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November 2017

Building a Niche Agri Enterprise into a Successful Business

November 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
UMass Amherst Amherst, MA 01003 United States

Join Tucka Saville of Anarchy Apiaries and Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm to discuss how they built their niche food system businesses. 
Tucka will discuss the challenges and successes of building and sustaining apiaries in both the Northern and Southern climates of the East Coast. She works with both Anarchy Apiaries in New York and Florida, and with French Hill Apiaries in Northern Vermont. 
Julia has built Mycoterra Farm from a garage based mushroom grow room to a large scale mushroom production facility in Deerfield, MA. Julia will share her journey with us, and her scalable model for success. 

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SNAP Retailer Sign-Up Day

November 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Rd
Framingham, MA United States

At this drop-in information session you can get your farm, farm stand or farmers’ market authorized for SNAP (food stamps) and receive your USDA FNS number the very same day! USDA, Department of Transitional Assistance and Department of Agricultural Resources staff will be on site to walk you through the process and assist with your application. You will also learn about SNAP processing equipment options and the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) benefit. NOTE: Registration for the conference is not required if you wish to only attend the retailer sign-up event.

Where: Mass Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 30, DROP-IN hours between: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 1657 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

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Springfield Food Policy Council Annual Meeting

November 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bishop Marshall Center, Elliot Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States

Enjoy a light dinner while learning about local food initiatives from the Springfield Food Policy Council.  For more details or to reserve your seat, please call Liz O'Gilvie at (413) 244-5859 or email springfieldfoodpolicycouncil@gmail.com.

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December 2017

3rd Annual Holiday Open House at Leyden Glen Farm

December 2 @ 10:00 am - December 3 @ 4:00 pm
Leyden Glen Farm, 31 East Glen Road
Leyden, MA 01301 United States

Join Artist/Author Kristin Nicholas and special guests Deborah Garner and The Kangaroo Dyer Gail Callahan. Come be inspired by our colorful home and interior decoration all gussied up for the holidays. Visit the sheep and the sheep dogs. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with gifts handmade with love, including handmade pottery by Kristin, books, notecards, Christmas ornaments, tea towels, and more.  Local lamb for delicious holiday meals is available as well. Visit the 1751 farmhouse which has been featured in Yankee Magazine, Country Home, and more. Refreshments served. Leave colorfully inspired!

For more info visit www.kristinnicholas.com.

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Vintner’s Dinner – Black Birch Vineyard

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Black Birch Vineyard, 108-109 Straits Road
North Hatfield, MA 01066 United States

Join us for a lovely night of Black Birch wines paired with an exquisite dinner at our first annual Vintner’s Dinner. Meet and network with members of the wine industry including local farmers, distributors, restaurateurs, liquor stores, and more. Gather around our table as Michelle gives an update on happenings at the vineyard and plans for next year, and Ian’s reflections on farming in Hatfield this past year, and his weather, crop, and wine predictions for 2018. We will be…

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Native Wreaths

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373

Join Kate Stafford in using native plant material gathered from Nasami Farm to create a small wreath for winter decoration. We’ll discuss plant materials available in winter and best practices for collecting them. Next, we’ll learn how to make wreath forms and create something uniquely beautiful. Bring pruners, and ribbon for a bow if desired.

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HIP Forum

December 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
World War II Club, 50 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

This event is intended for farmers' market vendors, farm staff, market managers, and volunteers working directly with HIP at farmers' markets, farm stands, and CSAs. Please join us at CISA's Fall HIP Forum to sum up HIP's successes and challenges, share best practices and existing resources, and advocate for what markets and farms need to ensure HIP is successful. We'll be meeting Monday, December 4 from 5:30-8:30pm, in the back room of the World War II Club in Northampton (just off I-91, with…

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Community Food Systems Conference

December 5 - December 7
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116 United States
$200 - $300

This conference will explore the intersection of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. It will address a variety of community food system topics. There are certain cross-cutting issues we believe are fundamental in community food systems and in building a strong, equitable food future.

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