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March 2020

CANCELED: UMass Extension: Home Orchard Pest Management – a Hands-on Workshop

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States
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For full details go to One of the most challenging thing about growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify the insect pests and diseases that might afflict them.  Learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. Hands-on, scouting, monitoring, placement of traps, etc. will be covered.* Dr. Jaime Piñero & Ms. Liz Garofalo 1:00pm - 3:00pm Carlson Orchards This workshop can be combined with the Home Orchard Establishment…

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LEARN TO COMPOST – Westport Grange

March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Westport Grange, 931 Main Rd
Westport, MA United States
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LEARN TO COMPOST: Turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into black organic soil and keep them put of the landfill! 2-4 pm Saturday, March 28, Westport Grange Home composting is both fun and easy to do, and does not require large investments of time, money, or effort to be successful. Composting your kitchen scraps and yard waste helps divert material from your local landfill (Americans average a pound a day in food waste) and creates valuable organic soil for use…

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April 2020

CANCELED: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Series – Wareham, MA

April 1 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Rosebrook Event Center, 50 Rosebrook Place
Wareham, MA 02571 United States
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Who Should Attend: Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. This course will also cover the Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP), a voluntary 3rd-party audit program. This training satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for covered farms that “at least one supervisor or responsible party” completes “food safety training … recognized as adequate”…

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UMass Extension: Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation – a Classroom Workshop

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave
Phillipston, MA 01331 United States
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For full details go to Cider is one of the fastest growing craft adult beverage markets in the country! There are many different styles of cider from the stuff your grandparents made in the basement to top shelf ciders that compare to fine Champagnes. Come and learn a brief history of cider and dive in to understanding (and taste) why cider really is the best thing you can do with apples. (Must be over 21 to participate in the…

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CANCELED: UMass Extension: Fruit Tree Grafting – a Hands-on Workshop

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St
Belchertown, MA 01007 United States
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For full details go to Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting - they are not grown from seed. For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a hands-on workshop on “bench grafting” and “cleft grafting” of apple trees. Other grafting techniques will be discussed. Proper tools and sharpening will be included. All workshop participants will graft several apple trees to take home! Dr.…

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Webinar: Basics of Feeding Non-Ruminants

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

CFD PRODUCER Webinars: Basics of Feeding Non-Ruminants Co-operative Feed Dealers has been offering some in-depth webinars on animal production over the last few weeks.  We asked for some basic topics that could be shared with farmers around the northeast. So we have a few lined up for this week as well as the week of April 20. The seminars will be live, but also recorded for viewing at a later date.  We hope we can spread some knowledge around during…

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Webinar: TMR Heating and Maintaining Feed Quality During Summer Conditions

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

TMR Heating and Maintaining Feed Quality During Summer Conditions

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Webinar: Fly control on Animal Operations – IPM

April 17 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

CFD PRODUCER Webinars: Fly control on Animal Operations - IPM Integrated Pest Management for fly control.  Co-operative Feed Dealers has been offering some in-depth webinars on animal production over the last few weeks.  We asked for some basic topics that could be shared with farmers around the northeast. So we have a few lined up for this week as well as the week of April 20. The seminars will be live, but also recorded for viewing at a later date. …

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CANCELED: UMass Extension: Native Pollinator Biology & Conservation – a Classroom Workshop

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UMass French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd. (Park in Lot 62 behind building)
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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For full details go to Native pollinators are an essential resource in our wild and managed landscapes.  Come to this workshop if you're interested in learning more about their biology and conservation.  We'll mainly be talking about different species of bees but other types of pollinators will also be mentioned (flies, birds, bats, etc.).  We'll learn about the different families of pollinating bees ranging from the tiny beautiful sweat bees to the big and endearing bumble bees.  We'll learn…

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Blessed Unrest: Growing a Future for Life on Earth

April 19 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States
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A five-session online conference Saturday, April 18, 2020 Sunday, April 19 Saturday, April 25 Saturday, May 2 Saturday, May 9 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT Free additional 1-hour workshop from 1 - 2 p.m. each day depending on speaker availability Originally planned as a weekend conference at Tufts University, we are now turning it into an extraordinary interactive online conference - with presentations and panels, discussions among audience and speakers, and breakout rooms for small group conversations. Learn about how people…

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CANCELED: SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Intro to Welding

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bayberry Farm & Flower Co., 1841 Maple St
North Dighton, MA 02764 United States
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Join SEMAP for a Twilight Workshop on Saturday, April 25, 2020 11 am - 2 pm at Bayberry Farm & Flower Co., North Dighton, MA Tom Dufault will teach introductory workshop on basic welding skills, to include ARC, MIG, and gas welding brazing, metal prep, safety, and more. Workshop price includes pair of welding goggles.  All participants are required to bring ear protection.  Pre-registration required. $45/Public $25/Member $15/New Farmers.

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May 2020

POSTPONED: SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Backyard Cannabis Growing

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fairmount Fruit Farm Stand, 887 Lincoln Street
Franklin, MA 02038 United States
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Date and Time: May 9 10am-12pm Location: Fairmount Fruit Farm 887 Lincoln Street Franklin, MA 02038 Linda Noel, of Terrapin Farm, is pleased to present a workshop on Backyard Cannabis Growing at Fairmount Fruit Farm in Franklin, MA, to benefit SEMAP! This “twilight” workshop will cover Cannabis Growing (marijuana and/or hemp) from planting a seed to final harvest. Topics will include: Best methods for starting seedlings and where to find seeds How to Clone (Practical cutting advice + take…

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Spoon Carving Workshop at Tilth & Timber

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule St
Middleboro, MA 02346 United States
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During this six hour small group workshop you will learn how to transform a log into a functional wooden spoon using simple hand tools. We will discuss the basics of spoon carving and tools of the trade, including how to safely use an axe and basic knife techniques. You will learn about choosing the right piece of wood, designing a spoon, and reading the grain. No previous woodworking experience is necessary. You will learn safety techniques and have step-by-step instruction…

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Backyard Chicken Care 101 Webinar

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online, MA United States + Google Map

Love the local food movement? Ever thought you might like to keep your own chickens? Want to add a flock for your school or community garden? Come join a webinar by SEMAP and “The Chickeness” Khrysti Smyth Barry of Yardbirds Backyard Chickens for a rundown of housing needs and design, basic feeding and care, health, chick info and transitioning to a coop, popular breeds, and other things you might want to know about keeping your own backyard chickens. Course materials will be provided. Come find out whether keeping chickens might be a good addition to your garden, your school, your kitchen, and your community’s overall health and wellbeing.

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SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Cover Cropping and Soil Health

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Langwater Farm, 209 Washington St
North Easton, MA 02356 United States
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May 20, 2020 5 pm - 7 pm Langwater Farm, 209 Washington St, North Easton, MA During the cover crop workshop, farmers at Langwater Farm will cover selection, establishment, termination and benefits of cover crops, as well as calculating plant available nitrogen.  Maggie Payne from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will talk about the basics of how a healthy soil functions, how to assess the health of your soil, and methods of improving soil health using reduced tillage and…

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