Business Planning

Plain Language Guide to Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland in MA

In this Guide to Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland in Massachusetts, written in Plain Language, you will learn about:

•Determining the right kind of farmland for you
•Deciding what type of land tenure situation is right for you
•Starting the networking process
•Conducting farmland site visits
•Understanding your land by using the Web Soil Survey and other online information tools
•Negotiating with landowners and signing an agreement to use the land
•Beginning to farm your land!

1.12.21 // 6:00pm to 3.2.21 // 9:00pm

Winter Farm Business Planning Course (Registration Open)

The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business.

10.13.20 // 6:00pm to 12.1.20 // 9:00pm

Fall Farm Business Planning Course (Registration Full)

The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. The Fall session of the Farm Business Planning Course is full, but we still have room in the Winter session starting Jan 12th

10.6.20 // 10:00am to 10.15.20 // 8:30pm

New England Women in Livestock Business

Join us for a two-day focus session where women livestock producers from around New England will tune in virtually to learn how to strengthen communication and improve negotiation skills to become an even more effective employer and business manager.

1.14.20 // 6:00pm to 3.3.20 // 9:00pm

Farm Business Planning Course

The Farm Business Planning course will begin January 14th. The course meets for 8 Tuesday-evening sessions filled with information and activities that will help you write your farm business plan (3 of the 8 classes will be held online). The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. If you are interested in growing on our incubator farm, you must have a business plan.

2.9.19 // 9:00am to 11:00am

Explore Farming

Explore Farming is a two hour workshop designed to help you learn how to get started in farming

1.8.19 // 6:00pm to 2.26.19 // 9:00pm

Farm Business Planning Class

This course meets for 8 evening sessions and is filled with information and activities that will help you write your farm business plan.The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. If you are interested in growing on our incubator farm, you must have a business plan.

Recordkeeping 2: Harvest and Post-Harvest Records for FSMA Compliance

Media:

  • Digital Download

This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm recordkeeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English and/or low literacy skills. It covers the reasons for and benefits of keeping good records for harvest and post-harvest activities, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). 

Recordkeeping 1: Crop Planning and Planting Records for FSMA Compliance

Media:

  • Digital Download

This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm record keeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English or low-literacy skills. It covers the reasons and benefits of keeping good records for planning and planting, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

Crop Insurance 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance

Media:

  • Digital Download

Guided discussion draws on farmers’ traditional strategies for dealing with catastrophic crop failures to introduce the concept of crop insurance. Participants are introduced to basic concepts and vocabulary related to insurance. USDA’s Whole Farm Revenue Protection is introduced through a discussion of its purpose and benefits.

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