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April 2021

Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) Training: how HIP works and how to explain it to customers

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free (Remote)

The Healthy Incentives Program is a state-run program whereby SNAP customers can get additional fresh, local produce using their SNAP/EBT card. Many SNAP customers don't know that they have the HIP benefit already on their card, and the HIP program can be difficult to explain. Join us to learn what HIP is, how it works, and how to explain it to your customers. Open to farmers' market staff, volunteers, managers, and any one else who is interested in HIP and…

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June 2021

Entrenamiento para HIP, el programa de incentivos saludables/Healthy Incentives Program Training

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

El programa de incentivos saludables es un programa de beneficios en Massachusetts donde clientes de SNAP pueden ganar frutas y vegetales frescas y locales, gratis, con sus tarjetas de EBT/SNAP. Muchos clientes de SNAP no saben sobre los beneficios de HIP, y el programa es complicado. Reunirse a nosotros y aprender mas sobre HIP, como funciona, y como lo explica a sus clientes. Abeirto a empleados, voluntarios, o alguien que esta interesada en HIP y acceso a comida para todos.…

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SNAP employee training

June 2 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free (Remote)

Make sure your farm stand and farmers' market staff are ready to accept SNAP this summer by having them attend this SNAP employee training. Employees will learn SNAP basics such as what SNAP and P-EBT cards look like, what items are SNAP eligible, and how to run a SNAP transaction. Attendees will come away knowing how SNAP works and how to successfully and legally run a transaction on Conduent and TotilPay machines. This training will also cover the SNAP protocols…

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September 2021

Field Notes: Easthampton – Presented by CISA and River Valley Co-op

September 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

CISA is proud to co-host an Easthampton screening of our farm and food storytelling event with River Valley Co-op, in celebration of opening their second store!

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Grant writing workshop: Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG)

September 28 @ 6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 28, 6-7:30pm Location: Remote Join Kelly Coleman, CISA’s Program Director and one of CISA’s grant writers, as she shares her extensive experience in grant writing and how you can write an effective grant application for the currently open Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG) opportunity. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the types of projects this grant can cover, a framework of how they can approach the grant application, and tips on how to write a…

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October 2021

Grant writing workshop: Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 14, 6-7pm Online Do you need funding to make food safety-related equipment or facility upgrades on your farm? This grant offers money to make capital improvements in fruit, vegetable and aquaculture operations to help you improve food safety, access new markets, and meet regulatory requirements. Join Kristen Wilmer, Program Manager at CISA, as she shares her extensive experience helping farmers with grant-writing and offers insights on how to write a strong grant application for the currently open Agricultural…

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PSA grower training course in Spanish / Curso de capacitación para productores de la Alianza-PSA impartido a distancia (virtual)

October 25 @ 11:00 am - October 26 @ 4:30 am

Contact / Persona de contacto: Zoraia de Jesus Barros, CISA Program Coordinator Schedule / Horario: Monday, October 25th, 2021, 11am-4:30pm / Lunes 25 de octubre 2021, 11am-4:30pm Tuesday, October 26th, 2021, 11am-4:30pm / Martes 26 de octubre 2021, 11am-4:30pm Location / Lugar: Virtual on Zoom / Plataforma virtual en Zoom Cost / Costa: Free for MA growers / Gratis para los productores de MA Register here. / Complete el formulario de inscripción aquí. Registration deadline: October 11th / Límite de…

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Website Revamp: Taking your site to the next level (Part 1 of 2)

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Remote* Tuesday October 26 and Wednesday, November 3, 6-8:00pm (participants attend both sessions) Do you have a website, but think it’s outdated or could use some major changes to give it that modern, professional shine? Join Michael Crigler of Bueno Social for this free two-part workshop as he walks us through the graphic design thinking, pro tips, and guiding principles behind what makes an excellent website and how you can apply them to your own. Attendees will come away…

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