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October 2018

Market Garden Budget @ Natick Community Organic Farm – EMass C.R.A.F.T.

October 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Oct 24. Market Garden Budget @ Natick Community Organic Farm in Natick, 4:00-6:00pm Host: Natick Organic Community Farm Presenter: Chris Yoder, farmer and owner, Vanguarden CSA Address & Parking: 117 Eliot Street, Natick. Park in the lot next to the greenhouse. We meet in NOCF’s workshop (the main administrative building next to the greenhouse). Please check the Craft Visits schedule (linked below) for the most up to date information regarding the Farm Visits, and to check for any reschedules or…

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SEMAP Workshop on Wash Stations & Cold Storage

October 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Skinny Dip Farm, 85 Willow Ave
Little Compton, RI United States
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Join SEMAP for a tour of Skinny Dip Farm in Little Compton, RI. Husband and wife team Ben and Hannah Wolbach farm 4 acres of certified organic vegetables and flowers. We will get a chance to talk about the farm overall and additional topics to be covered include: Post-harvest handling for long-term winter storage Using Coolbot powered cold storage through the winter with the addition of heating capacity. The farm has 2 retrofitted coolers and will hopefully have a third pro set…

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November 2018

SEMAP 2018 Annual Meeting at Round the Bend Farm

November 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA United States
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This year we are pleased to announce our Annual Meeting will be held at Round the Bend Farm's new innovative & sustainable Learning Center in South Dartmouth.   We will take the opportunity to recognize some exceptional folks involved in the local food movement in Southeastern Massachusetts, review some of SEMAP's accomplishments over the past year, and look forward to goals for 2019. We will also hear updates from key partners on: farm to institution sales opportunities, urban agriculture & food access…

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February 2019

Open House for Volunteer Educators – New Garden Society

February 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Crystal Spring Farm, 76 Everett Skinner Road
Plainville, MA United States

Calling all Green Industry professionals! Would you like to share your horticultural and agricultural know-how with our incarcerated community? If you are intrigued by the idea of teaching once a month in a prison garden in 2019, please swing by to meet with our team of Educators and find out if the experience is for you. Educators will give short presentations on the position and their experiences in the prison gardens at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30pm. Learn about how you…

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SEMAP’s 12th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference

February 24, 2019 @ 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

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

March 30, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$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, 2019 @ 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

Southside Community Land Trust Urban Agriculture Kickoff

April 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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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Ivory Silo Farm’s Extra Early Spring Plant Sale

April 27, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Adopt-a-Seedling at the Marshfield Farmers Market

May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St
Marshfield, MA 02050
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Free

The Marshfield Agricultural Commission will hold their popular annual Adopt-a-Seedling event at the Marshfield Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 18, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Marshfield Fair Grounds. Commission members start and nurture seedlings using organic materials and methods and then offer them for adoption. This year will feature over twenty-five varieties of tomato plants, mostly hard-to-find heirlooms including cherry, paste, container and slicing tomatoes of many colors and sizes. Other cuttings and seedlings of vegetables, herbs,…

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July 2019

Farm Machinery Maintenance & Servicing 101 – SEMAP Workshop

July 15, 2019 @ 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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Workshop on Hand Pollination

July 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Corner of Hixbridge & Horseneck Rd
Westport, MA 02790 United States
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Free

The Freed Seed Federation and the Young Farmer Network are collaborating for an evening of plant sex! Heron Breen (Fedco Seeds) and Hannah Traggis (Massachusetts Horticultural Society) will be instructing participants in hand pollination for seed saving and plant breeding. This basic but crucial skill will empower folks to ensure varietal purity in seed growing, and make crosses for new varieties in the garden or on the farm. The focus will primarily be on squash, tomatoes, and peppers. Tools will…

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August 2019

45th Annual NOFA Summer Conference

August 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Hampshire College, 900 West St
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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$5 – $195

Nutrition Matters | Soil Health Builds Human Health Keynote speaker, Sandor Katz. Wide-range of seminars, workshops and other educational opportunities. Immerse yourself in a community of like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. Always a family-friendly event, you can bring the whole family to enjoy workshops for adults, kids and teens, over 60 vendors, live music, games and amazing food!

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January 2020

UMass Extension: Pruning Grapes – a Hands-on Workshop

January 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St
Belchertown, MA 01007 United States
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$50

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Grapes are one of the most universally enjoyed fruits available. Many of the new varieties have excellent taste, are winter hardy, and can make excellent wine. Grapes are fun to grow but present some challenges. One of the biggest challenges is knowing how to correctly prune them. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning and training grapes in order to produce a bountiful crop.…

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