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Post Harvesting of Vegetable Crops
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Lake Morey Inn & Resort, Fairlee, VT
The Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association is hosting a special topics conference on post-harvest handling and storage. This all-day program will be packed with presentations by farmers and Extension personnel on topics including: Harvest systems, washing stations, wash water sanitizing and recycling, vegetable crop curing and storage, rodent control, and storage diseases. Each 20 minute presentation will be followed by discussion. Registration is $40 per VVBGA member, $50 per non-member, until January 17. Add $10 for at-the-door registration. Register here.
Roots Down – Southcoast Gardeners 1st Annual Gathering and Potluck
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 6:00 pm, Dartmouth Grange
Please join us on Wednesday January 21st at the Dartmouth Grange for a Southcoast Gardeners Gathering. The evening will feature a potluck, a brief conversation focusing on tillage decisions, and a group think exercise aimed at connecting folks in a spirited way.
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. Register here.
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. Register here.
Harmonized Good Agriculture Practices Training Program
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, MFBF Office, Marlboro, MA
UMass Extension Educator, A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D. will present on: the costs and impact of diseases and outbreaks caused by food-borne pathogens, strategies for controlling potential microbial food safety hazards before planting and throughout all phases of production, planting, production, harvesting and postharvest handling, changes to the USDA GAP Program to reflect the Harmonized Audit, the Third Party Audit process, the MA Commonwealth Quality Program, and the status of FDA draft regulations to implement the Food Modernization Act of 2010. You will also receive a manual filled with GAP resources and a memory stick loaded with the GAP Manual and templates needed to maintain records to verify USDA GAP that can be customized for your farm. At the end of the session, you will receive a certificate of participation through UMass Extension. Registration cost is $50.00 for the first person, and additional employees are $10.00. Additional employees’ cost includes the presentation and lunch, but not the GAP manual or memory stick. Space is limited. Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 20. Register here.
New England Cooperative Extension and NEV & BGA Winter Program
Saturday, January 31st, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:15 pm, Elks Lodge, Hudson, MA
Join the New England Vegetable & Berry Growers Association (NEV&BGA) and NE Extension for an all-day educational program, and the 589th meeting of the NEV&BGA. Topics will include managing brown marmorated stink bug, managing spotted wing drosophila, putting together a farm food safety plan for GAP and Commonwealth Quality, what’s new in weed management .** 2 pesticide recertification credits will be offered. There is a $20.00 Registration Fee. This fee is waived for members of NEV&BGA. More details.
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
Mass Hort School Garden Conference
Thursday, February 19th, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Wellesley, MA
This conference is intended for school teachers, administrators, garden club mentors, librarians, parents, preservationists and civic organizations. Speakers will share expertise and experience on topics including logistical planning, nutrition, curriculum connections, and garden design. The day will featuring speakers and topics that explore regional best practices for planning a garden that will endure seasons and administration changes, meet educational goals and serve generations of healthy, growing children. Register here.
BCC Regenerative Agriculture Conference
Friday, February 20th, 2015, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
This event will draw local farmers and gardeners, also community leaders, teachers and students, and to make the important connection between soil regeneration and reversing climate change. More details to come.
NOFA/Mass Winter Greens Workshop
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA
The workshop will include discussions on marketing of winter CSA, low-till winter management, timing of crop rotations between successive harvest seasons, managing crop residue, timing of irrigation and mulching for adequate moisture for seeding/transplanting, and the use of row covers. Event details
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
Plant Nutrition and Organic Certification for Greenhouse Crops
Thursday, February 26st, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, D & D Farms, Stow, MA
Presented by UMass Extension, this half-day program will cover fertilizing container grown crops with water soluble fertilizers, growing spring crops using organic fertilizers, and organic certification for greenhouse container crops. Registration.
Ag & Food Conference
Sunday, March 1st, 2015, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Bristol County Agricultural High School
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. More details and registration here.
