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April 2019

Mass Aggie: Home Orchard Management

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA United States

Home Orchard Establishment & Basics (Classroom) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Home Orchard Pest Management (Hands-on workshop) 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019 led by Dr. Jaime Piñero & Ms. Liz Garofalo Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, MA 01331 Morning: Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management…

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Beantown at the Beast

April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Belly of the Beast, 159 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

Join us in celebrating the wonderful world of heirloom beans! Featuring four types of local beans: Appaloosa, Yellow Eye, Marfax, and Canada Yellow. Paired with pork belly, braised beef, poached fish, and vegan spring vegetables. Each meal includes a spring greens salad. $18/bowl and $10/half bowl Two ticketed seatings: 5:30 and 7:30. RSVP online or by phone at 413-727-3040 — seats are limited!

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Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,

Join local beekeepers on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm on the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden. Each month’s meeting, will involve season-appropriate discussions and demonstrations using the BBG apiary, weather permitting. Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or Phone: 413-298-3926 Or Email: info@berkshirebotanical.org

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Tips and Techniques for Healthy Seedling Starts

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Healthy plants and gardens begin with healthy seedlings. Come learn some basic yet critical propagation techniques for successful seedling starts. We begin with a brief overview of propagation terminology and science and continue in the greenhouse with hands-on demonstrations and experience. Plan to get your hands dirty and leave with some healthy native seedling starts! Program Code: HOR3132 Instructor: Alexis Doshas Fee: $40 (Member) / $48 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD CEU: MALP MCLP: 1; MNLA MCH: .5; NOFA…

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CISA Workshop: Serving Social and Economic Justice on the Farm

April 17 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060
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We're sorry! This event is full for the general public. We have some reserved spaces left for farmers. Please email Stevie for more information, with questions, or to RSVP: stevie@buylocalfood.org   How can we contribute to economic and social justice? Many farmers have asked some version of this question before. We are, by nature of our work, invested in our communities. But as you know well, farming is hard, time-consuming work, often with limited financial rewards; aligning our social justice…

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Rites of Spring

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belly of the Beast, 159 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States

Join us for our take on classic Passover and Easter dishes at our family-style tables. An abundance of food will be featured, including: Spring Parsnips + Carrots w/Almond Granola Maple-Glazed Ham Classic Passover Brisket Asparagus + Coddled Eggs and even more to come… A spring gathering to celebrate renewal and rebirth, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boston Chapter of Black and Pink, an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Their…

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Managing People: Skill-building for Supervisors and Crew Leaders

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Hadley Sugar Shack, 181 River Drive
Hadley, MA 01035 United States

(Para Español, haga click aquí.) Get the best out of your farm team in 2019! Managing people is a skill that can be learned, much like operating equipment or growing crops. Farmers often expect themselves or their employees to learn such skills on their own, but most of us are not born with people management skills and benefit from coaching. Labor is one of your farm's biggest expenses and greatest assets - how well are you managing it? Join us…

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Gestión de personal: Desarrollo de habilidades para supervisores y líderes de equipo

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Hadley Sugar Shack, 181 River Drive
Hadley, MA 01035 United States

(For English, click here.) La gestión de personal es una habilidad que puede aprenderse como se aprende a conducir maquinarias o a cultivar. Los agricultores generalmente esperan aprender, o que sus empleados aprendan, dichas habilidades por cuenta propia, pero la mayoría de nosotros no nacemos con habilidades de gestión de personal y nos beneficiamos de la capacitación. Súmese a esta serie de talleres de dos partes, dirigidos por Richard Stup de Cornell University, para desarrollar sus habilidades de liderazgo, comunicación…

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