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February 2022

CISA’s summer farmers’ market manager meetup

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Summer farmers’ market manager meetup Thursday, February 24, 2-3:15 Free, remote Open to all managers of summer farmers’ markets in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties! This is an opportunity for farmers’ market managers to connect with one another and learn the challenges and opportunities their fellow markets are facing. This will be an informal session facilitated by CISA with some guiding questions. CISA will also share the farmers’ market support opportunities managers have available to them. This will help inform…

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Budgeting tools to keep your farm on track

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is the third of CISA's three-workshop series on "Farm financial management: taking it to the next level." Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! Learn why budgets are an incredibly powerful — though underutilized — tool for farm business management. This session will equip you with a flexible budgeting tool that you can use year after year for your farm. You’ll get expert advice on how to identify past trends, methodically forecast…

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March 2022

Best Practices: SNAP and welcoming low-income customers at your farm

March 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Making Local Food More Accessible: Welcoming SNAP & WIC/Senior Coupons, and All Who Use Them Part 2: Best Practices - SNAP and welcoming low-income customers at your farm Your farm accepts SNAP (or you’re working on setting up SNAP), but how to make the most of this tool and have it be a success?  Join us to hear a panel of farmers on how they incorporate accepting SNAP at their business in a way that makes clients feel welcome and…

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Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink – Adapting your farm to New England’s changing precipitation patterns

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Zoom!
Free

Join Christine Hatch, UMass water resources and climate change extension specialist, and Joshua Faulkner, who coordinates UVM's Farming and Climate Change Program, for this webinar to kick off CISA's first annual Adapting Your Farm to Climate Change workshop series. This year's series focuses on water management in times of too much or too little water, both scenarios that are increasingly part of our regional farming system. Learn how local weather patterns, waterways, and groundwater sources are changing, and glean best practices and…

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April 2022

CISA’s 2022 Annual Meeting

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

CISA members and supporters are invited to a special evening, and one of our most notable events of the year: our 2022 Annual Meeting!

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May 2022

SNAP training for farm employees (session option 1 of 2)

May 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 including what 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 and rules that…

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SNAP training for farm employees (session option 2 of 2)

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 including what 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 and rules that…

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June 2022

Workshop: Drainage & Irrigation Adaptations at Kitchen Garden Farm

June 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$10

Workshop: Drainage & Irrigation Adaptations at Kitchen Garden Farm Part of the Adapting Your Farm to Climate Change Annual Workshop Series 2022 Wednesday, June 15, 5:30-7:30pm Click here to register. Join Sunderland MA's Kitchen Garden Farm and Joshua Faulkner of the University of Vermont's Climate Change and Farming program for an inside look at tile drainage and drip irrigation adaptation practices in action. In 2019, Kitchen Garden installed a new tile drainage system - one of only a few that…

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