About us


We envision a just and resilient farm and food system, where successful farms and agricultural businesses are increasing in number and racial diversity, and are contributing to New England’s economic, environmental, and social well-being.


We support agricultural businesses securing their futures by breaking down financial barriers, and build their path to sustainability. We do this as business advisors and through education, advocacy, and research.

Our Team

Volunteer & Job Opportunities

Annual Reports

Client Stories

How We Do Our Work

We address the most important gaps at the intersections of financial security, racial and economic justice, financial barriers to farmland access, and farmers’ ability to weather major disruptions.

Our Values


  • Commit to racial equity, starting inside the organization and extending to our programs.
  • Collaborate within a vibrant, rich network, leading to effective partnerships based on trust and respect.
  • Multiply our impact by intentionally collaborating across our different programs.
  • Seek innovative ways to accomplish our goals, while addressing changing opportunities and conditions.
  • Use research to inform our programs and how we measure outcomes.
  • Implement programs at the intersection of need, our ability to lead, and potential revenue.

Our Team

Advisory Board

Staff Directory

*Agricultural Viability Alliance Contact


Volunteer Opportunities

During the pandemic, we are pausing in-person events and volunteering opportunities.

We are seeking a volunteer to support our communications efforts, particularly video editing. Please contact us for more information.



Third Sector New England, Inc./The Carrot Project envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, Third Sector New England, Inc. actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, Third Sector New England, Inc./The Carrot Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

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Support The Carrot Project

With your support, farmers and food business owners can access affordable training and develop the skills they need to manage their operations with confidence, adapt to and mitigate climate change, and make their pioneering small businesses viable for the long haul.





Together, we are building a just and resilient farm and food system that works for all of us. Your donation will go directly to work providing 400 farmers and food businesses with the resources and skills to build a prosperous living on the land. Last year, our clients realized a change in net income of +$20,000 after accessing one-on-one business assistance, financing, and training. Your support makes this possible, and we’re grateful to have you as a partner in our vision and our work. Thank you. 


Other ways to support The Carrot Project

Prefer to donate offline? We gratefully accept checks made out to TSNE-The Carrot Project, mailed to:


TSNE – The Carrot Project
89 South Street, 7th Floor
Boston MA 02111


To make a gift of appreciated securities, an employer matching gift, or to ask other questions about donations, contact Emily Hennessy at ehennessy@tsne.org.


The Carrot Project operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Third Sector New England, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization.

Our Impact

Our Reports

Read The Carrot Project’s 2022 Annual Report — now in an easy-to-read online format.
For more information about our work, check out our past Impact Reports, stories in graphic form of our organization and some of the amazing farm and food businesses with whom we work.








Client Stories

Lending Partners

Our lending program partners are integral to the success and delivery of our programs. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with them.


Franklin County Community Development Corporation

Massachusetts Society for the Promotion of Agriculture
PVGrows Investment Fund

Program Collaborators

The Carrot Project partners with other organizations to provide effective and equitable support for local farm, fishing, and food businesses. We are working on projects with the following organizations.


American Farmland Trust

Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation

Land and Sea Together

MGCC Small Business Technical Assistance Grant Program

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Southside Community Land Trust

UCONN Cooperative Extension 

Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program

The Carrot Project is both practical and visionary. Working with extraordinary expertise, it offers transformational learning and access to resources.

– Steve Burrington, Executive Director, Groundworks
USA and former Advisory Board member