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February 2018

New England FarmCON

February 17 - February 18

New England FarmCon is all about connections, learning and growth. With over 250 of our region’s agri-business, homestead & organic living movers and shakers, and small farm producers come together with consumers for a weekend of interactive learning, engagement, and commerce. Discover, try, and buy local products and services. Learn from experts at classes and ongoing show floor sessions on topics ranging from meads and fermented drinks to organic beef and other foods. Find everything you need to start a…

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Mass Association of Agricultural Commissions Annual Meeting

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions 2018 Annual Meeting At this meeting, Ag Com members come together for networking, educational sessions and an update on statewide agricultural matters. 10:15 AM Session 1.  Food Safety and Farm Trespassing - A Panel with MDAR's Mike Botelo and Attorney Frank DiLuna 11:30 AM - 1 PM    Potluck Lunch & Annual Meeting 1:15 PM Session 2.  Forest Stewardship - A Panel with Forester Mike Leonard 2:30 PM Session 3.  Sweet Traditions - A Presentation on…

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SEMAP’s 11th Annual Ag & Food Conference

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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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.  

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“The APR Program – Looking Forward” MDAR Listening Session – Middleborough

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Middleborough Public Library, 102 North Main St., Middleborough Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30 to 7 PM   As the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program celebrates its 40th year, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is hosting a series of four (4) listening sessions to hear from the public about their ideas for protecting farmland for the future in Massachusetts.  Titled “The APR Program- Looking Forward”,  these sessions are intended to be opportunities for you to recommend ideas and policy considerations for…

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March 2018

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Certification Training Course

March 13 @ 8:30 am - March 15 @ 3:30 pm
$595

COURSE  DESCRIPTION:  The  Current  Good  Manufacturing  Practice,  Hazard  Analysis,  and  Risk-based  Preventive  Controls  for  Human  Food  FDA  regulation  is  intended  to  ensure  safe  manufacturing/processing,  packing  and  holding  of  food  products  for  human  consumption  in  the  United  States.  The  regulation  requires  that  certain  activities  must  be  completed  by  a  “preventive  controls  qualified  individual”  who  has  “successfully  completed  training  in  the  development  and  application  of  risk-based  preventive  controls.”  This  course  developed  by  the  FSPCA  is  the  “standardized  curriculum”  recognized  by  FDA;  successfully …

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Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - March 17 @ 5:00 pm
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave.
Boston, MA United States
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$50

The Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships. The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers,…

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Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming Course

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - May 17 @ 8:00 pm
Barstable County Complex, 3195 Main St.
Barnstable, MA 02630 United States
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$150

8 Week Class Offered on the Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming WHAT: An 8-week course on the Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming is being offered by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Southeastern MA Aquaculture Center & Woods Hole Sea Grant.  Course topics include shellfish biology, clam and oyster culture techniques, predator control, permitting, safety, and an intro to business management. WHEN: Class will meet on Thursdays from 6-8PM starting on March 22th at the Barnstable County Complex on Route 6A. COST: The cost…

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Ag Day at the Massachusetts State House

March 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
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Farmers! Legislators! Organizations! Local Food Purveyors! From buy-local campaigns and Farmer’s Markets to CSA’s and farmland preservation as pieces and parts of what constitutes a healthy agricultural sector, Ag day marks a celebration of everything related to agriculture in the Commonwealth.  The beauty of this event is the friendly atmosphere that pervades throughout the day. Legislators, who help create a fruitful environment for farmers and eaters alike through legislation, mingle with farmers, food system collaborators,  MDAR and Extension staff, dairy owners,…

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May 2018

6th Annual Bristol Aggie Spring Expo

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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Free

Highlights include the BA Grows Farmer's Market & Vendor Expo, Live Animal Exhibits, Gourmet Food Truck, Live Entertainment, and more! Just in time for Mother's Day, check out the Bristol Aggie Plant Sale hosted by the BA Floriculture & Landscape Design & Construction students. Prospective Student tour for 6th and 7th graders will run from 9-11am, starting in the Gymnasium. If you will be joining the tour please sign up beforehand on the Bristol Aggie website or facebook event.

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August 2018

2018 Farm to Tapas

August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$30 - $95

More details to follow.

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