A report released last month by the National Young Farmers Coalition shows that student loan debt is one of the key barriers preventing more would-be farmers and ranchers from entering agriculture.... Read more ›
In the spring of 2015, Wolfe’s Neck Farm launched the two-year, residential Dairy Training Program, the first of its kind in the country. The dairy operation involves managing a 60 cow herd,... Read more ›
Who Invented Paddock Paradise? Paddock Paradise was designed by a former farrier named Jaime Jackson. In the 1980s, he began to study feral horses and their interactions with their natural... Read more ›
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2014 Organic Survey, a survey of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, or... Read more ›
Accessing secure, viable and affordable farmland is one of the top challenges farmers face in starting a career in agriculture. Land is essential to a farm business. It provides the soil, water and... Read more ›
Hi there! Dan Berube here. I am a second year incubator farmer with the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program in my hometown of Dracut, MA. When I decided to... Read more ›
Beginning farmers who support natural resources on their working lands have an important opportunity to be rewarded for their conservation efforts.  The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)... Read more ›
Imagine you’d like to start a local farm. You’ll want land, equipment, seeds, and that special ingredient that few people think about: a lawyer. Surprised? You’re not alone! Few... Read more ›
The apprentice program at Caretaker Farm started in the 70’s under the direction of previous farmers who were part of the back-to-the-land movement, where individuals from all over the world... Read more ›
I can now let out the results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture Preliminary Report and what it shows about beginning farmers in Massachusetts. To be honest, the results are a mixture of good news... Read more ›