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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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A Message from the Director, April 2019

April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019

SEMAP has its own version of spring planting. Each spring one of the ways we grow demand for local food in Southeastern Massachusetts is by publishing our Local Food Guide of the region’s farmers, growers, fishermen, aquaculturists, and value-added producers. In a world where demand for a customer’s attention is at a premium, we fill aunique role with the Local Food Guide where you can both peruse the offerings at leisure or zero in on a specific geographic area and type of local food. The Local Food Guide focuses solely on businesses that are part of our local food industry: farms, farmers markets, restaurants, and food establishments. We also highlight fairs and festivals to promote our agricultural heritage, and we work hard to be certain that as many people as possible learn about the options to engage with local food in our area.

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Four Acre Farm Reports on SEMAP TIE Grant-Funded Insulated Hive

April 15, 2019

Four Acre Farm Reports on SEMAP TIE Grant-Funded Insulated Hive

Four Acre Farm in Norfolk, MA was established in 2014. It is a small, yet growing farm dedicated to ethical, sustainable farming practices. Four Acre Farm recently released their report on an insulated Langstroth hive that they built using funding from a SEMAP TIE Grant. Download the full report at the link below.

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Bristol County Conservation District Seeking Board Members

April 15, 2019

The Bristol County Conservation District (BCCD) is a subdivision of state government and is responsible for the wise use and conservation of the County’s natural resources. Conservation districts identify and address natural resource concerns in local communities, and coordinate public and private resources to meet local needs on a grassroots level.

Bristol County Conservation District is managed by a seven-member volunteer Board of Supervisors who are elected, during an annual meeting, to 3-year terms on a rotating basis.  Any landowner or resident in Bristol County is eligible to serve on the board or as a non-voting Associate Member.

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Cultivating Viable Farms and Food Enterprises with The Carrot Project

April 11, 2019

For over ten years, The Carrot Project has worked with start-up farms and food producers throughout New England to help them build the business skills vital to running successful farm enterprises. Our clients are small farmers grossing less than 500K in profits per year, and food and agriculture businesses that source their products locally. We want to see the local food businesses in our community thriving 5, 10, and 50 years from now. That’s why, since our founding, we have supported food entrepreneurs to grow their businesses towards profitability.

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