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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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Apponagansett Bay Farm Bids Extended to August 9th

July 26, 2019

Friday, July 26th, 2019

The 28-acre working farm in South Dartmouth, MA contains a four-bedroom, two-bath historic farmhouse residence (currently set up as two apartments), a separate garage, two large barn buildings and a storage shed, in addition to 20 acres of agricultural fields. Bids are due August 9th at 5pm. The minimum bid is $700,000.

View the full property flyer here.

Coastal Foodshed Hiring Assistant Farm Stand Manager

April 2, 2018

2018 Assistant Farm Stand Manager
Full-time, Hourly, Seasonal
Start Date: May 14th
Job Posting Close Date: April 30th

Learn more about Coastal Foodshed here.

General Responsibilities
Launching this June, Coastal Foodshed will be implementing the New Bedford Farm Stand, which will sell produce from local farms to New Bedford communities with limited access to local food. The Farm Stand will operate at 4-5 pop-up sites throughout New Bedford- schools, neighborhoods, and public parks. The position is an hourly seasonal role; 30-35 hours/week for 22 weeks (June-October) with an additional 10 hours in May (training) and 10 hours in November (wrap up). In addition to operating the farm stand, this role will also include a farm apprenticeship at a local farm to gain agricultural knowledge and skills.

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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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Raising animals for fiber? Please let us know!

June 21, 2017

We are compiling a listing of fiber resources in Southeastern Mass. If you would be so kind to let us know if you are raising fiber, what animals, and where you are located we would appreciate it! Please send over details to