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January 2018

CISA Winter Workshop: Building Workplace Culture for Staff Retention

January 23 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street
Holyoke, MA United States
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How do you retain staff year after year? How do you create a strong team from the beginning and follow through the season? In this workshop we will work together to build management and training styles for staff retention including mission clarification, empowering managers and crew leaders, and clear communication and feedback. This workshop builds upon Pete’s fall 2017 workshop and digs deeper into the topic of staff retention, so folks can walk away with clear next steps towards developing a strong…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Building Workplace Culture for Staff Retention

January 25 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CISA Office, 1 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373 United States
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How do you retain staff year after year? How do you create a strong team from the beginning and follow through the season? In this workshop we will work together to build management and training styles for staff retention including mission clarification, empowering managers and crew leaders, and clear communication and feedback. This workshop builds upon Pete's fall 2017 workshop and digs deeper into the topic of staff retention, so folks can walk away with clear next steps towards developing…

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Making it Happen: Profitability and Success

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke,
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$15

This is a two-part workshop. Part I will be held on Friday, January 12th from 12-5:30pm. Part II will be held on Monday, January 29th from 12-5:30.    Presented by Julia Shanks and The Carrot Project, Making It Happen: Profitability and Success training will give producers the ability to use four core financial management tools to improve decision-making. Participants will learn and apply financial management tools to their business that will help them answer questions such as: “Can I pay my…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Employee Manuals: Policies, Ethics and Law

January 31 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States
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We’ll walk through the steps of creating an employee manual that your employees with understand We’ll also discuss federal and state laws, policies that support the health and well-being of your staff, and best practices for upholding those policies. Sarah is Counsel for the firm Bulkley Richardson in the Business and Finance department and is a member of the Employment Law Practice Group. Her practice encompasses a wide range of industries and clients including entrepreneurs, closely-held / family businesses, restaurant and…

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February 2018

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States

Fruit and vegetable growers interested in learning about produce safety and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are invited to attend this course to learn about produce safety best practices, key parts of the Produce Safety Rule requirements, and how these requirements will be enforced in MA through MDAR’s Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP). This course is one way to satisfy the Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

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CISA Winter Workshop: Developing Farm SOPs and Training Staff

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
125 Long Plain Rd., South Deerfield, MA, 125 Long Plain Rd.
South Deerfield, Massachusetts
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In collaboration with MDAR and UMass we will go over how to create and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and how to train your staff as it relates to Food Safety and the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Gary Gemme of Harvest Farm of Whately will talk about some of his methods for staff training and management. Location: Harvest Farm of Whately, 125 Long Plain Rd., South Deerfield Presenter: Lisa McKeag - UMass Extension, Michael…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Agriculture Labor Laws

February 13 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States
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We will cover federal and state labor laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act. CLF’s Legal Services Food Hub will present resources for understanding how to comply with regulations, as well as how laws protect both workers and farm owners. Location: Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke Presenter: Attorney John S. Gannon, Skoley Abbott - Springfield, MA,  Conservation Law Foundation, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Register for Workshop February 13: LH Member $15.00 USD February…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Farmer to Farmer

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
World War II Club, 50 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

Join farmers from across the Northeast as we talk about experiences, successes and challenges in our relationships as managers and people in the broader community of food and agriculture. We will also talk with each other about the future of farmers as managers, workers, leaders, activists, and family members. Farmer Guests: Ben Dana and Danielle Allen - Route 5 Farm, Fairlee VT Al and Nancy Rose - Red Apple Farm, Phillipston MA Jody Bolluyt - Roxbury Farm, Kinderhook NY   Location: World…

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