Resources for Massachusetts Farmers and Small Businesses

How do I protect my employees? Where can I sell my produce now that my farmers market closed? Is there grant money available for my business? Despite the pandemic we find ourselves facing, Massachusetts has mobilized, and an incredible amount of resources have become available to farmers to help provide financial relief as well as business guidance during this difficult time. Below is a list of these resources as well as helpful advice on the laws that are in flux.

Firms Publishing COVID-19 Help Articles:
Bulkley Richardson
Nixon Peabody
Pierce Atwood

Additional Resources for Farmers:
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture Farmers and business owners, CISA wants to hear from you. How is this affecting you, your employees, your sales? What sort of support do you need? Are you making changes to your business that we can help promote?
COVID-19 Guidance for Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, & CSA Guidance Massachusetts Department of Agriculture gives guidance on farmers markets, farm stands and community supported agriculture.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Order of the Commissioner of Public Health for Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, and CSAs COVID-19 Resources for Agriculture In response to the spread of COVID-19 and the measures being taken to address it, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of resources to keep our agricultural community informed and aware of relevant policies and best practices.
Mass Farmers Market Guidance for Farmers Market Managers Mass Farmers Markets guidance for Farmers Market Managers.
MA Food Systems Collaborative Massachusetts Food System Collaborative has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for farmers and food system advocates.

Additional Resources for Small Business (could apply to farmers as well):
Covid Relief Coalition Provides services to small business owners and non-profits who have been affected by COVID-19.  Specifically, it will provide pro-bono services to applicable businesses
City of Boston:  Coronavirus Resources for Businesses
Kiva Microloans LISC is offering KIVA micro-loans, which are “interest free, fee free, character-based loans of up to $15K, with 50% crowdfunded and 50% matched by LISC”.
Commonwealth Kitchen Running a food business in the face of COVID-19 Resource Guide.
Massachusetts Food Trust Program Improving Food Security Access throughout the Commonwealth.
ICIC Small Business Resource Center for Covid-19.
The Boston Foundation The COVID-19 Response Fund has been established by a coalition of business, government and philanthropic partners to rapidly deploy flexible resources to organizations in Greater Boston that are working with communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Boston Foundation Other Covid-19 resources and grants for businesses.

Legal Guides Developed by the Hub:
What Farms Need to Know: COVID-19 Employee Sick Time and Leave As of April 14, 2020 this document explains what Massachusetts farmers need to know about employee sick time and leave.
What Farms Need to Know: COVID-19 and Unemployment  As of April 14, 2020 this document explains what Massachusetts farmers need to know about unemployment insurance.

Please feel free to email us with any questions and we will do our best to help.