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October 2022

Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course

October 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course October 11 – November 29, 2022, Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 8:30pm MDAR office in Southborough, MA A hands-on course to help established farmers develop a business plan and financial projections for their farm business. This course covers topics including resource assessment, marketing strategy, financial management, risk management, quality of life, and goal setting. The course is taught by a professional business planner with years of experience working with Massachusetts farms and guest speakers on…

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Hak’hel Festival: The Great Gathering

October 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 16, 2022 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Abundance Farm 253 Prospect Street Northampton, MA 01060 USA (map) Like Havdalah at the end of Shabbat, Hak'hel marks the end of the Shmita year and the beginning of the next seven-year cycle. Come to the farm and celebrate the strength of our community and the resilience of the land with this ancient ritual. Together we will recommit to each other and our earth for the next Shmita cycle. Join us for:…

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Setting Sales and Revenue Goals Using Breakeven Analysis

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free (Remote)

Register Here! Do you know what it takes to be profitable? How much do you need to sell to cover all your costs and still have something left to pay yourself? You know that as your business grows, your expenses increase. But not all expenses increase the same way. So how do you figure it all out? Join Julia Shanks, author of The Farmer’s Office, on Thursday, October 20th, 4pm ET for a live webinar on Calculating Breakeven for Your Farm Business.…

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Ditch Use, Maintenance, and Management on Commercial Farms

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free (Remote)

Join CISA, the NRCS, and UMass Extension for a hard look at using and maintaining agricultural ditches on commercial farms. Learn what can and can't be done when it comes to managing ditches and the water that fills them and the kinds of support available to farm owners and managers from local organizations and agencies. Register here! Questions? Contact Stephen Taranto, CISA Climate Program Coordinator, at 413-665-7100 ext. 17

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Dual-Use: Agriculture and Solar Photovoltaics Webinar

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration link: Dual-Use: Agriculture and Solar Photovoltaics Webinar October 27th at 11:00 am. In 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER) established the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. This program carries special incentives for solar systems that allow “dual-use,” defined as solar on farmland where the land continues to be used for agricultural purposes. These facilities are also referred to as “agrivoltaic” systems This presentation will offer an overview of the guidelines for dual-use, provide a close look…

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November 2022

Successful Value Added Food Product Development for Farm and New Food Businesses: Managing Food Quality and Safety

November 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you a farmer diversifying into value added production or an entrepreneur developing new and exciting products?  Do you have questions about how to integrate food safety and quality into the development of a value added food product? If so, this is the program for you! Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is collaborating with UMass Amherst, The University of Rhode Island, Commonwealth Kitchen, and the Western MA Food Processing Center at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation to offer…

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Making Food Fun!

November 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Farmers’ Market at Forest Park

It’s harvest season! Even the littlest hands can grasp the sweet taste of apples or the cheery fun of decorating small pumpkins. Come to CISA’s Making Food Fun event on Saturday, November 5th, 10am -12pm, at Forest Park, where learning, food, and fun intersect in a family event for all ages. Personal chef and cooking instructor, Bella Foodie, will be on hand to show children how to assemble harvest ingredients into a tasty snack. Red Fire Farm will offer apple…

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Foodtopia: Communities in Pursuit of Peace, Love, & Homegrown Food

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

THE ODYSSEY PRESENTS AN IN-PERSON EVENT MARGOT ANNE KELLEY: Foodtopia: Communities in Pursuit of Peace, Love, & Homegrown Food Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00pm, Doors open at 6:30pm Join us in person on Wednesday, November 9 as Margot Kelley talks about her new book, Foodtopia: Communities in Pursuit of Peace, Love, & Homegrown Food. She will be joined in conversation by Tyler Sage of Sage Farm in Bernardston, Massachusetts. Ever wonder if there's a better way to live, work, and…

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