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April 2021

2021 New England Farm to Institution Summit

April 8 @ 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Online MA United States

The Northeast Farm to Institution Summit strengthens the regional food system by celebrating and supporting the role of institutions as anchors in the region. By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders in a collaborative process, the summit generates ideas and connections that advance the ability of the Northeast to support viable farm, food, and sea businesses and healthy, just communities. The Summit welcomes both newcomers and pioneers on the forefront of the farm to institution movement to share their…

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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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CISA Annual Meeting

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States

Register here. Join CISA to reflect on lessons from a pandemic year and what it means for the future. We’ll talk about the shortcomings that this crisis revealed in our food system, the ways that local farmers, advocates, and legislators stepped up to keep our communities fed, and new opportunities and challenges that face us as we head into 2021. Panelists: Philip Korman, CISA Executive Director Margaret Christie, CISA Special Projects Director Jo Comerford, MA State Senator, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester…

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AFT Free Range Conversations: Tom Vilsack

April 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online MA United States

Register here. Join American Farmland Trust President and CEO John Piotti and Special Guest Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for a teletownhall on Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET. They will discuss the benefits for farmers and ranchers provided by the American Rescue Plan. They will also look ahead to where the Department of Agriculture is headed, with a focus on regenerative practices and the importance of agriculture in the fight against climate change, the need to recruit a diverse next…

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2021 New England Farm to Institution Summit

April 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States

100% virtual, on the first three Thursdays of April: April 1, 8, 15, 2021. The Northeast Farm to Institution Summit strengthens the regional food system by celebrating and supporting the role of institutions as anchors in the region. By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders in a collaborative process, the summit generates ideas and connections that advance the ability of the Northeast to support viable farm, food, and sea businesses and healthy, just communities. The Summit welcomes both newcomers…

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Pasture Management in a Changing Climate

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States

Part of the University of Maine’s Spring 2021 Climate & Ag Webinar Series. Register for this individual webinar here. Adapting our farms to changing climate – C. Alan Rotz, PhD, PE Al Rotz is an Agricultural Engineer with USDA-ARS. His work has included development of the Integrated Farm System Model (IFSM), and sustainability analysis of beef and dairy production and adaptation of farming systems to climate change. He has decades of experience working with the East Lansing Cluster of the U.S.…

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Spring 2021 Pre-NOSB Meeting

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States

The National Organic Coalition Pre-NOSB meeting will be held virtually this spring on Thursday, April 15 from 1 pm to 5 pm ET. This meeting serves as a public forum for diverse stakeholders to discuss some of the most urgent and challenging issues impacting the organic community. The virtual meeting will include updates from organic farmers, a DC organic policy update, information about petitions and materials that are under review by the NOSB, and breakout sessions on hot topics (see below).…

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A Pig and a Garden: Fannie Lou Hamer, Agricultural Cooperatives and the Black Freedom Movement

April 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Keynote address with author Dr. Monica White, associate professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison In the late 1960s, internationally renowned activist Fannie Lou Hamer purchased forty acres of land in the Mississippi Delta, launching the Freedom Farm Cooperative (FFC). A community-based rural and economic development project, FFC would grow to over 600 acres, offering a means for local sharecroppers, tenant farmers, and domestic workers to pursue community wellness, self-reliance, and political resistance. Life on the cooperative farm…

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Virtual Ag Trivia Night

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States

Massachusetts Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee, 4-H and Dr. Weston Brown are hosting a virtual trivia night on April 19 at 7 p.m.! Come test your knowledge of agriculture…from the comfort of your own home! There will be 4 rounds of 10 questions each, all relating to agriculture. The live video will start at 6:45 p.m. to give everyone a chance to get situated. We’re going to start asking questions at 7:00 p.m. There will be a link to…

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National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting – Virtual

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
Online MA United States

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, hosts expert panels, discusses agenda items, and then votes on recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture in a public forum. With input from the National Organic Standards Board and the organic community, NOP will hold the NOSB Spring 2021 Meeting live online, instead of in-person. This allows the Board to move forward with deliberations as scheduled in an open and public…

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Climate Change & On-Farm Water Management

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States

Part of the University of Maine’s Spring 2021 Climate & Ag Webinar Series. Register for this individual webinar here. Maine’s changing precipitation climate – Sean Birkel, PhD Sean Birkel is a Research Assistant Professor and the Maine State Climatologist based at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. He uses climate modeling and data visualization to better understand climate variability and future impacts. Sean developed ClimateReanalyzer.org, and works with academic and government partners to provide climate information and weather data…

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Marketing in a Pinch: Quick Fixes for the Busy Season

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Spring is here, and so is the busiest time of year for many farmers, market managers, and other food system workers. When you have so many things on your To Do list, social media maintenance and online marketing can fall by the wayside. Join Mieko Ozeki of Radiance Studios, LLC to discuss the quickest and most effective marketing strategies to adopt during the growing season. She'll share low-input and high-reward choices that will elevate your existing marketing practices, or help…

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May 2021

MFBF Solar Partnership Webinar

May 19
Online MA United States

MFBF has partnered with Clearway Community Solar to expand the adoption of solar power to our members through a roofless solar subscription program: Community Solar. With Community Solar, you can support local solar energy to the Commonwealth without installing panels on your property and with the benefit of a savings guarantee. Plus, for every MFBF member that enrolls, Clearway will make a $150 donation back to the MFBF to support our programming. Join one of two webinars on May 19…

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September 2021

SEMAP Grant Writing Workshop

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online MA United States

SEMAP will host a free online grant writing workshop on Sept 22nd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This workshop will focus on the new round of Food Security Infrastructure Grant applications. Expert grant-writer and farm business planner Rose Wilson will walk you through each element of the grant, as well as provide strategies to improve your application. Learn more and register here. Please note: this workshop was previously scheduled for September 15th.

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December 2021

Massachusetts Fiber Meet & Greet

December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

CISA is partnering with Buy Local organizations in a state-wide online networking event for anyone who’s part of the Massachusetts fibershed. This event is a chance for farmers and producers from across our state to meet one another, connect, and discuss the current state of the fiber industry in Massachusetts and its future. Amy DuFault of Southeast New England Fibershed will present on her survey of regional wool and fiber farmers, and discuss topics such as marketing tips and pricing tools…

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