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 November. 2017 Workshops will be announced soon!
- Saturday, March 25, 10 am – 12 pm, Plant Propagation and Seed Starting, White Barn Farm, Wrentham, MA
- White Barn Farm is a small vegetable farm located in Wrentham, Mass. The husband-wife team, Chris and Christy Kantlehner, use organic practices to supply a CSA, farmstand, and restaurant accounts with fresh produce. Many of the crops are produced by transplant – either with the water wheel transplanter or the paper pot transplanter. White Barn Farm also throws a crazy two-day Plant Sale the weekend before Memorial Day every year. Growing seedlings for that very financially significant sale is a major part of early season farmwork at WBF. Christy will share her experience and the methods currently used in her greenhouse. Christy does not at all consider herself an authority on the topic – other experienced growers are encouraged to attend and share. Bring questions and ideas! Try to arrive at 9:45am so we can begin at 10am. Registration opening soon!
Saturday, May 6, 2 pm – 4 pm, Raising Chickens, Location to be determined
Thursday, June 15, 6 pm – 8 pm, Growing Cut Flowers, Weatherlow Florals, Westport, MA
Tuesday, October 17, 5 pm – 7 pm, Storage Crops, Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, 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.
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.