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A Message from the Director, March 2019

March 15, 2019

We are grateful for all the hard work from the Ag & Food Committee, M&C Café, the SEMAP board, our volunteers, and especially our presenters for a successful 12th Annual Ag & Food conference.  Thank you!  Nowhere else on the Southcoast can you find that much food and farming knowledge in one location.  The keynote by Dr. Michael Hoffman of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions got the day off to a serious start talking about the effect of climate change on our food system by breaking down a typical meal and discussing how each food item would be affected by climate change.  It was a sobering look at what the future holds for agriculture. 

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An Update from the BCC Sustainable Agriculture Program

March 14, 2019

The Sustainable Agriculture Program at Bristol Community College has a new look and a new program coordinator. Professor Kimberly Amaral Newton has taken up the position of program coordinator after the long-time coordinator, Jim Corven, retired last August. Since taking on the program, Prof. Newton has secured a $15,000 grant from the Koppelman family to help refurbish and greatly expand the growing capacity of the college, including constructing a series of modular greenhouses to extend the growing period into the school year. The current heated greenhouse (also a gift from the Koppelman family) will be utilized to capacity to help grow out transplants for the new effort. Students from the sustainable agriculture program will actually construct the modular greenhouses and add to the protected growing capability with each new class.

All of the produce grown on campus will be donated to the student population, to help meet the need of food insecurity on campus. The project will be part of a new “CSA” or “College Supported Agriculture” effort on campus where students both from the agriculture program and the general student population can assist with the growing effort, and learn about agriculture in the process.

The program aims to give students scientific and technical knowledge regarding agriculture along with hands-on opportunities to practice those skills, and prepare them for employment on local farms or to develop their own farm. This hands-on component is also being expanded upon with a new internship opportunity that is being built into a program redesign. Local farmers interested in taking on a new intern to help them learn and succeed in the field are encouraged to contact Prof. Newton at

SEMAP Hiring Program Coordinator

March 8, 2019

Program Coordinator
Reports to: Executive Director

Application Deadline March 29, 2019

SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in southeastern Massachusetts through research and education. We serve farms, farmers, and the communities of southeastern Massachusetts with our primary service area covering Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties.


The Program Coordinator will plan and coordinate workshops and events for several grant-funded projects, as well as contribute and support special projects as assigned and necessary. This person will represent SEMAP as an initial point of contact in variety of settings. This is a 15 to 25 hour a week, grant-funded position for one year. 

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Director’s Message – December 2018

December 15, 2018


As the year comes to a close and we are getting ready for the holidays, buying gifts, planning menus and shopping for ingredients we hope you will keep local food and our farmers in your plans.  Keep our farmers in mind when you are making your holiday decisions – there are a wide variety of winter veggies and greenhouse greens available now, plus baked goods, jams & jellies, beer, and wine.  And don’t forget cheese! Whether shopping at a local farmers market or at a farm stand our region offers so much!

We also hope that you will support SEMAP in your year-end giving.  Please help us keep healthy local food at the core of our community and donate to SEMAP’s Annual Fund.  We need everyone’s support and collective effort, to keep our impact strong! Thank you for your support.

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Coastal Foodshed Hiring a Full-Time Farmers Market Manager

November 27, 2018

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Farmers Market Manager
Start Date: January 2019

Organization Information:
Coastal Foodshed is a non-profit who works to connect people to local food and local farmers. Through our programs and education, we bring fresh, local foods to Greater New Bedford’s neighborhoods and serve over 15,000 New Bedford customers annually. The New Bedford Farmers Markets and Mobile Farm Stands are held year-round. During June to October, we operate 3 markets and Mobile Farm Stands in various locations throughout New Bedford. From November to May, our Indoor Market is held every week. We also conduct many pop-up farm stand and nutrition education events (year-round) to keep local food in the hands of those who need it most.

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