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May 2017

The GARDEN Project: Creating Farm & Food Cooperatives Class

May 23 @ 10:00 am - June 20 @ 1:00 pm
Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main Street
Orange, MA
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The GARDEN Project 2017 is a partnership among Greenfield Community College, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, NELCWIT, and Seeds of Solidarity through a grant from the Women’s Fund of WMass. Instructors of the four courses that comprise the program seek to create an engaging, inclusive setting with trauma-informed teaching. This is the 3rd year of this successful program and it will be located in Orange Center, so North Quabbin women are especially encouraged, but feel free to share with women throughout Franklin County. Women must take all four courses- these form the whole experience. Women who complete the program are then eligible for a free Serv-Safe course in Spanish or English!

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Meet the Pastured Pork Farmers! At Red Fire Farm

May 26 - May 29
Red Fire Farm – Granby Farmstand, 7 Carver Street
Granby, MA 01033 United States
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Meet the pork farmers and take advantage of the Memorial Day Barbeque sale! Come to Granby on Friday from 3-6pm to get some sausages and more for grilling, plus meet the farmers from Little Lake Orchard - one of their local meat farms. 10% OFF all pastured beef and pork! Awesome pastured beef from Sidehill Farm and pork from Little Lake Orchard. Sausages, sirloin steaks, ground beef, pork chops all on sale. At the Granby Stand.

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The GARDEN Project: Permaculture Landscape & Mgmt. Class

May 26 @ 10:00 am - June 23 @ 1:00 pm
Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main Street
Orange, MA
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The GARDEN Project 2017 is a partnership among Greenfield Community College, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, NELCWIT, and Seeds of Solidarity through a grant from the Women’s Fund of WMass. Instructors of the four courses that comprise the program seek to create an engaging, inclusive setting with trauma-informed teaching. This is the 3rd year of this successful program and it will be located in Orange Center, so North Quabbin women are especially encouraged, but feel free to share with women throughout Franklin County. Women must take all four courses- these form the whole experience. Women who complete the program are then eligible for a free Serv-Safe course in Spanish or English!

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43rd Annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

May 27 @ 7:00 am - May 28 @ 7:00 pm
Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road
Cummington, MA 01026 United States
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Fiber and woolcraft vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations, fiber and woolcraft workshops for adults and children, and lots of delicious food.

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Support Your Local Pollinators – Native Pollinator Habitat Gardens

May 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sowing Solutions, 8 Deerfield Ave
Shelburne Falls, MA United States
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With Amy Cozzolino of Wing & a Prayer Pollinator Plant Nursery! Bees are a keystone species in almost all terrestrial ecosystems, and many bees are facing troubling population declines.  Each of us, in our own yards and in our communities can shift our gardening and landscaping practices to support bees, other pollinators, and beneficial insects.  This talk will introduce the principles and practices of creating pollinator habitat. We will discuss plant species that supply nectar and pollen and learn about…

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June 2017

Slow Living Summit

June 1 - June 2
Downtown Brattleboro, Brattleboro, VT, + Google Map

The 2017 Summit will cover the Entrepreneur to Table lifecycle including: how to bootstrap your business, branding and marketing strategies, distribution, local sourcing, creating and implementing a sustainable business model, the stages of financing, design thinking, lean startup, time management for innovation, and more. Learn from the experiences, challenges, and learnings of seven emerging entrepreneurs based upon their involvement with Windham Grows Business Hatchery. The interactive Summit design also includes Speed Dating for Entrepreneurs and an Idea Slam session where…

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Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

June 3 - June 4
Downtown Brattleboro, Brattleboro, VT, + Google Map

A weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade, which takes place Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. sharp on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street. Watch scores of lovable heifer calves led by future farmers, followed by many other farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and much more. When it’s over, follow the crowd to the all-day 11-acre Slow Living Expo for food, music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and fun, all related…

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WGBY Asparagus Festival

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hadley Town Common, Rt 9, Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035
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Farmers’ market, family activities, music, asparagus lunch, craft beer tasting, and more!

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