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April 2020

Produce Safety Grower Training 2020 Series

April 1 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Who Should Attend Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. This course will also cover the Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP), a voluntary 3rd-party audit program. This training satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for covered farms that "at least one supervisor or responsible party" completes "food safety training … recognized as adequate”…

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Grafting Fruit Trees: a Hands-on Workshop

April 1 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$100

Grafting Fruit Trees: a Hands-on Workshop $100/person*** Dr. Wesley Autio April 11, 2020, 9:30am to 3:00pm UMass Cold Spring Orchard: 391 Sabin St., Belchertown, MA 01007 Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting -they are not grown from seed. For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a hands-on workshop on “bench grafting” and “cleft grafting” of apple trees. Other grafting techniques will be discussed.…

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Webinar: Strategies for Online Farm Stores

April 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Strategies for Online Farm Stores Wednesday, April 1, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Are you looking to transition to online or pre-paid sales? Thinking about offering home delivery or curbside pick-up? Come hear from a panel of livestock farmers who are currently doing it successfully! Our presenters are Hayden Holbert of Avrom Farm in WI, Sam Gasson of Bull City Farm in NC, Katie Steere of Deep Roots Farm in RI, and Heather Puckett of MT Cross Farm in…

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Webinar: Farm to Freezer: The Logistics of Online Sales & Shipping Meat

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

When: Thursday, April 2nd 12pmEST Hear from three experienced panelists who sell their meats online & ship direct to consumers. Let’s turn the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to connect our niche meats to hungry consumers. Topics will include: setting up an online store, different web platforms, accepting payments, updating inventory, meat selection, subscriptions versus ala-carte orders, boxes, insulation, dry ice, maintaining cold chain, shipping carriers, costs, & legalities of selling meat across state lines (Rebecca will cover that one).…

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Webinar on new payroll and tax provisions in FFCRA

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Farm Credit East is offering an educational webinar regarding new payroll and tax provisions outlined in the newly passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This free webinar will be held on Thursday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. Senior Tax Consultant, Dario Arezzo, will review some of the key tax provisions of the CARES Act, as well as tax planning considerations for agricultural businesses. Tax and payroll provisions of…

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WORKSHOP CANCELED: Farmer-to-farmer: sharing farm labor management successes and challenges

April 2 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Whately Town Hall, 194 Chestnut Plain Road
Whately, MA 01093
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**NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS. WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO RESCHEDULE IT AT A LATER TIME.** All those who attend one or more of CISA's winter workshops on farm labor management are invited to join this facilitated farmer-to-farmer discussion. This session will allow time for more in-depth conversation and idea-sharing related to several of the topics raised during the preceding workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to get input from other farmers on specific…

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Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$65

Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation-a Classroom Workshop $65/person** Ms. Liz Garofalo April 4,2020, 12:00pm to 2:00pm Red Apple Farm: 455 Highland Ave, Phillipston MA 0331 Cider is one of the fastest growing craft adult beverage markets in the country! There are many different styles of cider from the stuff your grandparents made in the basement to top shelf ciders that compare to fine Champagnes. Come and learn a brief history of cider and dive in to understanding (and tasting) why cider…

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Extending the grazing season

April 6 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

2020 Classroom Workshops Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices A workshop series on pasture management and infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture. All workshops held in the training room at Farm Credit East, 240 S Rd. Enfield CT Monday, April 6, 2020 8:30 am to 1 pm Extending the grazing season Spring, summer and fall grazing, stockpiling, no till planting to extend the grazing season, grazing cover crops and crop residues Carl Majewski, University of…

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