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It's July at Moraine farm, and our amazing staff, Incubator farmers, and invaluable interns and volunteers are abustle teaching farm workshops, harvesting crops, managing weeds, and preparing shipments of food for hundreds of people throughout the community. So far this season, we have packed and delivered over 96,000 pounds of produce!  We are grateful that our Food Hub is so robust this season, consumers are supporting local, we exceeded our Crowdfunding campaign goal to support food access partnerships (thank you to all who donated!), and that we can purchase from so many regenerative farms to fill the demands for fresh, healthy, delicious food from our network of beginning farmers.  Our training and education team has been thrilled with the registrations and engagement for our Crop Production workshops, and our very popular Explore Farming Workshop, which have been held virtually due to Covid-19, but have not deterred people from starting to actualize their dream of running their own farm.  New Entry staff is also continuing our learning and "unlearning" about racial equity and justice through participation in ongoing trainings, readings, learning cohorts, and organizing sessions.  This ability to rally and to find new ways of working on and offsite at the farm through our programming, initiatives, and resources is one of the things that makes New Entry unique, and drives each of us to ensure our mission continues and is fully realized.

We encourage everyone who can to support their local farms through purchases of CSA shares, donations to Food Access programs, and shopping at your local farmers market or on-farm stores this season.  If you can, offer to volunteer at your local farm.  Please consider prioritizing Farmers of Color and black-owned business or black-owned restaurants in your purchases.  The most sustainable and  resilient food system is one with diverse, economically vibrant local farms providing our communities with abundant, healthy, fresh locally grown food. 

Be well, and eat well!

 
In This Issue
- July 2020 -

Upcoming Events & Classes

July 26th: FREE Explore Farming Workshop
August 11th - September 8th: Organic Farming & Food Systems Practicum III: Fall Harvest
Coming Soon: Registration for the October Farm Business Planning Course
August 30th:  New Entry CSA fall distribution begins, register today!

Mid-October:  Farm Business Planning Course launch!
November 11-15th:  National Field School (Incubator Farm and Apprenticeship Training Program Annual Conference, to be held virtually)
News from the Farm
Farmer Training

Our Next, Very Popular Explore Farming Workshop is July 26th from 10-12pm EST. The Workshop is free, offered online, and is for anyone interested in getting involved in the food system and pursuing agriculture as a livelihood.   In this workshop, participants will: 
  • Hear the perspective from a local farmer about getting started in agriculture. 
  • Learn about New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's courses and services.
  • Identify resources you have and resources you'll need for your farm business.
  • For more information, and to register, click here 
The third, and final workshop in the series: "Organic Farming and Food Systems Practicum: Fall Harvest", is now open for enrollment.
The workshop runs 8/11 - 9/8, and is perfect for those interested in starting their own farm business but in need of technical skills to get started. The Crop Production Workshop series is available through Tufts University, and individuals will learn:
  • Harvest and post-harvest food safety including: handling, washing, and packing produce.
  • Market channel selection, including growing produce for local markets and direct-to-consumer outlets.
  • Cover crops and season extension.
  • Processing and preservation of fall harvest.
  • And so much more!
Each session will meet virtually with opportunities for on-farm engagement (dependent on Covid-19 restrictions).  Limited seats are available, so for more information and registration, view here.

New Entry Farm Business Planning Class will be held fully online for Fall 2020.  This class runs for 8 weeks starting in October (exact dates TBD), and is for individuals 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. 
  • The Farm Business Planning Course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. 
  • If you are interested in starting your farm on our incubator farm, you must have a 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. 
Farmer Resources

Northeast BIPOC Farmer / Fisherperson/Rancher Relief Fund - Applications Now Being Accepted - The Northeast BIPOC Farmer Relief Fund is now accepting applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) folks living in the Northeast who work in agriculture and have been economically impacted by the COVID crisis.  To be considered for funding, fill out this short and simple application to: pasafarming.org/relief
 

Criteria
In order to be eligible for funding, you must:
●  Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color)
●  Work on a farm, ranch, in agriculture, or as a fisherperson
●  Live in any of the following states or tribal land in this region: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC
●  Have been impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic
To apply, please visit pasafarming.org/relief

Date application closes: August 10, 2020
Date applicants will be notified: August 24, 2020 or earlier
Date checks will be mailed out: September 6, 2020
Farmer Financial Resources during COVID-19:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. Learn more and apply for PUA here.

Economic Injury Disaster (EID) Loans & Grants
As of May 4th, the SBA is accepting applications from farms only. Farms should apply immediately to access these limited funds.  See this tutorial on the EIDL program by Farm Commons and visit SBA website to apply.


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.

