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May 2019

Writing in the Garden

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Writers from Emily Dickinson to Edith Wharton to Eudora Welty have found their gardens to be wellsprings of sensory experience that stimulated their writing. In this two-hour workshop, visit the fields and designed gardens at Nasami Farm and write spontaneously in response to prompts—verbal or visual cues provided by the workshop leader—inspired by the surroundings. No previous writing experience required. Please bring a notebook, pen or pencil, and water, and dress for the weather. Program Code: ART2009 Instructor: Jane Roy…

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Ecology of Mount Tom

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Easthampton, MA Easthampton, MA 01027 United States

Mount Tom is an iconic traprock ridge nestled between Easthampton and Holyoke. Learn about its distinctive geology, glacial history, and rich plant communities on a hike towards the summit. Habitat: upland forest Known For: striking geologic features and rare plant communities Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult Program Code: FDT2072 Instructor: Yoni Glogower urban forester, MA DCR Fee: $38 (Member) / $46 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB CEU: NOFA AOLCP: 4 Cosponsor: Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Registration: online

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Rattlesnake Gutter Hike

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Leverett, MA Leverett, MA 01054 United States

Discover spring ephemerals along the historical road of this important habitat. This little-known nook features impressive calcareous rock cliffs and enchanting wooded areas. Will we find hordes of rattlesnakes? Probably not, but we will find some excellent native plant specimens! Habitat: maple, birch, hemlock, and hardwood transitional forest; calcareous cliffs Known For: spring ephemerals, columbine, geological features Difficulty: Moderate Program Code: FDT2071 Instructor: George LoCascio Fee: $28 (Member) / $35 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB CEU: NOFA AOLCP: 3…

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45th Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair

May 25 - May 26
Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road
Cummington, MA 01026 United States

Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th, 2019 45th Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA. Fiber and woolcraft vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dog trials, fiber and woolcraft workshops for adults and children, sheep shows, fleece show and sale, and food booths. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information and map, go to www.MASHEEPWOOL.org  

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Solidarity Saturday Farm Tour

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, 165 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA,

Come visit Seeds of Solidarity Education center! Experience this farm, home and education center that integrates solar greenhouses, energy efficient buildings, abundant market gardens, and solar electric systems. Free tour, no pre-registration. If you wish, bring a potluck lunch item to build community with others around our solar powered farm-stand after the tour. Consider registering for the afternoon workshop, No-till for Life.

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No-Till For Life Workshop

May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, 165 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA,

Seeds of Solidarity founder and farmer Ricky teaches regenerative, soil building techniques for low maintenance, highly productive gardens. Treating the soil as sacred results in nourishing food, mitigates impacts of climate change, and inspires a deeper relationship with that which sustains life. This event follows a free tour of the farm and education center. $35-$50 sliding scale fee. Please email solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org to register

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June 2019

An Ecological Approach to the Nursery and Greenhouse

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Nursery and greenhouse plant production can maximize ecological processes and practices. This technical yet informal workshop explores how mimicking and building on natural systems can create a sustainable, safe, and successful operation. Program Code: HOR4082 Instructor: Alexis Doshas Fee: $46 (Member) / $56 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD CEU: MALP MCLP: 1; MNLA MCH: .5; NOFA AOLCP: 3.5 Registration: online

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Slow Living Summit 2019

June 6 - June 7
Downtown Brattleboro Brattleboro, VT,

The Slow Living Summit and Windham Grows present  Future of Women in Food Entrepreneurship Conference in downtown Brattleboro -- where you will join an active community of like-minded individuals to share expertise and resources, and to learn ways to expand women’s roles in the local, regional, and national food systems. See the Summit website for details: www.slowlivingsummit.org. Phone for info: 802-258-7070

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