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February 2020

Conflict resolution skills for supervisors

February 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States

Gain and practice skills that will help you set the groundwork for positive workplace relationships with your farm team starting on day one. Presenter Christopher Sabo of Foxtrot Farm and the Mediation & Training Collaborative will discuss strategies for creating a foundation of effective communication among your crew, increasing your capacity to manage conflict, and maintaining open and accessible communication channels on the farm throughout the season. This session will offer tools to respond to workplace conflict or deal with…

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Fund Your Farm: State Grants from Massachusetts

February 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Fund Your Farm: State Grants from Massachusetts Feb 13, 4:30-6:00pm at the Stockbridge Community Room $10 for Berkshire Grown members/ $20 for non-members   Register   Do you have a project to help your farm adapt to climate change or improve energy efficiency? Would you like to implement new conservation practices or upgrade your food safety measures? Are you a beginning farmer seeking funds for capital improvements to help your business grow? The Massachusets Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) offers…

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Protecting your Recipes: Trade Secrets for Food Entrepreneurs [Webinar]

February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Your pickled watermelon rinds and tomatillo salsa are a success at the farmers’ market. How can you prevent them from being copied? This webinar reviews the ways vendors can protect their food brand and recipes, focusing on the use of trade secret. Learn what is a trade secret, and how to create and use them to protect your recipes. Time: Feb 18, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Click here to register.

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Getting It Right: Pricing Strategies

February 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Getting It Right: Pricing Strategies February 20, 4:00-6:00pm - online workshop $10 for Berkshire Grown members/ $20 for non-members   Register   What's the right price for your products? You may look at what others are charging to set your prices but if you don't know your cost of production, then you may not be charging enough. Julia Shanks from The Farmer's Office & Julia Shanks Food Consulting will lead this interactive online workshop to help you understand the factors…

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2020 New England Campus Farmer Summit

February 22 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The 2020 New England Campus Farmer Summit, Saturday February 22nd at Stonehill College in Easton, MA! If you haven't had a chance to look at the exciting program, be sure to take a look. If you have not registered, please do so here!  Registration closes Friday, January 31st. Rates are as follows: Full admission = $50, Presenters = $40, Student/AmeriCorps Members = $25. 8:30am - 5:00pm The Martin Institute at Stonehill College, Easton, MA,  A gathering of the campus farmer community in New England Campus farmers,…

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Public Hearing regarding MA overtime for ag workers

February 27 @ 11:00 am

SAVE THE DATE: PUBLIC HEARING IN WESTERN MA: regarding overtime pertaining to agricultural and farm work. With appreciation to my colleagues in the valley's delegation for successfully scheduling this public hearing in our region, providing direct access to the many stakeholders concerned about this issue. IN PERSON: public hearing in western MA is scheduled for: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Old Chapel, UMass Amherst, MA, 144 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA (parking at UMass Amherst Parking Garage…

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Co-op Law 101: A little bit of everything [Webinar]

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Co-ops are member owned entities that provide a solid foundation for farms and community members to collaboratively support the local food system. Attorney Dave Swanson is going to provide a baseline knowledge of co-ops, including consumer co-ops and grower co-ops. He is also going to discuss what to consider when choosing a business structure and specifically the differences between non-profits and co-ops. With over 35 years of experience and Land O’Lakes and dozens of consumer coops as a clients, Dave…

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Performance management – set it, manage it, measure it!

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield, MA 01038

Providing effective performance management doesn’t just protect your farm from liability and establish standards and accountability for those you manage – it actually helps your farm grow! Presenter Patti D’Amaddio of the Employers Association of the Northeast will describe how a holistic approach to performance management can increase employee engagement, help employees on their path to development, and assist your business in meeting its strategic goals. Through interactive activities and role play you will gain skills to clearly communicate expectations…

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