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April 2020

Grafting Fruit Trees: a Hands-on Workshop

April 1 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Grafting Fruit Trees: a Hands-on Workshop $100/person*** Dr. Wesley Autio April 11, 2020, 9:30am to 3:00pm UMass Cold Spring Orchard: 391 Sabin St., Belchertown, MA 01007 Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting -they are not grown from seed. For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a hands-on workshop on “bench grafting” and “cleft grafting” of apple trees. Other grafting techniques will be discussed.…

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Webinar: Strategies for Online Farm Stores

April 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Strategies for Online Farm Stores Wednesday, April 1, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Are you looking to transition to online or pre-paid sales? Thinking about offering home delivery or curbside pick-up? Come hear from a panel of livestock farmers who are currently doing it successfully! Our presenters are Hayden Holbert of Avrom Farm in WI, Sam Gasson of Bull City Farm in NC, Katie Steere of Deep Roots Farm in RI, and Heather Puckett of MT Cross Farm in…

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Webinar: Farm to Freezer: The Logistics of Online Sales & Shipping Meat

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

When: Thursday, April 2nd 12pmEST Hear from three experienced panelists who sell their meats online & ship direct to consumers. Let’s turn the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to connect our niche meats to hungry consumers. Topics will include: setting up an online store, different web platforms, accepting payments, updating inventory, meat selection, subscriptions versus ala-carte orders, boxes, insulation, dry ice, maintaining cold chain, shipping carriers, costs, & legalities of selling meat across state lines (Rebecca will cover that one).…

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Webinar on new payroll and tax provisions in FFCRA

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Farm Credit East is offering an educational webinar regarding new payroll and tax provisions outlined in the newly passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This free webinar will be held on Thursday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. Senior Tax Consultant, Dario Arezzo, will review some of the key tax provisions of the CARES Act, as well as tax planning considerations for agricultural businesses. Tax and payroll provisions of…

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Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation-a Classroom Workshop $65/person** Ms. Liz Garofalo April 4,2020, 12:00pm to 2:00pm Red Apple Farm: 455 Highland Ave, Phillipston MA 0331 Cider is one of the fastest growing craft adult beverage markets in the country! There are many different styles of cider from the stuff your grandparents made in the basement to top shelf ciders that compare to fine Champagnes. Come and learn a brief history of cider and dive in to understanding (and tasting) why cider…

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Native Pollinator Biology & Conservation

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Native Pollinator Biology & Conservation–a Classroom Workshop $30/person Ms. Sonia Schloemann April 18, 2020, 10:00am to 12:00pm French Hall, UMass,: 230 Stockbridge Rd. Amherst, MA (Park in Lot 62) 01003 Native pollinators are an essential resource in our wild and managed landscapes.Come to this workshop if you're interested in learning more about their biology and conservation.We'll mainly be talking about different species of bees but other types of pollinators will also be mentioned (flies, birds, bats, etc.). We'll learn about…

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Abundant Plant Propagation

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abundant Plant Propagation TEACHER: Daniel Bensonoff DATE: April 26th TIME: 9:00-12:00pm COST: $30 Description One of the primary barriers in starting a new garden can be the cost of plants, particularly perennial plants. By learning a handful of essential techniques we can create a multitude of useful plants for ourselves and the greater community. During this workshop we’ll practice a variety of propagation skills including hardwood cuttings, layering, stooling, and more. Participants will leave with foundational skills to cheaply and…

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May 2020

Twigs and Trellises—Making Garden Structures from Natural Materials

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Quonquont Farm Whately, MA

Twigs and Trellises—Making Garden Structures from Natural Materials Saturday May 2, 10-11:30 a.m. Join Quonquont's designer and naturalist Allison Bell to explore making garden structures from natural materials. We'll discuss possibilities for fencing and ornamental structures and use locally sourced vines, branches, and apple prunings to make a standing trellis for your favorite climbing plants. Registration includes all supplies and light refreshments. $30.00 Register for workshops from the Farm Events Calendar.

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