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CISA Fall Workshops and Business Assistance 2021

This fall, CISA will host 5 on-farm workshops on topics related to sustainable agriculture and resource and energy conservation, as well as two workshops on social media and website management for farms. This is a chance to pick up knowledge from professionals in the agricultural and energy professions and to improve the online presence of your business. Workshops are relevant to all and targeted towards small to mid-sized farms in their first 10 years of operation.

CISA is following CDC and Massachusetts state and local guidelines for COVID-19. Unvaccinated attendees are encouraged to wear masks. Indoor workshop mask requirements are up to the discretion of the host facility. Most events have a 15-20 person capacity.

On-Farm Fall Workshops

This fall CISA will host 5 on-farm workshops on topics related to sustainable agriculture and resource and energy conservation. This is a chance to see 5 different operations and pick up knowledge from professionals in the agricultural and energy professions. Workshops are relevant to all and targeted towards small to mid-sized farms in their first 10 years of operation. Click on the link below to find out more information and to register.

See full list of workshops, details, and dates in this series.

Late Fall Remote Workshops

Later in the fall, CISA will be hosting two remote workshops on social media and websites for farms and Local Hero businesses. These workshops are designed to help businesses bring their existing online presence to the next level. Click on the link below for more information and to register.

See full details and registration information for workshops in this series.

Grant Writing Workshop: Food Safety Infrastructure Grant (FSIG)

CISA is hosting a remote workshop on how to apply for the Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG) opportunity currently being offered by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR). CISA’s grant writing staff will share their experience and give guidance on how to write a strong application.

Full details and registration here.

Remote PSA grower training course in Spanish

CISA is partnering with the Produce Safety Alliance to hold a Spanish-language PSA grower training course, consisting of two half-day Zoom sessions on October 25th and 26th. This is the same training that is required for any farms covered by FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule or the Commonwealth Quality Program. The training provides a thorough framework for managing food safety training and decision-making on the farm, and Spanish-speaking farmers, managers, and supervisors in MA are invited to attend free of cost.

Full details (in Spanish, as well) and registration here.

Funding for this work was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM200100XXXXG178 and USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2020-70017-32420 Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

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