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September 2019

Workshop: Get the most out of your farm’s POS system 

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Polish American Citizens Club, 46 South Main Street
South Deerfield, 01373

Calling all farmstand and store managers! Get expert advice from presenter Erin Pirro of Farm Credit East on how to use your point-of-sale system to make better business decisions for your farm. A well designed point-of-sale system is key to farm profitability, yet few farms come close to maximizing the potential of their point-of-sale systems. Taking time to choose the right system and set it up well can pay off many times over in the long run. Learn how to…

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Easthampton Market Flavors of Fall

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Easthampton farmers and makers market, 50 Payson Ave
Easthampton, MA

The Easthampton farmers & makers market will be celebrating the flavors of fall with fresh apples, cider, pumpkins, and late season corn!

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October 2019

Figtorium Open House

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

Join us for the Figtorium Open House and Farm Friends’ Market! This event celebrates the completion of our new, large, “Figtorium” greenhouse. October 5th, from noon to 5, enjoy a marketplace of local goods including Ed Johnson’s maple syrup, Cheshire Garden jams and vinegars, Leyden Glen Farm’s lamb, Kristin Nicholas’ art and pottery, Rhonda Wainshilbaum’s pottery and Frizzell Hill Farm goat meat. With live music from Rob Skelton and Pitchfork, featuring poet/forester Mike Mauri! We will also be serving appetizers…

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Hawley’s Quinquennial Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hawley’s quinquennial Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival Sunday, October 6, beginning at 11 a.m. Hawley Meeting House and Grove on East Hawley Road In addition to the pudding contest, the festival will include a cider tasting, a tasty lunch, a pudding parade, homespun Hawley entertainment, and the crowning of the pudding head. The day is a fundraiser for the Sons & Daughters of Hawley, the town’s historical society. The group is working hard to restore the old East Hawley Church and…

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Workshop: Lean how to use more fresh local produce year round to create healthy and delicious meals

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 6 1-3PM Yoga Center Amherst 17 Kellogg Avenue, 2nd floor Amherst, MA How can we use more fresh local produce year round to create healthy and delicious meals? New England has a bounty of local farms providing the freshest ingredients that naturally support our bodies as we transition from season to season. But navigating the options and turning those ingredients into tasty meals can be a real challenge. Come learn from a real pro with over 30 years…

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Food Safety Course

October 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Food Safety Course: Preventive Controls for Human Food Certification Training - Blended Online/In-person Course This course is especially suited for food processing businesses. Online portion must be completed before in-person portion on October 7. COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food FDA regulation is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by…

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Farm Business Planning Course

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Farm Business Planning Course October 15 to December 3: Every Tuesday from 6:00pm - 9:00pm (includes remote online classes) New Entry Farmer Training Center: 733 Cabot Street, Moraine Farm, Beverly, MA Instructors: Kevin Cody and Ben Zoba What to Expect Over the eight-week course, you will create a plan to start or grow your farm business. Throughout this course you will learn how to: Create a mission and vision for your business Develop a budget and a plan to fund…

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November 2019

3rd Annual Massachusetts Food System Forum

November 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Attend the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum to learn new skills, celebrate successes, and collaborate across disciplines to increase equity and sustainability in the MA food system. Morning Sessions The day will begin with an optional networking breakfast at 9:00am. After an overview of the MA Food System Collaborative's work and selected food system topics, there will be the opportunity to attend breakout groups which will provide updates and brainstorm next steps around the Healthy Incentives Program, food waste,…

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