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October 2018

Food Safety Certifications: ServeSafe, Choke Saver, Allergen

October 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
John W. Olver Transit Center, Allen Meeting Room, 12 Olive St
Greenfield, MA

Thanks to support from the federal Food and Drug Administration, FRCOG is able to offer this low-cost certification for people working in food establishments in the member towns of the FRCOG's Cooperative Public Health Service health district. Member towns are Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe & Shelburne. Others may register as of 9/21. NOTE: Workshop is held at Red Gate Farm in Buckland. Find more information here.

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Wright-Locke Farm Speaker Series: Food Heals our Communities

October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wright-Locke Farm, 78 Ridge St
Winchester, MA 01890 United States

Community Servings is a Boston-based not-for-profit that engages the community in preparing and delivering made-from-scratch medically tailored meals to individuals coping with chronic illnesses throughout Massachusetts. In his talk, CEO David Waters will delve into the successful partnerships they’ve created with local farms and food purveyors through their “Abundance Initiative” to increase access to fresh produce in their kitchens, eliminate waste in the food system, and, ultimately, use food to heal. Find more information and register here.

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North Amherst Harvest Festival

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 North Pleasant St


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10th Annual 5K for Farmland

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hadley Town Common, Rt 9, Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035

Celebrate the Valley’s farms, food, and friends with Kestrel Land Trust’s special 10th Annual 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival! Sunday, October 21, 11 a.m. – 2 pm on the West St. Common, Hadley. USATF-sanctioned 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “The Empty Bottle Ramblers,” local food, products and crafts, plus a live Birds of Prey demo with Tom Ricardi. FREE…

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Brookfield Farm Pig Roast

October 21 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Brookfield Farm, Hulst Rd
Amherst, MA,

Catered by Wheelhouse Farm at Brookfield Farm in Amherst, MA, a feast created by 2 pioneers of the western Massachusetts sustainable. On the menu a smoked a pig, cooked vegetables buried deep underground, soup made in a 5 gallon cauldron over an open fire, and communally harvested carrots for 100+ guests. Established in 1986, Brookfield Farm is the third community supported agriculture project in the US. Wheelhouse Farm written about by Mark Bittman at New York Magazine and featured in…

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Bringing Visitors to the Farm: Warner Farm

October 24 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Warner Farm, 23 South Main Street
Sunderland, MA 01375 United States
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Known for its creative corn maze that draws thousands to Sunderland each year, Warner Farm offers a whole lot more fun on the farm, including pick-your-own, hosting Kitchen Garden Farm's Annual Chilifest, and activities throughout the year. The farm also runs a CSA and sells wholesale fruits and vegetables. Hear from the Wissemanns how they balance several enterprises and coordinate multiple public activities, as well as some of the lessons they've learned running an "agritourism" farm. This workshop is the…

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How to Lease Your Land to a Farmer

October 25 - October 26
Gould Barn in Topsfield

Have you ever considered making your land available for farming? Farmers in Essex County are looking for land to rent, from a small vegetable plot to livestock or crops. When you make land available to farmers you help secure a future for farming in our region, create economic opportunity, promote food security, and preserve our working landscapes. This workshop with farm leasing experts Land for Good will help you understand your land’s potential for farming and what goes into a…

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Framework Trees of New England

October 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Forests are a dominant feature of the New England landscape. This course covers the history, changes in composition, and ecology of the region’s forest from the Ice Age through European settlement. Learn to identify native trees, their habitats, and their communities. Explore the impact of past natural and human disturbances on the landscape and learn how current forestry practices shape forest communities. Two sessions: 10/25 and 10/27.

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