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August 2018

UMass Extension Vegetable Program Research Tour and Round Table

August 16 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UMass Crop & Animal Research Center, 89-91 North River Rd.
South Deerfield,

Event date/time: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm Event location: UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Farm This event was originally scheduled for Tuesday 8/14 but has been postponed to Thursday, August 16 due to rain. Featuring presentations on the following research topics: Cucurbit downy mildew resistance in cucumbers - Sue Scheufele Pollinator protection in butternut squash - Sue Scheufele Mulches for flea beetle control in brassicas - Sue Scheufele Natural predators of cabbage aphid - Sue…

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Nutrition’s Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
UMass Amherst Hadley Farm, 11 North Maple STreet
Hadley, MA 01035 United States

A workshop series for agricultural service providers and farmers on nutrition and its direct link to the health and well-being of animals Topics: Pasture walk that shows pasture rotation to control/reduce parasite activity in sheep and goats, discussion and demonstration of the fecal methods employed to test animals for parasitic activity, FAMACHA scoring, Body Condition Scoring goats

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Front Porch Jam at Simple Gifts Farm

August 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 North Pleasant St

Bring your friends, and your favorite instrument, and hang with Simple Gifts Farm, as they jam into the evening, every third Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.  Local musicians will lead the jam. We’ll be serving up their own meats & seasonal grilled vegetables. BYOB! Scheduled Jams: Aug. 17: CSA member and fiddler, Laura Quayle, & Ted Soulos, flautist and teacher at Wildwood Elementary, will lead a Celtic style Jam. Sept. 21 Click here for updates on upcoming jams

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3rd Hampshire Candidate Forum

August 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bangs Community Center, 4 Boltwood Walk

The community is invited to join the candidates for a series of open discussion focusing on our region’s food insecurity and its underlying causes. This is your opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and learn how they intend to ensure everyone has access to healthy food. 3rd Hampshire Candidates Forum Monday, August 20, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst Moderated by: Keith P. Barnicle, District Representative for Congressman Jim McGovern Co-sponsored by CISA and The…

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Seed Saving

August 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373

Seed saving brings tremendous benefits to the willing gardener. Learn how seeds develop, stay dormant, and germinate. This hands-on workshop covers harvesting, cleaning, and storing a wide spectrum of native seeds. Spend time in the field observing and collecting seeds, then practice cleaning. Take your work home with you. Bring a lunch and dress appropriately for the field.

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Twilight Meeting: Reduced Tillage and Transplanters for Vegetable Farmers

August 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wards Berry Farm, 614 S. Main Street
Sharon, MA United States

Event date/time: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm Event location: Ward’s Berry Farm Featuring: Farmer Jim Ward and his reduced till vegetable cropping systems, which he has practiced for over 10 years with the help of an Unverferth Deep Zone Tiller Davidian Farm’s two-row Monosem vacuum precision planter mounted with Dawn Biologic roller crimpers (first ones in the state!) the UMass Research Farm’s grain drill and roller crimper and Brookdale Fruit Farm’s new line of no-till transplanters from…

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September 2018

Bashista Orchards Craft & Vendor Fair

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bashista Orchards, 160 East Street
Southampton, MA,

Craft & Vendor Fair with over 40 craft/vendors, plus food. Stop and smell the donuts and try a cider slushy. Stroll through the fruit trees while browsing. Balloon sculptor for the kids 11-1 and live music 1-3 pm. Pick your own apples is in full swing and will be available every day through September. No admission charge. Click here for more info.

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Growing Hemp in MA: Opportunities for Farmers & Others

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
John W. Olver Transit Center, Allen Meeting Room, 12 Olive St
Greenfield, MA

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), and CISA invite you to this workshop for farmers, local officials, and others. Growing and refining hemp (which refers to strains of cannabis plants and products made from it used for industrial purposes, such as to make textiles, CBD oils, or other consumer products) is now legal in Massachusetts, and following the passage of new state legislation, there is new information for…

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