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March 2019

CISA Winter Workshop: Value Added Marketing – What to Expect When Scaling Up

March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CISA Office, 1 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373 United States

Location: CISA Office, 1 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA For farmers who produce packaged products currently or are looking towards the future of selling in larger retail stores, through regional distributors or other larger markets. From honey to salsa, from grass-fed meat and dairy to salad greens, what are the benefits and detriments one should know about bigger companies and what to do if you are approached by an investor? Plus, what are the current industry marketing trends that have…

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wondering where to begin with food safety? Start here! The PSA Grower Training is currently the only official FDA-recognized produce safety training to help growers implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and understand their responsibilities under new Federal regulations. Whether you have a farm that is fully covered by the law or a small, exempt farm and you’re just looking for information, this training is for you. The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in…

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Webinar: USDA Rural Development Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please save the date for the USDA Rural Development Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session. This will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation of VAPG (and any other RD programs) in addition to us submitting written recommendations to the USDA. Date: March 14, 2019 Location: Webinar  Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm EST We will share more information as we learn more, but in the meantime - save the date! At this moment AMS is not going to be doing a…

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NOFA-NH 17th Annual Winter Conference

March 16

NOFA-NH 17th Annual Winter Conference REGISTER HERE    Bonus! Register by 3/10 to win a $50 Fedco gift card Saturday, March 16th 2019 Merrimack Valley High School 106 Village Street, Concord, NH 03303 with Ben Hartman as keynote & presenter For directions to Merrimack Valley High School click here 50+ Workshops Green Market Fair Organic & Locally Sourced Meals Book Signings Questions & Comments? Contact Monica Rico, NOFA-NH Winter Conference Coordinator, via email: winterconference@nofanh.org  

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Beekeeping 101: An Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
$65 – $75

This all-day program will give first year beekeepers the tools they need to start off their new hobby on the right foot. Topics will include honey bee biology, equipment, hive installation methods, basic pest management, honey and wax harvesting, and hive management through the seasons. A hands-on demonstration of installing a hive will follow this talk at a later date depending on the arrival date of the bees. Price includes lunch. Members: $65, Non-Members: $75 Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West…

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Fruit Tree Grafting

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mass Aggie Seminars 2019: A Home Garden Series Fruit Tree Grafting: A Hands-on Workshop Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. led by Dr. Wes Autio UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin Street, Belchertown, MA Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting - they are not grown from seed.  For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a hands-on workshop on “bench…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Reaching the End Consumer

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road
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Location: The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield As a wholesale farmer and value added producer, it's a challenge to know your customer and what they want because often, we don't get a chance to speak directly with the end consumer. Buyers, distributors, and brokers play a crucial role as intermediaries - knowing what the customer wants and from which producer to supply those products. We invited three people who work in this industry to sit on…

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Introduction to Holistic Financial Planning

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Introduction to Holistic Financial Planning Tuesday, March 19, 2:00-5:00PM Holistic Management is a values based decision making framework that helps us optimize our work toward social, economic and ecological wellbeing. This course introduces the important ideas in Holistic Financial planning- planning for profit first, sorting expenditures for impact, testing strategies, and proactively monitoring leading indicators and adjusting plans to ensure outcomes. Learn more.

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