The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project runs an unusual matchmaking service that uses geographic information system mapping data to pair would-be farmers with property owners with extra land to till. New Entry uses GIS mapping data of Massachusetts communities to screen screen individual land parcels based on size, ownership, zoned usage, even the quality of the soil for farming purposes. The mapping data is so sophisticated it can pick out suburban homesteads with large patches of unused land, so New Entry was no longer limited in just looking at obvious candidates, such as existing farms.
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