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February 2019

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Series

February 15 @ 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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Raising Nucs: A Valuable Skill for All Beekeepers

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,

Most beekeepers lose some colonies every year and will need replacement colonies. Raising your own nucs allows the beekeeper to accomplish several things at the same time: swarming can be controlled, varroa mites can be partially managed, and great replacement colonies and queens can be produced with minimal investment. It also is a very enjoyable and rewarding pursuit. Members: $10, Non-Members: $15 Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or…

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Guerrilla Gardening Tactics

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, February 16th, 1:00-4:00 PM Laughing Dog Farm, Gill, MA This is an intro-level class for any inspired grower, chef or "foodie" seeking to reliably produce amazing, nutrient-dense food, around the calendar, on small, backyard plots, rooftops, in containers, passive solar hoophouses, etc., under a variety of "marginal" and real-life conditions. Inspired both by permaculture principles, dumpster diving and gleaning, as well as 20+ years of organic, no-till gardening, diversified grower Danny Botkin will explain and demonstrate his uniquely low-tech,…

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Webinar: Google Earth for Farmers

February 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming for this two-part tutorial on Google Earth! Google Earth for Farmers Webinar and Workshop, 2/18 & 3/28 Part I: Online Tutorial: Monday, February 18 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Join in person at our office or online via Zoom with a good internet connection) Register: Click Here Google Earth is a free and valuable tool for growers and livestock caretakers of all scales is Google Earth Pro, which helps you learn about many aspects of the…

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Insect Biology & Management Workshop

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fernald Hall, UMASS Amherst Campus

Description: Attendees of this workshop will: Learn about insect biology and use microscopy to understand how insect pests damage crops. Learn about insecticide modes of action, resistance issues in common New England pests, and how to avoid them, as well as ways to protect beneficial insects and pollinators. Get updated on recent research results in insect management in the Northeast. Leave class with a complete Integrated Pest Management plan for managing insects tailored to your farm. *4 pesticide recertification credits…

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Series

February 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration: Cost is $40 for each program and includes the required PSA Grower Manual ($50 value), a Certificate of Course attendance from AFDO ($35 value), and lunch and refreshments. Registration information coming soon! The training will be held in 5 locations: When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9am-5pm Where: Hotel 1620, 180 Water St., Plymouth, MA 12360 When: Friday, February 15, 2019, 9am-5pm Where: Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Kittredge Center room 205,Holyoke, MA 01040 When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019,…

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Food Safety webinar

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is thrilled to partner with Dirigo Food Safety for another food safety webinar on Wednesday, February 20th from 12:00-1:00pm. In this Q&A-style webinar Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel will discuss Dirigo Food Safety's STRIVE model, which helps businesses and their workforce feel Safe, Trained, Respected In, Valued, and Empowered, and answer your questions regarding food safety regulation. This webinar is perfect for you if scaling your food business is your dream; moving from small production runs to serious manufacturing.…

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CISA Winter Workshop: Profitable Meat Marketing

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Click Workspace, 9 and 1/2 Market St., Northampton You are selling local meat—but are you making money? Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs—including your TIME—and bringing in a profit. In the workshop, you will learn how to develop your farm’s marketing strategy and how to set specific marketing objectives to make your job easier. In addition to marketing tips, you’ll learn about Cornell Cooperative…

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