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February 2019

SEMAP’s 12th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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Learn more and view all the details about the conference here. Farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, advocates, foodies, and anyone interested in local agriculture: join us for our 12th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference! We will be having 20+ workshops, a resource fair, keynote address, and an always tasty locally-sourced lunch. Hosted at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, MA. Register for tickets here! SEMAP Members, Beginning Farmers, Students, and children are all eligible for reduced priced tickets.  

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March 2019

NOFA/RI Winter Conference

March 3 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Bristol, RI
$30 – $50

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (NOFA/RI) Winter Conference is our largest educational and fundraising event of the year.  Sunday, March 3, 2019, is our 6th annual conference with a full day of workshops with nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture as well as influential speakers from across Rhode Island and New England, networking sessions, our annual meeting, and a delicious potluck meal. This year’s Winter Conference had something for everyone, be they a gardener, farmer or fan of organic…

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Local Specialty Crop & Local Food Trade Show

March 5 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Northeastern University Boston, MA,

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is offering our 8th Local Food Trade Show. The 2019 Local Food Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts. Local Specialty Crop Trade Show Exhibitors will include New England based farmers, produce distributors and local specialty crop producers (products made with 50% or more specialty crops also qualify). Please view the…

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Funding Opportunities for your Farm

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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Free

Have a new enterprise you would like to pursue on your farm? Looking to update old infrastructure? Have a great idea you’d like to trial? Learn about funding opportunities and resources for vegetable farmers in Massachusetts including grants, crop insurance, low-interest loans, and business management support. Representatives will be available to discuss options from NRCS, RMA, MDAR, SARE. Attendees will complete a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis with the experts on hand and leave the workshop with resources…

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Student Loan Basics for Farmers

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Student loan debt has become a significant obstacle for young farmers who are trying to make a living in agriculture. This webinar discusses the different types of student loans and how borrowers can deal with them. Topics include managing repayment, avoiding or getting out of loan default, and loan cancellation.

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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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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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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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Ivory Silo Farm’s Extra Early Spring Plant Sale

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Corner of Hixbridge & Horseneck Rd
Westport, MA 02790 United States

Ivory Silo Farm is holding an Extra Early Plant Sale with cold-hardy crops to get your garden started.  The sale will be held right on Hixbridge Road in Westport (west of the intersection with Horseneck Road) on Saturday, April 27th from 10am –2pm.  We will be accepting cash, check, or card at the sale, and will be open rain or shine - the plants don’t mind!  Visit us on Facebook at The Ivory Silo Seed Project for more info. Plants…

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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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