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January 2017

Winter Vegetable School

January 10 - February 28

Attention Growers! Leave winter school ready for a Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) audit and the peace of mind that you are prepared to handle the requirements of: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), EPA Worker Protection Standards (WPS), Nutrient Management Regulations, and changes in Employment Law.  Get up to date on research and IPM practices important to vegetable growers and gain a competitive advantage in a heavily regulated market.  Each farm will get detailed support in developing food safety and […]

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February 2017

CISA Winter Workshop Series: Farm Financing — Credit, Capital, and Cash, Oh My!

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303,
303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States

Looking for help exploring financing opportunities for your farm? This session will provide information on the range of loan programs and business assistance that farm lenders and service providers offer, how different lenders work together, and what they each look for in applicants.  Participants will be invited to take part in brief “speed-dating” meetings with lenders for personalized assistance.

Presenters: Farm Credit East, Farm Service Agency, Equity Trust, The Carrot Project, PVGrows

This is the fifth in our eight session Winter Workshop […]

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$12 - $17

Farming Smarter with Richard Wiswall (recordkeeping, budgets, and more!): New Entry

February 22 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Brigham Hill Community Barn,
37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA 01536 United States

Richard Wiswall’s experience from farming full time for the last 35 years, coupled with his thirst for appropriate farm business strategies, gives a hard-to-find authenticity to his workshops. Richard will lead this full day workshop focused on making a profit, record keeping strategies, building budgets, and improved financial management for your farm. Beginning and seasoned farmers alike will benefit, and share in some eye opening results. Registration required.

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New date: CISA Winter Workshop Series: Growing People — Constructive Conflict Resolution

February 22 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Northampton Senior Center,
67 Conz St
Northampton, MA, MA 01060 United States

Note: this workshop has been rescheduled for February 22nd.

For most of us, conflict can be a loaded word; it’s something we shy away from. Disagreements will arise on the farm and, when handled well, can result in more effective communication and stronger relationships. During the height of a farm season, it is especially critical to maintain a balanced work environment. This is the second of a two-part series where we will discuss how to approach conflict on the […]

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Making the Most Out of Pasture and Hayfields

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mass Fish and Wildlife Headquarters,
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581 United States

Join experts, educators, and scientists from the University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Maine at an event organized and presented by UMass Extension.

The objective of this event is to provide research-based information on the use of hayfield and pasture.

Topics include:

Managing Alfalfa/Grass Mixtures for High Quality
Extending Grazing Opportunity Through Summer Annuals
Take Your Pasture and Hayfield to the Next Level
Strategies for Implementing Double Cropping of Winter Grains

Please contact Kelly Kraemer at kkraemer@umass.edu or 413-545-5221 for exhibitor or […]

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Massachusetts Agriculture and Food Conference

February 26
Bristol County Agricultural High School,
135 Center Street
Dighton, MA 02715 United States

About the Conference

Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, this is the event for you! Each year, the lineup includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels.

Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch  and at the Resource Fair you’ll learn about local organizations and businesses that provide services and products to help you grow, whether you’ve got a hundred acres or a couple of […]

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Taking Care of Business: BF 103

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cornell University Small Farms Program,

This course helps aspiring and beginning farmers assess and manage a variety of risks that a farmer will face as they operate their enterprise. Throughout the six-week period, topics essential for operating a viable farm business will be discussed, including insurance coverage, types of business structures, and tax information.

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Course: Exploring The Small Farm Dream

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bristol Community College – Fall River,
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720 United States

Are you considering starting an agricultural enterprise in Massachusetts? The “Explorer” courses are intended for those considering farming as a (small) business. Its purpose is to help pre-venture, aspiring farmers learn what it will take to start and manage their own agricultural enterprise. Explorer makes use of four, guided group sessions and a farmer panel of those who have already done what you are contemplating. It is based on an acclaimed workbook developed in partnership with NESFI and presented by […]

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