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Fairmount Fruit Farm in Franklin Hosting Winter Farmers Market

November 4, 2019

Fairmount Fruit Farm welcomes the public and local vendors you to their first-ever winter farmers market, in the Farm’s 100th year! For vendors, this is a great opportunity for you to get your business noticed, meet new people and expand your horizons. There will be beer and wine tastings for ages 21+ from local wineries and breweries added to the market as well. Below is some basic information regarding the new 6-month market.

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SEMAP to host 2019 Annual Meeting November 21st in New Bedford

October 20, 2019

The public is invited to join the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership for their Annual Meeting – a celebration of the organization’s accomplishments in 2019, networking with farmers and local food allies from across the region, and a presentation of awards for individuals key to the success of local agriculture in Southeastern Massachusetts in 2019.

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Taking a close look at MDAR’s new farm compost regulations

August 30, 2019

August 30th, 2019

By Karen Schwalbe, SEMAP Executive Director

Sometimes the rules need breaking and other times just tweaking.  Which will it be?  Right now, Massachusetts farmers have a chance to comment on the new on-farm composting regulations proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR).  Earlier this month I attended a listening session on these proposed regulations and wanted to share my concerns and to encourage our local farmers to comment to MDAR on the changes.  The more voices MDAR hears, the more likely we will see favorable changes.

The recently proposed changes the Agricultural Composting regulations were spurred by a neighborhood dispute in Central Massachusetts.  While the farmer’s activities were legal and met all existing regulations, the effect of odor on the neighborhood instigated a complaint to their State Senator.  The bill filed as a result of this conflict was vetoed by the Governor and now MDAR has the opportunity to issue a revised set of regulations.

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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