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May 2021

Getting Ready for Pick-Your-Own — Do’s and Don’ts for the Upcoming Season

May 4 @ 4:00 pm

Getting Ready for Pick-Your-Own -- Do’s and Don’ts for the Upcoming Season Tuesday, May 4, 4-5pm Eastern time No charge but you must register in advance. Register HERE Join growers and ag service providers from the Northeast for an interactive discussion about what is working and what is not as we prepare to open our farms to visitors for the upcoming pick-your-own season. The berries are ripening and the Covid-19 pandemic is evolving – what does that mean for PYO…

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Valley Grows Day

May 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

May 19th – A Vital Day for Giving in Western Massachusetts: Valley Grows Day! Learn more and Give: www.valleygrows.org Food access and farm organizations across western Massachusetts have worked rapidly and tirelessly responding to the rising rates of food insecurity which have been exacerbated due to the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are disproportionately impacted, including low income individuals and people of color. Show your support for farming and food justice in western Massachusetts by donating to local…

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June 2021

Entrenamiento para HIP, el programa de incentivos saludables/Healthy Incentives Program Training

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

El programa de incentivos saludables es un programa de beneficios en Massachusetts donde clientes de SNAP pueden ganar frutas y vegetales frescas y locales, gratis, con sus tarjetas de EBT/SNAP. Muchos clientes de SNAP no saben sobre los beneficios de HIP, y el programa es complicado. Reunirse a nosotros y aprender mas sobre HIP, como funciona, y como lo explica a sus clientes. Abeirto a empleados, voluntarios, o alguien que esta interesada en HIP y acceso a comida para todos.…

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SNAP employee training

June 2 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free (Remote)

Make sure your farm stand and farmers' market staff are ready to accept SNAP this summer by having them attend this SNAP employee training. Employees will learn SNAP basics such as what SNAP and P-EBT cards look like, what items are SNAP eligible, and how to run a SNAP transaction. Attendees will come away knowing how SNAP works and how to successfully and legally run a transaction on Conduent and TotilPay machines. This training will also cover the SNAP protocols…

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Charlemont Forum Speaker Series on Regenerative Agriculture and Food Justice

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

CHARLEMONT FORUM GIVES FOCUS TO SOIL HEALTH, FOOD JUSTICE AND NUTRITIONAL WELLNESS    (CHARLEMONT)    Forging links between the health of our nation’s soil, having access to healthy food and its far-reaching nutritional impact will be the themes of the Charlemont Forum’s 2021 opening event on June 9th. Exchanging perspectives on the issues will be Jeff Tkach, Chief Impact Officer of the Pennsylvania-based Rodale Institute, and Jessica O’Neill, Executive Director of Just Roots, a Franklin County organization focused on food access…

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Field Notes: Local Food Stories Presented by CISA

June 23 @ 6:30 pm

Premiering at the Northfield Drive-In on June 22nd! (rain date June 23rd). Expect plenty of friends, fun times, and of course, local food.

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UMass WPS Train-the-Trainer

June 30 @ 4:00 pm
$60

Event date/time: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm Event Type: Remote via Zoom Employers on agricultural establishments that use any kind of pesticide, including OMRI-listed and other general use pesticides, must provide annual pesticide safety training to their employees. Agricultural establishments include fruit and vegetable farms, greenhouses, and nurseries. In order to conduct training with employees, the employer must either have: a license to apply restricted-use pesticides OR completed a WPS train-the-trainer program, such as this one If you… Use any kind of pesticide in…

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July 2021

Successful Food Product Development for New Food Businesses: Managing Food Quality & Safety- WVU

July 12 @ 7:03 pm - 9:30 pm

Event date/time: Monday, July 12, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday, July 19, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday, July 26, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday, August 2, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday, August 9, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday, August 16, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Event Type: Online Price: Free How to Participate: Participants must: Register before the event starts Share their video feed for the duration of the class to ensure their presence Attend…

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