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March 2020

Building a positive workplace culture through active bystander training

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
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Farm managers are responsible for setting the tone and ensuring a respectful, safe, and productive work environment. However, they are by no means alone in contributing to workplace culture - each member of the farm team has unique skills and opportunities to help build a more positive workplace culture. This workshop will equip farm managers, crew leaders, and other employees with tools to respond proactively to workplace conflict and to contribute to improving the culture on their farm. Presenters Sharon…

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Agricultural Composting Training

March 11 @ 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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Decolonizing the East Coast Food System

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Decolonizing the East Coast Food System Join seven food justice community organizers in a discussion about creating an alternate food system for and by people of color and dismantling systemic barriers to ensure everyone has access to healthy, fresh, affordable food and produce.Moderated by students of color. Panelists include: Eric Jackson, Black Yield Institute, Baltimore, MD Karen Washington, Rise and Root Farm, Orange County, NY Shanelle Morris, Grow Hartford, Hartford, CT Liz O'Gilvie, Gardening the Community, Springfield Food Policy Council,…

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Making It Happen: Profitability and Success

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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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Pruning Blueberries: a Hands-on Workshop

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pruning Blueberries: a Hands-on Workshop $50/person Ms. Sonia Schloemann March 14, 2020, 10:00am to 12:00pm Sholan Farm: 1124 Pleasant St., Leominster, MA 01453 Blueberries are among the most popular fruits to grow in the home garden. They are healthful and well suited tour New England conditions.Come learn the basics for pruning blueberries for your home landscape. Participants will get some hands-on pruning lessons. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too. Tools provided Register online for any of the Mass…

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Financial Management Calendar – Webinar

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Carrot Project’s free, live webinar - the Financial Management Calendar  is open for registration. This tool is designed to help you stay on top of financial management tasks critical to making effective business decisions during the busy growing season. Learn how to adapt the Calendar to your farm's needs and realities and create a personalized financial management calendar that meets your needs. The webinar will be held Monday March 16th from noon to 2 PM.

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Leadership strategies for achieving workplace respect

March 17 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive
Northampton, MA 01060

Gaining respect as a manager is not always easy. Take a deep dive into the meaning of workplace respect, learn to identify barriers to respect, and discuss how the concept of respect relates to topics like diversity and inclusion, bullying, and compliance with federal and state anti-harassment and discrimination laws. You will reflect on your own behaviors and actions, as well as engage in interactive exercises to learn and apply new tools and strategies for creating a more positive and…

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Managing Conflict for Farmers: Communication Skills and Resources

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Managing Conflict for Farmers: Communication Skills and Resources Tuesday, March 17, 3:00-6:00pm Stockbridge Community Room, 50 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA $15 for Berkshire Grown members/ $25 for non-members Register Have you experienced disputes on your farm? With neighbors? Workplace interactions with your staff? Perhaps you are facing a farm transition or conflict over agricultural and leasing issues. Agricultural Mediation services in Berkshire County recently expanded to cover all of these and more. Program Director, Kayla Wendling will be joined by…

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