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January 2020

Pioneer Valley Regional Agricultural Conference

January 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2020 Pioneer Valley Regional Agricultural Conference on January 18th from 9am to noon at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton. This is a free event. Doors open at 8:30am. The snow date is on January 25th at the same time and place. Farmers, foresters, landowners, landscapers and others will have the opportunity to meet others in the field and discuss issues that concern them. We are very excited about our three presentations: Can Dairy Farms make it…

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Radicalize the Hive: What Bees Can Teach Us About Shaping Social Change [Webinar]

January 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Radicalize the Hive: What Bees Can Teach Us About Shaping Social Change Webinar Date: January 30, 2020, 2pm - 3pm RegisteR NOW! Hosted by Farm to Institution New England and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network Join us for a unique and interactive webinar, led by consultant and beekeeper Ang Roell, to learn about and practice building more effective collaborations. Taking inspiration from honey bees, a social super-organism, Ang will lead participants through conversations and practices designed…

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February 2020

Managing across cultures with cultural dexterity and humility

February 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center Room 301, 303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke, 01040

Cultural dexterity and humility are key to being an effective farm manager, especially when managing across cultural and racial differences. Presenter Lakisha Coppedge of Coppedge Consulting will provide tools to help you build awareness of your own culture, privileges, and assumptions; develop your ability to listen to and learn from others; reflect on your own cross-cultural experiences; and learn from your mistakes. This session will increase your awareness of how power imbalances can impact understanding and communication on farms and…

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Farmers Market Contracts: An Attorney’s Perspective [Webinar]

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Does your market have contracts with a town, property owner, local nonprofit partners? Do you understand the full stipulations of what your market is signing on to? If your market doesn’t have any written agreements, should it? How can markets and vendors manage risk and minimize potential liability? These questions, and more, will be explored in this session. Attorneys Stephen W. Wagner and Katelynn J. Ronan from Rudman Winchell in Bangor will share their knowledge on this topic. Time: Feb…

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Home Orchard Pruning – a Hands-on Workshop

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

2020 Mass Aggie Workshops Home Garden Series: Pruning the Home Orchard, a Hands-on Workshop $ 50/person Mr. Jon Clements & Ms. Liz Garofalo March 7, 2020, 10:00am to 12:00pm Carlson Orchards: 115 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard MA 01451 The joy of growing fruit in the home garden is enjoying a renaissance. One of the key steps in successful fruit growing is the act of pruning the trees. This can seem daunting and complicated, but it’s not! Not once you understand…

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Pasture Renovation and Weed Management

February 10 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

2020 Classroom Workshops Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices A workshop series on pasture management and infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture. All workshops held in the training room at Farm Credit East, 240 S Rd. Enfield CT Monday, February 10, 2020 8:30 am to 1 pm (snow date: Wed. Feb. 13) Pasture Renovation and Weed Management Complete pasture renovation, forage species selection, weed management and control Dr. Sidney Bosworth, University of Vermont Extension Rod…

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What to Expect During your On-Farm Food Safety Inspection [Webinar]

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2019 marked the first season for on-farm food safety inspections under the Produce Safety Rules (PSR). This webinar explores what to expect before, during and after an inspection conducted in Massachusetts. Learn about the most common problems identified during inspections and how Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) inspectors are addressing them. We will also discuss the relationship of the PSR inspection with the free and voluntary Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) audit. Time: Feb 11, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern…

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Fund Your Farm: State Grants from Massachusetts

February 11 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Fund Your Farm: State Grants from Massachusetts   Feb 11, 4:30-6:00pm at the Porches Inn, North Adams Feb 13, 4:30-6:00pm at the Stockbridge Community Room   $10 for Berkshire Grown members/ $20 for non-members   Register   Do you have a project to help your farm adapt to climate change or improve energy efficiency? Would you like to implement new conservation practices or upgrade your food safety measures? Are you a beginning farmer seeking funds for capital improvements to help…

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