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February 2019

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Series

February 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40

Registration: Cost is $40 for each program and includes the required PSA Grower Manual ($50 value), a Certificate of Course attendance from AFDO ($35 value), and lunch and refreshments. Registration information coming soon! The training will be held in 5 locations: When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9am-5pm Where: Hotel 1620, 180 Water St., Plymouth, MA 12360 When: Friday, February 15, 2019, 9am-5pm Where: Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Kittredge Center room 205,Holyoke, MA 01040 When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019,…

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Food Safety webinar

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is thrilled to partner with Dirigo Food Safety for another food safety webinar on Wednesday, February 20th from 12:00-1:00pm. In this Q&A-style webinar Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel will discuss Dirigo Food Safety's STRIVE model, which helps businesses and their workforce feel Safe, Trained, Respected In, Valued, and Empowered, and answer your questions regarding food safety regulation. This webinar is perfect for you if scaling your food business is your dream; moving from small production runs to serious manufacturing.…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Profitable Meat Marketing

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Click Workspace, 9 and 1/2 Market St., Northampton You are selling local meat—but are you making money? Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs—including your TIME—and bringing in a profit. In the workshop, you will learn how to develop your farm’s marketing strategy and how to set specific marketing objectives to make your job easier. In addition to marketing tips, you’ll learn about Cornell Cooperative…

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Maple Sugaring at Home

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
$25 – $35

This workshop will demonstrate the beloved New England tradition of making maple syrup at home, using the sugar bush on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Chris Wellens, Director of Education at BBG, will cover all aspects of maple sugaring: identifying suitable trees, the when and how of collecting sap, the boiling down process for the home setting, and preserving the syrup for year-round use. Participants will walk through the BBG sugarbush, install spiles, consider collection schedules, and boil…

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Home Orchard Pruning: A Hands-on Workshop

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$45

Mass Aggie Seminars 2019: A Home Garden Series Home Orchard Pruning A Hands-on Workshop Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. led by Mr. Jon Clements and Ms. Liz Garofalo Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Rd. Easthampton, MA 01027 The joy of growing fruit in the home garden is enjoying a renaissance. One of the key steps in successful fruit growing is the act of pruning the trees. This can seem daunting and complicated, but it’s…

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Hearty and Healthy Soups

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
$45 – $55

Warm up this winter during this hands-on cooking class all about making simple yet flavorful soups at home. The class will emphasize utilizing common pantry items as well as botanicals. Professional cook and television personality, Anna Gershenson, will lead the class in making a thick and hearty red lentil soup, quinoa, spinach, and feta chowder, and a hearty sausage and kale soup, all paired with a warm-spiced pumpkin pesto bruschetta. Members: $45, Non-Members: $55 Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge…

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Soils Part 1: Soil Testing & Nutrient Management Planning Workshop

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fernald Hall, UMASS Amherst Campus
$30

Description: This workshop is Part 1 of a 2-part soils workshop, but you do not need to attend both parts. Part 2 will be held in Brattleboro, VT on February 28, 2019. Click here for information about Part 2: Soil Health, Cover Cropping, & Nutrient Management Planning. Attendees of Part 1 of this workshop will: Learn about soil testing techniques and tour the UMass Soil & PLant Nutrient Testing Lab Learn about soil health assessment methods from Brandon Smith, NRCS National Soil Health Team…

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Webinar: Entity Governance for Business & Nonprofits

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Legal Food Hub Winter Webinar Series Tuesday, February 26, 12:00 PM EST: Entity Governance for Business & Nonprofits. Transacational Law Clinics of Harvard Law School. Register here.

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