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February 2019

Ranching for Profit School

February 3 - February 9
Burlington, VT Burlington, VT United States

At Ranch Management Consultants' week long Ranching for Profit School, you will learn... Increase your Profit! Find simple strategies to reduce your workload and increase profit. Identify and take full advantage of your ranch’s “profit drivers.” Create a plan to improve the financial health of your ranch. Improve your Management Get everyone on the same page regarding the purpose and direction of the business. Create systems to hold people accountable for results and improve relationships. Discover tools that will lead…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Making Your Brand Come Alive

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St.
Holyoke, MA United States
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Location: MA Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., Holyoke This hands-on workshop will help identify your farm’s unique story, and explain the steps towards shaping it into a unique brand that will be the foundation of all your marketing efforts. We’ll talk about what makes a strong brand, the essential elements of branding, who your target audiences are, and how best to reach them with your brand. The workshop will share several low-expense tools you can easily use…

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Planning for the Next Successor on your Farm

February 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is offering 3 sessions of this workshop across the state for farmers to better understand what is involved in succession planning.  Experts from Land for Good and MDAR will provide tools and resources - including the state's  Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program ​- to help you identify the next owner of the farm and take steps towards making the transition.   2019 Workshop dates: Tuesday, January 22nd - Boyden Library, 10 Bird St., Foxborough, 5:00 –…

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Baking with Ancient Grains

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
$45 – $55

Ancient grains are nutrient-rich and delicious! Join pastry chef Rachel Portnoy as she demystifies using the ancient grain einkorn in all types of baking both savory and sweet. Einkorn is one of the oldest and lesser known ancient grains, a relative of modern wheat with a more easily digested gluten. "Gluten-safe" einkorn can replace wheat in so many applications. Members: $45/Non-Member: $55 Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or…

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Improving existing pastures and establishing new pasture

February 11 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Monday, February 11, 2019 8:30 am to 1 pm (Snow Date: February 13, 2019) Improving existing pastures and establishing new pasture Topics: Pasture plants, soil, existing pasture care, reseeding new pasture Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices 2019 A new workshop series on pasture management and infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture A certificate of participation from University of Connecticut Extension will be awarded to each person who completes the three classroom workshops and at…

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Disease Biology & Management Workshop

February 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fernald Hall, UMASS Amherst Campus
$30

Description: Learn to make better disease management decisions by understanding how different types of pathogens behave and the conditions that favor disease. We will review new diseases like spinach downy mildew, dig deeper into perennial diseases like Alternaria in brassicas, and cover other major disease outbreaks from 2018. We will take a tour of UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab and use a microscope to identify disease-causing organisms. Get all your questions answered and develop your own IPM plan for managing important…

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Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Series

February 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$40

Wondering where to begin with food safety? Start here! The PSA Grower Training is currently the only official FDA-recognized produce safety training to help growers implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and understand their responsibilities under new Federal regulations. Whether you have a farm that is fully covered by the law or a small, exempt farm and you’re just looking for information, this training is for you. The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in…

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