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January 2023

Farmer-to-Farmer Learning on Effective Labor Management

January 24 @ 11:00 am - March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Remote
Free

Are you a woman farmer new to managing employees on your farm? Maybe you are thinking about expanding and hiring staff for the first time next season? Or did you just wrap up your first year with staff and want to process what you learned and what you’ll do differently? You’re invited to participate in a unique, virtual collaborative learning environment for woman-identifying farmers this winter where you'll learn along side with peers. From effective delegation, to navigating conflict and…

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February 2023

Farmers Circle with The Southern New England Farmers of Color Collaborative

February 1 - December 31
Remote
Free

Farmer Circles are peer learning communities for farmers interested in discussing a certain topic in an informal, supportive environment. Each circle meets for at least 12 hours over the course of about one year and is facilitated by another farmer with interest in the subject. There are no teachers or students  in the circles, just a community of farmers coming together to learn from each other! SNEFCC Farmer Circles bring together farmers of color & aspiring farmers of color who…

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Farming Stress and Mental Health Awareness: Recognizing, Responding, and Accessing Resources (West Springfield)

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MDAR Office (W. Springfield), 138 Memorial Ave, Suite 42
West Springfield, MA 01089 United States
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Free

MDAR’s MassGrownWellness program will deliver a series of in-person and online training events for all Massachusetts agriculture community supporters, including all farmers, MDAR and professional staff, and partner organization advocates. Click here to view all available in-person and virtual training sessions.  February 7th, 10:00am-12:00pm - Training for Farmers (West Springfield): This in-person 2-hour session will raise awareness of mental health and stress on farms by discussing the stressors unique to farmers and farm families and how these affect their mental health…

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Effective Communication and Conflict Management for Farmers

February 7 @ 10:00 am - February 21 @ 10:00 am
Remote
$50

Learn and practice effective communication and conflict management in this interactive workshop series, led by two mediators from the Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program! Each workshop will be fully interactive, and the sessions will focus on the unique aspects of agriculture/aquaculture projects along with developing workplace conflict and communication tools. This workshop series is suitable for farmworkers, farm managers, and farm owners alike.

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Making Spreadsheets Work For Your Farm

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Remote
$10 – $15

Crop Planning & Record Keeping For Direct Sale Vegetable Farmers Workshop presented by Berkshire Grown: How do you grow over 50 different crops for 500 shareholders who are coming to coming to your farm to pick up 13lb of vegetables for 24 weeks? Explore the answer to this puzzle in this workshop, where Dan will present and review the spreadsheets that has kept his farm running over the years. Click here for more information. Presented by Dan Kaplan: After seven…

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Hosting a Food Focused Event on Your Farm: The Legal Side of a Delicious Activity

February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Remote
Free

Hosting an event with food on your farm is a great way to gather your community, educate the public about farming, and grow your business. Join this webinar to learn about next steps to safely and legally offer samples, host a tasting, farm to table meal, or other event with food on your farm. During the session we will hear from Corie Pierce, owner of Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne, Vermont and regular host of burger nights. We will…

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NSAC Value-Added Producer Grant Application Webinar with USDA

February 8 @ 2:00 pm
Remote
Free

NSAC hosts USDA to provide an overview of 2023's Value-Added Producer Grants. This webinar will review funding priorities, application and eligibility requirements, and an overview of NSAC's value-added producer application guide. Registration is limited; however a recording will be made available afterwards. Register here! Questions can be sent to: Greg York, Management and Program Analyst, gregory.york@usda.gov or 202-281-5259 or Mike Daniels, Management and Program Analyst, mike.daniels@usda.gov or 715-345-7637

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Staffing Up: Recruiting & Hiring

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Remote
Free

In this session, participants will learn share and co-learn effective strategies to create a farm culture and use this to both hire and retain employees. The starting place is to craft clearly articulated farm values and identify systems to move management towards achieving these values. Tools such as organization charts, position descriptions, capturing your farm culture in your advertising, and interviewing process are some of the methods we will discuss. You’ll learn how to use the online Job Description Generator…

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