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June 2018

Forgotten Farms Documentary Screening

June 16, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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Schedule of Events: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm   Tour of Bristol Aggie (Optional) 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm   Networking Half Hour 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm   Film Screening 5:20 pm - 6:00 pm   Panel Discussion * Light, dairy-based refreshments will be served       ABOUT THE FILM Forgotten Farms examines class divides in our farm and food communities. Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don’t have a chance to meet their farmer, as the bumper sticker recommends.…

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SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Pastured Poultry at Copicut Farms

June 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Copicut Farms, Darmouth, MA, 11 Copicut Rd.
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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$5 – $20

Copicut Farms in Dartmouth raises pigs and chickens for both meat and eggs. Our SEMAP Twilight workshop will focus primarily on their poultry growing operation, including considerations and best practices for others who would like to start raising meat chickens or egg layers on their farm.

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August 2018

Farm Planning and Grazing School with Sarah Flack – Hosted by TLI

August 17, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - August 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Weatherlow Farm, 845 Sodom Rd.
Westport, MA 02790 United States
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$25 – $70

REGISTER HERE Friday, August 17, 1:30 to 5:00 Matching livestock numbers to land base to increase farm income The first part of this session will include a farm visit and discussion of land base assessment. We'll review how different grazing management methods can increase, or decrease the number of acres needed for the herd. We’ll review how to size paddocks, calculate stocking density and stocking rate and how that helps determine what the ideal herd size is for your farm.…

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September 2018

The Big E – Eastern States Exposition

September 14, 2018 - September 30, 2018
The Big E, 1305 Memorial Ave
Springfield, MA 01089 United States
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Learn more here. Thursday, Sept. 20 – Massachusetts Day   1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA 01089 phone: 413.737.2443 fax: 413.787.0127 email:

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October 2018

Where Women Gather: A Celebration of Women in Agriculture Conference

October 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Southbury, CT

  MORE INFORMATION HERE   Questions about the conference can be directed to Michelle Louise Bicking at

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November 2018

“Exploring the Small Farm Dream” course offered by MDAR

November 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sudbury, MA

Attention Aspiring or Beginning Farmers! There are still spots available in the Fall Exploring the Small Farm Dream course offered by MDAR   When: Tuesdays 6pm-9pm, November 13th to December 11th, in Sudbury MA at the Sudbury Grange. This 5-week course, developed by The New England Small Farm Institute, is designed to guide aspiring farmers through the decision-making process of starting a farm business in Massachusetts.  Participants will assess their skills and knowledge related to starting a farm and running…

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New England Bantam Fall Show

November 18, 2018
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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January 2019

Create a Speed Marketing Plan for Your Farm or Food Business

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Groundwork! New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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Want to increase sales for your farm or food business? Get more accounts? Attract more CSA subscribers? Do you have a plan for how to achieve your goals? A marketing plan works like a GPS to keep you headed in the right direction. Learn the four steps for creating a speed marketing plan. This interactive workshop organized by SEMAP and led by Myrna Greenfield, founder of Good Egg Marketing, will help you outline your plan and get feedback from other…

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SEMAP Beginning Farmer Focus Group

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildlands Trust, 675 Long Pond Rd.
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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SEMAP is calling all beginning farmers! If you are an aspiring farm operator, or you have taken ownership of a farm or stepped into a principal farm manager role between 2006 and 2018, please join us at our Beginning Farmer Focus Group. SEMAP is looking for feedback on how we can continue to support and help you. For 20 years, farmers have turned to SEMAP for support in sustaining their business and mission, seeking answers to their questions, and providing information…

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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

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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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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April 2019

Diversified Livestock Farming & Marketing On Farm Workshop – NOFA/RI

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamestown, RI

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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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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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

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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