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July 2019

Hadley Common Beer and Cider Garden

July 5 @ 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
West Street Common, West Street Common
Hadley, MA United States

Celebrate Hadley’s rich agricultural traditions! Gather on the historic West Street Common with family and friends for a sweet summertime evening with local food, drinks, music and games. The night will include: Local beers, ciders, and shrubs. Food from MiTierra and Esselon. Live music and games. Snow cones and much more!

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“Backyard Mushroom Cultivation” with Graham Skorupa

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Laughing Dog Farm, 398 Main Road
Gill, MA 01354
$25 – $30

Do you have an interest in expanding your food gardening to other kingdoms of life? Do you find the laboratory sterility supposedly required for cultivating mushrooms daunting? Well, there's an easier way for us homesteaders and amateurs to grow delicious, gourmet mushrooms, a "dirty", more natural way. Graham Skorupa, an ardent wildcrafter and musician from Wendell (our workshop mentor) seeks to teach and promote an alternative method for creating bountiful fungus harvests from your own backyard (or anywhere!). This class…

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Growing Ferns from Spore

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Join us and learn easy methods for growing ferns from spores for your home. This class covers the morphology, life cycle, and vegetative propagation of ferns. You will also learn spore collection and storage techniques, and tips on how to identify when spores are ripe. Before you know it, you’ll have your own sporophytes! Program Code: HOR3130 Instructor: Leslie Duthie Fee: $33 (Member) / $40 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Elective: all certificates Registration: online

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“Guerrilla Gardening Tactics” with Farmer Dan

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Laughing Dog Farm, 398 Main Road
Gill, MA 01354
$25 – $30

This is an intro-level workshop for any inspired food grower, chef, "foodie" or wannabe seeking to reliably produce amazing, nutrient-dense food on small, backyard plots, rooftops, in containers, passive solar hoophouses, etc., under a variety of "marginal" and "real-life" conditions. Inspired both by permaculture principles, dumpster diving/gleaning, as well as twenty+ years of organic gardening, diversified grower Danny Botkin will explain and demonstrate uniquely "opportunistic", low-tech gardening practices and shortcuts ("strategic minimalism"), including "no-till" soil building, intensive "bunch" propagation, high…

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Crush Wine Festival

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Crush Wine Festival brings the tasting rooms of 20 wineries together for a day, as the 4th annual wine tasting experience kicks off at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA on Sunday, July 14. Meet the winemakers and sample their delicious local Massachusetts wines including red, white, rosé, sparkling, and fruit wines, plus honey meads and everything in between.   Presented by the Massachusetts Farm Wineries and Growers Association, Crush Wine Festival showcases award-winning wineries along with local artisanal cheeses, handcrafted chocolates,…

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Diemand Farm Smokehouse Dinners

July 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From June through September on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6pm, visit Diemand Farm for chicken, brisket and turkey legs as well as smoked baby back ribs and Pekarski’s sausage. Each meal comes with an entree, your choice of two sides, cornbread, watermelon, and a drink. Items are also available a la carte. Reservations can be made online or by calling (978) 544-3806. It is strongly recommend to make a reservation as food and seating are limited. Walk-ins are…

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Field Workshop: Soil health, weed identification, forage calculations

July 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, July 19, 9 am to 12 noon 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, 158 Auer Farm Rd, Bloomfield, CT Topics: Soil health, weed identification, forage calculations Speakers: Dr. Jatinder Aulakh, CAES; Jim Hyde, NRCS; Dr. Wade Elmer, CAES Register for this workshop at: https://goo.gl/forms/sFIqmM2oxieDkTdg2 or by emailing jean.king@uconn.edu These workshops are part of a 2017-2020 USDA/NESARE Professional Development Program Grant, a joint project among the Universities of CT, MA and RI.

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Easthampton Market Blueberries

July 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Easthampton farmers and makers market, 50 Payson Ave
Easthampton, MA

The Easthampton farmers & makers market will be celebrating blueberry season. Stop by for pies and other baked treats!

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