Never Squash a Dream
New Entry project trains beginning farmers
Martyn Botfield, above, braves passing thunderstorms to harvest zucchini at the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project fields in Dracut, Massachusetts.
The project, begun as a Friedman School initiative in 2008, trains beginning farmers, such as Botfield, who turned to farming two years ago after retiring from the pharmaceutical industry. This was his second harvest of the day: Zucchini grow quickly, and many that were undersized in the morning had reached the optimal 6- to 8-ounce weight by late afternoon.