Resources

Farm & Consumer Resources

National Farmers’ Union: The Farmer’s Share

The National Farmers’ Union presents: Growing for the Future! This online, virtual conference is geared toward beginning farmers and ranchers. Mentoring, business planning, USDA programs for women and veterans are some of the main topics. For more information and to register, visit: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

Farm Resources

American Farmland Trust – Working to stop the loss of productive farmland and promote healthier farming practices.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project – This page in particular deals with Farm Financial Management. Check out all of their resources, including helping landowners and land seekers.

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission – Providing technical assistance and guidance to farms, producers, and all other agricultural entrepreneurs through staff work on CMG.

Land For Good – Gaining Ground for Farmers – Their mission is to ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land. Make sure to check out their Toolbox which has information on leasing land for both landowners and farm seekers.

Legal Services Food Hub – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) manages the Legal Services Food Hub to help farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations access free legal assistance for their transactional legal needs, such as land acquisition/transfer, estate issues, taxes, contracts, and corporate formation, among others.

Massachusetts Farm Bureau – Nonprofit association promoting and representing the interests of farmers in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Farm to School – We provide individual and group training to farmers, food service professionals and others to increase the use of locally grown foods in schools and other institutions.

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission – Providing technical assistance and guidance to farms, producers, and all other agricultural entrepreneurs through staff work on CMG.

National Young Farmers Coalition – A community of farmers who want to support others become farmers.

Northeast Organic Farming Association – NOFA – A powerful source for educating on traditions of organic agriculture.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) – A 12 state network with 500 participating organizations uniting farms and food system practitioners build a sustainable, just and economically vibrant region.

Quabbin Food Alliance – Farm-to-Institution Directory.

The Carrot Project – Fostering sustainable food systems by supporting small and mid-sized farms and farm-related businesses.

Worcester Regional Food Hub Commercial Kitchen/Aggregation Services – Kitchen Incubator provides a certified commercial kitchen and planning assistance to support the development of food businesses by farmers, caterers, and other food entrepreneurs. Aggregation Services is offering logistical support to help connect producers with local institutions, as well as increase accessibility of affordable, local, healthy food in under-served communities.

Consumer Resources

Berkshire Food Journal – Profiles the unique community of people in the Berkshire region, and looks deeply into where the region’s food is coming from.

CISA: Be A Local Hero – The well renown buy local program for Franklin County and a wonerful buy local resource otherwise.

Eat Local Challenge – Nationwide group blog about the benefits of eating food grown in your own foodshed.

Edible Communities – Award winning magazines that celebrate local foods, season by season.

Heirloom Meals – Supports buying local, preserving family recipes, and the art of cooking.

Island Grown – Martha’s Vineyard – The buy local initiative for Martha’s Vineyard with programs for schools, apprenticeships and more.

Local Harvest – Another source to find a CSA, Farm, Farmers’ Market and more.

Locally Grown Farm Products Guide 2014 – Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, A free publication of Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA).

Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board – All things dairy in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Farm to School – We provide individual and group training to farmers, food service professionals and others to increase the use of locally grown foods in schools and other institutions.

Mass Grown and Fresher – Massachusetts’ Department of Agricultural Resources’ (MDAR) interactive Map allows you to search for what you want in your area, and the Learn More section highlights many resources including reasons why buying local is so very important.

National Young Farmers Coalition – A community of farmers who want to support others become farmers.

Northeast Harvest – Northeast Massachusetts’ buy local program, helping people find and support local farms and food systems.

PBS 10 Steps to Becoming a Locavore – PBS’ succinct article about how to do this vital work.

Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts – Supporting Local, Sustainable Food Systems.

Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) and their Local Food Guide.

Sustainable Table – Learn about key sustainable Food and Ag issues, how to shop and cook sustainably, how you can help out, and other Notable Organizations and Projects.

The Locavore Way – Long time culinary professional Amy Cotler brings her passion for seasonal and local eating together in her book and radioshow (podcasts available).

USDA’s Local Food Directory – Search for, or add, a farm or resource listing.

Wholesome Wave – National non-profit helping underserved communities afford local food.

Worcester County Conservation District – A voice for the Worcester local community, providing leadership on conservation issues and establishing priorities for conservation projects.

http://worcesterfoodandactiveliving.org/

Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council – Working to create a sustainable and just food system and active community environment in Worcester and beyond.

Worcester Regional Food Hub Commercial Kitchen/Aggregation Services – Kitchen Incubator provides a certified commercial kitchen and planning assistance to support the development of food businesses by farmers, caterers, and other food entrepreneurs. Aggregation Services is offering logistical support to help connect producers with local institutions, as well as increase accessibility of affordable, local, healthy food in under-served communities.

Apps

Farmstand – Free – Connecting every community with locally grown food.

Harvestmark Food Traceability – Free – Trace your food back to the farm it came from!

Nommunity – Currently piloting web based and mobile apps to help you find restaurants with locally grown, organic, vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and gluten-free meals.

 

Library of Education Videos
Brookfield Agricultural Commission Meeting on the “Keeping of Chickens”

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