Sustainable Farm Business Planning Course

 The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will be offering two versions of its flagship Farm Business Planning Course this winter (2012): Learn to develop and plan for your farm business in either a classroom or a web-based learning environment! The course will cover all aspects of planning for the long-term financial success of your farm business, including how to:

  • 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
Option 1: Classroom-Based Farm Business Planning Course Dates: January 10th through February 21st, Tuesday evenings 6-9pm Location: Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA Course fee: $400 (scholarships available) For more information and to apply, please visit http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/farmbusiness.html. Questions? Email sanderson@comteam.org or call 978-654-6745. Option 2: Online Farm Business Planning Course Dates: January 8th through March 4th Flexible schedule and location with 2 mandatory classroom sessions on the first and last days of the course in downtown Boston Course fee: $500 (scholarships available) For more information and to apply, please visit http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/distancelearn.html. Questions? Email maura.beaufait@tufts.edu or call 978-654-6745.


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.

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