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January 2017

Winter Vegetable School

January 10 - February 28

Attention Growers! Leave winter school ready for a Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) audit and the peace of mind that you are prepared to handle the requirements of: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), EPA Worker Protection Standards (WPS), Nutrient Management Regulations, and changes in Employment Law.  Get up to date on research and IPM practices important to vegetable growers and gain a competitive advantage in a heavily regulated market.  Each farm will get detailed support in developing food safety and […]

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February 2017

Little Brook Farm Camp

February 20 - February 24
Little Brook Farm,
334 Russell Street
Sunderland, MA 01345 United States

Little Brook Farm Camp is a children’s educational program that takes place on a small family farm in Sunderland. The farm owner and camp director is a DOE certified educator and Registered Nurse. Children at camp will have the opportunity to learn about livestock and sustainable agriculture. Campers start each day by helping with morning chores, such as collecting eggs and feeding the animals. Children learn how to interact and relate to the animals, developing trust and their own self […]

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Winter Dinner at Barstow’s Longview Farm

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Barstow’s Longview Farm,
172 Hockanum Road

Looking for an easy hot meal for the whole family?  Join Barstow’s Longview Farm on Tuesday, February 21 between 4pm and 7pm for their first ever Winter Dinner! The menu will feature their homemade Shepherd’s Pie, sauteed green beans, and, for dessert, warm Apple Crisp. Plates are $12 each and $8 for kid’s sized plates.

Meals will be available for takeaway too – call ahead, pop inside to order, or stop through the drive-thru. Their whole kitchen will be open until […]

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CISA Winter Workshop Series: Farm Financing — Credit, Capital, and Cash, Oh My!

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303,
303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States

Looking for help exploring financing opportunities for your farm? This session will provide information on the range of loan programs and business assistance that farm lenders and service providers offer, how different lenders work together, and what they each look for in applicants.  Participants will be invited to take part in brief “speed-dating” meetings with lenders for personalized assistance.

Presenters: Farm Credit East, Farm Service Agency, Equity Trust, The Carrot Project, PVGrows

This is the fifth in our eight session Winter Workshop […]

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$12 - $17

Farming Smarter with Richard Wiswall (recordkeeping, budgets, and more!): New Entry

February 22 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Brigham Hill Community Barn,
37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA 01536 United States

Richard Wiswall’s experience from farming full time for the last 35 years, coupled with his thirst for appropriate farm business strategies, gives a hard-to-find authenticity to his workshops. Richard will lead this full day workshop focused on making a profit, record keeping strategies, building budgets, and improved financial management for your farm. Beginning and seasoned farmers alike will benefit, and share in some eye opening results. Registration required.

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New date: CISA Winter Workshop Series: Growing People — Constructive Conflict Resolution

February 22 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Northampton Senior Center,
67 Conz St
Northampton, MA, MA 01060 United States

Note: this workshop has been rescheduled for February 22nd.

For most of us, conflict can be a loaded word; it’s something we shy away from. Disagreements will arise on the farm and, when handled well, can result in more effective communication and stronger relationships. During the height of a farm season, it is especially critical to maintain a balanced work environment. This is the second of a two-part series where we will discuss how to approach conflict on the […]

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Making the Most Out of Pasture and Hayfields

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mass Fish and Wildlife Headquarters,
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581 United States

Join experts, educators, and scientists from the University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Maine at an event organized and presented by UMass Extension.

The objective of this event is to provide research-based information on the use of hayfield and pasture.

Topics include:

Managing Alfalfa/Grass Mixtures for High Quality
Extending Grazing Opportunity Through Summer Annuals
Take Your Pasture and Hayfield to the Next Level
Strategies for Implementing Double Cropping of Winter Grains

Please contact Kelly Kraemer at kkraemer@umass.edu or 413-545-5221 for exhibitor or […]

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UMass Extension Mass Aggie Grape Seminar

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard,
391 Sabin St

Grapes are one of the most universally enjoyed fruits available. Many of the new varieties have excellent taste, are winter hardy, and can make excellent wine. Grapes are fun to grow but present some challenges. One of the biggest challenges is knowing how to correctly prune them. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning and training grapes in order to produce a bountiful crop. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too. Bring your own tools or use ours.

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