Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program

Do you have 10 years or less of experience running a farm? Are you aspiring to start your own farm?

Take our Beginning Farmer Survey to tell us about you and sign up for SEMAP’s Beginning Farmer & Rancher mail list. SEMAP will be able to offer additional help through our Beginning Farmer emails, such as reduced price tickets to our conference and other educational events.

SEMAP provides numerous opportunities for Southeastern Massachusetts farmers to grow their business and agricultural knowledge. SEMAP staff can offer individualized assistance on topics ranging from social media, print design, labor regulations, press releases, and much more. We also provide referrals and funding to support farms in meeting one-on-one with outside professionals with a wide variety of expertise, including graphic designers, accountants, web developers, business advisors, financial consultants, other farmers, and more.

Request a consultation!

Below are some of the areas in which we can assist you. If you have a need in one of these areas – or have an idea that’s not listed here – please reach out to us! Fill out the survey above to let us know what type of assistance you’re looking for, and we’ll do our best to connect you with professionals who can assist you.


We can help you with:

Marketing and Branding
Retail Merchandising
Press Release Writing
Print Media Materials
Graphic Design
Website Design, Review, and SEO
Social Media Development
Business Planning
Land Access and Leasing
Enterprise Analysis
Financial Record-keeping
Grants & Financing
Value-Added Products
Sustainable Farming Practices
Food Safety Regulations
Labor Law & Management


More helpful external resources:

Beginning Farmer Network
Cornell’s Northeast Beginning Farmer Project
MDAR’s Agricultural Business Training Program
New England Small Farm Institute
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
bfn maCampus Farmers
The Virtual Grange
USDA New Farmers
NOFA/Mass Beginning Farmer Mentorship Program

FSA Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Loans
Young Farmer Nights (RI & SE-MA)
National Young Farmers Coalition
The Greenhorns

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Farming in Massachusetts
Farm Credit East FarmStart

If you haven’t yet, check out our Farmer Resource Library.

Note: SEMAP’s technical assistance offerings are supported in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

With respect to any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein, neither the United States Government nor SEMAP makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.  Users bear the sole responsibility for decisions affecting program participation and may want to consult other resources.

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