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March 2020

Improving your farm’s employee policies and management systems

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield, MA 01038

Would you like to have better systems in place for onboarding and training employees, consistently communicating farm policies, or giving and receiving employee feedback?  Are you looking to brush up on employment laws to ensure that your farm is in compliance? This session will help you identify incremental changes to improve employee management systems on your farm. Presenter Libby Eiholzer of Cornell Cooperative Extension will lead you through a self-assessment of your farm’s human resources management and help you prioritize…

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Building a positive workplace culture through active bystander training

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
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Farm managers are responsible for setting the tone and ensuring a respectful, safe, and productive work environment. However, they are by no means alone in contributing to workplace culture - each member of the farm team has unique skills and opportunities to help build a more positive workplace culture. This workshop will equip farm managers, crew leaders, and other employees with tools to respond proactively to workplace conflict and to contribute to improving the culture on their farm. Presenters Sharon…

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WORKSHOP CANCELED: Leadership strategies for achieving workplace respect

March 17 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive
Northampton, MA 01060

**NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS. WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO RESCHEDULE IT AT A LATER TIME.** Gaining respect as a manager is not always easy. Take a deep dive into the meaning of workplace respect, learn to identify barriers to respect, and discuss how the concept of respect relates to topics like diversity and inclusion, bullying, and compliance with federal and state anti-harassment and discrimination laws. You will reflect on your own behaviors and…

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April 2020

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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CANCELLED: Local Buyer-Grower Meet & Greet

April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Whately Town Hall, 194 Chestnut Road
Whately, MA 01373 United States

***Due to COVID-19 health concerns this event has been cancelled***       Local Hero growers and food buyers, join us for this free networking event! Farmers and producers, come build relationships that can help you sell your goods, and buyers, come make the connections that can help you procure more local products. Learn how to take your business to the “next level” of local wholesaling and connect with other members of the Pioneer Valley’s food system. The first half-hour…

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Farmers’ Market Manager Meetup: Webinar

April 7 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
MA United States

Get ready for the market season! In this webinar, CISA will be sharing lots of information and resources on how to support and further improve farmers' markets. The majority of content will relate to the current COVID-19 health crisis, and the rest will be for sharing other useful information that markets can use. Open to all farmers' market managers, staff, and board/steering committee members. This event is free and will be held as a webinar. Attendees can join via video…

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Webinar for Farmers’ Markets: Coaching vendors, COVID-19, & the SARE toolkit

April 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

** The date of this webinar has changed to Thursday, April 30*** As farmers' markets make adjustments to their operations in the face of the health crisis, the overall feel and "draw" of markets will change for customers. Creating a warm, friendly, fun environment will have to be done differently this upcoming season; and much of the onus will be on vendors. Market managers, attend this webinar to learn how you can coach your vendors and volunteers so that they…

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May 2020

CISA’s Online Annual Meeting!

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Join us for CISA’s virtual annual meeting on Thursday, May 21st at 7 pm! Hear behind-the-scenes perspectives on how Valley farms are adapting to the new world we’re all operating in, and how CISA is supporting them.

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