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January 2020

Looking Forward: Farmlands Forever

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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January 28th, 6-8pm,  at Bristol County Agricultural High School, Library Room 212, Gilbert Hall - 135 Center Street, Dighton Looking Forward: Farmlands Forever - Join MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux, Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) landowners, farmers, APR staff, Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee (ALPC), Board of Agriculture, state officials, land trusts, and individuals engaged in APR Program efforts to preserve Massachusetts farmlands. View the flyer below.  

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Northeast Grainshed Symposium

January 30 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Trillium Brewery, 100 Royall Street
Canton, MA United States
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Visit their website for more details https://northeastgrainshed.com/events/ Please join us to share ideas about the Northeast Grainshed and 4SquareFeet, a coordinated consumer marketing campaign. Let's fill the room with everyone from the supply chain: researchers, farmers, processors, brewers, bakers, distillers, restaurant owners, craft beer bar managers, etc. Help us imagine a creative, constructive plan to build growth in grain-based businesses, and develop markets for farmers in the Northeast. Several industry leaders will be describing the state of grain production and…

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Landing on the Right Acre: Storytelling for and by Farmers

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pawtucket, RI

The Young Farmer Network is hosting Landing on the Right Acre: a storytelling event for and by farmers in partnership with Land for Good on Thursday, January 30th, 6:30PM - 9:00PM. Join us at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket to enjoy locally sourced food prepared by renowned chef Ben Sukle, drinks from the Machines with Magnets bar, and the company of your fellow farming community as they share some of the successes, pitfalls and takeaways from their journey toward finding…

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February 2020

Listening Sessions: Share your Perspective on Strategies to Preserve and Protect Massachusetts’ Farms and Farmland

February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

American Farmland Trust is eager to assure that the voices of farmers and allies in the farmland conservation movement have their voices heard. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will be holding listening sessions for sharing perspectives on strategies to preserve and protect Massachusetts’ farms and farmland. They are looking for people who can share: experiences with farming or farmland challenges to preserving and protecting farmland ideas and suggestions to support farming and preserve farmland Your input will inform…

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New England Campus Farmer Summit 2020

February 22 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Martin Institute at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St.
Easton, MA United States
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$25 – $50

Campus farmers, students, and representatives from non-profits and agencies connect in person about what makes campus farms successful. This forum provides an opportunity for stakeholders working at the intersection of food justice, environmental sustainability, food access, and healthy eating to discuss challenges and opportunities. Partners from the nonprofit sector join us in conversation about what colleges and universities can do to forge deeper community alliances and strengthen our regional food system.

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SEMAP’s 13th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference

February 23 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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Learn more about the conference here. 

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March 2020

UMass Extension: Home Orchard Pruning – a Hands-on Workshop

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States

For full details, go to UMassGarden.com. The joy of growing fruit in the home garden is enjoying a renaissance. One of the key steps in successful fruit growing is the act of pruning the trees. This can seem daunting and complicated, but it’s not! Not once you understand the principles involved. Come learn how to properly prune your fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, etc.). Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in…

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UMass Extension: Pruning Blueberries – a Hands-on Workshop

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sholan Farm, 1125 Pleasant St
Leominster, MA 01453 United States
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$50

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Blueberries are among the most popular fruits to grow in the home garden. They are healthful and well suited to grow in our New England conditions Come learn the basics for pruning blueberries for your home landscape. Participants will get some hands-on pruning lessons. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too. Bring your own tools or use ours.* Ms. Sonia Schloemann 10:00am to 12:00pm Sholan Farm

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Deadline to Update Your Local Food Guide Listing

March 15

If you grow or serve local food, update your free Local Food Guide listing here before March 15th, 2020! SEMAP's Local Food Guide promotes local farms, grocers, restaurants, seafood, beer, wine, spirits and more! Serving Massachusetts counties of Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth.    

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Agriculture Day at the State House

March 25
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133

Save the date for Agriculture Day at the Massachusetts State House to taste the wonderful local foods of Massachusetts and talk with legislators about the importance of local farms.

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UMass Extension: Home Orchard Establishment & Basics – a Classroom Workshop

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States
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$50

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management will be covered in the afternoon session.) If weather permits, there will be a hands-on demonstration of planting fruit trees at Red Apple Farm. Mr. Jon Clements & Ms. Liz Garofalo 10:00am - 12:00pm Carlson Orchards   This workshop…

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UMass Extension: Home Orchard Pest Management – a Hands-on Workshop

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States
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$50

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. One of the most challenging thing about growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify the insect pests and diseases that might afflict them.  Learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. Hands-on, scouting, monitoring, placement of traps, etc. will be covered.* Dr. Jaime Piñero & Ms. Liz Garofalo 1:00pm - 3:00pm Carlson Orchards This workshop can be combined with the Home Orchard Establishment…

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April 2020

UMass Extension: Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation – a Classroom Workshop

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave
Phillipston, MA 01331 United States
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For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Cider is one of the fastest growing craft adult beverage markets in the country! There are many different styles of cider from the stuff your grandparents made in the basement to top shelf ciders that compare to fine Champagnes. Come and learn a brief history of cider and dive in to understanding (and taste) why cider really is the best thing you can do with apples. (Must be over 21 to participate in the…

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UMass Extension: Fruit Tree Grafting – a Hands-on Workshop

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St
Belchertown, MA 01007 United States
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$100

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting - they are not grown from seed. For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a hands-on workshop on “bench grafting” and “cleft grafting” of apple trees. Other grafting techniques will be discussed. Proper tools and sharpening will be included. All workshop participants will graft several apple trees to take home! Dr.…

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UMass Extension: Native Pollinator Biology & Conservation – a Classroom Workshop

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UMass French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd. (Park in Lot 62 behind building)
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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$30

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Native pollinators are an essential resource in our wild and managed landscapes.  Come to this workshop if you're interested in learning more about their biology and conservation.  We'll mainly be talking about different species of bees but other types of pollinators will also be mentioned (flies, birds, bats, etc.).  We'll learn about the different families of pollinating bees ranging from the tiny beautiful sweat bees to the big and endearing bumble bees.  We'll learn…

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