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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

”Cultivating the next generation of farmers.” That’s the motto of the Friedman School’s New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, which trains new and immigrant farmers in the business of running a commercial farm while at the same time preserving the regional food system. “It’s an awesome responsibility for these new farmers to be growing food for people, to nourish them,” says project manager Jennifer Hashley. “I think people really find joy in that, as much hard work as it is.”

The cause is winning the nutrition school new friends who may not have a previous connection to Friedman but share a passion for healthy food, a sustainable environment, and creating economic opportunities for farmers. Friedman Fund donor Linda Lee says the farming project incorporates things she and her husband, Charles Lamb, care about, such as social action and open-space conservation, while offering the chance to witness a “veritable United Nations of farming styles.”

With increased public demand for fresh food from local sources, New Entry is equipping the next generation of farmers with the skills and business savvy to succeed. Beginning farmers go through a farm business training course and then spend up to three years learning from expert staff members on leased property with full technical assistance. After graduating from the program, New Entry helps farmers locate land and connects them to direct marketing opportunities. In 2010 alone, more than 300 people participated in New Entry programs—from business planning and marketing assistance to livestock husbandry trainings, among others.

For graduates of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, creating a successful agricultural business is a way to help the community that has welcomed them. “Our farmers want to make food affordable for people in the community,” Hashley says. The farmers tell her: “Our fields are abundant and we want to share it with people. Why not make it easier for everyone to eat fresh, healthy food?”

For more information and to contribute to New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, contact:

Sean Devendorf
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
Friedman School
150 Harrison Ave., Suite 241
Boston, MA 02111
tel: 617.636.2949