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March 2019

Local Food Trade Show

March 27 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Road
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Food Connects will hold its annual Local Food Trade Show on Wednesday, March 27 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm at Stonewall Farm. This event brings together local farmers, producers, and wholesale buyers from southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Even though this area is abundant in high quality, locally produced food, it is sometimes difficult for wholesale buyers to access these products. Food Connects, an aggregation and distribution food hub operating in southern Vermont and New Hampshire, makes it easy for…

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Plant Adaptations to Wildfire

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Think a wildfire can’t burn in New England? Think again. This class covers fire history in New England and discusses native plant adaptions and responses to fire. After an indoor portion examining plant adaptions through case studies, we move outdoors to the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, where we investigate the signs of wildfire in the Pioneer Valley. The class also addresses fire as a process and ecosystem shaper. Program Code: BOT1103 Instructor: George LoCascio Fee: $66 (Member) / $80…

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Celebration of Local Farmers

March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
DVAA, 105 Main St
Northfield, MA

Please join local artists, neighbors, and fellow farmers in celebration of all their hard work to produce fresh, quality food to sustain us.

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April 2019

Grant Deadline: Rural Energy for American Program (REAP)

April 1

The next REAP deadline for renewable energy & energy efficiency grants and loan guarantees is April 1, 2019. This round is unrestricted and open to projects of all sizes. Visit the website for more information or watch this free webinar. You can also reach out to the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program for assistance with your application/

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CISA’s Annual Meeting

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Come celebrate CISA along with this year’s Local Hero award winners with CISA staff, board, and your community! Dinner will be provided. This event is free, and seating is limited to 150 people. Wednesday, April 3rd 6:00-8:30pm Location: Trinity United Methodist Church 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield RSVP to Jennifer Williams at 413-665-7100. Join CISA for tours of the Wellspring Harvest Co-op and Gardening the Community before the Annual Meeting! Wellspring Harvest is a worker-owned hydroponic greenhouse and is a part of the…

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Plant-Insect Co-evolution

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

How do plants defend themselves from insects, and how effective are these defenses? Come learn about insect life cycles, orders, and distinguishing features that they have adapted through co-evolution with plants. This class includes discussion about the native plant-native pollinator relationship, as well as an outdoor study to examine signs of insects on the landscape. Program Code: BOT1508 Instructor: George LoCascio Fee: $33 (Member) / $40 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Elective: all certificates CEU: MALP MCLP: .5 MNLA MCH: .5…

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Mass Aggie: Home Orchard Management

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA United States

Home Orchard Establishment & Basics (Classroom) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Home Orchard Pest Management (Hands-on workshop) 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019 led by Dr. Jaime Piñero & Ms. Liz Garofalo Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, MA 01331 Morning: Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management…

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Beantown at the Beast

April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Belly of the Beast, 159 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

Join us in celebrating the wonderful world of heirloom beans! Featuring four types of local beans: Appaloosa, Yellow Eye, Marfax, and Canada Yellow. Paired with pork belly, braised beef, poached fish, and vegan spring vegetables. Each meal includes a spring greens salad. $18/bowl and $10/half bowl Two ticketed seatings: 5:30 and 7:30. RSVP online or by phone at 413-727-3040 — seats are limited!

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