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November 2018

Selling to Everyone: A Workshop for Farmers’ Market Managers, Vendors, and Staff

November 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St
Northampton, MA, MA 01060 United States
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CISA invites farmers' market managers, staff, and vendors to come to together and identify how your farmers' market can attract more customers and provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Workshops will be held in three locations : Tuesday, November 27th 5:30-8:30 at Max's Tavern: 1000 W Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA 01105 (Dinner catered by Max's Tavern) Wednesday, November 28th 5:30-8:30 at 17- Main St., Greenfield (next to Green Fields Market) Thursday, November 29th 5:30-8:30 at Northampton Senior Center,…

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December 2018

Local Grower-Buyer Meet & Greet

December 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
30Boltwood at The Lord Jeffrey Inn, 30 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002 United States

Join us for this free opportunity to meet other growers and food buyers in the Valley! This event is a way to build relationships that can help growers sell more local produce, and buyers procure more local products. Strengthen your business and connect with other members of the Pioneer Valley’s food system. Copies of CISA's new Wholesale Guide will also be available. The first half-hour will feature a panel of local wholesaling farmers, distributors, and buyers. The panel will discuss…

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January 2019

CISA Winter Workshop: Farm Marketing from the Heart

January 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Franklin County CDC Food Processing Center, 324 Wells Street
Greenfield, MA,
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Location: Franklin County CDC, 324 Wells St., Greenfield, MA OR webinar   ***REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED. EMAIL STEVIE@BUYLOCALFOOD.ORG WITH QUESTIONS. CHECK OUT THE NEXT UPCOMING WINTER WORKSHOPS HERE. *** ************************************************************************************************* This 1-hour presentation will give you an overview of the essential tools you need to get more customers with online marketing, while also teaching you strategic relationship-building marketing techniques so your farm can thrive. Have you been struggling to know where to start? Don’t know the best place to…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Cutting through the Noise – Successful Marketing Campaigns that Reach Consumers

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Click Workspace, 9.5 Market St.
Northampton, MA 01060
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Location: Click Workspace, 9½ Market St., Northampton Talk to any marketer and you will hear "it's noisy out there." There seem to be more and more opportunities to market our products: e-commerce, social media, institutions, grocers, pop-ups, subscription clubs, FPF...But all these opportunities are complicated to navigate and create a lot of competitive noise for potential customers to sift through. You may find yourself asking: What marketing is best if I just want to increase my sales? Rose Wilson and…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Storytelling for Your Brand

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CISA Office, 1 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373 United States
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Location: CISA Office, 1 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield In this workshop we will discover how to create a comprehensive organizational or business story, and use it to launch or strengthen your brand. In this workshop participants will create a story outline, and mock up their story via social media or direct marketing. Participants will leave with a storytelling accountability buddy for the steps they'd like to move forward. About the Presenter: Angela is an innovative educator, evaluator, and writer who…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Niche Marketing in the Black

January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., Holyoke Did you know the word “niche” comes from the French word ‘to nest’? Niche marketing is targeting a product or service to a segment of a market that is not well served. Join us to explore and identify prospective niche markets for your farm or business. Small- to mid-size farms stand to benefit financially from new revenue streams. We will pinpoint niche opportunities for the Pioneer Valley, explore marketing…

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February 2019

CISA Winter Workshop: Making Your Brand Come Alive

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St.
Holyoke, MA United States
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Location: MA Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., Holyoke This hands-on workshop will help identify your farm’s unique story, and explain the steps towards shaping it into a unique brand that will be the foundation of all your marketing efforts. We’ll talk about what makes a strong brand, the essential elements of branding, who your target audiences are, and how best to reach them with your brand. The workshop will share several low-expense tools you can easily use…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Profitable Meat Marketing

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Click Workspace, 9 and 1/2 Market St., Northampton You are selling local meat—but are you making money? Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs—including your TIME—and bringing in a profit. In the workshop, you will learn how to develop your farm’s marketing strategy and how to set specific marketing objectives to make your job easier. In addition to marketing tips, you’ll learn about Cornell Cooperative…

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