Buy Local Blurb – March 2016

It’s hard to believe that exactly one month ago today was our Ag & Food Conference. There was a tremendous amount of hard work put into that conference by many hands, including our staff and board, as well as a thriving group of volunteers. All that hard work really paid off, and our crowd of over 225 people seemed very happy. Of course, this couldn’t have been done without our generous sponsors: The Trustees, WhatsGood, Southcoast Health, Farm Credit East, Next Step Living, Bay State Organic Certifiers, and Fertrell.

Anyhow, for at least the month prior to the conference, all I did was work on the Conference and didn’t really seem to have any free time for other SEMAP projects. I kept saying how after the conference it would all slow down, and that hasn’t been further from the truth! It’s always busy over here at SEMAP. My current big project is putting together our 2016 Local Food Guide. Farmers, business owners, please consider becoming a SEMAP member to be listed in our guide! We print 10,000 copies and distribute throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

We’ve also started initial planning for our 2nd Annual Farm to Tapas. We’ll be partnering with the Livestock Institute of Southern New England (formerly SEMALA) again to throw a great bash filled with local food from great restaurants and caterers in Southeastern MA. Save the date! Sunday, July 31st. Tickets will go on sale soon. They are limited, so make sure to sign up early. By the way, SEMAP members (not listed? Sign up here!) will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. Hope you’ll join us!

Prior to July 31st, we’ll also be having a few more of our Twilight workshops. We’ve secured a several more workshops and are just waiting on dates for a couple more. It’s proving to be an interesting series! We kicked off the workshops at Coonamessett Farm in Falmouth for a fantastic workshop on hydroponic growing. Next up is mushroom production. Unfortunately, that workshop had a limit, and it is full! Check out our full listing here.

Hope to see you at future SEMAP events!

Keep it local,
Kendra

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