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Growing Mushrooms: Developing the Northeast’s Specialty Mushroom Industry

A Research and Education project funded by Northeast SARE to help more farmers with growing mushrooms JOIN US FOR A 3 WEEK ONLINE WEBINAR SERIES STARTING FEB 5TH Click the link below to join the webinar: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/639543081 The attendees of this online series can apply for ongoing mentoring as they develop and implement a business …

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UMass and UVM Nutrient Management for Vegetable Crops Workshops

MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife 1 Rabbit Hill Rd., Westbourough, MA

Nutrient Management for Vegetable Crops Workshops Need help interpreting your soil test results? Juggling nutrient recommendations for many different fields? The UMass Extension Vegetable Program, in collaboration with University of Vermont Extension, is holding 2 workshops on vegetable nutrient management this March aimed at improving crop nutrition and soil health practices. Becky Maden and Laura …

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UMass Extension: Home Orchard Pruning – a Hands-on Workshop

Carlsons Orchards 115 Oak Hill Rd, Harvard, MA

For full details, go to UMassGarden.com. The joy of growing fruit in the home garden is enjoying a renaissance. One of the key steps in successful fruit growing is the act of pruning the trees. This can seem daunting and complicated, but it’s not! Not once you understand the principles involved. Come learn how to …

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41st Annual UMass Community Tree Conference

41st Annual UMass Community Tree Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for 2020: What’s New in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry? Event date/time: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:45am to 3:30pm Event location: Stockbridge Hall This one-day conference is designed for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts including arborists, tree wardens, urban foresters, foresters, landscape architects and shade …

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CANCELED: UMass Extension: Pruning Blueberries – a Hands-on Workshop

Sholan Farm 1125 Pleasant St, Leominster, MA

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Blueberries are among the most popular fruits to grow in the home garden. They are healthful and well suited to grow in our New England conditions Come learn the basics for pruning blueberries for your home landscape. Participants will get some hands-on pruning lessons. We’ll learn about tool maintenance …

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$50

CANCELED: UMass Extension: Home Orchard Establishment & Basics – a Classroom Workshop

Carlsons Orchards 115 Oak Hill Rd, Harvard, MA

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management will be covered in the afternoon session.) If weather permits, there will be a …

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$50

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

Carlsons Orchards 115 Oak Hill Rd, Harvard, MA

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. 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. …

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$50

LEARN TO COMPOST – Westport Grange

Westport Grange 931 Main Rd, Westport, MA

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 …

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UMass Extension: Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation – a Classroom Workshop

Red Apple Farm 455 Highland Ave, Phillipston, MA

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. 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 …

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

UMass Cold Spring Orchard 391 Sabin St, Belchertown, MA

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. 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. …

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$100

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

UMass French Hall 230 Stockbridge Rd. (Park in Lot 62 behind building), Amherst, MA

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. 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.).  …

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$30

Spoon Carving Workshop at Tilth & Timber

Soule Homestead Education Center 46 Soule St, Middleboro, MA

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 …

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$150.00

153rd Annual Marshfield Fair

Marshfield Fairgrounds 140 Main St, Marshfield, MA

The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society presents… The 153rd Marshfield Fair August 21 – 30, 2020, 140 Main Street, Route 3A, Marshfield, MA 02050 781-834-6629 For more details visit http://marshfieldfair.org/fair/general-information/

Practical Recommendations for Improving Brassica Insect Pest Management

Online MA

Register here. Are you stuck in a flea beetle funk? Caterpillars got you confused? Are your sprouts under aphid attack? Ready to level-up your insect management in brassicas!? Extension researchers with the Brassica Pest Collaborative will share some of their tips and tricks for improving control of these pernicious pests in organic and conventional systems. …

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