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October 2019

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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Pests and Pets, Managing Animals in the Packhouse

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

When: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm Where: UMass Agricultural Learning Center, 911 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01003 Packhouse pests, including birds and rodents, affect produce quality and pose food safety risks. They can also be hard to get rid of! New food safety regulations require that covered farms have a pest control program to minimize food safety risks. Learn how to implement a pest control program on your farm and how to manage risks…

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Growing Food on the Dark Side

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

"Keeping the Light Alive Ancient Ponies Farm, Amherst, MA Sunday, Oct 13th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM This workshop dives into the practical and gritty details of reliably keeping green food crops alive, “against the calendar” (with no fossil fuel), using cold-hardy crops protected by high and low tunnel (unheated) hoophouses, through the harsh New England "off-season". “Guerilla gardener” Danny Botkin (Laughing Dog Farm, Gill, MA) will describe and demonstrate a variety of "alternative", low-tech tactics used to propagate, grow,…

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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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4th Annual Producer and Buyer Forum

October 16 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Announcing the 4th Annual Producer and Buyer Forum With Keynote Speaker Dan Horan of Five Acre Farms  Discussing the Rewards and Risks of Growth  MIDDLEBURY, VT – All growers, food producers, retail and institutional buyers and distributors are invited to attend the 2019 Producer and Buyer Forum. Hosted in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, Vermont Farm to Plate and ACORN, the Forum will take place on October 16 at Middlebury College's Kirk Alumni Center. The Forum…

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UMass Diet for a Cooler Planet meal and panel discussion

October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hampshire Dining Commons, UMass, 141 Southwest Circle

Although we tend to associate climate change with transportation and coal, the food we eat is one of the greatest contributors to the crisis. Which means that just by changing the way you eat, you can have a significant impact on the future of our planet. Focusing on the work of Project Drawdown this special meal features climate-cooling foods that will also delight your taste buds! The evening will also feature a special panel discussion: "Growing a cooler climate: Regional…

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Hemp Cultivation: Seed to Salve

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday Oct 19, 2019 10:00 AM -  5:00 PM | Free - $90.00 For more information and to register, click here. Hemp production is on the rise nationally, as is demand for locally sourced hemp flower-derived products. With that in mind, Massachusetts farmers are diversifying their crop plans. Come learn how hemp fits into your farm. With its broad range of uses, hemp has significant potential for cultivation on a large scale as well as for home remedies and value…

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Miles of Co-operation: Co-op Month Celebration

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
170 Main St., Greenfield, MA, 170 Main St.
Greenfield, MA 01301 United States

On behalf of Franklin Community Co-op, you're enthusiastically invited to our co-op month celebration, Saturday, October 19, noon-3P, downtown Greenfield. An array of local co-ops--and one of our new co-op partners, the Argentina-based, La Riojana--will be part of our small-scale expo, "Miles of Co-operation". Featuring Equal Exchange, Artisan Beverage, PVSquared, Our Family Farms, and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, Valley Cooperative Business Association, and more — free and open to the public! Everyone is welcome to drop by 170 Main…

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