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March 2019

Vendor Booth Display Workshop

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Killburn Mill at Clarks Cove, 127 West Rodney French Blvd
New Bedford, MA United States
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$10

Coastal Foodshed and the New Bedford Farmers Market together are hosting a workshop to share tips, tricks, and techniques about how to display your vendor booth at markets. Hear from seasoned vendors on what works best to increase sales and build relationships with your loyal customers. Your vendor booths tell the customers your story- a story worth telling and we'd love to help you share it! The workshop will include dinner with a short presentation, and an interactive vendor booth…

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Winter Production & Seed Breeding at Ivory Silo Farm

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Corner of Hixbridge & Horseneck Rd
Westport, MA 02790 United States
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$12 – $15

Westport, MA | March 25th | 1pm to 3pm | $12 Bill Braun and Dee Levanti grow in two unheated high tunnels in the winter, also utilizing two unheated low tunnels and a new heated, MDAR-funded propagation house for seedling production. In this 2-hour farm tour, organized by NOFA/Mass, Bill and Dee will share what they have learned about the most efficient and effective way to use their season extension structures within their operation.  They will review their winter greens (primarily…

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Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course – NOFA/RI

March 30 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Providence, RI
$75 – $150

Course for farmers, gardeners, and others interested in the world of soil and plant health and function. This course covers foundational and current soil science, crop science, and soil maintenance principles with a focus on organic-farming methodology.

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Garden Planning: Annual Vegetables & Cut Flowers

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St
Marshfield, MA 02050
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$30

The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society is offering a garden planning workshop. In this participatory workshop, you’ll learn organic strategies for small-scale gardening from succession planting to season extension. Bring your garden dimensions as the class will also sketch garden plans and create planting schedules for your specific site. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. Learn more.

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April 2019

Diversified Livestock Farming & Marketing On Farm Workshop – NOFA/RI

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamestown, RI
Free

Sun, April 7, 2019 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Register on-line here. Windmist Farm, 71 Weeden Lane, Jamestown, RI 02835 Martha Neale, Windmist Farm owner and winner of the 2019 Edible Rhody Local Hero Award for Farmer/ Farm, will discuss the importance of diversified livestock farming, or the production of a variety of livestock products. Marketing will also be a key component of the workshop discussion, as labels, packaging and distributing are valuable in selling your products. Come learn…

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Growing in Caterpillar Tunnels On Farm Workshop – NOFA/RI

April 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Exeter, RI
Free

Thur, April 11, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM A free event, Register here. Little River Farm 125 William Reynolds Road, Exeter, RI 02822 Join us as we learn all about growing in caterpillar tunnels from farm owners, Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi. Caterpillar tunnels are easy to build structures that provide great protection from rain, wind, hail, and snow, allowing individuals to grow for more months of the year.

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Southside Community Land Trust Urban Agriculture Kickoff

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Providence, RI
Free

  The Southside Community Land Trust annual spring gardening event is when they reconnect with members, share info about sustainable growing practices, and offer free seeds and low-cost (locally sourced!) organic fertilizer. Urban Ag Kick-off is also one of the two times per year when SCLT members can pick up their 50 gallons of free, high-quality, organic compost. (The other is at the Plant Sale in May.)

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FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Certification Training – Blended Course – UMass Extension

April 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plymouth, MA
$199

IMPORTANT:  In order to attend this one-day training session, you must complete Part 1 of the course online ahead of time, and bring the Part 1 enrollment ticket to class COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food FDA regulation are intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified…

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MAAC Ag Com Boot Camp: Pesticides 101

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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Free

Hosted by the Mass Association of Agricultural Commissions. Learn about MA Pesticide Regulations  Free Session is open to all members of the public, farmers, Ag Coms, municipal boards, and pesticide applicators. 2 Pesticides Credits Please register so that we have adequate seating available.    

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May 2019

Bristol Aggie Spring Expo

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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Free

Bristol Aggie’s Fall Show which draws over 3,000 visitors annually will be Sunday, May 5th, 2019

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Tour of Meatworks Meat Processing Facility – NOFA/RI

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Meatworks, 287 State Road
Wesport, MA
Free

Sunday, May 5, 2019. 12-2 pm Livestock Institue Meatworks Facility 287 State Road Westport, MA 02790  FREE EVENT -RESISTER HERE Join NOFA/RI for this unique and educational tour of Meatworks, a USDA-inspected meat processing facility in Westport, MA, owned and operated by the Livestock Institute.   This is a state of the art facility designed to the highest animal welfare and humane handling standards, food safety standards, and full traceability. This tour should appeal to established and beginning livestock farmers,…

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June 2019

Pastured Pigs at Revival Farm – SEMAP Twilight Workshop

June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Revival Farm, 6 Cross St.
Plympton, MA 02367 United States
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Farmers Katherine & Justin both have full-time jobs, but enjoy running the farm before and after work and on the weekends. They have been raising pigs and chickens for 3 years on their 3.5 acre farm.

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July 2019

Website and E-Commerce Basics Workshop – SEMAP

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Groundwork! New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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Do you need a website? Are you ready to start selling your products online? Come to our Website and E-Commerce Basics workshop to learn more.  We will go over how to secure a domain name and how to get a website up and running.  We’ll also go over options for online shopping functionality, how to accept credit card payments and how to make it all work to enable customers to pay for CSA subscriptions, purchase tickets to on-farm events, order…

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Crush Wine Festival hosted by the MA Farm Wineries & Growers Association

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Randolph, MA
$15 – $40

Sample award-winning Massachusetts wines and meads from wineries across the state, along with local handcrafted cheeses, chocolates, and delicious small bites. Meet the winemakers and take home bottles of your new favorite wines! Learn more.

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Farm Machinery Maintenance & Servicing 101 – SEMAP Workshop

July 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Under the Sun Farm, 1050 Williams St
Dighton, MA
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An expert mechanic with over 40 years of troubleshooting and repairing everything from weed whackers to wide-body aircraft will share his expertise to help you keep your farm machinery in tip-top shape!  You will walk away knowing how to identify basic but important components of your equipment motorized and non-motorized, what basic tools must be in your toolbox, and how to perform basic preventative maintenance on your farm machinery.  You will receive an annual preventative maintenance and servicing schedule.  Q&A session follows…

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