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February 2020

Northampton Winter Fare

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Winter Fare at the Northampton Winter Farmer's Market It is Winter Fare time again at the Winter Market! CISA will be sponsoring another great Winter Fare on Saturday, February 29. Three FREE workshops will be available that day. Please see below for descriptions. No registration required! 9:00-10:00 Ghee: Repairs the Gut & Calms the Mind Ghee (clarified butter) has been used for thousands of years to repair the digestive tract, balance and detoxify the organ systems, and calm the mind.…

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Northeast Queer Farmer Alliance Winter Gathering

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Calling all LGBTQI+ farmers from Pennsylvania to Maine to join the 2nd annual gathering of the Northeast Queer Farmers Alliance. A loose alliance of LGBTQI+ farmers seeking community and support. Where: Out and the Open, 74 Cottonmill Hill Road, Brattleboro, 05031 When: February 29, 10AM-2PM What: Potlock Brunch (bring your own plates, cup, utensils) and join our conversation about what the alliance is and what is in store for the year ahead-- details TBD. ADH accessible Carpool info coming soon.…

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Winter Fare: All About Climate Change at Winter Farmers Market at the Hampshire Mall

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Center for Eco Technology, Citizens' Climate Lobby, the Red Brigade and Extinction Rebellion Western Mass, and other area climate groups, as we focus this year's Winter Fare on our ever-changing climate. The seeds of change are sown, commit to helping them grow! https://www.facebook.com/events/126593878572569/

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March 2020

Value-Add Program info session

March 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Turn Your Produce into Value-Added Products at the Western MA Food Processing Center Info Session March 9 from 3-4:30pm 324 Wells St. Greenfield MA The Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center (WMFPC) is a shared-use food processing facility in Greenfield MA, which offers both rental and co-packing services to regional food entrepreneurs and local farms. This summer and fall, they will be launching a Value-Add Program for local farms. This program aims to increase our region’s capacity to lightly process fruits…

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Decolonizing the East Coast Food System

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Decolonizing the East Coast Food System Join seven food justice community organizers in a discussion about creating an alternate food system for and by people of color and dismantling systemic barriers to ensure everyone has access to healthy, fresh, affordable food and produce.Moderated by students of color. Panelists include: Eric Jackson, Black Yield Institute, Baltimore, MD Karen Washington, Rise and Root Farm, Orange County, NY Shanelle Morris, Grow Hartford, Hartford, CT Liz O'Gilvie, Gardening the Community, Springfield Food Policy Council,…

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Pruning Blueberries: a Hands-on Workshop

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50

Pruning Blueberries: a Hands-on Workshop $50/person Ms. Sonia Schloemann March 14, 2020, 10:00am to 12:00pm Sholan Farm: 1124 Pleasant St., Leominster, MA 01453 Blueberries are among the most popular fruits to grow in the home garden. They are healthful and well suited tour New England conditions.Come learn the basics for pruning blueberries for your home landscape. Participants will get some hands-on pruning lessons. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too. Tools provided Register online for any of the Mass…

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Growing & Pruning Grapes: a Hands-on Workshop

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50

Growing & Pruning Grapes: a Hands-on Workshop $50/person Ms. Sonia Schloemann March 21, 2020, 10:00am to 12:00pm UMass Cold Spring Orchard: 391 Sabin St., Belchertown, MA 01007 Grapes are one of the most universally enjoyed fruits available. Many new varieties have superb taste, are winter hardy, and can make excellent wine. Grapes are fun to grow but present some challenges. One of the biggest challenges is knowing how to correctly prune them. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual…

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Home Orchard Establishment & Basics

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50

Home Orchard Establishment & Basics -a Classroom Workshop $50/person Mr. Jon Clements and Ms. Liz Garofalo March 28,2020, 10:00am to 12:00pm Carlson Orchards: 115 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard MA 01451 Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and root stock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management will be covered in the afternoon session.) If weather permits, there will be a…

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