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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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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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Webinar: Record-Keeping Strategies for Organic Certification

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This online webinar will cover all you need to know about farm record-keeping for organic certification. Specific topics include simplifying records on your farm for efficiency and organic certification requirements as well as compost production records needed to gain approval for use on certified organic farms.

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$45

Home Orchard Establishment & Basics – A Hands-on Workshop

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dowse Orchards, 98 North Main Street
Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management will be covered in the afternoon session.) If weather permits, there will be a hands-on demonstration of planting fruit trees at Dowse Orchards.

Led by Dr. Dan Cooley and Mr. Jon Clements.

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$45

Home Orchard Pest Management – A Handson Workshop

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dowse Orchards, 98 North Main Street
Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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One of the most challenging thing about growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify the insect pests and diseases that might afflict them. Learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. Hands-on,
scouting, monitoring, placement of traps, etc. will be covered.

Led by Dr. Dan Cooley and Mr. Jon Clements.

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