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September 2022

Energy Efficient Maple Sugaring

September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Leon & Joyce Ripley & Sons of Maple Corner Farm (Granville, MA) will open their sugarhouse to show how, through their new reverse osmosis process and energy efficient evaporator with preheater, they produce maple syrup in less time saving firewood and energy overall. Maple Corner Farm 794 Beech Hill Road Granville, MA Email Maple Corner Farm to RSVP.

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Attract Native Pollinators to Your Farm

September 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Just Roots/ Greenfield Community Farm, 34 Glenbrook Drive
Greenfield, MA 01301 United States
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This workshop will help commercial and hobby farmers of all sizes design native pollinator habitats on their land. Attendees will hear from farmers and others about how, when, and what to plant, tips on maintenance, and sources of funding and technical assistance. The workshop will be followed by refreshments and pizza. Presenters: Meryl Latronica: Director of Farm Operations, Just Roots Dan Pratt: Founder, Astarte Farm Michelle Cozine: State Biologist, MA NRCS Rose Schwartz: Soil Conservationist, Franklin County NRCS Workshop brought…

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October 2022

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course October 5 to November 2, 2022, Wednesday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm Western Mass location (tentatively MDAR office in West Springfield) This 5-session course provides guidance to aspiring farmers through the decision-making process of whether to start a farm business.  Participants will learn about the many aspects of starting a farm business, assess their own skills and knowledge, and get help finding resources for support, including marketing, financing, and regulations.  The Exploring the Small Farm…

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Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course

October 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course October 11 – November 29, 2022, Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 8:30pm MDAR office in Southborough, MA A hands-on course to help established farmers develop a business plan and financial projections for their farm business. This course covers topics including resource assessment, marketing strategy, financial management, risk management, quality of life, and goal setting. The course is taught by a professional business planner with years of experience working with Massachusetts farms and guest speakers on…

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Setting Sales and Revenue Goals Using Breakeven Analysis

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free (Remote)

Register Here! Do you know what it takes to be profitable? How much do you need to sell to cover all your costs and still have something left to pay yourself? You know that as your business grows, your expenses increase. But not all expenses increase the same way. So how do you figure it all out? Join Julia Shanks, author of The Farmer’s Office, on Thursday, October 20th, 4pm ET for a live webinar on Calculating Breakeven for Your Farm Business.…

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Ditch Use, Maintenance, and Management on Commercial Farms

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free (Remote)

Join CISA, the NRCS, and UMass Extension for a hard look at using and maintaining agricultural ditches on commercial farms. Learn what can and can't be done when it comes to managing ditches and the water that fills them and the kinds of support available to farm owners and managers from local organizations and agencies. Register here! Questions? Contact Stephen Taranto, CISA Climate Program Coordinator, at 413-665-7100 ext. 17

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Dual-Use: Agriculture and Solar Photovoltaics Webinar

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration link: Dual-Use: Agriculture and Solar Photovoltaics Webinar October 27th at 11:00 am. In 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER) established the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. This program carries special incentives for solar systems that allow “dual-use,” defined as solar on farmland where the land continues to be used for agricultural purposes. These facilities are also referred to as “agrivoltaic” systems This presentation will offer an overview of the guidelines for dual-use, provide a close look…

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November 2022

Successful Value Added Food Product Development for Farm and New Food Businesses: Managing Food Quality and Safety

November 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you a farmer diversifying into value added production or an entrepreneur developing new and exciting products?  Do you have questions about how to integrate food safety and quality into the development of a value added food product? If so, this is the program for you! Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is collaborating with UMass Amherst, The University of Rhode Island, Commonwealth Kitchen, and the Western MA Food Processing Center at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation to offer…

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