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NRT Spring Farm Festival
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Easton, MA
Celebrate the arrival of spring! Join the NRT of Easton for our annual NRT Spring Farm Festival. This family-fun event will feature crafters, games, food, farms, poultry displays, prizes, crafts, and music. The Spring Farm Festival will be a great day for all members of the family! Most activities are free; food, drinks, and some additional activities will be available for a small fee. Pets on leashes are welcome. More details here.
Bristol Aggie Spring Exposition
Saturday, May 2nd, Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA
The Bristol Aggie Spring Exposition is a family-friendly, one-day event to highlight businesses, organizations and agencies working in fields related to the environment, local agriculture (including value-added products), conservation, and/or the enjoyment of the outdoors. Expo visitors will enjoy the New England spring weather and learn of exciting local and regional products, services, events and opportunities. Parking and admission are free, but there will be lots to purchase if you choose.
Hands on Hog Slaughtering and Processing
Sunday, May 3rd, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Frohloff Farm, Ware, MA
At this hands on workshop Jake Levin, The Roving Butcher, will lead participants in the slaughter, bleeding, scalding, evisceration, and eventually the break down into various pork cuts, of a market weight pig. There will be a tour of the historic 95-acre Frohloff Farm, 20 acres of which are managed as a hog operation by farmer Bill St. Croix. More details here.
Urban and Suburban Carbon Farming to Reverse Global Warming
Sunday, May 3rd, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Havard University, Cambridge, MA
A conference for climate activists, gardeners, scientists, educators, homeowners, public officials, the business community and others concerned about our health, prosperity and ecological future. More details can be found here.
Wareham Oyster Festival
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Wareham, MA
Celebrate oysters! More details to come. Make sure to visit us at the SEMAP table!
SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Pastured Poultry
Monday, May 4th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Copicut Farms, Dartmouth, MA
Join us as we kick off our 2015 Twilight Workshop Series! This workshop will take place at Copicut Farms in Dartmouth, MA. We will take a farm tour, where folks will get a close up of the brooder, the broiler field coops, the laying hens, and the pig pastures. Following this, we spend some time touring the slaughtering facility. There will be in-depth conversation about the set up and daily functioning of the slaughtering facility as well as discussion about the resources available in the state for folks to do their own poultry processing using the State licensed Mobile Processing Unit. Register here!
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.
Organic Gardening from Seed to Plate
May 16th, 2015, 10am- 12:30pm, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA
Learn the basics of vegetable gardening from Freedom Food Farm owner Chuck Currie. In addition to a degree in Plant, Soil, and Insect Science, Chuck has over 12 years of experience growing vegetables organically. Topics covered include garden planning, basic soil science and fertility, starting seedlings, planting, irrigation, pests, and best of all, harvesting! This a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about growing your own productive garden – no matter what your experience level! More info here.
Taste of the South Coast
Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Pier 3, New Bedford, MA
The “tasting” goes until 3:15, but music and fun continue right through 5:00 pm with The Dave Charnley Band. This band will be sure to please our audience with a mix of Chicago style blues, country, Caribbean and swing. There will be something for everyone to enjoy! New England crafted beers, locally grown and bottled wines, and soft drinks are available to complement the food offerings. The Taste Of SouthCoast event will be held rain or shine under the tents. Make sure to visit us at the SEMAP table!
Chicken Processing Workshop
July 11th, 2015, 9am- 1pm, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA
Workshop will cover how to slaughter a chicken from start to finish and how to truss a chicken to prepare for roasting. Includes tour of how we raise our chickens on pasture and hands-on opportunities to practice processing a chicken. Live chickens will be available for sale for $20 for those who wish to practice the entire process and take their finished product home! Instructors are Matt Anderson and Doug Higley. More info here.
Preserving the Harvest: Pickling
July 25th, 2015, 10am- 12:30pm, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA
Make some unbelievable pickles with our cucumbers this summer! Chuck Currie has been making pickles from cucumbers he’s grown for over a decade and Doug Higley is our resident farmer chef. They will walk you through the step-by-step process, discuss pickling options and you leave with a perfect jar of pickles. More info 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.
Natural Dyeing with New England Colors
August 15th, 2015, 10am- 12:30pm, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA
Intro to natural dyeing with locally available vegetables and native plants. This workshop is hands-on and participants will get a chance to experiment with natural dyeing and leave the workshop with raw materials from our farm to continue practicing. Instructor is Marie Kaziunas. More info here.
Medicinal Herbs: Walk & Processing
September 5th, 2015, 10am- 12:30pm, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA
Herb identification, medicinal benefits and processing with farmer Lauren Childress. We have a medicinal herb garden at the farm as well as access to many wild plants with medicinal uses. Lauren will discuss herb growing, processing and participants will get to leave with an herbal product they made. More info 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.
Preserving the Harvest: Fermentation
October 10th, 2015, 10am- 12:30pm, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA
Learn to make sauerkraut and kimchi with chef and farmer Doug Higley and fermentation enthusiast Chuck Currie. They will go over fermentation basics, vegetable selection and preparation, and participants will get to taste, prepare and take home some of our fermented vegetables! More info here.
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