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May 2019

Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,

Join local beekeepers on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm on the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden. Each month’s meeting, will involve season-appropriate discussions and demonstrations using the BBG apiary, weather permitting. Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or Phone: 413-298-3926 Or Email: info@berkshirebotanical.org

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Field Workshop: Plant identification, forage calculations, soil health/sampling, stockpiling

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, May 15, 9 am to 12 noon UMASS Hadley Farm, 111 North Maple St, Hadley, MA Topics: Plant identification, forage calculations, soil health/sampling, stockpiling Speakers: Bob Skalbite and Dr. Masoud Hasemi, UMASS Register for this workshop at: https://goo.gl/forms/sFIqmM2oxieDkTdg2 or by emailing jean.king@uconn.edu These workshops are part of a 2017-2020 USDA/NESARE Professional Development Program Grant, a joint project among the Universities of CT, MA and RI.

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No-Till For Life Workshop

May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, 165 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA,

Seeds of Solidarity founder and farmer Ricky teaches regenerative, soil building techniques for low maintenance, highly productive gardens. Treating the soil as sacred results in nourishing food, mitigates impacts of climate change, and inspires a deeper relationship with that which sustains life. This event follows a free tour of the farm and education center. $35-$50 sliding scale fee. Please email solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org to register

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June 2019

An Ecological Approach to the Nursery and Greenhouse

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Nursery and greenhouse plant production can maximize ecological processes and practices. This technical yet informal workshop explores how mimicking and building on natural systems can create a sustainable, safe, and successful operation. Program Code: HOR4082 Instructor: Alexis Doshas Fee: $46 (Member) / $56 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD CEU: MALP MCLP: 1; MNLA MCH: .5; NOFA AOLCP: 3.5 Registration: online

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Slow Living Summit 2019

June 6 - June 7
Downtown Brattleboro Brattleboro, VT,

The ninth annual Slow Living Summit will take place in Brattleboro, Vermont on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 2019. Presented by Strolling of the Heifers and Windham Grows, the Summit’s focus is “The Future of Women in Food Entrepreneurship” and its goal is to bring together diverse entrepreneurs in the farm and food industries, providing them with tools, resources, and mentorship they need to grow socially responsible businesses. “We invite and hope that people from ALL communities can…

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Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

June 7 - June 9
Downtown Brattleboro Brattleboro, VT,

A weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade. Come down to Brattleboro’s historic Main Street and dance to the MOOOsic on Saturday, June 8! The parade kicks off at 10 am sharp with scores of lovable heifer calves - groomed, decorated and led by future farmers. The heifers are followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and surprises. When it’s over, follow the crowd to the Slow…

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Greater Quabbin Food Alliance Spring Gathering

June 7 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main Street
Orange, MA

Join us at the Spring biannual Greater Quabbin Food Alliance meeting on June 7th! Come share your ideas with the community, learn about local projects, and join a network of farmers, businesses, and organizations working to strengthen local food economies. Agenda: 8:30 AM: Coffee, pastries and informal networking. 9:00 AM -12:00 PM: Welcome, lightning talks, and working groups break out. 12:00 -1:00 PM: Local lunch from Petersham Country Store & "Local Makers Market" Attendees are encouraged to bring local, non-perishable,…

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Field Workshop: Soil sampling, forage calculations, plant identification, grazing management

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, June 12, 9 am to 12 noon Windmist Farm, 71 Weeden Lane, Jamestown, RI Topics: Soil sampling, forage calculations, plant identification, grazing management Speakers: Andy Radin and Dr. Justine Deming, URI Register for this workshop at: https://goo.gl/forms/sFIqmM2oxieDkTdg2 or by emailing jean.king@uconn.edu These workshops are part of a 2017-2020 USDA/NESARE Professional Development Program Grant, a joint project among the Universities of CT, MA and RI.

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