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September 2019

CISA’s Fall Harvest Celebration: SOLD OUT

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Valley View Farm, 16 Walpole Road
Haydenville, MA 01039 United States

A local harvest celebration to benefit CISA Update: CISA's Fall Harvest Celebration is now sold out! If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, please email jennifer@buylocalfood.org (and include the number of seats). Join us on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in celebrating the diversity and bounty of local food with a wide variety of small plates and featured dishes made almost entirely with ingredients from Local Hero farms. We offer an open bar with wine, beer, and other beverages.…

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Workshop: Get the most out of your farm’s POS system 

September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Polish American Citizens Club, 46 South Main Street
South Deerfield, 01373

Calling all farmstand and store managers! Get expert advice from presenter Erin Pirro of Farm Credit East on how to use your point-of-sale system to make better business decisions for your farm. A well designed point-of-sale system is key to farm profitability, yet few farms come close to maximizing the potential of their point-of-sale systems. Taking time to choose the right system and set it up well can pay off many times over in the long run. Learn how to…

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November 2019

Field Notes: An Afternoon of Storytelling

November 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Academy of Music, 274 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

Buy your tickets here! By popular demand, CISA’s Field Notes: An Afternoon of Storytelling is back! Farmers, chefs, and neighbors from throughout the Pioneer Valley will take to the stage to share their stories at the Academy of Music Theatre this November. Join CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) as we celebrate the Local Heroes who make our thriving local food community tick! Take a glimpse into the lives of the people who grow and cook the local food we…

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January 2020

Making it Happen: Profitability and Success Workshop Series (Part 1 of 3)

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive
Northampton, MA 01060
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Where do you want your farm, fishing, or food processing business to be in the next 5, 10, 25 years and beyond? The Carrot Project wants to see you thriving and we aim to help you make it happen. "Will I pay my bills?" "Is my price the right price?" "Should I add a new product line?" "Is a capital investment worth it?" In partnership with CISA, the Making It Happen: Profitability and Success Workshop Series for farmers and food…

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Making it Happen: Profitability and Success Workshop Series (Part 2 of 3)

January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive
Northampton, MA 01060
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Where do you want your farm, fishing, or food processing business to be in the next 5, 10, 25 years and beyond?   The Carrot Project wants to see you thriving and we aim to help you make it happen. "Will I pay my bills?" "Is my price the right price?" "Should I add a new product line?" "Is a capital investment worth it?"   In partnership with CISA The Making It Happen: Profitability and Success Workshop series for farmers…

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February 2020

Managing across cultures with cultural dexterity and humility

February 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center Room 301, 303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke, 01040

Cultural dexterity and humility are key to being an effective farm manager, especially when managing across cultural and racial differences. Presenter Lakisha Coppedge of Coppedge Consulting will provide tools to help you build awareness of your own culture, privileges, and assumptions; develop your ability to listen to and learn from others; reflect on your own cross-cultural experiences; and learn from your mistakes. This session will increase your awareness of how power imbalances can impact understanding and communication on farms and…

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Conflict resolution skills for supervisors

February 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States

Gain and practice skills that will help you set the groundwork for positive workplace relationships with your farm team starting on day one. Presenter Christopher Sabo of Foxtrot Farm and the Mediation & Training Collaborative will discuss strategies for creating a foundation of effective communication among your crew, increasing your capacity to manage conflict, and maintaining open and accessible communication channels on the farm throughout the season. This session will offer tools to respond to workplace conflict or deal with…

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Performance management – set it, manage it, measure it!

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield, MA 01038

Providing effective performance management doesn’t just protect your farm from liability and establish standards and accountability for those you manage – it actually helps your farm grow! Presenter Patti D’Amaddio of the Employers Association of the Northeast will describe how a holistic approach to performance management can increase employee engagement, help employees on their path to development, and assist your business in meeting its strategic goals. Through interactive activities and role play you will gain skills to clearly communicate expectations…

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