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February 2018

Mass Association of Agricultural Commissions Annual Meeting

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions 2018 Annual Meeting At this meeting, Ag Com members come together for networking, educational sessions and an update on statewide agricultural matters. 10:15 AM Session 1.  Food Safety and Farm Trespassing - A Panel with MDAR's Mike Botelo and Attorney Frank DiLuna 11:30 AM - 1 PM    Potluck Lunch & Annual Meeting 1:15 PM Session 2.  Forest Stewardship - A Panel with Forester Mike Leonard 2:30 PM Session 3.  Sweet Traditions - A Presentation on…

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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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“The APR Program – Looking Forward” MDAR Listening Session – Middleborough

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Middleborough Public Library, 102 North Main St., Middleborough Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30 to 7 PM   As the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program celebrates its 40th year, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is hosting a series of four (4) listening sessions to hear from the public about their ideas for protecting farmland for the future in Massachusetts.  Titled “The APR Program- Looking Forward”,  these sessions are intended to be opportunities for you to recommend ideas and policy considerations for…

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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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Wareham Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UMass Cranberry Station, 1 State Bog Rd
E. Wareham, MA 02358 United States
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$40

Event date/time: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Event location: UMass Cranberry Station Library Instructors: Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Educator & Michael Botelho, MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program Director Cost is $40 Co-sponsored by UMass Extension, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) Visit for more info: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/events/wareham-produce-safety-alliance-grower-training Price includes the required PSA Grower Manual ($50 value), a Certificate of Course attendance from AFDO ($35 value), Certificate of attendance from UMass/MDAR and lunch and refreshments Participants…

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Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming Course

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - May 17 @ 8:00 pm
Barstable County Complex, 3195 Main St.
Barnstable, MA 02630 United States
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$150

8 Week Class Offered on the Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming WHAT: An 8-week course on the Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming is being offered by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Southeastern MA Aquaculture Center & Woods Hole Sea Grant.  Course topics include shellfish biology, clam and oyster culture techniques, predator control, permitting, safety, and an intro to business management. WHEN: Class will meet on Thursdays from 6-8PM starting on March 22th at the Barnstable County Complex on Route 6A. COST: The cost…

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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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May 2018

6th Annual Bristol Aggie Spring Expo

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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Free

Highlights include the BA Grows Farmer's Market & Vendor Expo, Live Animal Exhibits, Gourmet Food Truck, Live Entertainment, and more! Just in time for Mother's Day, check out the Bristol Aggie Plant Sale hosted by the BA Floriculture & Landscape Design & Construction students. Prospective Student tour for 6th and 7th graders will run from 9-11am, starting in the Gymnasium. If you will be joining the tour please sign up beforehand on the Bristol Aggie website or facebook event.

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August 2018

2018 Farm to Tapas

August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$30 - $95

More details to follow.

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