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July 2019

Website and E-Commerce Basics Workshop – SEMAP

July 9, 2019 @ 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, 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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August 2019

Farmer Education – The Value of Using Social Media for Your Business

August 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Value of Using Social Media for Your Business. An Online Social Media Workshop for Farmers. The Branding Edit is so excited to host this 90-minute webinar designed specifically to share the importance of utilizing social media to build your business— and the ways to do just that! Together, we’ll help you identify your brand direction, figure out who you are speaking to, and what your goals are for social media. You will learn the best practices to get the…

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Farmer Education – Diversify Your Business by Selling Wholesale to Restaurants

August 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online, MA United States

Farmers Bill Braun and Dee Levanti grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers on about 5 acres at Ivory Silo Farm in Westport, MA Farmer Bill Braun from the Ivory Silo Farm in Westport, MA has been successful in selling his produce to several award-winning restaurants in MA including Cafe DuPay and Guilia Restaurants in Cambridge and Little Moss Restaurant in South Dartmouth. Bill is gracious enough to share his insights and advice with other farmers on how they too can diversify…

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Farmer Education: QuickBooks Troubleshooting with Julia Shanks of The Farmer’s Office

August 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

QuickBooks Troubleshooting with Julia Shanks of The Farmer's Office August 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm Description: While the concepts of QuickBooks may be clear, the implementation can get tricky; especially since each farm has its own unique systems. In this session, we will go over common challenges (and solutions!), and provide an open forum to ask questions specific to your business. We will help you troubleshoot problems and offer suggestions to clean up your QuickBooks file so that you can…

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September 2019

Producing Value-Added Products in a Shared Commercial Kitchen

September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope & Main, 691 main St.
Warren, RI 02885 United States
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6-8pm Hope & Main 691 Main Street Warren, Rhode Island 02885 Are you interested in producing and selling jarred sauces, processed vegetables and other value-added food products to the public but not sure where to start? Join SEMAP at Home & Main in Warren, RI to learn about using a shared commercial kitchen, food safety guidelines, co-packing options, and more.    Hope & Main's mission is to help local entrepreneurs jump-start early-stage food companies and food-related…

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SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Raising Sheep 101

September 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule St
Middleboro, MA 02346 United States
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September 29th from 10AM-12PM Are you fascinated by fiber, a lover of lamb or just thinking about how to mow your grass without power?  Then sheep might be the perfect animal to add to your life.  Whether it is just a few that you would like to get for your yard or if you are interested in starting a flock then come and learn the basics.  We will discuss breeds, fencing, housing, feeding, hoof care, parasites and everyone can try…

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November 2019

SEMAP 2019 Annual Meeting

November 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Groundwork! New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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Join us for a celebration of SEMAP's accomplishments in 2019, networking with farmers and allies from across the region, and a presentation of awards for local farms, businesses, and people key to the success of local agriculture in Southeastern Mass. Held at Groundwork New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA 02740. Use the Maxfield Street Entrance as shown on the map below. The corner of Purchase & Maxfield Streets is a stop on SRTA's New Bedford Routes 2 &…

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February 2020

SEMAP’s 13th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference

February 23 @ 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

Winter Networking at Somethin’s Brewin’ Book Cafe

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Somethin’s Brewin’ Book Cafe, 241 Main St
Lakeville, MA 02347 United States
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Let's do some networking and learning over coffee! Hear from representatives from Coastal Food Shed, The Marion Institute, and MDAR and discuss all aspects of wholesale from planning to delivery. Coastal Food Shed and The Marion Institute will take some time to speak with farmers about current marketing channels, interest in growing their wholesale marketing spaces, interest in a food hub, and farm to school opportunities.  We'll discuss what these new channels could mean for their farm business and will give…

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Deadline to Update Your Local Food Guide Listing

March 15

If you grow or serve local food, update your free Local Food Guide listing here before March 15th, 2020! SEMAP's Local Food Guide promotes local farms, grocers, restaurants, seafood, beer, wine, spirits and more! Serving Massachusetts counties of Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth.    

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April 2020

CANCELED: SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Intro to Welding

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bayberry Farm & Flower Co., 1841 Maple St
North Dighton, MA 02764 United States
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Join SEMAP for a Twilight Workshop on Saturday, April 25, 2020 11 am - 2 pm at Bayberry Farm & Flower Co., North Dighton, MA Tom Dufault will teach introductory workshop on basic welding skills, to include ARC, MIG, and gas welding brazing, metal prep, safety, and more. Workshop price includes pair of welding goggles.  All participants are required to bring ear protection.  Pre-registration required. $45/Public $25/Member $15/New Farmers.

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May 2020

POSTPONED: SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Backyard Cannabis Growing

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fairmount Fruit Farm Stand, 887 Lincoln Street
Franklin, MA 02038 United States
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Date and Time: May 9 10am-12pm Location: Fairmount Fruit Farm 887 Lincoln Street Franklin, MA 02038 Linda Noel, of Terrapin Farm, is pleased to present a workshop on Backyard Cannabis Growing at Fairmount Fruit Farm in Franklin, MA, to benefit SEMAP! This “twilight” workshop will cover Cannabis Growing (marijuana and/or hemp) from planting a seed to final harvest. Topics will include: Best methods for starting seedlings and where to find seeds How to Clone (Practical cutting advice + take…

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Backyard Chicken Care 101 Webinar

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online, MA United States + Google Map

Love the local food movement? Ever thought you might like to keep your own chickens? Want to add a flock for your school or community garden? Come join a webinar by SEMAP and “The Chickeness” Khrysti Smyth Barry of Yardbirds Backyard Chickens for a rundown of housing needs and design, basic feeding and care, health, chick info and transitioning to a coop, popular breeds, and other things you might want to know about keeping your own backyard chickens. Course materials will be provided. Come find out whether keeping chickens might be a good addition to your garden, your school, your kitchen, and your community’s overall health and wellbeing.

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SEMAP Twilight Workshop: Cover Cropping and Soil Health

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Langwater Farm, 209 Washington St
North Easton, MA 02356 United States
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May 20, 2020 5 pm - 7 pm Langwater Farm, 209 Washington St, North Easton, MA During the cover crop workshop, farmers at Langwater Farm will cover selection, establishment, termination and benefits of cover crops, as well as calculating plant available nitrogen.  Maggie Payne from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will talk about the basics of how a healthy soil functions, how to assess the health of your soil, and methods of improving soil health using reduced tillage and…

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