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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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Spring Rain Farm Selling Forest-Fed, Cranberry Finished Pork Shares

October 17, 2018

Quarter, Half, and Whole Pig shares are available from Spring Rain Farm in East Taunton.

Each pig is a mix of several tasty rare heritage breeds raised in the meadows and forests overlooking our cranberry bogs, free to romp and root under a canopy of wildflowers, pine, and oak. In the fall, they are fed cranberries from our farm and other forage, such as apples and acorns. We will have farm field days in the fall for shareholders to see how the pigs are raised.

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Director’s Message – February 2018

February 20, 2018

With a whiff of spring in the air and plants again filling greenhouses, it’s also time for SEMAP’s Ag & Food Conference.  A full day of workshops – 30 different ones to choose from – and an exciting keynote by Irene Li of Mei Mei in Boston talking about local sourcing for her incredibly popular restaurant.  Held at the Bristol County Agricultural High School, we have the amenities for some really exciting workshops – think indigo dying, basic beekeeping, winter greenhouse growing and cut flower production.  We hope you will join us this Sunday, February 25th at Bristol County Agricultural High School.

The late winter is turning out to be busy, not only for farmers but agriculture overall.  There are a series of “Listening Sessions” for the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program.

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A Message from the Board of Directors

January 16, 2018

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  We are reaching out today to update you on some exciting news happening at SEMAP.  In the last couple of years, SEMAP has been regrouping and reenergizing under the steadfast leadership of Executive Director, Karen Schwalbe.  Karen has done an outstanding job of supporting SEMAP’s mission, expanding programs, and securing funding.  It is for these reasons that we are reaching out to all of you, our greatest supporters, for help as we move into the new year.

In 2018, we will be focused on expanding our foundation through the implementation of several subcommittees. The subcommittees will be charged with different tasks, some of the committees are long term while others are for shorter, specific time frames.  As a supporter and member of SEMAP, the subcommittees are a perfect opportunity for individuals to help out with the continued positive growth of the organization.

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Director’s Message – December 2017

December 11, 2017

December is full of traditions – wreaths, lights, trees and cookies. We hope you do include buying local as part of your holidays. Our updated Winter Farmers Market Guide is available to help you and you can find a complete list of local buying options in our Local Food Guide –on paper at a farmstand near you or here in PDF form. Our support for the local farming community is vital for their success. And it’s satisfying to buy from people you know.

We had a terrific time at our Annual Meeting last month at Groundwork in New Bedford visiting with current members and meeting new ones. The yummy food came from dNB Burgers, the beer from Berkley Beer and the delicious wines from Salt Creek Winery. We are grateful for their support! SEMAP’s Annual Meeting is set up to be an opportunity for networking, socializing, and learning. View photos from this year’s Annual Meeting here. If you didn’t attend this year, consider it for next year! Or join us at a board meeting. SEMAP Board meetings are open to members. Our next meeting is Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 pm at Groundwork in New Bedford.

We’re looking ahead to our 11th Annual Ag & Food Conference on February 25th at Bristol Aggie. Mark the date on your calendars!! The conference committee is hard at work choosing presenters and workshops but it is the feedback from the Southeastern Massachusetts community that makes this conference unique. Let us know if there is a workshop you’d like to offer or suggest a workshop you’d like us to hold.

Now is the best time to get in on the 2017 pricing for the Ag & Food Conference sponsorship. Over 250 people attend each year and it is a great way to promote your organization or business to like-minded folks. Sponsorship is crucial for the success of the Conference and helps keep it affordable for attendees.

We wish you a very happy holiday!

Karen & Jon