I attended a really fun event tonight on sustainable food at Tufts. Besides the delicious local food, one of the highlights was learning about the Tufts New Entry Sustainable Farming project NESFP, which brings new folks into farming in New England and helps with business planning, technical assistance, access to credit, and more ... the same needs that we saw when our group traveled to Brazil in March. The NESFP works with new farmers from places as diverse as Liberia and Haiti. Director Jennifer Hashley is not only a trained specialist in sustainable agriculture but a farmer herself, and the owner of Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds.
Jennifer talking about the NESFP and the renewed hope that she has for sustainable ag / ag policy in the US, given that former Tufts Nutrition school director Kathleen Merrigan is now Deputy at the USDA
The farmers have a CSA called World Peas, where you can purchase a weekly box of fresh produce from their members. I'm excited to sign up and keep you posted on what goodies I get from the farmer's bounty this summer!