1 How to Begin your Small Farm Dream A Plain Language Guide from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Skills you need to start a small farm Risks & rewards of owning a farm Resources for investing in your farm Making a farm business plan Marketing your products I N THIS G UIDE , Y OU W ILL L EARN A BOUT :
i Authored by Michelle Hughes Contributing Authors: Kate Granger, Jennifer Hashley, Catherine Owens May 2010 Boston Office: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Tufts University Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition and Sciency Policy Agriculture, Food and Environment Program 150 Harrison Street Boston, MA 02111 (617)636-3793 Lowell Office: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project 9 Central Street, Suite 402 Lowell, MA 01852 (978)654-6745 A Plain Language Adaptation of: Exploring the Small Farm Dream: Is Starting an Agricultural Business Right for You? © 2004, A publication of the New England Small Farm Institute---adapted with permission For additional information regarding this document, please email: [email protected], or call (978)654-6745. This document is available in electronic format or as a printed copy. The latter may be obtained by contacting NESFP at the above locations. Please contact New Entry for permission to use any part of this document for educational purposes. P roduction of this document was supported by the SARE Professional Development Grant ENE05-092, USDA CSREES 2501 Program, and by USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA Partnership Agreement No. 06IE08310159). “In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410. Or call (202)720-5964. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.” New Entry Sustainable Farming Project NNIFP
ii iii The Producers of this Guide NESFI We at NESFP are grateful for the work of The New England Small Farm Institute in putting together the orginial version of this workbook, Exploring the Small Farm Dream: Is Starting and Agricultural Business Right for You? Thank you, NESFI, for giving us the opportunity to adapt your workbook so that we may provide more focused assistance the populations we serve! NESFI is a non-profit educational organization. Their mission is to promote the viability of the New England region’s small farms. Founded in 1978, they develop and deliver innovative, farmer-guided programs and provide information and assistance to aspiring, new and developing farmers. They advocate for new farmers and sustainable small-scale agriculture, and seek to develop program delivery partnerships with agricultural service providers throughout the Northeast. NESFI is located in central Massachusetts on Lampson Brook Agricultural Reserve, a 416 acre publicly-owned farmstead that is designated as a National Historic Register cultural landscape and is managed as a small farm development and training center.
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