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March 2019

Agriculture Day at the Massachusetts State House

March 27
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
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On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, agriculture will take center stage at the State House in Boston for this annual event. Massachusetts Agriculture Day is the one day a year where farmers come together to focus legislative attention on our industry. Join SEMAP & other agricultural groups to talk to legislators and their staff about the agricultural issues that matter most to you.

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Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course – NOFA/RI

March 30 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Providence, RI
$75 – $150

Course for farmers, gardeners, and others interested in the world of soil and plant health and function. This course covers foundational and current soil science, crop science, and soil maintenance principles with a focus on organic-farming methodology.

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Garden Planning: Annual Vegetables & Cut Flowers

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St
Marshfield, MA 02050
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$30

The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society is offering a garden planning workshop. In this participatory workshop, you’ll learn organic strategies for small-scale gardening from succession planting to season extension. Bring your garden dimensions as the class will also sketch garden plans and create planting schedules for your specific site. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. Learn more.

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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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Growing in Caterpillar Tunnels On Farm Workshop – NOFA/RI

April 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Exeter, RI
Free

Thur, April 11, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM A free event, Register here. Little River Farm 125 William Reynolds Road, Exeter, RI 02822 Join us as we learn all about growing in caterpillar tunnels from farm owners, Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi. Caterpillar tunnels are easy to build structures that provide great protection from rain, wind, hail, and snow, allowing individuals to grow for more months of the year.

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Southside Community Land Trust Urban Agriculture Kickoff

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Providence, RI
Free

  The Southside Community Land Trust annual spring gardening event is when they reconnect with members, share info about sustainable growing practices, and offer free seeds and low-cost (locally sourced!) organic fertilizer. Urban Ag Kick-off is also one of the two times per year when SCLT members can pick up their 50 gallons of free, high-quality, organic compost. (The other is at the Plant Sale in May.)

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FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Certification Training – Blended Course – UMass Extension

April 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plymouth, MA
$199

IMPORTANT:  In order to attend this one-day training session, you must complete Part 1 of the course online ahead of time, and bring the Part 1 enrollment ticket to class COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food FDA regulation are intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified…

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Dartmouth Grange Pancake Breakfast

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Saturday, April 20th & 27th 9:00 am to 11:00 am Adults $10  Children $6 To Be Held on Two Saturdays! Great-tasting New England Fare! Don't miss a chance to enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast prepared in our historic Grange Hall. Come by and eat right before heading over to DNRT's Parson's Reserve to view the extraordinary planting of daffodils. Enjoy two seasonal events! The locally sourced meal served family style will include: jonnycakes, pancakes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, hot and cold beverages,…

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Make it with Maple! (edible South Shore & South Coast)

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hanover, MA
Free

The sap has run and been boiled down into that sweet, golden syrup that you typically pour on pancakes. But there’s more to maple than breakfast. We’ll talk about how syrup is made (for those who haven’t done it before) and what the various grades mean. Then we’ll make a few things that will (hopefully) satisfy your sweet tooth from morning to night. We’ll be making the following with real maple syrup: granola, salad dressing, dessert, and perhaps a beverage to…

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MAAC Ag Com Boot Camp: Pesticides 101

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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Free

Hosted by the Mass Association of Agricultural Commissions. Learn about MA Pesticide Regulations  Free Session is open to all members of the public, farmers, Ag Coms, municipal boards, and pesticide applicators. 2 Pesticides Credits Please register so that we have adequate seating available.    

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Dartmouth Grange Pancake Breakfast

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Saturday, April 20th & 27th 9:00 am to 11:00 am Adults $10  Children $6 To Be Held on Two Saturdays! Great-tasting New England Fare! Don't miss a chance to enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast prepared in our historic Grange Hall. Come by and eat right before heading over to DNRT's Parson's Reserve to view the extraordinary planting of daffodils. Enjoy two seasonal events! The locally sourced meal served family style will include: jonnycakes, pancakes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, hot and cold beverages,…

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Ivory Silo Farm’s Extra Early Spring Plant Sale

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Corner of Hixbridge & Horseneck Rd
Westport, MA 02790 United States

Ivory Silo Farm is holding an Extra Early Plant Sale with cold-hardy crops to get your garden started.  The sale will be held right on Hixbridge Road in Westport (west of the intersection with Horseneck Road) on Saturday, April 27th from 10am –2pm.  We will be accepting cash, check, or card at the sale, and will be open rain or shine - the plants don’t mind!  Visit us on Facebook at The Ivory Silo Seed Project for more info. Plants…

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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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Adopt-a-Seedling at the Marshfield Farmers Market

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St
Marshfield, MA 02050
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Free

The Marshfield Agricultural Commission will hold their popular annual Adopt-a-Seedling event at the Marshfield Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 18, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Marshfield Fair Grounds. Commission members start and nurture seedlings using organic materials and methods and then offer them for adoption. This year will feature over twenty-five varieties of tomato plants, mostly hard-to-find heirlooms including cherry, paste, container and slicing tomatoes of many colors and sizes. Other cuttings and seedlings of vegetables, herbs,…

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