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November 2017

Building a Niche Agri Enterprise into a Successful Business

November 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
UMass Amherst Amherst, MA 01003 United States

Join Tucka Saville of Anarchy Apiaries and Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm to discuss how they built their niche food system businesses. 
Tucka will discuss the challenges and successes of building and sustaining apiaries in both the Northern and Southern climates of the East Coast. She works with both Anarchy Apiaries in New York and Florida, and with French Hill Apiaries in Northern Vermont. 
Julia has built Mycoterra Farm from a garage based mushroom grow room to a large scale mushroom production facility in Deerfield, MA. Julia will share her journey with us, and her scalable model for success. 

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SNAP Retailer Sign-Up Day

November 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Rd
Framingham, MA United States

At this drop-in information session you can get your farm, farm stand or farmers’ market authorized for SNAP (food stamps) and receive your USDA FNS number the very same day! USDA, Department of Transitional Assistance and Department of Agricultural Resources staff will be on site to walk you through the process and assist with your application. You will also learn about SNAP processing equipment options and the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) benefit. NOTE: Registration for the conference is not required if you wish to only attend the retailer sign-up event.

Where: Mass Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 30, DROP-IN hours between: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 1657 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

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December 2017

HIP Forum

December 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
World War II Club, 50 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

This event is intended for farmers' market vendors, farm staff, market managers, and volunteers working directly with HIP at farmers' markets, farm stands, and CSAs. Please join us at CISA's Fall HIP Forum to sum up HIP's successes and challenges, share best practices and existing resources, and advocate for what markets and farms need to ensure HIP is successful. We'll be meeting Monday, December 4 from 5:30-8:30pm, in the back room of the World War II Club in Northampton (just off I-91, with…

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Fair Food Business Boot Camp

December 5 - December 7
Lindentree Farm, 10 Old Concord Road
Lincoln, MA 01773 United States

Fair Food Network’s Fair Food Fund provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that are growing vibrant local food systems. We finance innovative businesses that are supporting resilient working farms and strong local food economies in the Northeastern United States. Lending is bolstered with business assistance including an annual business boot camp and one-on-one consulting. Fair Food Network launched the Fair Food Fund in 2012 to build robust regional food systems—and in the process, help exceptional, innovative businesses turn potential…

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New England Farm Succession School

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Office, 249 Lakeside Drive
Marlboro, MA,

Three Session Course: Dec 5, Jan 11, Feb 7 One of a farmer's biggest challenges is planning for farm succession. The Farm Succession School provides farmers and farming couples looking toward retirement and farm transition the structured and sustained support to make decisions, engage their family, and organize the legal and financial mechanics. Topics include goal setting, estate planning, retirement planning, family communications, taxes, legal structure, Medicaid, and bringing on a successor. A commitment of just three days over the…

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Dairy Tours & Overnight Farm Stays

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Liberty Hill Farms, 511 Liberty Hill
Rochester, VT 05767 United States

Experience agritourism at some of Vermont’s premiere destinations. Whether you are new to agritourism or have years of experience, you are invited to join farmers as well as agricultural, tourism, and insurance professionals for farm tours and discussion about what works and what doesn’t. Topics will include safety, liability, marketing, and more. Resources and follow-up technical assistance will be available. More information is available at the University of Vermont Extension website listed below. Workshop 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (optional…

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Growing Cannabis On The Farm

December 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Nacul Center, 592 Main Street
Amherst, MA United States

In 2018 Cannabis will enter the Massachusetts marketplace and, according to some estimates, it’s poised to become a $1.1 billion industry within just a few years, making it the most profitable crop in Massachusetts. As with local craft beer and food, there will be a lot of consumers interested in accessing high-quality craft cannabis grown by local farmers in a sustainable way.

This interactive workshop and networking event is for growers who are interested in cultivating Cannabis using organic methods on their land for this new market. We’ll cover all the basics to get you started on your path toward cultivating cannabis either on your own as part of a cooperative.

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Farmer/Buyer Meet & Greet: How to Use Market Research to Guide Business Decisions

December 11 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

4:30-6:00pm (Presentation) - 6:00-7:30 (Networking) Myrna Greenfield, “top egg” of Good Egg Marketing, will be leading a workshop as part of this CISA’s fall networking event. Whether you’re trying to figure out if there’s enough demand for your products, if there’s a gap you can fill, what your customers care about or who your competitors are, resources you can use to guide your business decisions. Please join us after the workshop for an opportunity to network and mingle with buyers…

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