Winter Networking Meeting
Our networking meetings offer opportunities to meet with your fellow growers, new potential buyers, chefs, eaters, and of course, a chance to enjoy a delicious local potluck dinner! These meetings also offer a chance to become familiar with SEMAP’s educational offerings and membership benefits, and typically feature a guest speaker. You’ll leave with a list of attendees and contact information.
Click here for a description of the 2013 Winter Networking Meeting, held at Urban Acres in Fall River.
Click here for a description of the 2012 Winter Networking Meeting.
Ag & Food Conference
SEMAP’s Annual Agriculture & Food Conference brings in experts to lead informative workshops and discussions on a range of topics. Past workshop topics have included which cover crops are best for weed suppression, nitrogen dynamics in organic cropping systems, how to start your own worm composting bin, and protecting genetic diversity within agriculture, just to name a few.
The day-long conference attracts not just seasoned farmers, but beginning farmers, backyard gardeners, foodies, and youth. A delicious lunch featuring locally-sourced food is served, and a resource fair allows attendees to meet with local service providers, environmental non-profits, and other businesses.
7th Annual Ag & Food Conference
Held on Saturday, March 22nd, at the Greater New Bedford Regional Voc Tech.
6th Annual Ag & Food Conference
Ag Day at the State House
Every April, SEMAP participates in the celebration of Massachusetts agriculture at the State House. Ag Day is an event that allows attendees to sample delicious tastes of local food and farm products and browse exhibits of local organizations and MA agricultural associations. Growers and others involved in MA agriculture attend meetings with their legislators to discuss timely and priority legislation impacting ag in the Commonwealth. SEMAP’s Executive Director, Bridget Alexander, attends and advocates for sustainable agriculture in our region and the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign. Visit the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation website for more information on Ag Day at the State House.
SEMAP’s Annual Farm to Table Dinner provides a thrilling local food experience set right where all the magic happens. The setting is always a working farm and the cuisine is almost completely locally-sourced and prepared by local chefs. In 2013, we were honored to have Alderbrook Farm in South Dartmouth as our host farm on Friday, June 28th. It was a sold-out event!
6th Farm to Table Dinner
5th Annual Farm to Table Dinner
View photos from the event, held at The Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet
Bog Jog & Veggie Stampede
Connecting local food and healthy activity!
SEMAP’s Bog Jog 5k trail run/walk and kids’ Veggie Stampede fun run encourages runners, walkers, and families to come out to show their support for local food and healthy activity. Held at A.D. Makepeace Farms in Wareham, the race course ran along the Makepeace cranberry bogs and through wooded trails. The run ends with an awards ceremony and local food celebration.
3rd Annual Bog Jog & Veggie Stampede: 2013 Race page
“Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.” www.foodday.org
October 24th 2013 is Food Day! Food Day is a national day of celebrating local food and motivates consumers and organizations to take part by participating in or hosting an activity focused on education. In 2012, SEMAP participated in Food Day by hosting 3 events around Southeastern MA. We partnered with Whole Foods Bellingham and our resident chef, Rosa Galeno, and held a soup cooking demo utilizing local ingredients. In New Bedford, SEMAP partnered with the International Church of the Nazarene, Serenity Gardens and the Southeastern MA Food Security Network to host a tour of the community garden and a viewing of Ingredients. At Plimouth Plantation Cinema, SEMAP and Plymouth Farmers Market vendors and shoppers watched another screening of Ingredients and celebrated the last day of the summer farmers market.
Stay in touch to find out what Food Day events SEMAP will be hosting in your area!