- Select farm enterprises, and develop a business plan and enterprise budgets;
- Identify and research the markets in your area, and how to promote your farm products;
- Find and evaluate the materials, equipment, and additional information and resources you will need as a farmer; and
- Develop a crop or livestock production plan and schedule that follows your marketing and business plan
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is a partnership project between Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Community Teamwork, Inc. of Lowell. New Entry’s mission is to assist people who have an interest in small-scale commercial agriculture, to begin farming in Massachusetts. The broader goals of New Entry are to support the vitality and sustainability of the region’s agriculture, to build long term economic self-reliance and food security among participants and their communities, and to expand access to high-quality, culturally appropriate foods in underserved areas through production of locally-grown foods. New Entry achieves its mission through preparing farmers with the knowledge, practical skills training, and business savvy to produce healthful food and market it within their communities by providing business planning courses, field trainings, access to farmland, collaborative markets, and ongoing technical assistance and support.