New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will be holding its annual Open Farms Tour on Thursday, August 5, 2010, from 5:00 to 7:45 p.m. The event begins at John Ogonowski Memorial Fields, 126 Jones Avenue, Dracut, Massachusetts. Here is a little description of the event, courtesy of New Entry:
New Entry will open its training farms to the public during their 3rd Annual Open Farms Tour on Thursday, August 5th, beginning promptly at 5:00 p.m. The tour will visit three training farms, located in Dracut, MA.
Speak with project farmers and staff to learn about our beginning farmer training programs, our farmland preservation efforts, and farm employment resources. Meet and network with other project supporters who believe in our mission.
New Entry’s farmers attend a six-week, 18+ hour classroom training and associated field trips in which they learn about enterprise budgets, market opportunities, farm resources and the inherent risks and risk management strategies associated with farming. They then continue on to participate in a 10-session series of hands-on, field-based practical skills workshops throughout the growing season to learn important farm skills. Individuals receive many hours of free technical assistance and consultation. All farmers develop detailed farm business enterprise plans which they implement in the field.
This event is free and open to all New Entry friends and supporters, and registration is required. Donations are always welcome to support and expand our work.
For registration details and directions please visit the New Entry Open Farms Tour registration page.