Attention Farmers! Are you Interested in Soil Health Practices? 

 

We need your help. American Farmland Trust, MDAR, NOFA/Mass, & UMass Amherst are working together to build a network of soil health resources. Our first step is to learn about your practices and what kinds of challenges you face in your efforts to build soil health.

 

Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey which will provide valuable data on current soil practices and what kinds of education, technical support, and financial support would be most helpful to producers.  For example, we’ll ask about your tillage, cover crops, residue management and other practices. We also want to know what kinds of field days, case studies and grants might help you increase those practices on your farms.

 

*Participants who complete the survey before 5/31 will be entered for a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards.

 

For more information visit the Massachusetts Coordinated Soil Health Program. Questions, contact newenglandsoilhealth@farmland.org.

 

USDA Invests $92.2 Million in Grants for Local, Regional Food Producers Affected by the Pandemic

The USDA announced the availability of $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). The LAMP grants announced today are funded through the Farmers Market program as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. USDA launched this initiative in March to address shortfalls and disparities in how assistance was distributed in previous COVID-19 assistance packages, with a specific focus on strengthening outreach to underserved producers and communities and small and medium agricultural operations. These grants support the development, coordination and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and enterprises and value-added agricultural products.

 

Complete details and application information here.

 

Reminder! MA Farm to School Institute Applications are due May 21st!

The Massachusetts Farm to School Institute is a year-long professional learning opportunity for a select number of school/district teams from across Massachusetts.

 

The Institute begins with a two day Fall Kickoff that will be held Friday, October 1st & Saturday, October 2nd. Friday’s events will take place at location within your school district or school, and Saturday’s event will take place at Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA.

 

  • Farm to School Program Development
  • School-Year Coaching
  • Networking
  • Teacher & Nutrition Staff Professional Development

 

Please visit website for information about the Institute, including application instructions and selection criteria. Spaces are limited, please submit an application by Friday, May 21, 2021.