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June 2018

Just Roots Spring Fest

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Just Roots/ Greenfield Community Farm, 34 Glenbrook Drive
Greenfield, MA 01301 United States

The Just Roots Spring Farm Fest is a celebration of the start of the 2018 Season! The festival will have vendors and informational booths filled with wonderful local businesses and organizations who support sustainability, local agriculture, buying local and building community. There will be farm tours, free workshops, food and live music! Just Roots will be selling seedlings and hosting activities for kids! Come explore the farm for a walk and visit, or spend the day dancing, learning and getting…

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Increase Profitability At Your Restaurant

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smith’s Billiards, 207 Worthington Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States

A Boot Camp for Established Food & Beverage Businesses Would you like to increase your margins and maximize the profitability of your restaurant? Are you seeing increasing food and labor costs cutting into your bottom line? Then do not miss this half-day boot camp targeted towards owners, executive chefs & high-level managers in the restaurant industry. Other food and beverage businesses are also welcome to attend. This boot camp will focus on often overlooked tools and industry best practices that…

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CISA Workshop for Farmers: Park Hill Orchard

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road
Easthampton, MA 01027 United States
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Join us for an early evening farm tour and round table with our hosts, Russell Braen and Alane Hartley at Park Hill Orchard who practice the "Three T's" of agritourism - Tours, Talks and Tastings - in order to create meaningful participatory experiences for visitors. " There are several areas of tension in every agritourism operation. Parts of the business that are always at issue and never will be perfect. Things like PYO pricing and management, food and visitor safety,…

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July 2018

Crush Wine Festival

July 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Gardens at Elm Bank Horticulture Center, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 United States

The best local wine tasting experience in New England! Sample over 75 award-winning Massachusetts wines, hard ciders, and meads from over 20 wineries across the state, along with local handcrafted cheeses, chocolates, and delicious small bites. Meet the winemakers, enjoy The Gardens at Elm Bank, and take home bottles of your new favorite wines! TICKETS: $35 $25 PRESALE TICKETS ON SALE NOW THROUGH MOTHER'S DAY! (but only while they last...plan ahead & save!) Located just 30 minutes outside of Boston,…

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CISA Workshop for Farmers: Red Apple Farm

July 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA United States
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Join owner Al Rose and the Red Apple Farm crew to talk about their wide ranging selection of tours, PYO, live music and other activities. They'll be serving BBQ and hosting live music at the same time, so come early to enjoy some food and entertainment beforehand or catch the tail end after the talk. Kids are welcome! This workshop is in collaboration with buy local partner Central MA Grown. Please RSVP below or contact Stevie Schafenacker stevie@buylocalfood.org, 413-665-7100  …

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Creating and Implementing a Comprehensive IPM Plan

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373

An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan is a tool for growers to control pests in a timely, safe, and efficient manner and a key to producing and maintaining healthy plants. An IPM plan includes sanitation and prevention, conservation, and augmentation methods using beneficial organisms. Participants will explore, discuss, and begin work on individual IPM plans.

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August 2018

Food Safety on Farms Open to Visitors

August 9 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavillion Rd
East Thetford, MA 05043 United States

FSMA…GAPs…CAPS…OMG! Need help navigating the maze of food safety regulations? This workshop is for farms open to visitors that sell or serve food and agricultural service providers who support them. Learn which regulations matter for farms of all types and sizes, and meet the experts you can call on when you have questions. A tour of Cedar Circle Farm’s food safety systems will demonstrate best practices for produce and prepared foods in the farmstand, PYO fields, kitchen, and cafe. This…

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Native Botanical Cyanotype Print Workshop

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373

In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore the history and methodology of botanical cyanotype prints and create our own. Cyanotypes are an early photographic process using light-sensitive materials and sunlight to create unique and striking ‘blue prints’ or ‘sun prints.’ The process lends itself beautifully to the documentation of botanical specimens, both scientifically and artistically.

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