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BY KAREN SCHWALBE
Under a rocky ridge just off the highway in Fall River, Simply Local Wood has repurposed industrial land for a business that supports Southeastern Massachusetts working forests. Simply Local Wood manufactures and sells products from locally harvested wood. Ranging from the practical to the whimsical, cordwood is produced and packaged ecologically and harvested from sustainably managed woodlots.
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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 October 31.
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
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 →
(Taunton, Massachusetts) – September 19, 2016 – The County Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Bristol/Norfolk/Suffolk County, CED Julie Viveiros, announced today that livestock producers may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses incurred in 2016.
According to SED Niedzielski, Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties recently met qualifying drought ratings that ‘trigger’ eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on improved pasture and native pasture.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides compensation to livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html. Read more →