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May 2017
$150 - $255

3rd National Farm Viability Conference

May 22 - June 24
Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207 United States
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The National Farm Viability Conference is focused on strengthening farm sustainability, building stronger and more resilient local food systems and supporting the long term profitability of farming and agri-entrepreneurs from start-ups to generational businesses.

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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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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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June 2017

Slow Living Summit

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

he 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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The Break Down: From Carcass to Market

June 2 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Stillman Quality Meats, 3674 Greenwich Road
Hardwick, MA 01031 United States
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Let’s make your farm business more profitable by maximizing the yield of your carcass through smart processing choices. While acknowledging the challenges and limitations to meat processing, there are still creative ways to meet market demand, get customers excited about unique cuts, and get the best value out of your animal. In this workshop we will present approaches to cutting that maximize the yields and maintain the quality of the meat. In addition, we will discuss creative ways to market…

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August 2017

NOFA Summer Conference

August 11 - August 13
Hampshire College, Amherst , + Google Map

Register now and be part of this annual celebration of the organic movement! The NOFA Summer Conference is a three-day, solutions-oriented celebration of the grassroots organic movement.  Gardeners, farmers, growers and food-lovers from across the Northeast will again share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond!   130+ workshops and sessions on everything from soil health and food preservation to mushrooms, bees and food activism.    Other highlights include:   ● Children's Conference ● Local dinner celebration…

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