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January 2018

New Bedford Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Groundwork! New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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Brockton Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brockton Public Library – Main Branch, 304 Main St.
Brockton, MA 02301 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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NOFA/MA Seed Sovereignty Field Day at Round The Bend Farm

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA United States
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$48 - $63

Those who control the seed system, control the food system. And yet, over the past 50 years, as we’ve lost the majority of our plant breeds and seed companies, we’ve also divorced plants from their place. Cultivars are no longer bred to thrive in a certain bioregion or soil type. Rarely are they developed for drought or flood tolerance. Nor are most seeds bred under organic systems, which means that most organic growers are planting seeds that thrive on soluble…

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Southern New England Livestock Conference

January 28
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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This full-day event will bring together some of the most knowledgeable farmers, consultants, and experts in our region. TLI is providing a wide range of expertise, networking opportunities, and learning for an incredibly affordable price. 2018 Keynote Speaker is Andrew Gunther! Andrew is Executive Director of A Greener World, home of America's leading food labels: Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. For nearly a decade Andrew has spearheaded the unprecedented growth…

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Community Knit Night at the Dartmouth Grange

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Community Knit Night is a meeting of knitters and crocheters who make warm hats, scarves, etc. for people who need them. Donations go to organizations nearby and farther away. We have patterns and yarn for people who help. This group meets on the last Tuesday of the month all year long and is open to all.

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Plymouth Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildlands Trust, 675 Long Pond Rd.
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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February 2018

Film & Potluck at the Dartmouth Grange

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Free

Friday, February 2nd,  doors open 5:30 pm, potluck begins 6:00 pm, movie begins 6:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share. Join the Dartmouth Grange for a screening of the short documentary, SEED (watch a short ~2 min trailer here) Sponsored by SEMAP

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Taunton Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trescott Street Gallery, 8 Trescott St.
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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Campus Farmer Summit: “What’s Growing on Your Campus?”

February 10 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Martin Institute at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St.
Easton, MA United States
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The Farm at Stonehill seeks to grow community around fresh produce and spark those who visit the farm to think about how their food choices have local and global, social and environmental impacts. We are pleased to be partnering with Farm to Institution New England and the Vela Foundation to host this inaugural gathering of the campus farmer community in New England.  This one-day summit will be participatory in nature and may result in the establishment of a more official…

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Walpole Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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New England FarmCON

February 17 - February 18

New England FarmCon is all about connections, learning and growth. With over 250 of our region’s agri-business, homestead & organic living movers and shakers, and small farm producers come together with consumers for a weekend of interactive learning, engagement, and commerce. Discover, try, and buy local products and services. Learn from experts at classes and ongoing show floor sessions on topics ranging from meads and fermented drinks to organic beef and other foods. Find everything you need to start a…

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SEMAP’s 11th Annual Ag & Food Conference

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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SEMAP’s Annual Agriculture & Food Conference brings in experts to lead informative workshops and discussions on a range of topics. Past workshop topics have included which cover crops are best for weed suppression, nitrogen dynamics in organic cropping systems, how to start your own worm composting bin, and protecting genetic diversity within agriculture, just to name a few.  

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March 2018

Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - March 17 @ 5:00 pm
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave.
Boston, MA United States
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$50

The Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships. The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers,…

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Ag Day at the Massachusetts State House

March 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
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Farmers! Legislators! Organizations! Local Food Purveyors! From buy-local campaigns and Farmer’s Markets to CSA’s and farmland preservation as pieces and parts of what constitutes a healthy agricultural sector, Ag day marks a celebration of everything related to agriculture in the Commonwealth.  The beauty of this event is the friendly atmosphere that pervades throughout the day. Legislators, who help create a fruitful environment for farmers and eaters alike through legislation, mingle with farmers, food system collaborators,  MDAR and Extension staff, dairy owners,…

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