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'Tis the season of giving thanks, and we have much to be thankful for, despite the turmoils, twists and turns that 2020 has brought to us all.  A few weeks ago, we held a very successful National FIELD School Conference that offered over a dozen workshops and discussion sessions for incubator and apprenticeship staff.  Our CSA program had the busiest season on record as the demands for fresh and local food have been at an all-time high, and we are excited to extend the harvest and continue to support our community in need with our new COVID-19 Relief and Solidarity Box.  With your purchase, we will deliver a box chock-full of fresh and local produce to individuals and families in need this holiday season. So if you're looking for a fresh and local way to give back this season, please consider gifting a Solidarity Box to a family in need.

We continue to stay true to our mission of providing training, resources, and support to the next generation of farmers.  If you are a farmer or aspiring farmer, please consider joining one of our upcoming courses, such as our next Business Planning Course, an overview of our new Mentor Training Toolkit, or checking out our curated list of farmer resources. We are also working to make the world a more just and equitable place for all, and to talk more about what that means, register for our Connected Futures: Panel on Racial Justice & Equity in the Food System on December 6th. We also welcomed our latest group of fabulous Tufts interns, who support our mission from many different angles, and who have so many fresh new ideas and newfound passion for New Entry.  We are grateful to have them on staff this season, and throughout the year. 

From all of us at New Entry, please stay safe, have a wonderful season of thanksgiving, be well, and eat well!
In This Issue
- November 2020 -

Upcoming Events & Classes

December 1:  Giving Tuesday: Get ready to support New Entry and your other favorite causes!  This year, if New Entry meets our goal of 25 donors, we will unlock a $5,000 challenge gift, so join us on #TuftsGivingTuesday!
December 6th: Join us for Connected Futures: Panel on Racial Justice & Equity in the Food System  - an engaging virtual panel about building equity throughout food systems.
December 15th:  Join us for an introduction to our new Mentor Training Toolkit.  Learn from the authors about the strategies and resources available to improve your skills as a mentor/trainer of beginning farmers and ranchers.  Register for the webinar here.
January 12th-March 2nd: Winter Farm Business Planning Course begins, register today for this very popular program to help you develop a start-up farm business plan.
News and Resources
Around the Farm

Two Weeks Until #GivingTuesday: #GivingTuesday has become an important tradition around the world to support organizations and charities in need, and this year is so critical for so many.  This year, you can donate to New Entry through #TuftsGivingTuesday - keep an eye out on our social media pages, and via email for more information!  Help us unlock at $5,000 challenge gift through your gift. 

New Entry is Hiring an Incubator Farm Manager! Are you looking to play a vital role on a farmer training team, and to share the responsibility of training the next generation of farmers?  Learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team here.

2020 National FIELD School Was held between November 4-8, and this year, and for the first time, it was virtual!  The FIELD School was held in collaboration with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's 35th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference (SAC).  Our FIELD School "Track" within the larger SAC event attracted farmers, incubator and apprenticeship staff, academics, nonprofits, and other eager to learn more about how best to support beginning farmers.  Our most popular workshops were Building Racial Equity in Beginning Farmer Training Programs and Land Access Connections: Exploring Alternative Land Tenure Arrangements for Graduates of Farmer Training Programs.  With plenty of interactive discussions, Q&A with panelists, online networking, we made the best of a virtual situation.  The good news is if you registered for the conference, you have an all-access pass to all the workshop recordings, so you can revisit your favorite topics all year long.  We hope to convene in person next year! 

Save the Date! Connected Futures: Panel on Racial Justing & Food Equity  Together with Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Building Audacity, and the Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative, we are hosting a virtual panel that explores race and equity in food systems. Professor and Farming Training Manger Kevin Cody from NewEntry, along with Kareal Amenumey from Tufts Food Rescue, and Nakia Navarro the CEO of Building Audacity lead the panel and the conversation surrounding historical and existing injustices within the food system. Topics will include Black land loss in Massachusetts, the difficulty sourcing culturally preferred foods, and Black and Indigenous food geographies.
When: December 6th, at 7 pm EST 
Registration and More Information Here.


