New Entry Open Farms Tour, August 1

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will open its farms to the public during their 6th Annual Open Farms Tour on Thursday, August 1st, beginning at 4:45 PM, at the Ogonowski Memorial Fields in Dracut, MA. Learn about their beginning farmer training programs and enjoy local food!

New Entry’s 6th Annual Open Farms Tour
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Thursday, August 1st (Rain or Shine!)
4:45 – 7:45 pm
Location: Starting at Ogonowski Memorial Fields, 126 Jones Ave., Dracut, MA; and visit to 2 other incubator training farms in Dracut
Cost: Donations welcome!

You are invited to join New Entry for an insider’s tour of our beginning farmer incubator training sites. Join New Entry farmers and staff for an informative and fun-filled 6th Annual Open Farms Tour on Thursday, August 1st, beginning at 4:45 PM, at the Ogonowski Memorial Fields, located at 126 Jones Avenue, Dracut, MA. Fun for the whole family!

Speak with project farmers and staff to learn about our beginning farmer training programs, our farmland preservation efforts, and farm employment resources. Discover what motivates New Entry farmers and learn steps that New Entry farmers take to mitigate risks on their farms. Explore where your food comes from! Meet and network with other project supporters who believe in New Entry’s mission. Taste delicious appetizers made with locally-grown produce from the farms.

This event is free and open to all New Entry friends and supporters, and registration is required. Donations are always welcome to support and expand our work. Click on the link for registration and directions. See you at the farm!

For more information: www.nesfp.org

NOFA-NH’s Journeyperson Program Accepting Applications

NOFA-NH is Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Journeyperson Program!

The 2012 Journeyperson program was NOFA-NH’s first, and we connected two first year production farmers to experienced mentors. The goal of the Journeyperson program is to help first year production farmers find success by providing them with the kind of support and community connection that only comes with experience.

This is an intensive mentorship model, and Journeyperson mentors are paid an annual stipend for their time and one-year commitment. Journeypersons are offered education and business planning stipends, and are enrolled in the program for two years.

Journeyperson mentors are an invaluable part of the program, and for their dedicated service, mentors are offered a quarterly stipend for the duration of their tenure. Mentors and Journeypersons are matched by NOFA-NH Journeyperson committee, and work with NOFA-NH Beginner Farmer Program Coordinator to create a relationship that works best for them.

We are now accepting  applications for the 2013 Journeyperson program, for both mentors and Journeypersons. For more information on the Journeyperson program email Ray Conner, Beginner Farmer Program Coordinator, bof@nofanh.org.

For more information: www.nofanh.org

New Entry Workshop: Explore Farming! September 25

New Entry Workshops for New Farmers:
Explore Farming!
155 Merrimack St, 3rd Floor, Lowell, MA
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
4 – 6 pm
Cost: Free

New Entry’s workshop Explore Farming! is designed to help you figure out how to get started with a new farm business. This free two-hour workshop and discussion is a prerequisite for our classroom Farm Business Planning Course, and a good way to help you start thinking about your future farm business. The next Explore Farming! workshop will take place from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, September 25th.

If you have not already registered for Explore Farming!, please click HERE. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing sanderson@comteam.org or by calling 978-654-6745.

For more information: www.nesfp.org

UVM Farmer Training Program

Though the tomatoes and melons of this season are still in full force, and the fall bounty is yet to come, it is time to daydream about 2013. The UVM Farmer Training Program is now accepting applications until October 1 for early admission to the 2013 cohort! (After that admission will be rolling until spots and the waitlist are filled) Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program (May 2 -October 31, 2013) for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation

For more information and to apply, visit http://learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/farmer-training/ or http://www.facebook.com/farmertraining or contact us at farmer@uvm.edu(802) 656-8657.

Ensuring the Future of Farming: Beginning Farmer Journeypersons Announced

As part of their program to encourage beginning farmers in New Hampshire, NOFA-NH has announced its first two journeypersons — Todd Horner of Nubanusit Farm Project and Glenn Preston of Willow Pond Community Farm. Horner will be mentored by Andy Pressman, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Preston by our very own Kate Donald of Stout Oak Farm. Thank-you to all involved for helping to ensure the future of farming in New Hampshire! Via the NH Department of Agriculture:

NOFA-NH (Northeast Organic Farming Association-NH) has announced the selection of its first two journeypersons—part of the Northeast regional Beginning Farmer grant from USDA discussed in a recent Bulletin. Todd Horner of Nubanusit Farm Project operates a CSA at the Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm co-housing community in Peterborough. This year he will distribute CSA shares and sell vegetables, flowers, and herbs from a mobile farm stand, which will likely make cameo appearances at events in the area.

Horner will be mentored by Andy Pressman, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people find small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to energy and agriculture. Through NCAT’s Agriculture Project, known as ATTRA Sustainable, Andy provides technical assistance to farmers and educators in organic crop production, market farming, season extension, urban agriculture, and farm energy. He farms with his family farm near Peterborough, and is an associate supervisor of the Hillsborough County Conservation District.

Journeyperson Glenn Preston is the new farm manger at Willow Pond Community Farm in Brentwood. Preston has experience working on livestock and vegetable farms in Virginia and Vermont, and has interned with MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association). Kate Donald, co-owner of Stout Oak Farm in Brentwood and the first manager at Willow Pond, will be Preston’s mentor. With 12 years experience as an organic vegetable grower, she and husband Jeff recently purchased an easement-protected farm and have moved their operation from a rented property. A former board member of the Seacoast Growers Association, Donald is on the board of Seacoast Eat Local and coordinates their winter farmers markets.

The NOFA journeypersons, in their early year of independent farm management, will benefit from close mentoring, access to NOFA-NH events and workshops, and stipends specific to education and business planning.

New Journeyperson Program at NOFA-NH

NOFA-NH

Great news about NOFA-NH‘s new journeyperson program, via the New Hampshire Farms Network:

NOFA-NH (Northeast Organic Farming Association-NH) is introducing its first Journeyperson program for beginning organic farmers, modeled after MOFGA’s (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) well-established Journeyperson program. The Journeyperson program will be launched this spring, and it is looking for beginning farmers (between zero to 10 years experience) in the startup or re-strategizing phases of their farming career to apply. The two-year program will offer farmers hands-on, mentored farming opportunities and training, access to educational resources and business planning training, free membership to NOFA-NH, and access to all of its yearly programming.

The program is also looking for established farmers to participate in the role of host farm/mentor, with training and a stipend provided. If you would like more information about the Journeyperson program, please contact Ray Conner at info@nofanh.org.