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An Update from the BCC Sustainable Agriculture Program

March 14, 2019

The Sustainable Agriculture Program at Bristol Community College has a new look and a new program coordinator. Professor Kimberly Amaral Newton has taken up the position of program coordinator after the long-time coordinator, Jim Corven, retired last August. Since taking on the program, Prof. Newton has secured a $15,000 grant from the Koppelman family to help refurbish and greatly expand the growing capacity of the college, including constructing a series of modular greenhouses to extend the growing period into the school year. The current heated greenhouse (also a gift from the Koppelman family) will be utilized to capacity to help grow out transplants for the new effort. Students from the sustainable agriculture program will actually construct the modular greenhouses and add to the protected growing capability with each new class.

All of the produce grown on campus will be donated to the student population, to help meet the need of food insecurity on campus. The project will be part of a new “CSA” or “College Supported Agriculture” effort on campus where students both from the agriculture program and the general student population can assist with the growing effort, and learn about agriculture in the process.

The program aims to give students scientific and technical knowledge regarding agriculture along with hands-on opportunities to practice those skills, and prepare them for employment on local farms or to develop their own farm. This hands-on component is also being expanded upon with a new internship opportunity that is being built into a program redesign. Local farmers interested in taking on a new intern to help them learn and succeed in the field are encouraged to contact Prof. Newton at kimberly.newton@bristolcc.edu

Open Enrollment for UMass Summer Online Sustainable Food & Farming Courses

April 12, 2018

You are invited to take one or more of UMass’ online classes in Sustainable Food and Farming, either individually or toward completion of the UMass 15-credit Certificate Program, 60-credit Associate of Science degree, or fully online B.S. degree.  These credits also transfer to other universities and colleges. All courses offered fully online.

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Introduction to Permaculture course offered this Summer at Bristol Community College

April 4, 2018

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Eastern Mass CRAFT Scheduled Farm Visits Announced

April 2, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts C.R.A.F.T. is an independent Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training in eastern Massachusetts.

Their purpose is to promote:

–   Training of farmers, farm workers and apprentices in the craft of small-scale sustainable agriculture with emphasis on food production. Through the collaboration of many farms, they provide a broader learning experience than can be received on one farm alone.

–   Exchange of ideas among farm people. Our goal is to increase the skill base in sustainable agriculture.

–   A community of farmers, farm workers, and others who are interested in local agriculture. They support peer-based education to help farmers connect with others who share similar goals.

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Director’s Message – February 2018

February 20, 2018

With a whiff of spring in the air and plants again filling greenhouses, it’s also time for SEMAP’s Ag & Food Conference.  A full day of workshops – 30 different ones to choose from – and an exciting keynote by Irene Li of Mei Mei in Boston talking about local sourcing for her incredibly popular restaurant.  Held at the Bristol County Agricultural High School, we have the amenities for some really exciting workshops – think indigo dying, basic beekeeping, winter greenhouse growing and cut flower production.  We hope you will join us this Sunday, February 25th at Bristol County Agricultural High School.

The late winter is turning out to be busy, not only for farmers but agriculture overall.  There are a series of “Listening Sessions” for the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program.

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