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March 2019

Understanding and Managing Soils

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

This one-day intensive explores the biotic and abiotic components that create native soils and explains how these factors inform local flora. The class takes a closer look at soil structure and soil biology in miniature lab experiments. Program Code: HOR3904 Instructor: Alexis Doshas Fee: $92 (Member) / $109 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Core: HD; Elective: all certificates CEU: NOFA AOLCP: 6; MNLA MCH: 1; MALP MCLP: 1.5; SAF CFE: 6 (Cat. 1) Registration: online

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Cheese Making at Home

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
$35 – $45

Learn how to make a simple, delicious cheese in your own kitchen. This workshop will cover equipment, supplies, and basic techniques used in making nearly all types of cheese. While making 3 types of cheese, fresh from start to finish, an emphasis will be on making a unique cheese unlike any at your local grocery store. After enjoying the fresh-made cheeses, each person will take home instructions and a set of ingredients to make a batch or two at home.…

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Advanced Growers Seminar: High Tunnels Management with Paul and Sandy Arnold

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This one-day advanced seminar will show how small-scale organic farming practices can be used to make a profitable livelihood throughout the year.  Learn about efficient farm systems, innovative techniques of growing and crop storage for extending the season for profit, winter greens production in tunnels, intuitive methods for tracking farm productivity, and marketing techniques for success. More info:https://www.nofamass.org/events/advanced-growers-seminar-high-tunnels-management-paul-and-sandy-arnold March 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Republican Masonic Lodge 215 Munson St. Greenfield, MA

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Properly managing your existing pasture

March 11 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Monday, March 11, 2019 8:30 am to 1 pm (Snow Date: March 13, 2019) Properly managing your existing pasture Topics: Grazing management, forage calculations, pasture design and infrastructure A certificate of participation from University of Connecticut Extension will be awarded to each person who completes the three classroom workshops and at least one of the field workshops. Register for any or all of the workshops at https://goo.gl/forms/sFIqmM2oxieDkTdg2 or by emailing jean.king@uconn.edu. Winter weather policy: February and March workshops each have…

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Food Safety Planning Workshop

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: Attendees of this workshop will: Learn the basic components of a Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program food safety plan. Practice writing a standard operating procedure for common on-farm activities to improve efficiency and food safety on your farm. Prepare a water distribution map, which is required for your CQP food safety plan. Learn methods of traceability for your produce and understand what methods might work for your farm. Get started on a food safety plan with help from the experts…

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Webinar: Employment Law for Farmers in Rhode Island

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Legal Food Hub Winter Webinar Series Tuesday, March 12, 12:00 PM EST: Employment Law for Farmers in Rhode Island. Erica Kyzmir-McKeon, CLF Senior Fellow & Attorney, and Gina A. DiCenso, Attorney at Law. Register here.

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Bookkeeping for Farmers Part 2

March 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bookkeeping for Farmers Part 2 Tuesday, March 12, 2:00-5:00PM In part 2 we cover practicalities like writing checks and paying bills, recording payroll and labor (including 1099 reporting), recording loans, grants, and repayment, and organizing tax documents for your accountants well as how to run and use reports to improve your business. Once again, we will have plenty of time for discussion. Learn more.

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Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers

March 12 @ 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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