Twilight Grower Series: Farmer to Farmer Skillshares


SEMAP’s Twilight Grower Series offers farmers and food producers the chance to connect with and learn from one another. This farmer-to-farmer educational workshop series takes place on farms across the region, allowing hands-on learning and networking opportunities. While this series is open to everyone, it is particularly geared towards commercial growers. Unless otherwise noted, all our Twilight events are FREE.

Previous topics for the Twilight Grower Series have included pest management, alpaca basics, high tunnel winter growing, soil health, and more! View highlights from the 2022 series here.


Our official 2023 Twilight Grower Series starts this spring! Check out the first few events below, and be sure to look at our events calendar for other great programs! Beginning this year, childcare will be available for free at all SEMAP Twilight Events!


May 4 – Apple Orchard Pruning, Pests and Management

E.L. Silvia Farm, Dighton

Together with RI Cooperative Extension, Ed Silvia will demonstrate apple orchard pruning, then talk through pests, diseases, and orchard best practices. We hope to see you at this FREE hands-on workshop! All are welcome, regardless of experience.

June 8 – Wash-Pack Facility Best Practices

Langwater Farm, Easton

Together with MDAR’s Produce Safety Team, Langwater staff will walk us through their facilities, talk about how they got there, and identify what works & what doesn’t. We hope to see you at this FREE workshop! All are welcome; commercial farmers are especially invited.

July 20 – Pastured Poultry, Cattle, and Pork

Bogside Acres, Plympton Poultry & Revival Farm, Plympton

Led by farmers Kathryn Shepard & Erin Williams, we’ll check out the hogs at Revival Farm, cattle at Bogside Acres, and broiler chickens at Plympton Poultry. They’ll lead us in discussing best practices & do’s & don’ts. All are welcome; commercial farmers especially invited.

August 3 – Tight Space Farming

Allandale Farm, Brookline

Farmer Mike will walk us through the diversified city farm, talk about their market outlets, and more. All are welcome; Commercial farmers are especially invited.

September 21 – Fall Root Crops, Pests, and Weed Management

Heart Beets Farm, Berkley

Organic farmer Steve Murray does wonderful fall root crops at scale, including sweet potatoes, and he’ll share some of his tips and tricks. UMass Extension will discuss pest & weed management; 1 pesticide credit is available. All are welcome. Commercial farmers are especially invited.

October 19 – Soil Health and Compost Nutrition

Holly Hill Farm, Cohasset

Together with NOFA-MA, Holly Hill will walk us through their compost production, show us their new compost sifter, and discuss the successes & challenges of producing their own compost for the farm. All are welcome; commercial farmers are especially invited.

November 15 – Garlic at Scale, Best Practices and Varieties

Shady Corner Farm, Sherborn

Farmer Grisha will walk us through his garlic fields and share some of his tips and tricks. Plus, diversified farmer Kate Canney (The Neighborhood Farm) will share a bit about the 30 specialty garlic varieties they grow! All are welcome. Commercial farmers especially invited.

If you have a request for our next Twilight topic, or would like to host a workshop on your farm, please contact SEMAP Program Manager Shannon Hickey at

For more events, check out the farm visit series organized and hosted by our friends at Eastern Massachusetts CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training).

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