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Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, the Ag & Food Conference is for you! Each year, the lineup includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch and at the Resource Fair, you’ll learn about local organizations and businesses that provide services and products to help you grow, whether you’ve got a hundred-acre farm or a small backyard garden.

Date & Location: February 23, 2020,
Bristol County Agricultural High School, Gilbert Hall,
135 Center Street, Dighton, MA 02715

Snow Date: March 1, 2020

Schedule:
9:00 AM – Registration
9:30 AM – Opening Remarks
10:00 AM – Keynote Address
10:45 AM – Workshop Slot #1
12:15 PM – Lunch by M+C Cafe
1:30 PM – Workshop Slot #2
3:15 PM – Workshop Slot #3

Save $5 by registering by January 31st.

Last day to register online is February 22, 2020 12:00 pm.
After registrations closes, walk-in registrations are accepted the day of the conference at $55 per person.

Keynote Panel: Building Our Local Grain Economy

Our keynote panel will discuss the opportunity to grow and process local grains right here in Southeastern Massachusetts. Jim Amaral in the owner & founder of Borealis Breads in Maine, where he was the first baker in the state to use locally-grown grains in his bread, and he continues to evangelize the growth of the Maine grain economy all while making some delicious sourdough in the process. Doug Mosel is the co-founder of the Mendocino Grain Project in California, which works with farmers on harvesting, cleaning, and milling grain for those who want to grow grain but don’t have the equipment necessary to process it. Both of these gentlemen will share their experiences and wisdom, to spur the further growth of the grain economy in our region.

2020 Workshop Topics

View our workshop topics below! Some additional workshops will be added over the coming weeks. The workshop session schedule will be announced later this month.

Growing Umbels
Small Scale Plasticulture
Growing Table Grapes
Cover Cropping  & Soil Health
Panel: Growing Grains
Growing Hemp for Fiber
How to Prepare Local Grains for Nutrient-Rich Diet

Climate Impacts on Pollinators
Perennial Edible Landscapes
Insects, Diseases, & Weeds, Oh My!
Overview of MDAR Grants

Medicinal Herbs for Better Health
Working on the Farm: Employment Law 101
Contract Manufacturing of Value-Added Food Products
Magic Numbers: Arithmetic for Farm Viability
Advocacy: Talking With Your Legislator
Aligning Your Ag Com with the Local Food Action Plan
Fencing 101: Everything You Want to Know

Beyond the Plate: Alternative Income from Livestock

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Photos from Previous Conferences

Additional questions about the conference? Email us at info@semaponline.org

Photo credit: Jim Amaral’s photo courtesy of CentralMaine.com, and Doug Mosel’s photo courtesy of UkiahDailyJournal.com

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