declaration made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 11 Massachusetts counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and three counties as contiguous natural disaster area counties due to crop losses, particularly of tree fruits like peaches, caused by frost and freeze occurring between February and May. The counties with primary disaster designation are Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester. The counties named as contiguous disaster counties are Dukes, Nantucket and Suffolk. This disaster designation makes farms in designated counties eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including emergency loans.
“Massachusetts’ diverse agricultural industry has long been a vital part of the Commonwealth’s economy, creating good jobs and providing healthy, local food for residents,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We appreciate the United States Department of Agriculture taking steps to assist farms across the Commonwealth. I encourage farmers adversely impacted by this year’s extreme weather conditions to explore the USDA programs and the state’s Emergency Drought Loan Fund.” Read more →
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