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September 2017

Twilight Meeting: Produce Wash Station Design, Use, and Maintenance

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Atlas Farm, 635 River Rd Deerfield, MA 01342 + Google Map

(note: this meeting is at the main farm on River Rd, and NOT at the Atlas Farm store on Routes 5 & 10 in S. Deerfield) A functional wash and pack area can improve both workflow and produce safety. FSMA's Produce Rule states that equipment, tools, and buildings must be of adequate design and able to be cleaned and properly maintained. We will discuss the range of options available for growers of different scales to meet these requirements. We'll tour…

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Women in Agriculture: Campus Farms and the Women Who Run Them

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Stockbridge Hall, 80 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Join the Stockbridge School of Agriculture as they highlight campus farms. UMass Student Farm's Amanda Brown and Book & Plow Farm's Maida Ives will share their stories of managing campus farms in the Pioneer Valley, providing food for the institutions in which they are housed, engaging with students and conducting on-farm education and service learning in collaboration, all while collaborating with the student body. Find more info here.

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The Grassfed Exchange Conference

September 27 - September 29
Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY United States
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Early Bird Deadline July 31st September 27th-29th in Albany, NY The Grassfed Exchange invites you to participate in this year’s seminal event on grassfed meat and dairy. This three-day event will feature a variety of engaging and educational seminars, panel discussions and farm tours for producers and consumers alike. This is a unique opportunity to network with innovative producers, leading researchers, and experts from across the supply chain. It is a chance to learn about topics central to grassfed production…

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October 2017

Food Product Development Course

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Franklin County CDC Food Processing Center, 324 Wells Street
Greenfield, MA,
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October 5, 9AM-5PM  Propel your food business to the next level by delving into product development and food safety with Amanda Kinchla, of the UMASS Food Service Department, and expert on HACCP and product development. Register today! The full day course will cover: Principles of Food Safety and Risk Management Establishing Process Controls & Effective Strategies for Record Keeping Quality Attributes of Food Financial/Business Considerations to account for in your product development process Food Regulation and Product Labeling and Claims HACCP…

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Product Development Considerations: Beyond the Concept

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Western MA Food Processing Center, 324 Wells St
Greenfield, MA 01370 United States
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Do you want help better understanding the food safety principles behind your process? Do you need help with product development for a current or future product? Propel your food business to the next level by delving into product development and food safety with Amanda Kinchla, of the UMASS Food Science Department, an expert on HACCP and product development. Amanda Kinchla M.S., Food Science Extension Specialist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amanda has over 15 years of product development success…

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Farm Olympics

October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Just Roots/ Greenfield Community Farm, 34 Glenbrook Drive
Greenfield, MA 01301 United States
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October 8, 2017,  2:00-5:00pm Just Roots Farm in Greenfield Calling all extreme farmers! ... or just your average farm crew prone to antics and friendly competition. The Farm Olympics is coming to the Pioneer Valley! Recommended training regiments might include weeding with gusto, launching hay bales, estimating vegetable weights, racing crates of potatoes down pathways and weed identification. Compete as a farm team or come on your own and create a team! Not a farmer? This is a come one come…

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Women in Ag: Distribution Solutions for Regional Food Systems

October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Stockbridge Hall, 80 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Join Annie Myer of Myers Produce and Susan Pincus of Sawmill Herb Farm to hear about creative solutions to regional food distribution. Myers Produce distributes produce from Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts to wholesale clients in Boston and New York. Susan Pincus of Sawmill Herb Farm works in partnership with Myers Produce to deliver a fresh medicinal herb CSAs to clients in Boston & New York. Susan also works to build local partnerships with educators and herbalist in the Pioneer Valley.…

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November 2017

Widening the Welcome: The Future of Agriculture for Communities of Color

November 4 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
The 224 Ecospace, 224 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT United States
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About the Event: The face of farming is radically changing. How can we encourage more African American/Black, Latinx and API/APA communities to be in the vanguard of these changes in New England? Join us Saturday, November 4, 2017 for a rare opportunity to raise the voices of global majority actors with a vested interest in agrarian-based ventures statewide and regionally. This open, pre-registration required event also serves an introduction to the upcoming Where Women Gather: A Celebration of Women in…

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