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February 2020

Growing Mushrooms: Developing the Northeast’s Specialty Mushroom Industry

February 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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 plan for growing mushrooms commercially. Ten growers will be accepted for intensive support from the project team in exchange for keeping track of labor and…

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SEMAP’s 13th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference

February 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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Learn more about the conference here. 

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March 2020

UMass and UVM Nutrient Management for Vegetable Crops Workshops

March 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - March 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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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 Johnson of UVM will present on the topics listed below and will be available for one-on-one nutrient management consultations with growers in the afternoon. Growers…

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

March 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States

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 properly prune your fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, etc.). Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in…

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41st Annual UMass Community Tree Conference

March 10, 2020 @ 8:45 am - 3:30 pm

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 tree committee members. This year's conference will present updates on safety (ANSI Z133 revision), pest management, research, and i-Tree as well as managing invasives in…

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

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sholan Farm, 1125 Pleasant St
Leominster, MA 01453 United States
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$50

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 and sharpening, too. Bring your own tools or use ours.* Ms. Sonia Schloemann 10:00am to 12:00pm Sholan Farm

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

March 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States
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$50

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 hands-on demonstration of planting fruit trees at Red Apple Farm. Mr. Jon Clements & Ms. Liz Garofalo 10:00am - 12:00pm Carlson Orchards   This workshop…

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

March 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States
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$50

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. 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, 2020 @ 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

UMass Extension: Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation – a Classroom Workshop

April 4, 2020 @ 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 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 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, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St
Belchertown, MA 01007 United States
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$100

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

April 18, 2020 @ 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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$30

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.).  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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May 2020

Spoon Carving Workshop at Tilth & Timber

May 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule St
Middleboro, MA 02346 United States
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$150.00

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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August 2020

153rd Annual Marshfield Fair

August 21, 2020 - August 30, 2020
Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St
Marshfield, MA 02050
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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/

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April 2021

Practical Recommendations for Improving Brassica Insect Pest Management

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States

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. Short presentations on management each of the following pest will be followed with your Q&A. Featuring: -Faruque Zaman, Cornell Coop Extension, on Cabbage Root Maggot…

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