Twilight & Local Libation Series
Twilight Grower Education Series
SEMAP’s 2018 Twilight Grower Education Series for farmers and home gardeners offers hands-on skill building led on-farm by local producers. These on-farm workshops are held during Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Thursday, May 31st, 6 pm - 8 pm, Spring Rain Farm, East Taunton, MA,Tour the strawberry fields at Spring Rain Farm in East Taunton and learn the ins and outs of growing strawberries for a u-pick operation, for your CSA, farm stand, or in your garden. We’ll discuss the strawberry crop itself, as well as the logistics to consider before growing this unique and popular crop. View photos.
Raising Alpacas for Fiber
Wednesday, June 6th, 6 pm - 8 pm, Golden Touch Farm, Westport, MA, Golden Touch Farm in Westport raises alpacas for their wool which they process at NEAFP, the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool in Fall River. This local fiber is then turned into socks, blankets, sweaters, and much more. Join us as we discuss and learn how to raise alpacas for fiber & fun. View photos.
Raising Pastured Poultry
Wednesday, June 27, 6 pm - 8 pm, Copicut Farms, Dartmouth, MA, Copicut Farms in Dartmouth raises pigs and chickens for both meat and eggs. Our SEMAP Twilight workshop will focus primarily on their poultry growing operation, including considerations and best practices for others who would like to start raising meat chickens or egg layers on their farm. Register
Bristol Aggie Student Farm Tour
Wednesday, July 11th, 6pm - 8 pm, Bristol Aggie HS, Dighton, MA,Bristol Aggie Grows is an innovative program where students are involved in every aspect of growing, harvesting, and selling crops, from starting seedlings to operating a small mobile farm stand on campus. Join SEMAP for a tour of their current growing operation, the farm stand, and much more on this unique and historic campus on the Taunton River. Register
Direct Seeding & The Jang Seeder
Thursday, September 13, 6 pm - 8 pm, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA, Join SEMAP for a tour of Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA. A special focus of this tour will be the Farm’s Jang Seeder, a precision seeder which was awarded to Freedom Food Farm as a part of the SEMAP TIE Grant Program. Register
Seed Saving Demonstration
Tuesday, October 2nd, 6 pm - 8pm, Ivory Silo Farm, Westport, MA, A demonstration on seed saving hosted at Ivory Silo Farm, in partnership with the Freed Seed Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to foster a regionally adapted seed stock for area growers. The farm is currently building infrastructure to serve as a hub for seed processing and education and partnering with local growers on seed saving efforts. Register
Post Harvest Crop Handling, Washing, & Storage
Wednesday, October 24th, 6 pm - 8 pm, Skinny Dip Farm, Little Compton, RI,Join SEMAP for a tour of Skinny Dip Farm’s post-harvest area in Little Compton, RI. We will also get a chance to check out the farm’s Coolbot, which is an innovative and cost-saving tool to allow a traditional air conditioner to be used to chill a walk-in cooler. Register
Local Libation Series
SEMAP’s 2018 Local Libations series offers a fun way to explore many local breweries, distilleries, and wineries across Southeastern Mass. The Local Libation Series is for ages 21+.
The Science of Kombucha & IndieFerm Brewery Tour
Tuesday, July 17th, 6 pm - 8 pm, Indie Fermentations Brewing, Plymouth, MA, Join SEMAP for a discussion of the science behind how to brew your own kombucha & a tour of IndieFerm Brewery in Plymouth, MA. Kombucha discussion starts at 6pm and Brewery Tour starts at 6:45pm. Postponed to Fall 2018
Buzzards Bay Brewing Tour
Tuesday, August 21st, 6 pm - 8 pm, Buzzards Bay Brewing, Westport, MA, Join SEMAP for a tour of Buzzards Bay Brewing in Westport, MA. Buzzards Bay Brewing has been supporters of local agriculture & the environment for many years. The tour will also include a meal from the burrito bar on-site food truck and a flight of their delicious brews! Register
Bradford Distillery Tour
Friday, October 12th, 6 pm - 8 pm, Bradford Distillery, Hingham, MA, Join SEMAP for a tour of Bradford Distillery in Hingham, MA. The distillery uses local Massachusetts-grown potatoes for creating their spirits. We will also be doing a tasting of some of the spirits and offer a meal to pair with it as well – food TBD. Register
Ag & Food Conference
SAVE THE DATE: February 24th, 2019 for our 12th Annual SEMAP Ag & Food Conference!
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 annual 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.