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May 2021

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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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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Volunteer Opportunity: Greenhouse build for The Food Bank Farm

July 21 - July 31

The new Food Bank Farm in Hadley is about to begin one of their biggest volunteer projects yet! They will be working with Sunnier Days Construction of Greenfield to lead a volunteer build of two greenhouses. The volunteer build will take place from July 21st through July 31st. Volunteers can sign up at this link. Volunteers do not need to have a background in building/construction to volunteer! Both greenhouses will be used for educational purposes, as well as to grow food…

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August 2021

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

August 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event date/time: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm 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 both sessions Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 5:00pm Zoom Registration Course Description: Are you an entrepreneur developing new and exciting products? Do you have questions about ensuring the safety of…

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