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December 2018

Propagating Native Plants From Seed: Part 1: Dormancy and Sowing Techniques

December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Learn to propagate native plants from seed in this two-part, hands-on workshop that focuses on practical methods for small-scale propagation. This workshop is appropriate for beginners and propagators with some experience. Take one or both classes. Part 1 explores seed biology, overcoming dormancy, and sowing techniques.

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The Farmer’s Edge – On-Line Business Course + Consulting Collective

December 10, 2018

This 10-week, online course with consultant Julia Shanks is designed to give farmers the skills and tools needed to cultivate financially sustainable businesses. Whether you struggle to understand the economics of your business or just want to increase your farm’s profitability, this course is for you! Each week, you will delve into specific business topics that will help you maximize your farm’s profitability. Group sessions begin in December 2018, and meet on-line for 2 hours every week. The first hour is…

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Local Grower-Buyer Meet & Greet

December 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
30Boltwood at The Lord Jeffrey Inn, 30 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002 United States

Join us for this free opportunity to meet other growers and food buyers in the Valley! This event is a way to build relationships that can help growers sell more local produce, and buyers procure more local products. Strengthen your business and connect with other members of the Pioneer Valley’s food system. Copies of CISA's new Wholesale Guide will also be available. The first half-hour will feature a panel of local wholesaling farmers, distributors, and buyers. The panel will discuss…

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January 2019

Farm Business Planning Course

January 8
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915 United States

The Farm Business Planning course will be offered once in the fall and once in the winter. The course meets for 8 evening sessions filled with information and activities that will help you write your farm business plan.The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business. If you are interested in growing on our incubator farm, you must have a business plan. Find more information and register here…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Farm Marketing from the Heart

January 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Franklin County CDC Food Processing Center, 324 Wells Street
Greenfield, MA,
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Location: Franklin County CDC, 324 Wells St., Greenfield, MA OR webinar   ***REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED. EMAIL STEVIE@BUYLOCALFOOD.ORG WITH QUESTIONS. CHECK OUT THE NEXT UPCOMING WINTER WORKSHOPS HERE. *** ************************************************************************************************* This 1-hour presentation will give you an overview of the essential tools you need to get more customers with online marketing, while also teaching you strategic relationship-building marketing techniques so your farm can thrive. Have you been struggling to know where to start? Don’t know the best place to…

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2019 Dairy Outlook Webinar

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Farm Credit East to Host 2019 Dairy Outlook Webinar With large milk supplies, low prices, processing constraints and trade disruptions, the last several years have been challenging for the Northeast dairy industry. To gain insights about what to expect for 2019, producers can participate in Farm Credit East’s 2019 dairy outlook webinar on Tuesday, January 15, at 12:00 noon EST. All Northeast producers and others involved in the dairy industry are invited to participate in this free webinar. This webinar…

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Excel for Farmers – Webinar

January 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Excel can be a powerful tool as you manage your cash, plan for growth and test the feasibility of new opportunities. It compliments the reporting you get from QuickBooks to do more thorough planning and analysis. In this webinar, we’ll walk through the basics of excel and spreadsheets, and learn how to build dynamic spreadsheets that you can use for cash flow budgeting and other types of planning and analysis. Participants in this webinar will be able to ask questions…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Cutting through the Noise – Successful Marketing Campaigns that Reach Consumers

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Click Workspace, 9.5 Market St.
Northampton, MA 01060
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Location: Click Workspace, 9½ Market St., Northampton Talk to any marketer and you will hear "it's noisy out there." There seem to be more and more opportunities to market our products: e-commerce, social media, institutions, grocers, pop-ups, subscription clubs, FPF...But all these opportunities are complicated to navigate and create a lot of competitive noise for potential customers to sift through. You may find yourself asking: What marketing is best if I just want to increase my sales? Rose Wilson and…

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