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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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UMass Extension: Home Orchard Pruning – a Hands-on Workshop

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States

For full details, go to UMassGarden.com. The joy of growing fruit in the home garden is enjoying a renaissance. One of the key steps in successful fruit growing is the act of pruning the trees. This can seem daunting and complicated, but it’s not! Not once you understand the principles involved. Come learn how to properly prune your fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, etc.). Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in…

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NOFA/RI Annual Meeting and Winter Conference

March 8 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Audubon Society of Rhode Island Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope St
Bristol, RI 02809 United States
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NOFA/RI is hosting it's Annual Meeting and 7th Annual Winter Conference with workshops in organic & sustainable farm, food & garden! Learn more here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nofari-2020-winter-conference-registration-86085248295?aff=ebdssbeac

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UMass Extension: Pruning Blueberries – a Hands-on Workshop

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sholan Farm, 1125 Pleasant St
Leominster, MA 01453 United States
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$50

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Blueberries are among the most popular fruits to grow in the home garden. They are healthful and well suited to grow in our New England conditions Come learn the basics for pruning blueberries for your home landscape. Participants will get some hands-on pruning lessons. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too. Bring your own tools or use ours.* Ms. Sonia Schloemann 10:00am to 12:00pm Sholan Farm

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UMass Extension: Home Orchard Establishment & Basics – a Classroom Workshop

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States
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$50

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management will be covered in the afternoon session.) If weather permits, there will be a hands-on demonstration of planting fruit trees at Red Apple Farm. Mr. Jon Clements & Ms. Liz Garofalo 10:00am - 12:00pm Carlson Orchards   This workshop…

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UMass Extension: Home Orchard Pest Management – a Hands-on Workshop

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Carlsons Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard, MA 01458 United States
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$50

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. One of the most challenging thing about growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify the insect pests and diseases that might afflict them.  Learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. Hands-on, scouting, monitoring, placement of traps, etc. will be covered.* Dr. Jaime Piñero & Ms. Liz Garofalo 1:00pm - 3:00pm Carlson Orchards This workshop can be combined with the Home Orchard Establishment…

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April 2020

UMass Extension: Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation – a Classroom Workshop

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave
Phillipston, MA 01331 United States
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For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Cider is one of the fastest growing craft adult beverage markets in the country! There are many different styles of cider from the stuff your grandparents made in the basement to top shelf ciders that compare to fine Champagnes. Come and learn a brief history of cider and dive in to understanding (and taste) why cider really is the best thing you can do with apples. (Must be over 21 to participate in the…

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UMass Extension: Fruit Tree Grafting – a Hands-on Workshop

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St
Belchertown, MA 01007 United States
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$100

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting - they are not grown from seed. For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a hands-on workshop on “bench grafting” and “cleft grafting” of apple trees. Other grafting techniques will be discussed. Proper tools and sharpening will be included. All workshop participants will graft several apple trees to take home! Dr.…

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UMass Extension: Native Pollinator Biology & Conservation – a Classroom Workshop

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UMass French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd. (Park in Lot 62 behind building)
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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$30

For full details go to UMassGarden.com. Native pollinators are an essential resource in our wild and managed landscapes.  Come to this workshop if you're interested in learning more about their biology and conservation.  We'll mainly be talking about different species of bees but other types of pollinators will also be mentioned (flies, birds, bats, etc.).  We'll learn about the different families of pollinating bees ranging from the tiny beautiful sweat bees to the big and endearing bumble bees.  We'll learn…

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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

Spoon Carving Workshop at Tilth & Timber

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule St
Middleboro, MA 02346 United States
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$150.00

During this six hour small group workshop you will learn how to transform a log into a functional wooden spoon using simple hand tools. We will discuss the basics of spoon carving and tools of the trade, including how to safely use an axe and basic knife techniques. You will learn about choosing the right piece of wood, designing a spoon, and reading the grain. No previous woodworking experience is necessary. You will learn safety techniques and have step-by-step instruction…

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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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