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With a little help from our friends

Volunteers from Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts spent a day helping New Entry get ready for CSA season, and help they did! Here are some snapshots of the troopers in action:

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Food Producers

Our own Jennifer Hashley on GoodEater:
“How many of us, when we were kids, maybe in the third grade, thought, when I grow up, I want to be a doctor? A lawyer? An astronaut? Perhaps. But how many of us ever thought about growing up to be a farmer? Come on, no one? Well, me either and it’s no wonder we are losing our collective food-producing knowledge in our culture, which in my opinion, is a very dangerous thing.”
Read the rest here: http://www.goodeater.org/2010/06/07/cultivating-and-sustaining-the-next-generation-of-food-producers/

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Not Your Father’s Petting Zoo


New Entry is kicking off our Livestock Field Schools this year with a free Livestock Farm Day at the Tufts vet school in North Grafton, Mass. on June 5. Workshops will be held throughout the day, where you can learn firsthand the basics of livestock production; vendors will be set up to field your questions about feed and equipment; and there’s a pig roast! (Note: lunch is $10 – the one thing that isn’t free – and please email sanderson@comteam.org if you plan to get a lunch, so we can make sure to have enough food!)
Everything else you need to know is here:
Download file
And here:
http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/resources/farmdayschool.html

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We take our show on the road

You’ve seen and heard us in the media – now you can see and hear us in person! Here are the unofficial ‘speaking tour’ dates for various New Entry staff:
McKenzie and Jennifer – Friday, May 7th – Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Welcome Back, Send Off Event
Our own Peace Corps grads (McKenzie in Zambia, Jennifer in Honduras) talk about how their Peace Corps experiences tie into their work at New Entry.
http://barpcv.org/node/202
Jennifer – Monday, May 10th – Tufts Food and Wine event
Jennifer joins local Chef Peter McCarthy and food writer Jacqueline Church on a panel focusing on bringing sustainable food to the table.
https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/TUF/events/event_order.cgi?tmpl=events&event=2249497
Sam – Wednesday, May 12th – Mobile poultry processing presentation at USDA / APHIS Conference – Sutton, Mass.
No link for this one, but if you’re interested in showing up alongside a host of state and federal regulators and veterinarians, I’ll be talking about our Mobile Poultry Processing Unit from 1-1:45 p.m. at the American Legion Post in Sutton, Mass.
Jennifer – Sunday, May 16th – TEDxCambridge
Jennifer probably wins for coolest event. This local installment of the famous TED talks is titled “How do you eat?”
http://www.tedxcambridge.com/blog/speakers/
The talks will stream online at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tedx-cambridge
Jennifer – May 20th and June 16th – CCAN Chicken Course
This two-part course will teach you how to raise your own backyard chickens and includes hands-on learning in the field – and participants will be able to pool together to buy chicks at the end of the class!
http://www.ace.colonial.net/fmi/xsl/Browse_Specific.xsl

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New Entry invades every major form of media

Things have been busy around here, and we can prove it! Here are some links to our recent appearances in all sorts of media: video, radio, web, and newspaper. Annotated for your convenience.
http://vimeo.com/10983193
Click above to watch our recently completed equipment training video, starring our own McKenzie Boekholder and produced by our video extraordinaire, John Dorman.
http://www.dqrm.com/showlist/youmans2.htm
New Entry on the radio! To hear Jennifer and McKenzie on the national web radio show “What’s for Dinner,” click the link above, go to week 15, and start listening at 4 min. 30 seconds. It’s worth it.
Our farmers-in-training are being heard, too:
http://allnaturalmom.blogspot.com/2010/04/farm-journal.html
This blog will detail the experiences of Deena, a recent graduate of our Farm Business Planning course, as she gets her farm business started on one of our training plots. If you think writing about large-scale gardening sounds boring, this will prove you wrong.
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100417/NEWS/4170314
This article in the Cape Cod Times features Drew, a new farmer who we have worked closely with to get him set up to rent the mobile poultry processing unit this year (the MPPU co-stars in the article). Another Cape newspaper featured Drew and the MPPU as well. Who doesn’t love to read about a chicken chop shop on wheels?

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Return of the Livestock Schools

Last year New Entry organized a series of Livestock Field Trainings in cooperation with the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The workshop were such a hit, we had to bring them back – but this year there’s a bit more variety.
Last year the series was species-specific, with field trainings for poultry, sheep, beef cattle, and swine. This year we’re branching out with some multi-species workshops, including new resources for both beginning and more advanced livestock producers. Some details still need to be worked out, but here’s the schedule we have so far:
June 5 – Livestock Farm Day
9-3:30, in collaboration with the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary
Medicine, North Grafton MA
June 24 – Forage and Grazing Field Day
(Time TBA) in collaboration with the Tufts Cummings School of
Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton MA
July 10 – Pastured Poultry Field Day
(Time TBA) hosted by Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds, Concord MA
August 10 – Marketing Livestock Products
(Time and loc. TBA)
September 16 – Sheep Workshop
(Time TBA) in collaboration with the Tufts Cummings School of
Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton MA
October 23 – Livestock Field Training: Beef Workshop
(Time TBA) in collaboration with the Tufts Cummings School of
Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton MA
You can see the full calendar of events at http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/about/calendar.html.
And if you’re into the whole Twitter thing, don’t forget to check out the New Entry livestock account: http://twitter.com/letthemeatgrass.

