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December 2022

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

December 13, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, Manchester, NH, 700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101 United States
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$115

December 13, 14, 15, 2022 Manchester, NH The New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show will be held this December 13-15th at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown in Manchester, NH and will include 30 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops, as well as various special topics, such as cut flower production, leafy greens, mushroom cultivation and farm business management. Popular ‘Farmer-to-Farmer’ information-sharing sessions bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussions on timely issues of…

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January 2023

When and How to Work with a Dedicated Bookkeeper

January 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Remote
Free

Workshop presented by The Carrot Project:  This 2 hour workshop will help you understand how to decide when a dedicated or outside bookkeeper makes sense and how to work with them. This online workshop is offered through The Carrot Project's work supporting value-added production and planning for small, diversified farms. Click here for more information and to register for the workshop. If you have questions, reach out to Amanda Chang, Outreach Coordinator at The Carrot Project, at achang@thecarrotproject.org or 617-674-2371 x 10.…

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Farmer-to-Farmer Pricing Networking Event

January 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street
Florence, MA 01062
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Free

After a year of rising input and labor costs, we have heard from many of you that it has been a real challenge to navigate setting prices in such an ever-changing economic landscape. We want to provide a space for farmer-to-farmer conversation about the economic challenges of this time, and to think collaboratively about pricing strategies to weather these turbulent times. The event will be held in-person at the Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street, Florence. All are welcome, we…

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Love a Farmer Pancake Breakfast (Williamstown)

January 7 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Ioka Valley Farm

Our neighbors in Berkshire County invite you to a morning that recognizes our farming community with a complimentary pancake breakfast. Ioka Valley Farm 3475 Hancock Rd. Williamstown, MA 01267 Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lve-a-farmer-pancake-breakfast-tickets-469471801797  

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Growing Successful Work Teams

January 7 @ 2:30 pm - January 24 @ 6:00 pm
Remote
$35

Any business has a mix of personality types to manage. In this two-part, small-group workshop, we will use the DiSC Workplace Profile, to help you identify your unique communication and management preferences and explore ways that your preferences impact how you hire and retain employees. The DiSC model provides a common language people can use to better understand themselves and those they interact with. We can use this knowledge to reduce conflict and improve working relationships.

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Building Farm & Food Business Resilience: Adding Profitable Enterprises

January 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Remote
Free

Workshop series presented by The Carrot Project: This series, offered in three, two-hour sessions, will help you evaluate value-added products and marketing channels, and the investments and financing you’ll need to make it work. This online workshop is offered through The Carrot Project's work supporting value-added production and planning for small, diversified farms. This workshop series is divided into three, two-hour sessions and includes 1:1 technical assistance after training. The trainings will be offered from 10am - 12pm on Wednesdays,…

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course

January 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MDAR Office, Southborough, 225 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
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$100

January 12 – February 9, 2023 - Thursday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm  MDAR Office, Southborough  This 5-session course, presented by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, 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 course utilizes the Exploring the Small Farm…

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Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course

January 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MDAR Office, Southborough, 225 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
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$150

January 17 – March 14, 2023 - Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 8:30pm  View the application here. 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 topics such as succession planning and…

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