Hydroponics - growing greens year round!  New Entry received a generous donation of hydroponic equipment this fall from an anonymous donor.  We've been actively planning how to make the best use of this amazing gift and are currently building educational partnerships with two organizations to set up demonstration projects and engage students, youth, and future farmers in learning about hydroponic growing and producing healthy food year-round for the community.  Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new initiative!

COVID-19 Resources for Agriculture
MassGrown: COVID-19: How & Where to Buy Local 
Farmers are still open for business, and this great MassGrown map from MDAR is kept up-to-date, and is the statewide source to find your closest farms, farmers' markets, CSAs, and more all winter long.  The map includes information on farms that offer delivery and curbside pick-up. Check it out, and keep it local this winter! 
Farmer Training
 
Mentor Training Toolkit & Webinar Check out our newest publication: Supporting Mentors to Teach Next Generation Agrarians - A Farm/Ranch Mentor Training Toolkit.  As part of our effort to improve the quality of on-farm experiential training and skill building for future farmers, many of whom gain their experience through on-farm internships or apprenticeships, the role of the mentor cannot be understated.  Supporting the experienced mentors who provide critical skills training to future agrarians is critical to our collective "toolbox" of supporting future producers.  This Toolkit provides tips for supporting mentors from adult education strategies, case studies of experienced programs, tested training curricula, an abundance of resources, and wisdom from dozens of apprenticeship training programs across the country.  Join us on Tuesday, December 6th at 2pm EST for a Mentor Toolkit Over Webinar of the various chapters and content contained in the Toolkit so you can support your mentors as the valuable educators they are!

New Entry's Winter Farm Business Planning Class registration is now open, and will be held virtually.  This class runs from 6-9pm EST starting Tuesday, January 12th and ending on March 2nd, 2021.  The class is for those individuals who are ready to put vision into action and take the first steps in starting their new farm business. Each session is filled with information and activities to help you develop and write your farm business plan. In this course, you will learn to: 
  • Create a vision and mission for your farm business
  • Develop a budget and plan to fund your business 
  • Create a marketing plan 
  • Set goals and create a timeline for your farm business to grow 
  • Weave the above elements together into a cohesive business plan
If you are new to farming, it is recommended that you first take our Explore Farming workshop before registering for this class so that you can best assess what resources you currently have and what resources you will need to start farming before creating a written business plan. More information and registration here. 
Farmer Resources
Farmer Financial Resources:

CFAP 2: USDA COVID Relief Funding for Small Farms
Time is running out to take advantage of the USDA relief payments to farmers under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2)!  These payments are made based on 2019 revenues and any farmers affected by the pandemic (all of you!) should review the program eligibility rules and consider applying - even if you had a successful year in 2020 due to increased demand - you are still eligible for payments! The deadline for application is December 11th, 2020, so interested farmers should apply as soon as possible.  More information can be found here.

Reminder for Dairy Producers: December 11th Deadline for 2021 Safety-Net Enrollment
The USDA deadline to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) for calendar year 2021 is Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened DMC signup in October to help producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities.  The DMC program offers reasonably priced protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. For more information, visit farmers.gov DMC webpage, or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-center-locator.
 

The MA Food Trust Program provides loans, grants, and business assistance for increasing access to healthy, affordable food in low-income, underserved areas. Rolling deadline.  In Eastern Mass, the program is administered by the LEAF Fund. Complete the pre-application here.

MDAR also has several grant programs for farmers available on their website.

New Entry also hosts an abundance of other farmer resources in our online resource library located here.

