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November 2021


November 6, 2021 @ 8:00 am - November 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

For this year's CiderDays (27th Annual), we will be celebrating all things cider, apples and orchards with the 2021 CiderDays Cider Trail, featuring local orchards and cideries that you can drive to in the safety of your own car. Some venues on the trail will have special offerings. Check back often for new activities being offered. We will not be hosting any in person workshops or Cider Salon this year but they will be back next year! See you on the trail!…

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Fiber Festival

November 6, 2021 @ 9:00 am - November 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

PRESENTED BY EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION AND NEW ENGLAND SHEEP & WOOL GROWERS ASSOCIATION Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 9AM – 5PM Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 9AM – 3PM   Fiber enthusiasts are coming together at the Mallary Complex on the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds for the annual Fiber Festival of New England to promote the use of wool and other natural fibers and related products to the general public! Click here for more information.

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QuickBooks 4-Week Intensive

November 9, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

QuickBooks 4-Week Intensive Instructor: Julia Shanks Food Consulting When: November 9 thru December 7 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm CST Virtual classes begin Tuesday, November 9 and meet online 2 hours each week Cost: $15 for Illinois Farm Bureau members and $50 for non-members You have questions about your business – whether its understanding how to be more profitable or knowing whether you can afford a piece of new equipment. Most answers to these questions can be found in your…

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January 2022

Start a Food Biz Workshop

January 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Start a Food Biz Workshop BEST FOR: Aspiring food entrepreneurs thinking about starting or about to launch their food business DATE: January 19, 5-7pm EST (online) COST: Free ***On February 23, we're hosting this workshop in Spanish. Sign up here to attend.*** In this two-hour workshop, you will get an introduction to what it takes to launch your own food business. We will cover: Regulatory requirements for different types of food businesses Considerations for starting a food truck, catering, or product company Best practices and resources…

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Tour of CommonWealth Kitchen & Information Session (Virtual)

January 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tour of CommonWealth Kitchen & Information Session BEST FOR: Food business owners in the Greater Boston area looking for a shared commercial kitchen DATE: January 20, 12pm-1pm EST (online) COST: Free Come hear what CommonWealth Kitchen has to offer small food businesses and take a virtual tour of our commercial kitchen space.   Register now

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Business Planning Workshop

January 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Business Planning Workshop BEST FOR: For anyone planning to start a food business or businesses needing assistance with creating a business plan for our application DATE: January 20, 5:30-6:30pm EST (online) COST: Free In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to craft the mission and vision of your food business and learn about the components of a business plan. Register now

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Entity Formation Workshop

January 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Entity Formation Workshop   BEST FOR: For anyone planning to start a food business DATE: January 25, 5:30-6:30pm EST (online) COST: Free When starting a food business (or really any business), it's important to set up a separate legal structure for tax, finance, and insurance purposes. In this workshop, you will learn about the pros and cons of different business structures, like S-corporations, B-corporations, and LLCs, and the implications of each one, including liability, taxation, management, control, continuation of the business, and…

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February 2022

Listening Session: on the development of the MA Farmland Action Plan

February 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

You are invited to attend a Listening Session to provide input for the development of the MA Farmland Action Plan. The purpose of the MA Farmland Action plan is to develop state level goals and recommendations for increasing farmland protection, farmland access, food security, and the long-term economic and environmental viability of farms across all regions of the state. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is supporting the development of the plan, and has engaged the UMass Donahue Institute…

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