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Bristol County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Venus de Milo, Swansea, MA
Join Bristol Country Farm Bureau members at their annual meeting as they pass resolutions in advance of the state-wide meeting in December. More details here
“Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.” www.foodday.org
October 24th 2014 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.
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Connecting for Change Conference
October 24th and 25th, 2014, Downtown New Bedford, MA
This conference will feature dozens of leading innovators and countless activities that will cover a range of topics, including food and farming, policy, innovative tech and design, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, impact investing, spirituality and sustainability. Learn more here.
Bog Jog & Veggie Stampede
Due to staffing limitations, we decided to cancel the 2014 Bog Jog. Plan on joining us at the (Tentative) 2015 Bog Jog at its new location in Plymouth, September 2015.
Church of the Pilgrimage Harvest Festival
At the Harvest Fair there is something for everyone: GREAT Silent Auction items, raffles, Attic Treasures (antiques, vintage), Country Store, Home Made Chicken Pot Pies, home made fruit pies, baked goods, jewelry, bath & body, kids, holiday, Home Made Knitted sweaters, hats & mittens, gently used books & lots more. Don’t miss the Luncheon across the street, downstairs in Allerton Hall. A fall tradition that you CANNOT miss!
NOFA/Mass-Succeeding with Grass-Fed Beef: Human Health, Carbon Sequestration, and Farm Viability
November 3rd, 2014, 9:00am-5:15pm, Heifer International, Rutland, MA
Would you like to build the health of your soil, produce great meat, improve your family’s health, and combat climate change? You can do all of this—and make a profit—by raising 100% grass-fed beef. Join us for a one-day conference with Ridge Shinn, an expert in grass-fed-and-finished beef production. More details here
Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
November 5th and 6th, 2014, Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
Join other growers and retailers for the largest nationally recognized floriculture industry show in New England! More details here
SEMAP Annual Meeting
November 6th, 2014, Location TBD
Join SEMAP at our annual meeting as we share news of our accomplishments of the past year; help us to look ahead to envision our next season and the upcoming year.
Soil Health Workshop
November 6th, 2014, 9:00am, Bristol Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA
Soil health experts Ray Archuleta – a.k.a. Ray The Soil Guy – of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s National Soil Health Team in Greensboro, North Carolina; UMass graduate student Julie Stultz Fine will cover the economics of soil health, the benefits of deep zone tillage, and cover crops for soil health.
The day will include classroom presentations, hands-on demonstrations and field exercises on rolling cover crops, a soil pit investigation, and a rainfall simulation on healthy and not-so-healthy soils. Pesticide recertification credits have been requested from MDAR. More details here and signup form here
NOFA/RI -Getting more food from less space & Cultivated crops that don’t need cultivation
November 9th, 2014, Watson Institute, Brown University, 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI
Will Bonsall of the Scatterseed Project will describe a System of growing a number of specialty crops in less space, using a combination of companion cropping and intensive spacing. This is Will’s version of the John Jeavons Bio-Intensive, no raised beds. Will has farmed with these techniques for many years, fine-tuning as needed. His practices work for most crops, but especially for compact vegetables. Bonsall will also discuss his less common permacrops including hazelnuts, hardy kiwis, medlars, elderberries and blackberries. He will focus on strategies for growing and processing these permacrops.Learn more and register here
NOFA/Mass-When the Belly is the Beast: Dietary Interventions to Address Autism and Neuro-Degenerative Disease
December 4th, 2014, 9:30am-4:00pm, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
This seminar explains how environmental factors, including exposures to toxins in food and the environment, and the consumption of highly processed, nutrient-poor foods, are contributing to a wide range of chronic and neuro-degenerative illnesses in the population. More information here
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
December 4th and 5th, 2014, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Annual state-wide farm bureau meeting featuring workshops for farmers. For details visit the Farm Bureau website.
Greenhouse Vegetable Production in Containers
December 10, 2014, 9:30am-3:45pm, Publick House, Sturbridge, MA
Join the UMass Extenstion Program for a day filled with workshops on growing greenhouse vegetables. More details here
NOFA/MASS Winter Conference
Monday, January 10th, 2015 , Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
Join NOFA for over 60 workshops, exhibits, and an all-day seminar and keynote by Greg Judy, rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate. It’s fun for the whole family! The children’s conference (ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated. Lots of do-it-yourself workshops keep teens active and engaged.
Annual Winter Networking Meeting
Monday, January 26th, 2015 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Location to be announced, more details coming soon.
Our annual winter networking meetings offer opportunities to connect with your fellow growers, new potential buyers, chefs, eaters, and meet new faces in Southeastern Massachusetts. 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.
New England Grows
February 4th-6th, 2015, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
Learn about the latest design, products, technology, and consumer trends! Exchange ideas with your green industry colleagues and make great deals! New England Grows is renowned for its world-class education offerings and innovative trend spotting.More information here
Ag & Food Conference
Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Bristol County Agricultural High School
Registration starts on November 1, 2014
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.
To learn about previous Ag & Food Conferences, click here.
Ag Day at the State House
Every spring, SEMAP participates in the celebration of Massachusetts agriculture at the State House. Ag Day is an event that allows attendees to sample delicious local food and farm products and browse exhibits of MA agricultural organizations. Growers and other advocates of MA agriculture attend meetings with their legislators to discuss governmental priorities impacting agriculture in the Commonwealth. If you are interested in joining SEMAP’s delegation for 2015 Ag Day, please contact us. Visit the Massachusetts Farm Bureau website for more information on Ag Day at the State House.
Plant Something Day
May 15th, 2015, Throughout Massachusetts
Plant Something (MA), a joint initiative of the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association and the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, seeks to get more people to enjoy gardening and support their local nurseries, garden centers, landscapers and growers. “Don’t Just Stand There…Plant Something” is a campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents to plant something—anything!—on May 15, 2015More details here
Bog Jog & Veggie Stampede
Tentative September 2015, Plymouth, MA
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 southeastern Massachusetts, the race course ran along the Makepeace cranberry bogs and through wooded trails. The run ends with an awards ceremony and local food celebration.
Farm to Table Dinner
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!
5th Annual Farm to Table Dinner
2012 Farm to Table Dinner Photos, held at The Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet