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August 2018

3rd Hampshire Candidate Forum

August 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bangs Community Center, 4 Boltwood Walk

The community is invited to join the candidates for a series of open discussion focusing on our region’s food insecurity and its underlying causes. This is your opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and learn how they intend to ensure everyone has access to healthy food. 3rd Hampshire Candidates Forum Monday, August 20, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst Moderated by: Keith P. Barnicle, District Representative for Congressman Jim McGovern Co-sponsored by CISA and The…

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Seed Saving

August 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373

Seed saving brings tremendous benefits to the willing gardener. Learn how seeds develop, stay dormant, and germinate. This hands-on workshop covers harvesting, cleaning, and storing a wide spectrum of native seeds. Spend time in the field observing and collecting seeds, then practice cleaning. Take your work home with you. Bring a lunch and dress appropriately for the field.

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Twilight Meeting: Reduced Tillage and Transplanters for Vegetable Farmers

August 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wards Berry Farm, 614 S. Main Street
Sharon, MA United States

Event date/time: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm Event location: Ward’s Berry Farm Featuring: Farmer Jim Ward and his reduced till vegetable cropping systems, which he has practiced for over 10 years with the help of an Unverferth Deep Zone Tiller Davidian Farm’s two-row Monosem vacuum precision planter mounted with Dawn Biologic roller crimpers (first ones in the state!) the UMass Research Farm’s grain drill and roller crimper and Brookdale Fruit Farm’s new line of no-till transplanters from…

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September 2018

Bashista Orchards Craft & Vendor Fair

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bashista Orchards, 160 East Street
Southampton, MA,

Craft & Vendor Fair with over 40 craft/vendors, plus food. Stop and smell the donuts and try a cider slushy. Stroll through the fruit trees while browsing. Balloon sculptor for the kids 11-1 and live music 1-3 pm. Pick your own apples is in full swing and will be available every day through September. No admission charge. Click here for more info.

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Growing Hemp in MA: Opportunities for Farmers & Others

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
John W. Olver Transit Center, Allen Meeting Room, 12 Olive St
Greenfield, MA

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), and CISA invite you to this workshop for farmers, local officials, and others. Growing and refining hemp (which refers to strains of cannabis plants and products made from it used for industrial purposes, such as to make textiles, CBD oils, or other consumer products) is now legal in Massachusetts, and following the passage of new state legislation, there is new information for…

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CISA’s Fall Harvest Celebration

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Valley View Farm, 16 Walpole Road
Haydenville, MA 01039 United States

A local harvest celebration & auction to benefit CISA We will celebrate the diversity and bounty of local food with a wide variety of small plates and featured dishes made almost entirely with ingredients from Local Hero farms. We'll also have live music and an open bar with wine, beer, and other beverages. Get your tickets today! This event will also feature a live auction. If you have something you think would make a great auction item to help raise…

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Front Porch Jam at Simple Gifts Farm

September 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 North Pleasant St

Bring your friends, and your favorite instrument, and hang with Simple Gifts Farm, as they jam into the evening, every third Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.  Local musicians will lead the jam. We’ll be serving up their own meats & seasonal grilled vegetables. BYOB!   Click here for updates on upcoming jams

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Bringing Visitors to the Farm: Warm Colors Apiary

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River Road
South Deerfield,
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Warm Colors Apiary is a 2018 Local Hero Awardee in part, because of their commitment to educating the community about the world of beekeeping through workshops and multi-day classes. From the curious enthusiast to the serious beekeeper, Dan and Bonita have hosted people on their farm since the turn of the 21st century. Please join them at their farm this September to hear about how they coordinate and manage their educational programming as well as the annual Honey Festival (it’s…

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