Staying Busy Through the Winter

It may seem that just because it is the dead of winter, there is not much going on at New Entry. It is quite the contrary! New Entry staff is keeping busy preparing for the next growing season, working on expanding the CSA, and conducting the second Farm Business Planning Course.
The World PEAS CSA has welcomed 9 new growers this season, all of whom completed the Business Panning Course last fall. McKenzie and Matthew now have the fun challenge of making decisions on all the crop bids for the upcoming season.
The second intake of the Farm Business Planning Course is in session. One of the requirements for graduating from the course is a completion of a business plan. With 15 business plans completed this winter, we will have 30 graduates from the Farm Business Planning Course this year! We hope to celebrate all New Entry graduates in late March. We’ll keep you posted.
Matthew is also hard at work on expanding the CSA for this coming season. With a new brochure and flyer, he’s ready to reach more people who may be unaware that World PEAS CSA exists! While the World PEAS CSA had 100 members last year, the goal this year is to double the membership to 200 shareholders. We are looking to expand the neighborhoods we deliver to and would love your input on where you would like to see a CSA drop. The Andover and East Boston drops will continue, and we hope to deliver to Tufts University – Boston, and possibly to neighborhoods in Lexington and Medford in the future. Are you interested in getting a drop in your neighborhood? Please feel free to contact Matthew.
Winter is a busy time for learning and sharing ideas on farming, sustainability, and all things food. This weekend, Matthew will be attending Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) CSA Conference in Unity, Maine. This conference will feature speakers Jill Perry (Author of Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook) and Elizabeth Henderson (CSA pioneer and author of Sharing the Harvest: a Citizen’s Guide to CSA). A few Friedman students will also be attending the 2nd Annual NE Real Food Summit in Amherst, MA. We hope to come back re-charged with fresh ideas to help the local food movement grow!

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