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May 2019

Ecology of Mount Tom

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Easthampton, MA Easthampton, MA 01027 United States

Mount Tom is an iconic traprock ridge nestled between Easthampton and Holyoke. Learn about its distinctive geology, glacial history, and rich plant communities on a hike towards the summit. Habitat: upland forest Known For: striking geologic features and rare plant communities Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult Program Code: FDT2072 Instructor: Yoni Glogower urban forester, MA DCR Fee: $38 (Member) / $46 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB CEU: NOFA AOLCP: 4 Cosponsor: Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Registration: online

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Rattlesnake Gutter Hike

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Leverett, MA Leverett, MA 01054 United States

Discover spring ephemerals along the historical road of this important habitat. This little-known nook features impressive calcareous rock cliffs and enchanting wooded areas. Will we find hordes of rattlesnakes? Probably not, but we will find some excellent native plant specimens! Habitat: maple, birch, hemlock, and hardwood transitional forest; calcareous cliffs Known For: spring ephemerals, columbine, geological features Difficulty: Moderate Program Code: FDT2071 Instructor: George LoCascio Fee: $28 (Member) / $35 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB CEU: NOFA AOLCP: 3…

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45th Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair

May 25 - May 26
Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road
Cummington, MA 01026 United States

Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th, 2019 45th Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA. Fiber and woolcraft vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dog trials, fiber and woolcraft workshops for adults and children, sheep shows, fleece show and sale, and food booths. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information and map, go to www.MASHEEPWOOL.org  

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June 2019

An Ecological Approach to the Nursery and Greenhouse

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Nursery and greenhouse plant production can maximize ecological processes and practices. This technical yet informal workshop explores how mimicking and building on natural systems can create a sustainable, safe, and successful operation. Program Code: HOR4082 Instructor: Alexis Doshas Fee: $46 (Member) / $56 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD CEU: MALP MCLP: 1; MNLA MCH: .5; NOFA AOLCP: 3.5 Registration: online

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Slow Living Summit 2019

June 6 - June 7
Downtown Brattleboro Brattleboro, VT,

The Slow Living Summit and Windham Grows present  Future of Women in Food Entrepreneurship Conference in downtown Brattleboro -- where you will join an active community of like-minded individuals to share expertise and resources, and to learn ways to expand women’s roles in the local, regional, and national food systems. See the Summit website for details: www.slowlivingsummit.org. Phone for info: 802-258-7070

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Wildflowers of New England

June 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

New to the world of native plants? There’s no better way to observe the progression of spring blooming natives than at the Society's properties. In this class, we learn about New England’s native plants through key identification features of flowers, growth patterns, family characteristics, and pollinators and their ecological habitats. Bring a hand lens and Wildflowers of New England. This 4-part course will meet on Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m. Program Code: BOT8309 Instructor: Lori Benoit,…

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Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

June 7 - June 9
Downtown Brattleboro Brattleboro, VT,

A weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade. Come down to Brattleboro’s historic Main Street and dance to the MOOOsic on Saturday, June 8! The parade kicks off at 10 am sharp with scores of lovable heifer calves - groomed, decorated and led by future farmers. The heifers are followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and surprises. When it’s over, follow the crowd to the Slow…

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Dendrology 101

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Join us for in-depth exploration of the structure and morphology of trees, with a strong emphasis on field identification. Learn about wood formation, growth and development, pollination syndromes, and regeneration mechanisms of our native and naturalized tree species. This 2-part course will meet on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Program Code: BOT3218 Instructor: Yoni Glogower Fee: $184 (Member) / $224 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Elective: all certificates CEU: MAA MCA: 2 MALP MCLP:…

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