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January 2021

Growing Places

January 11 - February 7
Online MA United States

Growing Places, an online course for aspiring farmers, will be offered through University of Vermont Extension’s New Farmer Program, Jan. 11-Feb. 7. The course, co-sponsored by the Women’s Agricultural Network, is geared to individuals who are thinking about starting a farm, specialty food business or other agriculture-related enterprise. It is designed to help them better understand the realities of operating an agricultural business to enable them to make an informed decision if agriculture is the right choice for them. Early…

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UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2021

January 19 @ 10:00 am - February 9 @ 12:10 pm
Online MA United States

Join UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program and UMass Extension’s Fruit Program for an exciting FREE series of webinars focusing on the impact, monitoring, and management of invasive insects in Massachusetts and the nation! Topics to include invasive forest pests in MA, spotted lanternfly, the biological control of winter moth, Asian longhorned beetle updates, planned detection surveys in Massachusetts and New England, integrated pest management of spotted-wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug and more! There will also…

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CISA Main Series: Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework

January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Presented by Crystal Stewart-Courtens, Stevie Schafenacker, and Rose Wilson Series Dates: Session 1: Wednesday, January 27th 4-6pm Session 2: Wednesday, February 3rd, 4-6pm Session 3: Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30-2:30pm Session 4: Wednesday, February 17th, 12:30-2:30pm Cohort Gathering: March 10th, 12:30-2:30pm The main series will focus on the “practical framework” needed to make sound decisions. Rose Wilson, Stevie Schafenacker, and Crystal Stewart combine concepts of Whole Farm Planning, financial analysis, and feasibility study over the course of four sessions, post session…

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Field Day: Winter Greens Diseases and Variety Trials – Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series

January 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Join UConn, URI, and UMass Extensions for the Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series! Webinars are on alternate Thursdays in January and February of 2021, from 3:30-5pm. All webinars are open to any and all vegetable growers and ag service providers. See below for descriptions and registration links. We hope to see you there! Webinar Topic: Field Day: Winter Greens Diseases and Variety Trials When: Thursday, January 28, 3:30-5pm Presenters: Jim Correll of the University of Arkansas, and Genevieve Higgins and Sue Scheufele…

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February 2021

What’s Wrong With My Plant? Vegetable Garden Problems Demystified

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States

What's wrong with my plant? Learn to diagnose common problems in the vegetable garden. Also, find out which pests and diseases we are on the lookout for in 2021 in both the ornamental and edible garden. This class will be taught by Heather Faubert, the director of the URI Plant Clinic. Through URI's Cooperative Extension, Heather Faubert has been helping RI farmers with pest problems for nearly 40 years. Register for this free webinar by clicking the following link: https://univofri.webex.com/univofri/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2bd11ec1aaaa7fb9b2dd338c61a2e577 The…

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Greenhouse Seedling Production – Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series

February 11 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States

Join UConn, URI, and UMass Extensions for the Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series! Webinars are on alternate Thursdays in January and February of 2021, from 3:30-5pm. All webinars are open to any and all vegetable growers and ag service providers. See below for descriptions and registration links. We hope to see you there! Webinar Topic: Greenhouse Seedling Production: compost-based potting mix, nutrient management, chlorination, and tray selection When: February 11, 3:30-5pm Presenters: Rosa Raudales of UConn Extension, and Andy Radin of URI…

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Webinar – Seed Starting Indoors

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Join us for a short and simple rundown of the best way to start seeds inside your home this winter using materials you may already have! Susan Scotti has been vegetable gardening all her life and has been a URI Master Gardener since 2004. She is the propagation team leader for the Master Gardener Program Vegetable Propagation Project and has been teaching seed starting to the crew and RI community for over 10 years. Register for this free webinar by…

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CISA: Financial Benchmarking for Vegetable Farmers (session 1)

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

This date is one of two working sessions you can choose from: Work session 1: Monday, February 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm Work session 2: Wednesday, February 24th, 1:00-3:00pm Join a learning community of vegetable farmers, and see how your farm stacks up against your peers. Financial benchmarks are key to improving long-term farm viability. They can help you: Track the financial health of your farm from year to year Understand the typical returns from different sales outlets Assess how healthy your business…

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Harvest New England 2021 Conference

February 24 - February 25
Online MA United States
Free

The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show is New England’s premier agricultural marketing conference. Sponsored by the six New England State Departments of Agriculture, this biennial conference began in 2007. Prior to the pandemic, the conference hosted nearly 30 workshops, with about 800 people in attendance, and a trade show of almost 100 exhibitors. For 2021, we hope to bring you the same engaging, valuable and educational conference with six workshops. This is New England’s largest agricultural…

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CISA: Financial Benchmarking for Vegetable Farmers (session 2)

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online MA United States + Google Map
Free

This date is one of two working sessions you can choose from: Work session 1: Monday, February 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm Work session 2: Wednesday, February 24th, 1:00-3:00pm Join a learning community of vegetable farmers, and see how your farm stacks up against your peers. Financial benchmarks are key to improving long-term farm viability. They can help you: Track the financial health of your farm from year to year Understand the typical returns from different sales outlets Assess how healthy your business…

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2021 Agriculture and Food Conference

February 28 @ 11:00 am - March 2 @ 9:00 pm
Online MA United States

SEMAP's flagship annual event, the Agriculture & Food Conference, returns this year with the theme Resilient Farming. Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, the Ag & Food Conference is for you! Each year, the Conference includes workshops for the general public, as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. For the first time in 2021, the Ag & Food Conference will be fully virtual! Though it…

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March 2021

Webinar – Seed Starting and Transplanting Outdoors

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Join us to learn tips and tricks for direct sowing and transplanting seedlings in your outdoor vegetable garden, including timing, spacing, watering and more. Susan Scotti has been vegetable gardening all her life and has been a URI Master Gardener since 2004. She is the propagation team leader for the Master Gardener Program Vegetable Propagation Project and has been teaching seed starting to the crew and RI community for over 10 years. Register for this free webinar by clicking the…

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Beginning Farmer Networking Night

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Beginning farmers and ranchers can meet each other, exchange tips and stories, and network to create a coalition of agriculture's next generation. Please sign up via the link below—you will receive instructions and a live link within one week of the event.  

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Direct Market Farmer Networking Night

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Experienced farmers can network with distributors and other food system stakeholders to increase sales and develop their customer base. Please sign up here—you will receive instructions for access and a live link within one week of the event.

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CISA: Profitable Meat Pricing

March 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

You are raising and selling local meat, but are you making a profit doing so? Matt LeRoux will walk participants through the recently updated Cornell Meat Pricing Tool and the supporting marketing techniques needed to command prices that deliver a profit in every channel. For those familiar with the Meat Pricing Calculator, this workshop will provide more hands-on training than in previous years. Matt LeRoux, Ag. Marketing Consultant, has nearly 20 years of experience serving farms through Cornell Cooperative Extension,…

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