Massachusetts Agriculture Innovation Center
The Agriculture Innovation Center is a network of technical assistance providers that help farms and other value-added food producers launch and scale new product ventures safely, legally and sustainably. Collectively, AIC partners have supported hundreds of farms with product development, business planning, food safety and regulatory compliance. Do you want to turn your crops into value-added products?
Not sure where to begin with your value-added product idea? Already making a value-added product, but want to better understand its viability in the marketplace? Contact our team to get support with:
- Product Development, including shelf life and packaging selection
- Cost analysis and pricing
- Financial analysis and planning
- Understanding the retail to wholesale trajectory
- Regulatory compliance and food safety
- Branding and marketing
Providers & Partners
The Carrot Project
The Carrot Project offers one-on-one business assistance aimed at helping farmers and food business owners achieve greater financial management expertise and confidence in making business decisions that lead to long-term business success. The Carrot Project works to build a more equitable farm and food system that creates economic, environmental, and social well-being.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
From starting a new farm to marketing and expanding an existing one, CISA offers a wide range of assistance to farmers and other Local Hero members: workshops, one-on-one consulting, online resources, and more. CISA strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
New Entry, an initiative of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, works locally, regionally, and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers. We serve and collaborate with the people, communities, and organizations in Massachusetts, the Northeast, and beyond! New Entry offers workshops and trainings for beginner farmers in Eastern MA.
Western MA Food Processing Center at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation
The WMFPC supports new and growing food businesses as they navigate the path of bringing a food product to market. They offer rental manufacturing space and co-packing services to farm and food businesses in the Commonwealth and beyond. In addition, their team provides one-on-one counseling services to help businesses with product development, regulatory compliance, food safety, and business planning. Their mission is to promote economic development through entrepreneurship, provide opportunities for sustaining local agriculture, and promote best practices for food producers.
Address and contact for MA Ag Innovation Center Director:
324 Wells Street, Greenfield MA 01301. 413-774-7204 ext. TBD
The MA Ag Innovation Center serves farms and local food producers.