Considering Online Marketing?  For producers looking to pivot to online marketing and deliveries, our friends at the National Young Farmers Coalition put together a new resource guide on Direct Sales Software Platforms and it is now also available in Spanish.  Check it out!

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

New Entry CSA: The CSA program hit a new record this season for the number of registrations thanks to all of YOU in our local communities. Since June 15th, the team at New Entry and has distributed: 
         -1,200 CSA boxes
         -351 CSA Your Way boxes
         -585 Senior Shares
         -2,709 USDA Farmers to Families Commodity Boxes

These totals equate to over 4,800 boxes / shares and about 96,000 pounds of produce distributed! We have been purchasing from 15 of our beginning and immigrant farmers each week, and had help from over 30 individual volunteers, many who come each week to help us pack and prepare shipments.  A huge SHOUT OUT to all of the team and network of volunteers and farmers for making this an incredible season and working through new COVID guidelines to ensure we pack and deliver food safely.  

You can still take advantage of the CSA Your Way program, giving you the flexibility to purchase credit and use it to order the quantity and variety of produce you prefer each week.  And, it's not too early to  reserve your spot for the fall CSA, which starts in just about a month and runs August 24-October 30th.  SNAP / HIP share enrollment is available, so please contact us for more information.


THANK YOU for a Successful Crowd-Funding Campaign: We are so grateful and appreciate the 51 donors who contributed to our first-ever Crowd-Funding Campaign!  We raised $6,508, which was 130% of our goal!  We will be using the funds to expand our food access work with our community partners to meet the increasing need for fresh, healthy local food.  If you missed the campaign, but would still like to contribute to our food relief efforts, please consider making a contribution here.  THANK YOU so much to everyone who invested in helping us purchase more local produce from our farmers and connect healthy, nutritious fruits and vegetables to families and seniors in need.

Volunteer with New Entry and Earn a Complementary CSA:  We are actively looking for volunteers and Work-for-Share volunteers to help with box packing.  An ideal commitment is a 4-hour shift Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  Work-for-Share volunteers commit to 2 shifts per week for the duration of the summer. To show our gratitude, we will provide you with a complementary CSA share! Visit us online to learn more.  

*We are actively monitoring COVID-19 updates from our CSA host sites and communicating any modifications to pickup logistics, delivery options or other changes to our planned distribution sites.
Featured Farmer Series
Welcome to the Farm!
Each year, New Entry welcomes new and returning incubator farmers to the farm.  Our new Featured Farmer video series highlights new and beginning farmers who are helping to build a more sustainable community food system.  These inspirational and educations videos feature farmers discussing their craft, their business, and their agricultural vocation.  
Check out the first video of the series featuring three different farmers (first, second, and third year growers on the incubator) from the New Entry Incubator Program and/or who are now running their own operations.  Follow us on YouTube to keep up with future videos and featured farmers! 
What We're Eating and Reading 
Watermelon and Cucumber Salad recipe link
These past few days of heat have us craving this fresh, cold salad for both lunch and dinner.  We recommend making it ahead of meal-time and chilling in the refrigerator for an hour or two to give the ingredients time to blend.  Make sure to cut the watermelon the same size of the cucumber to prevent the cukes from falling to the bottom. 
Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression and Pain by Clelia O. Rodriguez
Poetic, confrontational and radical, Decolonizing Academia speaks to those who have been taught to doubt themselves because of the politics of censorship, violence and silence that sustain the Ivory Tower. Clelia O. Rodríguez illustrates how academia is a racialized structure that erases the voices of people of colour, particularly women. She offers readers a gleam of hope through the voice of an inquisitorial thinker and methods of decolonial expression, including poetry, art and reflections that encompass much more than theory.  Her work is a survival guide for people of colour entering academia.  As New Entry is part of Tufts University, we as a staff are exploring what it means to be complicit in the institutional structures that govern academic life and how we can work both internally and externally to combat systemic racism in all of our institutions.
Volunteer Opportunities 
Are you Interested in Learning Where Local Food Comes From?  Looking to Get Involved with Your Local Food System? 
Volunteer With New Entry! 

Our CSA program is in FULL SWING, and there is a LOT going on around the farm.   New Entry is packing over 1,000 boxes of fresh, local food each week, and welcome new volunteers who bring energy, creativity, knowledge, and fun to our work.
We are looking for all types of volunteers: 
Share Packer at the Food Hub, Demonstration Plot Volunteers to help maintain this important plot for our crop production courses, Farm Volunteers and more.  An ideal commitment is 2 shifts per week for the duration of the summer. Come learn at the farm while supporting the North Shore local food system! 
Ready to Join Us? Fill out a Volunteer Inquiry Form today!
*we will be continuing to monitor guidance around COVID-19, so feel free to sign up and we will be in touch about potential needs or alterations to our volunteer activities on the farm.
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.
To learn more, visit
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