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5th Massachusetts Green Career Conference Presentation: Agriculture

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Stevemargianakathleengcc2013

  1. 1. Agriculture in Mass • Steve Verrill: Owner, Verrill Farm, Concord, MA • Margiana Petersen-Rockney: Coordinator, Beginning Farmer Network of Mass, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Farmer at Rosasharn Farm, Organizer of the Young Farmer Network • Kathleen Carroll: Director, UMass Extension Agriculture & Green Industry Program, Amherst
  2. 2. Steve Verrill Owner of Verrill Farm Concord, MA
  3. 3. Margiana Petersen-Rockney Beginning Farmer Network of Mass Coordinator (www.bfnmass.org) New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (www.nesfp.org) Young Farmer Network Organizer (www.youngfarmernetwork.org) Farmer, Rosasharn Farm
  4. 4. Mass agriculture quick facts
  5. 5. Mass agriculture quick facts Annual gross sales Cash in direct sales of farm products to consumers (1st in New England) $489 million $42 million Number of farmers markets 247 Family owned farms 90% Farms 7,691 Farms w/ hired labor 1,770 Farm workers 13,545 Farmland 517,879 acres Cropland 187,406 acres Average farm size Facts from USDA Census of Agriculture, 2007 Farmland value (3rd in nation) Gender of farmers Average age of farmers 67 acres $11,600/acre 39% female, 61% male 57 years
  6. 6. Farm Incomes Farms by Value of Sales 2,500 2,380 Number of Farms 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 949 839 769 791 244 398 156 397 212 194 0 Farm Sales Facts from USDA Census of Agriculture, 2007 • The average net cash farm income per farm is $12,517 • 95% are “small farms” (USDA definition: annual sales below $250,000)
  7. 7. The future
  8. 8. Employment The numbers: • 1 in 10 people in the US work in food service • 1 in 100 work on farms Other options: • Non-profits that work with farmers • For-profit ag. suppliers and service providers • Many entrepreneurial opportunities Where to look for jobs: • New Entry Farm Employment Directory • Goodfoodjobs.com website • Comfoodjobs tufts listserv https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/comfoodjobs • ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service) website- Sustainable farming internships and apprenticeships
  9. 9. Kathleen Carroll Director, UMass Extension Agriculture & Green Industry Program, Amherst
  10. 10. WELCOME TO GREEN SCHOOL Sponsored by UMass Extension’s Turf Program and Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program
  11. 11. UMass Extension’s GREEN DIRECTORY • Who we are • How to contact us • What programs we offer Pick up your copy at the registration table.
  12. 12. WEB SITES Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program UMassGreenInfo.org Turf Program UMassTurf.org
  13. 13. Massachusetts Programs: 2-years or Less in Agriculture or Horticulture  Cape Cod Community College  Greenfield Community College  Holyoke Community College  Mount Wachusett Community College  North Shore Community College  Springfield Technical Community College  Stockbridge School

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