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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 ourhiddenacresfarm@gmail.com.

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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
$100

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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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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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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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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June 2019

Pastured Pigs at Revival Farm – SEMAP Twilight Workshop

June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Revival Farm, 6 Cross St.
Plympton, MA 02367 United States
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Farmers Katherine & Justin both have full-time jobs, but enjoy running the farm before and after work and on the weekends. They have been raising pigs and chickens for 3 years on their 3.5 acre farm.

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2019 Wool Pool of Southeastern New England

June 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule St
Middleboro, MA 02346 United States
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2019 Wool Pool will be Friday, June 28th 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Soule Homestead in Middleborough (46 Soule St, Middleborough, MA 02346). It will be both a wool pool and fiber hangout, with roasting marshmallows and hot chocolate. Please bring your pre-skirted fleeces. If you have any additional questions, please email fiber@semaponline.org or call 508-364-2833.

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July 2019

Website and E-Commerce Basics Workshop – SEMAP

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Groundwork! New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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Do you need a website? Are you ready to start selling your products online? Come to our Website and E-Commerce Basics workshop to learn more.  We will go over how to secure a domain name and how to get a website up and running.  We’ll also go over options for online shopping functionality, how to accept credit card payments and how to make it all work to enable customers to pay for CSA subscriptions, purchase tickets to on-farm events, order…

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Farm Machinery Maintenance & Servicing 101 – SEMAP Workshop

July 15 @ 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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