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March 2017

2017 Farm Share Fair

March 29
The Armory, 191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA United States
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Farm Share Fair 2017 is now accepting vendor and sponsor applications for farms and food companies. The Farm Share Fair is the Boston area’s direct-to-consumer marketing event for food producers across Massachusetts. Consumers want to meet their farmers and have the opportunity to compare options. Vendors - get to know your target market one-on-one, and have the opportunity to sell your CSA, Farm Share or Home Delivery programs, or sell your food product to a great Boston foodie crowd.  On-site…

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Shiitake Log Inoculation Workshops

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Franklin Permaculture Garden, 260 Stockbridge Road
Amherst , MA 01003 United States
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Help UMass revamp its shiitake growing system in Franklin Permaculture Garden! They will be inoculating oak and sugar maple logs with shiitake spawn. Small, take-home shiitake logs will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Feel free to stop in for any length of time during a session.

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Food Service Director Training

March 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive St
Greenfield,
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Greater Quabbin Food Alliance is bringing together food service directors from all sectors (schools, jail, hospital, higher ed, meals on wheels, nursing homes, early ed) from Franklin County/North Quabbin (and from beyond our region, but we are prioritizing those from our region) to support the procurement and use of locally grown food in institutional food services! GQFA will send out an invitation early next week so please be on the lookout and respond when you get it.

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Healthy Incentives Program – Informational Webinar

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Presented by the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, who will be holding several informational webinars over the coming weeks, so you can learn more about the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), how your business may benefit from participating, and get answers to questions about the new benefit program. Register here Informational webinar for Healthy Incentives Program for farmers and market managers. Also available on April 3 at 10am Join the meeting: https://join.me/923-869-603 On a computer,…

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CISA Annual Meeting & Potluck

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street
Holyoke, MA United States
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CISA supporters and members, you are invited to our Annual Meeting! Join with the CISA community to celebrate the work accomplished over the past year, honor our 2016 Local Hero awardees, enjoy a potluck dinner, and participate in a vibrant discussion about our local food economy with CISA staff, board, and your community! The meeting is also a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish for six if you can. We will have limited access to the kitchen, so please make…

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April 2017

Healthy Incentives Program – Informational Webinar

April 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online,

Presented by the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, who will be holding several informational webinars over the coming weeks, so you can learn more about the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), how your business may benefit from participating, and get answers to questions about the new benefit program. Register here Informational webinar for the Healthy Incentives Program for farmers and market managers. Join the meeting: https://join.me/944-424-554 On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.…

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New Date: CISA Winter Workshop Series: Land Tenure — Alternatives to Ownership and Negotiating a Lease

April 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States
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This workshop will explore the alternatives to land ownership and the advantages and challenges to these specific arrangements. Learn how to negotiate and craft lease agreements and build good relationships with all stakeholders as business people and land stewards. We will also discuss where to find additional support based on your specific land needs and situations. Presenters: Rachel Murray and Kathy Ruhf – Land For Good This is the last in our eight session Winter Workshop series, Mapping Out Your…

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Film Screening: Seed — The Untold Story

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grow Food Northampton, 221 Pine Street Suite 349
Florence, MA 01062 United States
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As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy. A conversation will be led by Oona Coy, co-owner of Town Farm, co-founder of the Tuesday Market, and a Seed Savers Exchange board member. We will be serving locally-grown popcorn! RSVP on Facebook or email katie@growfoodnorthampton.com Sliding Scale suggested donation: $1-20

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