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November 2017

Springfield Food Policy Council Annual Meeting

November 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bishop Marshall Center, Elliot Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States

Enjoy a light dinner while learning about local food initiatives from the Springfield Food Policy Council.  For more details or to reserve your seat, please call Liz O'Gilvie at (413) 244-5859 or email springfieldfoodpolicycouncil@gmail.com.

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December 2017

3rd Annual Holiday Open House at Leyden Glen Farm

December 2 @ 10:00 am - December 3 @ 4:00 pm
Leyden Glen Farm, 31 East Glen Road
Leyden, MA 01301 United States

Join Artist/Author Kristin Nicholas and special guests Deborah Garner and The Kangaroo Dyer Gail Callahan. Come be inspired by our colorful home and interior decoration all gussied up for the holidays. Visit the sheep and the sheep dogs. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with gifts handmade with love, including handmade pottery by Kristin, books, notecards, Christmas ornaments, tea towels, and more.  Local lamb for delicious holiday meals is available as well. Visit the 1751 farmhouse which has been featured in Yankee Magazine, Country Home, and more. Refreshments served. Leave colorfully inspired!

For more info visit www.kristinnicholas.com.

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Vintner’s Dinner – Black Birch Vineyard

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Black Birch Vineyard, 108-109 Straits Road
North Hatfield, MA 01066 United States

Join us for a lovely night of Black Birch wines paired with an exquisite dinner at our first annual Vintner’s Dinner. Meet and network with members of the wine industry including local farmers, distributors, restaurateurs, liquor stores, and more. Gather around our table as Michelle gives an update on happenings at the vineyard and plans for next year, and Ian’s reflections on farming in Hatfield this past year, and his weather, crop, and wine predictions for 2018. We will be…

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Native Wreaths

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373

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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Community Food Systems Conference

December 5 - December 7
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116 United States
$200 - $300

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

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

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

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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