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January 2023

Farmer-to-Farmer Learning on Effective Labor Management

January 24 @ 11:00 am - March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Remote
Free

Are you a woman farmer new to managing employees on your farm? Maybe you are thinking about expanding and hiring staff for the first time next season? Or did you just wrap up your first year with staff and want to process what you learned and what you’ll do differently? You’re invited to participate in a unique, virtual collaborative learning environment for woman-identifying farmers this winter where you'll learn along side with peers. From effective delegation, to navigating conflict and…

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February 2023

Farmers Circle with The Southern New England Farmers of Color Collaborative

February 1 - December 31
Remote
Free

Farmer Circles are peer learning communities for farmers interested in discussing a certain topic in an informal, supportive environment. Each circle meets for at least 12 hours over the course of about one year and is facilitated by another farmer with interest in the subject. There are no teachers or students  in the circles, just a community of farmers coming together to learn from each other! SNEFCC Farmer Circles bring together farmers of color & aspiring farmers of color who…

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Effective Communication and Conflict Management for Farmers

February 7 @ 10:00 am - February 21 @ 10:00 am
Remote
$50

Learn and practice effective communication and conflict management in this interactive workshop series, led by two mediators from the Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program! Each workshop will be fully interactive, and the sessions will focus on the unique aspects of agriculture/aquaculture projects along with developing workplace conflict and communication tools. This workshop series is suitable for farmworkers, farm managers, and farm owners alike.

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Staffing Up: Recruiting & Hiring

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Remote
Free

In this session, participants will learn share and co-learn effective strategies to create a farm culture and use this to both hire and retain employees. The starting place is to craft clearly articulated farm values and identify systems to move management towards achieving these values. Tools such as organization charts, position descriptions, capturing your farm culture in your advertising, and interviewing process are some of the methods we will discuss. You’ll learn how to use the online Job Description Generator…

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Climate Resilience: Preparing Yourself and Your Farm Business

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Remote
Free

The Carrot Project, Young Farmer Network of Southeastern New England, and Land & Sea Together are teaming up to offer a multi-faceted workshop on climate resiliency. You’ll learn ways to build your farm business’s financial resilience while adapting to the effects of climate change, along with methods for boosting personal and community resilience in response to stress. Click here for more information. This half day, virtual workshop will be held Saturday, February 11 from 10AM to 2PM, and it will include plenty…

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MDAR Energy Grant and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Webinar

February 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Remote
Free

The Massachusetts Farm Energy Program will provide an overview of the application process and requirements for MDAR's energy grant, as well as the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant. The webinar will be held via Zoom on February 15 from 11:00am to 12:00pm. To register, please visit this page. For more information, please contact Megan Denardo at the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program at megan.denardo@cetonline.org or 413-727-3090.

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Media and Marketing 101

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Remote
Free

As a small business, you are likely using emails, text, and social media to advertise your business and communicate with your customers. You may also have your own webpage spotlighting customer reviews and other content. With all these forms of social media and communication comes a web of laws that are difficult to navigate. During this webinar, a team of attorneys from Bernstein Shur will help you detangle these laws. We will cover topics such as email, text, and social…

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Sharing Challenges & Successes in Meat Production: Statewide Farmer Networking

February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Remote
Free

Join fellow meat and poultry producers to discuss challenges and share ideas related to raising, processing, and selling meat in Massachusetts. This statewide virtual networking event is open to all, but oriented toward small, mid-sized, or homestead meat producers. The event will include a presentation from poultry farmers Kat Chang Laznicka and Peter Reed Laznicka of Reed Farm, followed by an opportunity for casual networking and facilitated group discussion. Matt LeRoux of Cornell Extension will also provide expertise related to…

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