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October 2021

Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program – Webinar

October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program coordinator Candice Huber for this webinar that will review who is eligible to apply, the types of projects it funds, how to apply and more. Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm will share her experiences applying for and managing SARE grants. The webinar is open to the public and free of charge. Please register early as space is limited. The webinar will be recorded for future viewing. This webinar will be live captioned at: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=sarefarmergrantwebinar.…

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Profitable Meat Marketing and New Pricing Calculator

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hosted by Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery: 172 Hockanum Rd., Hadley   You are raising and selling local meat, but are you making a profit? Learn to use the new and improved Cornell Meat Price Calculator to develop prices that deliver a profit in every channel. We'll demo the new tool and talk about early results from Cornell and CISA's joint project on meat marketing. Barstow’s Longview Farm, who is a participant in the recent pricing project, will share their…

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Farm Energy and Resource Conservation – Working with NRCS and FSA Technical Assistance and Conservation Programs

October 7 @ 3:00 pm

Hosted by Red Fire Farm: 184 Meadow St., Montague Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) will spend time going over the conservation planning process and how to apply for financial assistance conservation programs. Farm Service Agency (FSA) will cover the first step in the whole process – registering your agricultural operation in the USDA database. NRCS will dive a little deeper into soil health and other relevant technical topics at the farm. Host Red Fire Farm will share their experience working…

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Garlic Saturday

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Seeds of Solidarity Farm in Orange, MA is hosting five Garlic Saturdays Sept 11- Oct 9. For five consecutive Saturdays (9/11, 9/18, 9/25, Oct 2 and 9) from 12-5PM over 10 varieties of garlic seed packets plus culinary garlic and braids go on sale at Seeds of Solidarity, 165 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange MA. Stop by and Get your Garlic plus other farm stand goodies! Farmers Deb and Ricky will be present on these dates with garlic growing tips, and…

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Walk Through Financial Statements Part 1 – Income Statement (Webinar)

October 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Webinars - open to all October 12: Walk Through Financial Statements Part 1 - Income Statement During this webinar, we will discuss the importance of financial statements; processes such as book keeping and what your accountant should be doing; how farm accounting differs from GAAP accounting for food companies and what that means for your farm; and what your Profit & Loss is telling you. > Register Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)

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Equipment and Tool Selection for Small Farm Production

October 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hosted by Song Sparrow Farm: 140 Meadow St., Northampton This workshop will provide information on how to select the right equipment for a small acreage farm. It will explore the relationship(s) between hand tools and mechanized equipment as related to different scales of production, with emphasis on walk-behind tractors. Farmers will share strategies for decision-making for current and future scales and in helping manage towards farm and family goals. Host Diego Irizarry-Gerould of Song Sparrow Farm will walk through production…

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Grant writing workshop: Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 14, 6-7pm Online Do you need funding to make food safety-related equipment or facility upgrades on your farm? This grant offers money to make capital improvements in fruit, vegetable and aquaculture operations to help you improve food safety, access new markets, and meet regulatory requirements. Join Kristen Wilmer, Program Manager at CISA, as she shares her extensive experience helping farmers with grant-writing and offers insights on how to write a strong grant application for the currently open Agricultural…

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Wheelview Farm Tour – Community Engagement Series

October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come explore grass-fed beef in Western MA with this farm tour, discussion and learning opportunity at Wheel-view Farm! About this event Join us on 350 acres of pasture and forest at Wheel-view farm for tour and conversation about the past, present and future of rotationally grazed cattle in Western Massachusetts. Located in the hills of Franklin County, this beautiful land produces some of the most delicious and well-grown livestock in the state, as well as maple products, pork, apples, timber…

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