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Trustees Hiring Statewide Director of Agriculture Operations

August 10, 2019
The Trustees

The Agricultural Operations Director (A.O.D) is a keystone leadership role charged with harnessing impressive existing resources, and also harmonizing agriculture operations to optimize scale and deliver more enriching food and farm-based experiences for our members and visitors. The Director will build on existing state-wide operational systems to lead an improvement process which will result in:
• The introduction of new best practices in agriculture management, production and educational programming that align with our programming goals and budget.
• Maximizing the value of our existing farms and identifying and acquiring new farms. We measure our Agricultural Program value through a number of lenses including revenue, quality and quantity of educational programming, visitor experience, sustainability, and farm product quality.

View full job description below.

Apponagansett Bay Farm Bids Extended to August 9th

July 26, 2019

Friday, July 26th, 2019

The 28-acre working farm in South Dartmouth, MA contains a four-bedroom, two-bath historic farmhouse residence (currently set up as two apartments), a separate garage, two large barn buildings and a storage shed, in addition to 20 acres of agricultural fields. Bids are due August 9th at 5pm. The minimum bid is $700,000.

View the full property flyer here.

Revision Urban Farm Hiring Laborer

July 17, 2019

The Farm Laborer is responsible for assisting the Senior Grower in daily upkeep and development of the Urban Farm, located at ReVision Family Home.   

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A Message from the Director, May 2019

May 22, 2019

Keep an eye out for the 2019 Local Food Guide coming out next month.  In case you don’t know, the Guide is the Southeastern Massachusetts compilation of all things to do with local fruits & veggies, dairy,  meat, and seafood as well as local fiber.   SEMAP member farms are highlighted in the Guide so you can easily find them and support them. We also have some brand-new advertisers we think you will find useful.  Your last chance to get an advertisement in the Guide is this week.  Reach out to us if you are interested in placing an ad! And if you would like a stack or case of the 2019 Guides for your business or farmers’ market, please contact us and we will drop them off. 

May is Beef Month – just in time for Memorial Day weekend and graduation parties.  The best beef can be found in Southeastern Massachusetts pastures.  Our farmers are using regenerative methods to pasture-raise their animals, which is good for you and for our environment.  There are several ways to buy beef from local farms including through some new venues:  Meatworks has opened their retail store, Copicut Farms is offering Jordan Farm beef, and Weatherlow Farm’s new farmstand is open.  For more locations in the region check out the MassGrown map

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Introducing SEMAP’s New Program Coordinator!

May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019

It is our pleasure to introduce Dawn Dufault as SEMAP’s new Program Coordinator. Dawn comes to SEMAP with an array of nonprofit management & horticultural experience – including her own small cut flower farm, Bayberry Farm & Flower Co. in North Dighton. Dawn will be your point of contact if you are seeking business technical assistance for your farm – which you qualify for if you are a beginning farmer or a farmer marketing direct to consumers.

SEMAP has funding to put towards business and marketing improvements for your farm business, and Dawn can help you connect with experts on a range of topics including, but not limited to business plan development, web & graphic design, e-commerce, Quickbooks training, LLC legal advice, finding farmer-to-farmer mentorships, and more!

Dawn will help you find the information and expertise necessary to get the job done. SEMAP has funding to pay for, or subsidize the cost of, working with designers, consultants, and other experts. Act quickly – funding resources end in August, so fill out this form and Dawn will be in touch soon. Dawn can also be reached at ddufault@semaponline.org.

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