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September 2017

The Big E

September 15 - October 1
The Big E, 1305 Memorial Ave
Springfield, MA 01089 United States
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The Big E, also known as The Eastern States Exposition, is billed as "New England's Great State fair". It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the seventh-largest fair in the nation. The Big E is inclusive of all six of the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Each of the New England states is prominently represented at the fair.

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3rd Annual Norfolk County Agricultural HS Expo

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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October 2017

Cranberry Harvest Celebration

October 7 - October 8
A.D. Makepeace, 158 Tihonet Rd
Wareham, MA 02571 United States
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The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a great way to see and learn about the picturesque cranberry harvest while enjoying some old fashioned family fun. Watch as we harvest the crimson berries continuously each day. You can even put on a pair of waders and step into a corral of berries! Visit educational and historical displays, view the spectacular landscape and harvest by taking a helicopter ride, enjoy live cooking demonstrations by some of the area’s finest chefs and culinary professionals,…

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November 2017

SEMAP Annual Meeting

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mark your calendars now, more details to follow soon!  

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Massachusetts Food System Forum

November 17 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster, 99 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453 United States
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Join the MA Food System Collaborative for: reports on progress made toward goals from the MA Local Food Action Plan from state and community organizations; conversations about opportunities for more collective action toward a sustainable and equitable food system; updates on recent legislative actions; and panel discussions on how to best advocate for the issues, funding, and programs that strengthen our food system. Registration materials and more details coming soon, but mark your calendars now!

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December 2017

Community Food Systems Conference

December 5 - December 7
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. We will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at the local and regional level through sustainable food production. The conference…

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New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

December 12 - December 14

This conference will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors. We hope that you will enjoy your time here, and meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives.…

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January 2018

2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

January 13, 2018
Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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The 2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference will take place on January 13th at Worcester State University. The day-long conference features a wide variety of workshops on many aspects of regenerative organic growing, food systems policy, and land management appropriate for growers and organizers of all scales. This year's theme is Cover, Diversity, Regenerate. Degraded soils can be restored by promoting the biological function of the soil ecosystem, which can be accomplished through living plant cover, mulches, and smart farm systems which…

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February 2018

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

February 10, 2018 @ 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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New England FarmCON

February 17, 2018 - February 18, 2018

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, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 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. The annual conference attracts not just seasoned farmers, but beginning farmers, backyard gardeners, foodies, and youth. A delicious lunch featuring locally-sourced food is served,…

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