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BOSTON – November 21, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $300,000 in grants to the Commonwealth’s regional Buy Local agricultural organizations for projects that will enhance efforts in western, central, northeastern and southeastern Massachusetts. Regional agricultural Buy Local organizations connect Bay State farmers with their surrounding communities. Started in the Pioneer Valley with Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), Buy Local organizations are committed to the idea that knowing where your food comes from makes good health and economic sense. Their efforts have helped generate consumer awareness and demand for locally grown food products while at the same time improving logistical access to these important food sources.
“It is more important than ever that, given our current challenging drought conditions, all residents of the Commonwealth support our hardworking farmers by buying their agricultural products locally,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Buy Local supports Massachusetts’ food economies and agricultural industry by generating consumer awareness and increasing the demand for our fantastic locally grown food products.”
“The Commonwealth has a proud history of farmers growing and supporting their communities by providing food that is unparalleled in quality while creating jobs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By supporting Buy Local initiatives, Massachusetts consumers are not only growing their local economies but providing increased access to nutritious, locally-grown products for all.” Read more →
Needham Community Farm, Needham, MA – Part-time Farm Manager
Needham Community farm is seeking a part-time, year-round Farm Manager/Gardener. Needham Community Farm (NCF) promotes food justice by increasing access to fresh, sustainably grown produce for food insecure individuals and families; practicing and encouraging environmental stewardship; and deepening our community’s connection to the food system through educational, volunteer and youth leadership programs. We grow on two sites and distribute produce through food access partnerships with a community food pantry and four affordable housing sites, provide support and guidance to multiple affordable housing community gardens, offer opportunities for learning
through our family gardening programs, and partner with local organizations to provide youth programs focused on food sovereignty, nutrition, and gardening. Read more →
Bristol Community College presents:
AGR 124: Introduction to Permaculture
Fall River Campus Spring 2017 3 credits
WEDNESDAYS 6:00-8:40 pm
To Register online, Go to www.bristolcc.edu
Course Search: Sustainable Agriculture
A new program for beginning and experienced farmers: The Farmer’s Edge. This is a year-long course designed to give farmers the skills and tools needed to cultivate financially sustainable businesses. Whether you struggle to understand the economics of your business or just want to increase your farm’s profitability, this course is for you!
Group sessions begin in January (second Wednesday of the month) and meet on-line for 2 hours each month. The first hour is devoted to a specific business topic, such as QuickBooks or Cash Flow Budgeting. The second hour is an open discussion for participants to ask specific questions about their businesses. This “consulting collective” combines the benefits of a business workshop and one-on-one technical assistance, with the added value of peer-learning.
At the end of the year participants will have:
In other words, they will have a plan to increase profits! Read more →