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August 2017

Art in the Orchard at Park Hill Orchard

August 13 - November 23
Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road
Easthampton, MA 01027 United States
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A free, self-guided exhibition of large outdoor sculptures set amongst the working orchards and fruit gardens.

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November 2017

Shelburne Falls Autumn Farmers’ Market

November 19 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic Street
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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Every year, the Shelburne Falls Farmers' Market hosts a special Autumn market event.  This year, the market will be held on the weekend before Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 19th from 11am-3pm at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. The Shelburne Falls Autumn Farmers' Market will feature items from local farms, eateries, artisans, and churches. Items offered for sale will include: fresh produce, local frozen meats, fresh baked items, jams, jellies, marmalade, pickles, popcorn, wool products, plants, bodywork, maple products, leather work,…

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December 2017

Native Wreaths

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Join Kate Stafford in using native plant material gathered from Nasami Farm to create a small wreath for winter decoration. We’ll discuss plant materials available in winter and best practices for collecting them. Next, we’ll learn how to make wreath forms and create something uniquely beautiful. Bring pruners, and ribbon for a bow if desired.

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$200 - $300

Community Food Systems Conference

December 5 - December 7
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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This conference will explore the intersection of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. It will address a variety of community food system topics. There are certain cross-cutting issues we believe are fundamental in community food systems and in building a strong, equitable food future.

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Greater Quabbin Food Alliance Winter Gathering

December 5 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main Street
Orange, MA
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The Greater Quabbin Food Alliance meets twice a year to connect, network, and work together on issues impacting local farmers, health, food access, and economic development. Ongoing projects include regional efforts to get more local food served at institutions, jump-start more food businesses in our area, support area farmers markets, coordinate efforts to protect farmland and help farmers, and address food access barriers. Want to share a project or initiative you are working on? Consider giving a “Lightning Talk” at the gathering. A Lightning Talk…

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January 2018

2018 PVGrows Forum: Collaboration for a Thriving Food System

January 10, 2018
Top of Our City Conference Center – Springfield Technical Community College, 1 Armory Street
Springfield, MA 01105 United States
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Save the Date! The 2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum is coming January 10, 2018! PVGrows Presents: Collaboration for a Thriving Food System The 2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum will be a day of learning about the challenges of ongoing food systems projects in the Valley.  Together we will provide feedback and support to those projects. For years, PVGrows Forums have provided our community valuable opportunities to make new connections, adopt fresh perspectives, and expand our capacity to work together. The…

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2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

January 13, 2018
Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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The day-long conference features a wide variety of workshops on many aspects of regenerative organic growing, food systems policy, and land management appropriate for growers and organizers of all scales. This year's theme is Cover, Diversity, Regenerate. Degraded soils can be restored by promoting the biological function of the soil ecosystem, which can be accomplished through living plant cover, mulches, and smart farm systems which reduce soil disturbance and enhance ecological diversity. This year's conference will explore what the food…

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Propagating Native Plants from Seed – Part 1

January 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Part 1: Seed Dormancy and Sowing Techniques Learn to propagate native plants from seed in this two-part, hands-on workshop that focuses on practical methods for small-scale propagation. This workshop is appropriate for beginners and propagators with some experience. Take one or both classes. During part 1 of this series join us to explore seed biology and practice sowing seed. Take home your work.   Part 2: Seedling Germination and Establishment, has yet to be scheduled and will take place in…

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