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You Are What You Tweet

Okay, that’s not true (thank goodness). But here at New Entry, we’re trying to expand our horizons a bit. You may think Twitter and Facebook and YouTube are the domain of bored teenagers, not farmers, but the times they are a-changin’. New Entry has officially joined the agricultural invasion of social media. We have one Facebook page, two Twitter accounts, and three video channels, all containing very useful resources and updates. And we promise not to use the phrases ‘lol’ or ‘omg.’
So, if it doesn’t offend your earthy sensibilities, check us out at these trendy web locales:
Facebook
Twitter (main)
Twitter (livestock)
YouTube
DoGooder (video)
Vimeo (video)

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Mobile poultry processing has legs

“You want to do WHAT?”
That’s a common response when one starts explaining the merits of using a mobile poultry processing unit (MPPU). And at first blush, the notion of a roving chicken processing facility does sound a bit unusual. Yet one is already up and running in Massachusetts, owned by the New England Small Farm Institute and co-managed by New Entry, and a surge in enthusiasm from small poultry producers is lending credence to NESFI and New Entry’s ongoing efforts to build a second unit.
On Jan. 28, part one of the MPPU training program for 2010 drew over 40 interested producers. A number of state regulators, some of whom gave presentations during the workshop, participated as well.
Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture Scott Soares kicked off the event. Other speakers included Dr. George Sapperstein of the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (which hosted the event); Kim Foley of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Catherine Skiba and Sumner Martinson of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; Ed Hageman of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources; and New Entry’s own Jennifer Hashley and Sam Anderson.
The workshop focused on the regulatory and licensing requirements for renting an MPPU in Massachusetts, as well as rental policies, scheduling, and feasibility for producers. The entire workshop will be available online for free next week.
In the meantime, local poultry enthusiasts can learn more about our MPPU training here:
http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/resources/mobilepoultrytraining.html
… or if you’re so inclined, check out New Entry’s livestock-oriented tweets:
http://twitter.com/LetThemEatGrass
And as always, there’s our regular Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/newentry) and our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=105352129232&ref=ts).
Stay tuned as this project progresses – we’ll keep you posted!

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Mobile Poultry Processing Unit training

If you’re interested in growing and selling poultry for meat in Massachusetts, we can help! This year’s first workshop on how to use a mobile poultry processing unit (MPPU) in Massachusetts will be January 28th in North Grafton. See below for details:
Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Training – Part 1:Applying for a State Slaughter License to use MPPU
Training Partners include: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, New England Small Farm Institute, Mass Dept of Agricultural Resources, Mass Dept of Environmental Protection, and
Mass Dept of Public Health
DATE: Thursday, January 28th
TIME: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building Conference Room
50 Willard Street, North Grafton, MA
MORE: $35 registration fee includes lunch and resource materials. If you don’t mind sharing resource materials, additional participants may attend for $15 each.
Pre-register before January 22nd by completing a registration form. Please make checks for $35 payable to: Community Teamwork, Inc. and return completed registration form to: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, 9 Central Street, Suite 402, Lowell, MA 01852. You may also fax or email completed registration form to: nesfp@tufts.edu or 866-306-3941

This training is targeted to farmers who wish to commercially raise and sell poultry to direct markets. This workshop is Part 1 of a multi-phase training process for MPPU use. For farmers who complete their state slaughter license and local board of health application and approval process, additional hands-on training and demonstration of MPPU use and operations will be scheduled in Spring 2010.
For more information on the MPPU project, visit New Entry’s website.
Morning Training Session (9:30 – noon) Includes:
* Federal/State/Local Poultry Processing Regulations
* Sanitation and Food Safety Procedures
* Solid Waste and Wastewater Handling
* Flock Health Certification
* MPPU Slaughter License application process
* 2010 MPPU Fees and Rental Policy
* Equipment & on-farm infrastructure needed to process poultry
Lunch Break (provided) noon
Afternoon Training Session (12:30 – 3:30 pm) Includes:
* Humane processing steps
* Pre-MPPU arrival procedures
* MPPU installation and setup on farm
* Pre-process sanitation of MPPU
* HACCP Record-Keeping logs
* Composting waste and water
* Packaging and Labeling
* Post-Operations sanitation and record-keeping requirements
* Economics of Poultry Production and Processing
* Opportunities for Individual Technical Assistance in regulatory application process
For questions about this training or the MPPU project, please contact Jennifer Hashley or Sam Anderson, 978-654-6745 or by email at: jennifer.hashley@tufts.edu or sanderson@comteam.org

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Swine School available online

Last summer’s Swine School, held by New Entry and the Tufts Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA, is now available online in four parts:
http://www.dogooder.tv/Orgs/NESFP/default.aspx?MovieID=3454
http://www.dogooder.tv/Orgs/NESFP/default.aspx?MovieID=3453
http://www.dogooder.tv/Orgs/NESFP/default.aspx?MovieID=3451
http://www.dogooder.tv/Orgs/NESFP/default.aspx?MovieID=3448
… and it’s free! Thanks to John Dorman for putting all this together.

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