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April 2020

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

April 29, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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February 2021

Get HIP! And Increase Your Clients’ Access to Food

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

A Virtual Class Designed to Help You Explain the Healthy Incentives Program to Your Clients Register Here: Come deepen your knowledge of the Healthy Incentives Program, learn strategies for HIP outreach with your clients, and share your own experience with HIP outreach and education! Even if you know all about HIP, there will be a focus on how to effectively communicate HIP to your clients, since the program can be confusing to SNAP customers who have never used HIP…

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March 2021

Equity, Racism, and Inclusiveness: Examining Farmers’ Markets

March 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Free (Remote)

Join Liz Wills-O’Gilvie, director of the Springfield Food Policy Council and board chair of Gardening the Community, and Neftali Durán, co-founder of the I-Collective and the Holyoke Food and Equity Collective, as they discuss how equity and racism intersect at farmers’ markets and how markets can be more welcoming and inclusive. Both have extensive experience with farmers' markets as founders, managers, customers, and vendors, as well as in food systems activism and antiracism work. This workshop examines farmers’ markets with…

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Successful Value Add Food Product Development for Farm Businesses: Managing Food Quality and Safety

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Successful Value Add Food Product Development for Farm Businesses: Managing Food Quality and Safety This course, taught by University of Massachusetts Extension educators, is a remote 3-session program designed specifically to address product development and food safety issues faced by small value added food processors. Throughout the course, we will introduce the food science basics, important considerations when developing a new food product, share key elements required for product labeling, and an provide an overview of key regulatory requirements for…

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Farmers’ market manager meetup

March 25 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Free (Remote)

Farmers’ market manager meetup Thursday, March 25, 3:30-4:45pm CISA invites all Valley farmers' market managers to a remote meetup to touch base as we all gear up for the summer market season. We’ll cover COVID-related PSAs, upcoming funding opportunities, equity resources, customer outreach best practices, plus several other topics to help you as you prep for a successful market season. This is also an opportunity for market managers to hear from each other and share their market's challenges and successes.…

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April 2021

CISA Annual Meeting

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for CISA's Online Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00pm Register here. Join CISA to reflect on lessons from a pandemic year and what it means for the future. We’ll talk about the shortcomings that this crisis revealed in our food system, the ways that local farmers, advocates, and legislators stepped up to keep our communities fed, and new opportunities and challenges that face us as we head into 2021. Panelists: Philip Korman, CISA Executive Director Margaret Christie,…

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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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