Twilight Grower Education Workshop Series
SEMAP’s Twilight Grower Education workshop series for farmers and home gardeners offers hands-on skill building led on-farm by local producers. These on-farm workshops are held March through October. This year’s lineup:
Wednesday, July 20th: Cultivation, Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm, Millis, MA,CANCELLED
- Monday, August 8th: Growing Cut Flowers, Skinny Dip Farm, Little Compton, RI, Register here!
- Ben and Hannah Wolbach of Skinny Dip Farm have been growing cut flowers for decades. Presently they grow about a quarter of an acre of flowers as part of a diverse, certified organic five acre vegetable farm. They market their flowers primarily as mixed bouquets at three weekly farmers’ markets, but also offer bulk buckets to DIY brides and take on a few full service events each season. Come tour the flower field, see what varieties they’ve come to count on, and hear their take on the whether growing flowers is financially viable.
- Tuesday, August 23rd: Raising Alpacas, Moonlight Rose Alpacas, Swansea, MA, Register now!
- Join Dave Rose for an Alpacas 101: alpacas introduction into this country, lifespan, care and feeding, breeding and birthing, as well showing alpacas and using their fiber to make many different clothing products.
- Thursday, September 1st: Growing Chili Peppers on a Small Farm, Nobska Farms, Falmouth, MA
- Wednesday, September 14th: Diversified Livestock, Rosasharn Farm, Rehoboth, MA
- Tuesday, October 18th: Making Homemade Apple Soda & Hard Apple Cider, Round the Bend Farm, Dartmouth, MA
- Date TBD: Dirty Water Distillery Tour & Tasting, Dirty Water Distillery, Plymouth, MA
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.
There are some amazing films and documentaries that investigate the impacts of modern food production, consumption, marketing, and conservation, and SEMAP aims to bring communities together to view films that we think are particularly relevant to our mission.
We have previously showed Ingredients (http://www.ingredientsfilm.com/the_story.php) at events in New Bedford and Plimouth Plantation. The documentary focuses on the connection between health and the local food movement.
Are you interested in co-hosting a film screening with SEMAP? Contact us at email@example.com.
Local Food 101
How do we define “local” and “sustainable”? What is a foodshed? How does growing and purchasing locally-produced food impact my local economy? How can I help my family eat more seasonally?
SEMAP’s Local Food 101 presentations aim to answer these questions and more. Contact us if you are interested in leading or hosting a Local Food 101 in your community.
We are happy to share SEMAP’s Local Food 101 PowerPoint presentation with you; Local Food 101.