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January 2019

Fruits and Seeds Revealed

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Plants need their seeds to move around so they can propagate the next generation. In this session, participants learn how plants have adapted a variety of ways to disperse their seeds. After a lecture on seed and fruit structures, the class studies examples of some of the adaptations using hand lenses and microscopes.

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Pioneer Valley Regional Agricultural Conference

January 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road
Florence, MA 01062 United States

Regional Conference with Farmers and Ag Coms 1. Building Local Markets for All Farmers - Margaret Christie, CISA 2. Forest Health and Invasives - Polantin & Andrew Morrison, Polatin Eco System 3. Solar Development and Agriculture - Gerald Palano, MDAR Please ALSO Join Us at the MAAC Annual Meeting on Feb 23rd! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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February 2019

Food Justice, HipHop, and Race

February 2 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

Food Justice, HipHop, and Race, A conversation with Gardening the Community Co-Executive Director Ibrahim Ali. Ibrahim will speak about his understanding of food justice, the important link between hiphop and food, and how race and racism play out in his role at Gardening The Community. Saturday, February 2, 2019 10:15 a.m.— 12:15 p.m., doors open at 9:45 a.m. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St, Greenfield MA FREE ~ Donations Welcome For childcare, RSVP with number & ages of children For…

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Undoing Racism and Community Organizing Workshop

February 8 @ 5:30 pm - February 10 @ 4:00 pm
$300

A WORKSHOP BY THE PEOPLE’S INSTITUTE FOR SURVIVAL AND BEYOND Participants will explore what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. The workshop emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gatekeeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism. WHAT IS THE PEOPLE’S INSTITUTE? A national, multiracial, anti-racist network from New Orleans dedicated to building a…

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Understanding and Managing Soils

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

This one-day intensive explores the biotic and abiotic components that create native soils and explains how these factors inform local flora. The class takes a closer look at soil structure and soil biology in miniature lab experiments.

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Baking with Ancient Grains

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
$45 – $55

Ancient grains are nutrient-rich and delicious! Join pastry chef Rachel Portnoy as she demystifies using the ancient grain einkorn in all types of baking both savory and sweet. Einkorn is one of the oldest and lesser known ancient grains, a relative of modern wheat with a more easily digested gluten. "Gluten-safe" einkorn can replace wheat in so many applications. Members: $45/Non-Member: $55 Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or…

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Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join local beekeepers on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm on the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden. Each month’s meeting, will involve season-appropriate discussions and demonstrations using the BBG apiary, weather permitting. Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or Phone: 413-298-3926 Or Email: info@berkshirebotanical.org

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Maple Sugaring at Home

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
$25 – $35

This workshop will demonstrate the beloved New England tradition of making maple syrup at home, using the sugar bush on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Chris Wellens, Director of Education at BBG, will cover all aspects of maple sugaring: identifying suitable trees, the when and how of collecting sap, the boiling down process for the home setting, and preserving the syrup for year-round use. Participants will walk through the BBG sugarbush, install spiles, consider collection schedules, and boil…

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