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February 2018

SEMAP 2018 Ag & Food Conference

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center Street
Dighton, MA 02715 United States

**This event is presented by the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) and is focused on Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties.** More details about SEMAP's 2018 conference coming soon, check back for updates! Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, this is the event for you! Each year, the lineup includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Farmer to Farmer

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
World War II Club, 50 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

Join farmers from across the Northeast as we talk about experiences, successes and challenges in our relationships as managers and people in the broader community of food and agriculture. We will also talk with each other about the future of farmers as managers, workers, leaders, activists, and family members. Farmer Guests: Ben Dana and Danielle Allen - Root 5 Farm, Fairlee VT Al and Nancy Rose - Red Apple Farm, Phillipston MA Jody Bolluyt - Roxbury Farm, Kinderhook NY Location: World War…

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March 2018

Local Specialty Crop & Local Food Trade Show

March 5 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is offering our 7th Specialty Crop and Local Food Trade Show. The 2018 Local Food Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts. At this event, buyers will have the unique opportunity to meet nearly 100 farmers and producers who grow and craft some of New England’s finest foods.

This event is ideal for restaurants, retailers and institutional buyers interested in trading with local food suppliers and who desire to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value added producers from Massachusetts and New England.

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Strategies to Optimize Yield and Quality of Forage on Your Farm

March 6 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
UMass Crop & Animal Research Center, 89-91 North River Rd.
South Deerfield,

Free registration, lunch provided. Please join the UMass Extension Crop, Dairy, Livestock, & Equine team for a multi-state collaborative event that focuses on innovations in sustainable forage production, featuring presentations from several distinguished professors and professionals in the Northeast. Featured Topics: Perennial Forage Variety Selection (Dr. Heather Darby, UVM; Double Cropping: Making Money on Both Ends (Tom Kilcer, NY); Managing Weeds in Pastures (Dr. Sid Bosworth, UVM); Estimates of MA Dairy Costs and Returns (Dr. Dan Lass, UMass); Understanding the…

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Next Generation of Farmers Gathering

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Greenfield Farmers Cooperation, 269 High St.
Greenfield, MA 01301 United States

Organized by farmers, for farmers. On Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00pm the Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange will host an event for farmers who are carrying on their family business. The organizers, who are next generation farm owners themselves, are creating an opportunity to gather with their peers and collaborate on current needs, future goals, and actions to support the continuation of their family farm legacies. This event is intended to form a network of support and resources among those who…

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CISA Workshop: Improving Workplace Communications

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States

(THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO MARCH 8) Develop effective communication tools and explore strategies to improve our relationships with, and the well-being of farm employees. Presenter, Mary Jo Dudley of the Cornell Farmworker Program will address how to create a positive workplace and reduce communication misunderstandings including tips and tools for employers of foreign born farmers. Based on the extensive work of the Cornell Farmworker Program in capacity building for foreign born farmworkers. Location: Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center,…

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Preventive Controls for Human Food Certification Training

March 13 - March 15
UMass Amherst Amherst, MA 01003 United States

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA,certain activities must be completed by a "preventive controls qualified individual" who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventative controls, intended to ensure safe manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding of food products for human consumption. This course meets the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA-successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements to become a preventive controls qualified individual. This is a 20 hour (2.5…

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Workshop: Use Market Research to Guide Farm Business Decisions

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA ,

Marketing can help you decide what to grow or produce, choose where and how you want to sell it, differentiate yourself from other farmers, and make effective use of social media and other marketing tools. Learn the basics to doing your own direct marketing or supervising someone else. This series of 4 workshops is designed as a complete direct marketing class, but you can register for as many as you like. Sessions will include guest speakers, handouts, discussions and in-class…

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