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December 2017

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

December 12 - December 14

This conference will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors. We hope that you will enjoy your time here, and meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives.…

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Southeastern MA Food Security Network Quarterly Meeting

December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UMass Dartmouth Law School, 333 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States

The Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network holds quarterly meetings and it is here that the Network comes together to discuss issues revolving around food security in our Southeastern MA region. These meetings are open to the public, and we encourage anyone to join who is interested in nutrition education, public health, sustainable and local agriculture, emergency food access, or any other area of the food system. All are welcome to bring their ideas, expertise, and collaborate on projects to help promote…

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Final Round the Bend Open Farm Day of 2017

December 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA United States
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Open Farm Days include: Non-GMO and grass-fed meat Seasonal veggies Honey Maple Syrup Herbal teas Family friendly farm tour start at 11am Please Note – Payment is by cash or check only.  RTB Farm does not have the wi-fi connection necessary to accept credit cards on the farm. Open Farm Days are held down at the barn so we can enjoy the company of the animals and spectacular views of Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

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January 2018

Massachusetts Food Policy Council Meeting

January 12, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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The purpose of the Massachusetts Food Policy Council shall be to develop recommendations to advance the following food system goals for the commonwealth: (A) increased production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods; (B) the development and promotion of programs that deliver healthy Massachusetts-grown foods to Massachusetts residents, through programs such as: (i) targeted state subsidies; (ii) increased state purchasing of local products for school and summer meals and other child and adult care programs; (iii) double coupon initiatives; (iv) direct…

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2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

January 13, 2018
Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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The 2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference will take place on January 13th at Worcester State University. The day-long conference features a wide variety of workshops on many aspects of regenerative organic growing, food systems policy, and land management appropriate for growers and organizers of all scales. This year's theme is Cover, Diversity, Regenerate. Degraded soils can be restored by promoting the biological function of the soil ecosystem, which can be accomplished through living plant cover, mulches, and smart farm systems which…

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NOFA/MA Seed Sovereignty Field Day at Round The Bend Farm

January 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA United States
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$48 - $63

Those who control the seed system, control the food system. And yet, over the past 50 years, as we’ve lost the majority of our plant breeds and seed companies, we’ve also divorced plants from their place. Cultivars are no longer bred to thrive in a certain bioregion or soil type. Rarely are they developed for drought or flood tolerance. Nor are most seeds bred under organic systems, which means that most organic growers are planting seeds that thrive on soluble…

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February 2018

Campus Farmer Summit: “What’s Growing on Your Campus?”

February 10, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Martin Institute at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St.
Easton, MA United States
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The Farm at Stonehill seeks to grow community around fresh produce and spark those who visit the farm to think about how their food choices have local and global, social and environmental impacts. We are pleased to be partnering with Farm to Institution New England and the Vela Foundation to host this inaugural gathering of the campus farmer community in New England.  This one-day summit will be participatory in nature and may result in the establishment of a more official…

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New England FarmCON

February 17, 2018 - February 18, 2018

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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SEMAP’s 11th Annual Ag & Food Conference

February 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 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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March 2018

Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

March 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - March 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave.
Boston, MA United States
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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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