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Understanding Loan Opportunities for Farms
December 15, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:15pm, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA
Looking for help exploring financing opportunities for your farm? This session will provide information on the range of loan programs and business assistance that farm lenders offer, how different lenders work together, and what they each look for in applicants. Presenters will include Myra Marcellin from Farm Credit East, Carrie Novak from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rebecca Busansky and Alan Singer from the PVGrows Loan Fund, and Benneth Phelps from The Carrot Project. Participants will be invited to take part in brief “speed-dating” meetings with lenders for personalized assistance. Dinner will be served. Event details
NOFA/MASS Winter Conference
Saturday, 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. Event details here.
Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 , College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
This conference brings together farm to cafeteria advocates – farmers, food service professionals, educators, policy makers, public health advocates, community organizers, youth leaders and more – for a daylong event with workshops and panel discussions addressing a wide variety of farm to school topics including: local foods procurement and promotion; experiential food and nutrition education; food, farm, and nutrition policy; growing for the institutional market; state, regional, and local networking. More details here.
Farmland Seeker Forum
Monday, January 26th, 2015, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Bristol County Agricultural School, Dighton, MA
Searching for farmland? Join us for an afternoon of learning on topics including finding and analyzing land, land tenure options and lease language, legal help, and a farmer panel reflecting on experiences leasing farmland. The forum will be followed by our Winter Networking Meeting. More details.
SEMAP Winter Networking + Annual Meeting
Monday, January 26th, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Bristol County Agricultural School, Dighton, MA
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. Light refreshments provided. We will also be having our Annual Meeting where you can come and join the Staff and Board of Directors as we chart out the course of SEMAP for 2015 and beyond.
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
Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing and Trade Show
February 25th-26th, 2015, Sturbridge, MA
This unique marketing conference offers New England growers sessions on new marketing ideas, promotion, business planning, ag-tourism, managing farmers’ markets, agriculture commissions, and more. There will be multiple educational and networking opportunities along with a Trade Show. Pencil this in your calendar and look for details in the coming months! More details here
Ag & Food Conference
Sunday, March 1st, 2015, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Bristol County Agricultural High School
Registration opening soon.
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