New Entry Food Hub
New Entry Food Hub

This Season, Donate Local, Fresh Food to Those in Need New Entry is partnering with Building Audacity to increase food access in Dorchester, Lowell, and Lynn.  The COVID-19 Relief and Solidarity Box provides healthy, fresh, local food to our communities. Our goal is to feed at least 2,000 families over the next 10 weeks, and we need your support! Learn more here, and help offset the costs of supplying produce to local families facing food insecurity.  Please note, New Entry CSA customers can use their existing login to register and purchase these boxes. Honor someone you love by giving the gift of nutrition to a family in need - help pay it forward!
Welcome to the Farm!
New Entry Welcomes Seven
New Interns to the Farm

 
At New Entry, we have a long and rich tradition of working with talented and dedicated interns.  This fall and throughout the winter and spring, we are so fortunate to be working with so talented interns and wanted to welcome them to the farm, and to introduce them to our community. 

Nina Freeman is a senior at Tufts University double-majoring in biology and environmental studies.  She joined the New Entry team because of her love of organizations that that advocate for food sovereignty and empower farmers. Nina was the teaching assistant for the Farm Business Planning class this semester, and witnessed first-hand the excitement, ambition, and love for the land that this new wave of farmers brings to their local food systems. Nina plans to continue her education in graduate school studying soil microbiology, and to then enter the agricultural extension workforce to continue learning from food system stakeholders and connect farmers with the best information and technology available.  Outside of New Entry and school, Nina enjoys backpacking with friends, trying new pie recipes, and playing piano. One of her biggest passions is ragtime, and she loves collecting original Scott Joplin sheet music!

Lizzy Cooper is a master’s student at Tufts University Friedman School for Nutrition and Policy. She has over four years of experience working at food justice organizations and food policy councils in urban and rural contexts. Her most recent position managing a gleaning organization and working with small scale farmers across South Central PA bolstered her interest in policy and programming that supports all farmers, lowers the barriers to entry for BIPOC and LGBT farmers, and strengthens rural communities. Lizzy is enjoying this opportunity at New Entry to learn more about support for beginning farmers and program evaluation. 


Megan Schultz is the Marketing and Outreach intern for New Entry this semester.  She was drawn to New Entry by the community of farmers that come from all around the world and strive to make the food system better with every harvest. Megan has always been interested in farming and spreading the word about what's going on in the food system world when it comes to sustainability, and loves being able to do exactly that through this internship and get a behind-the-scenes experience while doing so. She looks forward to using her learnings at New Entry in future work to enhance community-level food networks and strengthen the food system from the bottom up. While she has worked on farms in the past, she believes  nothing compares to the diverse and enriching experience of working with a farm where everyone is treated like family, and wanted to give a special shout out to the entire New Entry community for doing the work that is both necessary and amply rewarding.

Lily Careb is an intern in New Entry’s Food Hub, and a senior at Lesley University’s business management program on track to get her MBA.  She chose to do her last internship as an undergraduate student at the food hub because of her love for farming and for making good, clean, and healthy food accessible to more people, and believes we are all truly deserving of it.

Also joining our team are interns Leila Skinner, Erik Wilson, and Anna Bury, all current students at Tufts.  Welcome all! 

What We're Eating and Reading 
Risotto with Winter Squash & Leeks recipe link. What could be better than a quick, easy, and tasty risotto recipe that is delicious with any kind of winter squash?  This risotto can be made with very little fuss, on your stovetop of in your Instant Pot.  Cozy up with this comforting and seasonally on-point dish this month.
The Art of Gathering: How we Meet and Why it Matters: By Priya Parker In The Art of Gathering, Priya argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive--which they don't have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.  This Thanksgiving, you might want to consider how you are gathering and how to make it more meaningful.  Priya also hosts an engaging and informative podcast with amazing guests, Together Apart.  Check it out!
Our Mission
Well-trained farmers are key to building sustainable local food systems, and New Entry prepares new and beginning farmers for success through comprehensive training and technical assistance in all aspects of farm production and management. Our mission: work with new farmers to build strong businesses, expertise in the field, and a resilient food system.
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