Growing Minds Through Massachusetts Agriculture Conference for Educators
Saturday, March 7th, 2015, Pathfinder RVTHS, Palmer, MA
Titled “Growing Minds Through Massachusetts Agriculture,” the conference offers offers educational and networking resources, activity ideas and framework connections that can facilitate and enhance pre-K through 12th grade classroom teachers alike and help bring agriculture to the classroom. This year’s conference will feature a choice of four concurrent workshops during each session throughout the day. Each workshop will be taught by a school teacher, farm educator or a teacher working together with a farmer. Workshops will offer specific background and activities for either elementary, middle or high school level. Topics will include: composting, school gardening, soils, nutrition, animals, fibers, connecting the farm to school, specific lessons ideas and more. Don’t miss this day of discussion, interaction and opportunities for exploring new ideas for your Massachusetts classroom. The $50 fee includes all workshops, lunch, materials and 10 pdp’s with a related classroom activity. Register here.
2015 Compost Conference & Trade Show
Monday, March 16th, 2015, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Attendees will see the state-of-the-art in composting technology and collection practices, will hear about how the hospitality industries are getting ready for full-scale composting, and will help to work together to see if we can find a way to speed up the development of the compost industry in Rhode Island.
However, we will provide a greater emphasis on home composting while maintaining our focus on RI’s nascent compost industry. More details here.
NOFA/Mass Growing Vegetables For Health, Quality, and Profit – A Season Long Series
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015, 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA
Learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm. Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms. The workshops will focus on the practices and key information essential to grow and sustain this commercial farm. Each workshop will build on information presented in previous sessions. Attendees are highly encouraged to register for the full series. March 22nd includes: Finding Your Niche and Honoring Your Passion: Crop Enterprise Budgets; Planning the Season; Greenhouse Seedling Production; and “Bio-Builder” Field Sprays – a focus on alliums, lettuce, and tomato starts in the greenhouse. Event details
Pollinator Health for Agriculture and Landscapes
Thursday, March 26th, 2015, Campus Center Auditorium, Amherst, MA
UMass will host experts from New England Extensions to cover the following important topics in pollinator health: Biology, Diversity and Conservation of Native Bees in the Northeast, The Natural History and Ecology of Honey bees in Our Landscapes, How Healthy are the Bees, Designing Pollinator Support Plantings: Think Like a Bee, Neonicotinoids in Agriculture and Landscapes: Do They Harm Honey Bees or Native Bees, Creating a Bee-friendly Landscape: Protecting Bees from Pesticide Exposure. **4 Pesticide Credits have been approved in all categories. More details and registration.
Mass Urban Farming Conference
Saturday, March 28th, 2015, Urban Farming Institute, Worcester, MA
Network with Massachusetts’ diverse, multi-sector stakeholders at this dynamic gathering, designed to advance urban farming issues ranging from farming techniques, business models to policy and food security. The UFC contributes to short-term and long-term state-wide strategic planning for a sustainable food system in Massachusetts. For more details contact Rose.Arruda@state.ma.us. Register here.
Just Food? Forum on Justice in the Food System
March 28th-29th, 2015, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Just Food? will explore the legal, policy, health, and environmental aspects of modern domestic and international food systems, with a focus on the intersection of social justice and food. Our conference will bring together scholars, activists, practitioners, and other authorities to discuss the growing concerns that our methods of production, marketing, processing, distributing, and consuming food are not equitable, just, healthy, or sustainable for our communities. Our goal is to educate attendees, empower them to make changes, and engage them in the food community. Registration.
NOFA/RI Winter Conference
Sunday, March 29th, 2015, University of Rhode Island
Join NOFA/RI for a day-long conference including workshops and a local lunch. Speakers include Jeff Lowenfels, Elizabeth Henderson, Ray Covino, Eric Boettger, Gary Casabona, Christopher Modisette. Expect to hear topics on microbes, food justice, soil health, and also their Annual Meeting.
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, 2015 More details here.
NOFA Summer Conference
August 14-16th, Amherst, MA
Join NOFA for a weekend long conference with great keynotes, workshops, and children’s activities. Music, dance, films, games, and meetups. More details as date approaches. Conference website.
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