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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
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
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.
Fortifying our Foodshed
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, New Bedford Whaling Museum
An evening focusing on the past, present, and future of agriculture in Southeastern Massachusetts. Highlighting the recently published A New England Food Vision and SE Massachusetts Food Shed Analysis. Featuring presentations from SEMAP, Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network, and guest speaker, Dr. Tom Kelly. Networking session begins at 6:00 pm. Register here.
Using Agritourism, Education, and Direct Sales to Increase Farm Profits
April 7th – 8th, 2015, Rutland, VT
A two-day gathering in Rutland for farmers, agricultural service providers, educators, and others interested in agritourism, on-farm education, and direct sales. Downtown Rutland’s Paramount Theater and Community College of Vermont will be the venues for speakers and hands-on workshops. More details.
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