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March 2019

CISA Winter Workshop: Value Added Marketing – What to Expect When Scaling Up

March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CISA Office, 1 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373 United States

Location: CISA Office, 1 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA For farmers who produce packaged products currently or are looking towards the future of selling in larger retail stores, through regional distributors or other larger markets. From honey to salsa, from grass-fed meat and dairy to salad greens, what are the benefits and detriments one should know about bigger companies and what to do if you are approached by an investor? Plus, what are the current industry marketing trends that have…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Reaching the End Consumer

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road
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Location: The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield As a wholesale farmer and value added producer, it's a challenge to know your customer and what they want because often, we don't get a chance to speak directly with the end consumer. Buyers, distributors, and brokers play a crucial role as intermediaries - knowing what the customer wants and from which producer to supply those products. We invited three people who work in this industry to sit on…

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April 2019

CISA’s Annual Meeting – SOLD OUT

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

There are no more seats available, but you can contact Jennifer if you would like to be added to the wait list.   There are still a few spaces left on the tours.   Come celebrate CISA along with this year’s Local Hero award winners with CISA staff, board, and your community! Dinner will be provided. This event is free, and seating is limited to 150 people. Wednesday, April 3rd 6:00-8:30pm Location: Trinity United Methodist Church 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield…

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CISA Workshop: Serving Social and Economic Justice on the Farm

April 17 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060
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We're sorry! This event is full for the general public. We have some reserved spaces left for farmers. Please email Stevie for more information, with questions, or to RSVP: stevie@buylocalfood.org   How can we contribute to economic and social justice? Many farmers have asked some version of this question before. We are, by nature of our work, invested in our communities. But as you know well, farming is hard, time-consuming work, often with limited financial rewards; aligning our social justice…

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Managing People: Skill-building for Supervisors and Crew Leaders

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Hadley Sugar Shack, 181 River Drive
Hadley, MA 01035 United States

(Para Español, haga click aquí.) Get the best out of your farm team in 2019! Managing people is a skill that can be learned, much like operating equipment or growing crops. Farmers often expect themselves or their employees to learn such skills on their own, but most of us are not born with people management skills and benefit from coaching. Labor is one of your farm's biggest expenses and greatest assets - how well are you managing it? Join us…

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Film Screening: Biggest Little Farm

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

CISA is partnering with Amherst Cinema for a screening of The Biggest Little Farm, followed by a panel discussion featuring CISA's Margaret Christie, Missy Bahret of Old Friends Farm, and Harrison Bardwell of Bardwell Farm. The film chronicles the experiences of first-time farmers over 8 years. A testament to the immense complexity of nature, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking…

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August 2019

The Farmer & the Land: A Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner

August 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Red Fire Farm – Granby Farmstand, 7 Carver Street
Granby, MA 01033 United States

CISA and Kestrel Land Trust invite you to a special farm-to-table dinner to celebrate farmers and the land that sustains us all. Join us on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Red Fire Farm in Granby from 5:30 pm to 8 pm; an informal farm tour will be offered at 4:45pm. Enjoy a delicious summer meal with friends at long tables next to Red Fire’s fields. Dinner will be prepared by the Wheelhouse catering team, who excel at bringing locally grown food…

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September 2019

CISA’s Fall Harvest Celebration: SOLD OUT

September 19 @ 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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