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February 2020

Northampton Winter Fare

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Winter Fare at the Northampton Winter Farmer's Market It is Winter Fare time again at the Winter Market! CISA will be sponsoring another great Winter Fare on Saturday, February 29. Three FREE workshops will be available that day. Please see below for descriptions. No registration required! 9:00-10:00 Ghee: Repairs the Gut & Calms the Mind Ghee (clarified butter) has been used for thousands of years to repair the digestive tract, balance and detoxify the organ systems, and calm the mind.…

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Northeast Queer Farmer Alliance Winter Gathering

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Calling all LGBTQI+ farmers from Pennsylvania to Maine to join the 2nd annual gathering of the Northeast Queer Farmers Alliance. A loose alliance of LGBTQI+ farmers seeking community and support. Where: Out and the Open, 74 Cottonmill Hill Road, Brattleboro, 05031 When: February 29, 10AM-2PM What: Potlock Brunch (bring your own plates, cup, utensils) and join our conversation about what the alliance is and what is in store for the year ahead-- details TBD. ADH accessible Carpool info coming soon.…

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Winter Fare: All About Climate Change at Winter Farmers Market at the Hampshire Mall

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Center for Eco Technology, Citizens' Climate Lobby, the Red Brigade and Extinction Rebellion Western Mass, and other area climate groups, as we focus this year's Winter Fare on our ever-changing climate. The seeds of change are sown, commit to helping them grow! https://www.facebook.com/events/126593878572569/

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March 2020

Vegetable Nutrient Management Workshops

March 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$25

Vegetable Nutrient Management Workshops Need help interpreting your soil test results? Juggling nutrient recommendations for many different fields? The UMass Extension Vegetable Program, in collaborating with University of Vermont Extension, is holding 2 workshops on vegetable nutrient management this March aimed at improving soil health practices. Growers are encouraged to bring current soil test results to work with. By the end of an intensive day, growers will: 1)      Interpret soil test results, calculate nutrient requirements, and choose soil amendments 2)     …

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Agricultural Composting Training

March 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

MDAR is conducting a no-cost training workshop for registered agricultural composters and other farms interested in agricultural composting (larger than backyard composting). Space is limited, and first preference will be given to farms already registered in the MDAR Agricultural Composting Program. These workshops will meet the upcoming regulatory requirement for farmers who are currently registered in MDAR’s Agricultural Composting Program to attend a state approved training program in order to continue to maintain a composting registration. Topics include: Principles of…

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Improving your farm’s employee policies and management systems

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield, MA 01038

Would you like to have better systems in place for onboarding and training employees, consistently communicating farm policies, or giving and receiving employee feedback?  Are you looking to brush up on employment laws to ensure that your farm is in compliance? This session will help you identify incremental changes to improve employee management systems on your farm. Presenter Libby Eiholzer of Cornell Cooperative Extension will lead you through a self-assessment of your farm’s human resources management and help you prioritize…

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Making it Happen: Profitability and Success

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$25

The Making It Happen: Profitability and Success Training for farmers and food processors will give you the financial management toolbox needed to confidently answer these questions and improve your business decision making and profitability. This interactive course presents four tools -- cash flow budgeting, scenario planning, enterprise budgeting, and sensitivity analysis -- that "are fundamental and work well together to provide a comprehensive toolbox," according to a 2018 course participant. The training is intended for producers with at least one year of operating experience…

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Value-Add Program info session

March 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Turn Your Produce into Value-Added Products at the Western MA Food Processing Center Info Session March 9 from 3-4:30pm 324 Wells St. Greenfield MA The Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center (WMFPC) is a shared-use food processing facility in Greenfield MA, which offers both rental and co-packing services to regional food entrepreneurs and local farms. This summer and fall, they will be launching a Value-Add Program for local farms. This program aims to increase our region’s capacity to lightly process fruits…

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