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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
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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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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

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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$25 - $30

Growing Nightshades in the Vegetable Garden: Workshop

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
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The cultural needs of potatoes, tomatoes and more plants that belong in the home vegetable garden. How to start plants from seed and grow them on, prepare the beds for planting. Learn the ongoing seasonal care, pest and disease management, and finally, the harvesting of their fruits. Participants will go home with a variety of nightshades for planting in their home garden. All materials included in cost of program. Members $25; Nonmembers $30

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Farmers Organize Small Business Owners’ Meeting on Immigration

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Plainville Farm, 135 Mount Warner Rd, Hadley, MA + Google Map

A meeting of small business owners concerned about the impact of current immigration policies on their livelihoods and on their workers will take place on April 8th in Hadley, MA.

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Little Brook Farm Camp

April 17 - April 21
Little Brook Farm, 334 Russell Street
Sunderland, MA 01345 United States
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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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