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February 2020

Getting It Right: Pricing Strategies

February 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Getting It Right: Pricing Strategies February 20, 4:00-6:00pm - online workshop $10 for Berkshire Grown members/ $20 for non-members   Register   What's the right price for your products? You may look at what others are charging to set your prices but if you don't know your cost of production, then you may not be charging enough. Julia Shanks from The Farmer's Office & Julia Shanks Food Consulting will lead this interactive online workshop to help you understand the factors…

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2020 New England Campus Farmer Summit

February 22 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The 2020 New England Campus Farmer Summit, Saturday February 22nd at Stonehill College in Easton, MA! If you haven't had a chance to look at the exciting program, be sure to take a look. If you have not registered, please do so here!  Registration closes Friday, January 31st. Rates are as follows: Full admission = $50, Presenters = $40, Student/AmeriCorps Members = $25. 8:30am - 5:00pm The Martin Institute at Stonehill College, Easton, MA,  A gathering of the campus farmer community in New England Campus farmers,…

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Public Hearing regarding MA overtime for ag workers

February 27 @ 11:00 am

SAVE THE DATE: PUBLIC HEARING IN WESTERN MA: regarding overtime pertaining to agricultural and farm work. With appreciation to my colleagues in the valley's delegation for successfully scheduling this public hearing in our region, providing direct access to the many stakeholders concerned about this issue. IN PERSON: public hearing in western MA is scheduled for: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Old Chapel, UMass Amherst, MA, 144 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA (parking at UMass Amherst Parking Garage…

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Co-op Law 101: A little bit of everything [Webinar]

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Co-ops are member owned entities that provide a solid foundation for farms and community members to collaboratively support the local food system. Attorney Dave Swanson is going to provide a baseline knowledge of co-ops, including consumer co-ops and grower co-ops. He is also going to discuss what to consider when choosing a business structure and specifically the differences between non-profits and co-ops. With over 35 years of experience and Land O’Lakes and dozens of consumer coops as a clients, Dave…

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Performance management – set it, manage it, measure it!

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road

Providing effective performance management doesn’t just protect your farm from liability and establish standards and accountability for those you manage – it actually helps your farm grow! Presenter Patti D’Amaddio of the Employers Association of the Northeast will describe how a holistic approach to performance management can increase employee engagement, help employees on their path to development, and assist your business in meeting its strategic goals. Through interactive activities and role play you will gain skills to clearly communicate expectations…

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Northampton Winter Fare

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Winter Fare at the Northampton Winter Farmer's Market It is Winter Fare time again at the Winter Market! CISA will be sponsoring another great Winter Fare on Saturday, February 29. Three FREE workshops will be available that day. Please see below for descriptions. No registration required! 9:00-10:00 Ghee: Repairs the Gut & Calms the Mind Ghee (clarified butter) has been used for thousands of years to repair the digestive tract, balance and detoxify the organ systems, and calm the mind.…

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Northeast Queer Farmer Alliance Winter Gathering

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Calling all LGBTQI+ farmers from Pennsylvania to Maine to join the 2nd annual gathering of the Northeast Queer Farmers Alliance. A loose alliance of LGBTQI+ farmers seeking community and support. Where: Out and the Open, 74 Cottonmill Hill Road, Brattleboro, 05031 When: February 29, 10AM-2PM What: Potlock Brunch (bring your own plates, cup, utensils) and join our conversation about what the alliance is and what is in store for the year ahead-- details TBD. ADH accessible Carpool info coming soon.…

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Winter Fare: All About Climate Change at Winter Farmers Market at the Hampshire Mall

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Center for Eco Technology, Citizens' Climate Lobby, the Red Brigade and Extinction Rebellion Western Mass, and other area climate groups, as we focus this year's Winter Fare on our ever-changing climate. The seeds of change are sown, commit to helping them grow! https://www.facebook.com/events/126593878572569/

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