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September 2021

Grant writing workshop: Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG)

September 28 @ 6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 28, 6-7:30pm Location: Remote Join Kelly Coleman, CISA’s Program Director and one of CISA’s grant writers, as she shares her extensive experience in grant writing and how you can write an effective grant application for the currently open Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG) opportunity. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the types of projects this grant can cover, a framework of how they can approach the grant application, and tips on how to write a…

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Towards Organic Fruit Management in New England: Holistic Decision making for Regenerative Fruit Practices

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hosted by Quonquont Farm: 9 North St., Whately Connor Stedman from Appleseed Permaculture and Farm Manager Leslie Harris will share insights and practices from Quontquont Farm's efforts to innovate new IPM and organic pest management strategies. Participants will engage in activity with their own current growing challenges or circumstances. The farm tour portion of the workshop will focus on Quonquont's sustainable apple and 2 acre blueberry production systems, while workshop exercises will be applicable to a wide range of fruit…

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October 2021

Wild Grapes as a Healing and Resilient Food

October 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Dive into the culinary and medicinal traditions of grape leaves- vertical, abundant and on the edge- and make your own, together. About this event Foxtrot Herb Farm is a four-acre certified organic farm in Ashfield, MA that specializes in growing vibrant, high-quality plants. Together we will process wild grape leaves (or pie)- rich in iron, vitamin C and tannins- and discuss the integration process of wild and healing foods into our daily lives. *An optional pre-gathering will be held at…

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Garlic Saturday

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Seeds of Solidarity Farm in Orange, MA is hosting five Garlic Saturdays Sept 11- Oct 9. For five consecutive Saturdays (9/11, 9/18, 9/25, Oct 2 and 9) from 12-5PM over 10 varieties of garlic seed packets plus culinary garlic and braids go on sale at Seeds of Solidarity, 165 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange MA. Stop by and Get your Garlic plus other farm stand goodies! Farmers Deb and Ricky will be present on these dates with garlic growing tips, and…

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Profitable Meat Marketing and New Pricing Calculator

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hosted by Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery: 172 Hockanum Rd., Hadley   You are raising and selling local meat, but are you making a profit? Learn to use the new and improved Cornell Meat Price Calculator to develop prices that deliver a profit in every channel. We'll demo the new tool and talk about early results from Cornell and CISA's joint project on meat marketing. Barstow’s Longview Farm, who is a participant in the recent pricing project, will share their…

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Farm Energy and Resource Conservation – Working with NRCS and FSA Technical Assistance and Conservation Programs

October 7 @ 3:00 pm

Hosted by Red Fire Farm: 184 Meadow St., Montague Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) will spend time going over the conservation planning process and how to apply for financial assistance conservation programs. Farm Service Agency (FSA) will cover the first step in the whole process – registering your agricultural operation in the USDA database. NRCS will dive a little deeper into soil health and other relevant technical topics at the farm. Host Red Fire Farm will share their experience working…

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Garlic Saturday

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Seeds of Solidarity Farm in Orange, MA is hosting five Garlic Saturdays Sept 11- Oct 9. For five consecutive Saturdays (9/11, 9/18, 9/25, Oct 2 and 9) from 12-5PM over 10 varieties of garlic seed packets plus culinary garlic and braids go on sale at Seeds of Solidarity, 165 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange MA. Stop by and Get your Garlic plus other farm stand goodies! Farmers Deb and Ricky will be present on these dates with garlic growing tips, and…

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Equipment and Tool Section for Small Farm Production

October 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hosted by Song Sparrow Farm: 140 Meadow St., Northampton This workshop will provide information on how to select the right equipment for a small acreage farm. It will explore the relationship(s) between hand tools and mechanized equipment as related to different scales of production, with emphasis on walk-behind tractors. Farmers will share strategies for decision-making for current and future scales and in helping manage towards farm and family goals. Host Diego Irizarry-Gerould of Song Sparrow Farm will walk through production…

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