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November 2019

New England Bantam Club Fall Show

November 17, 2019
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States

November 17, 2019 Norfolk County Agricultural H.S., Walpole, MA Learn more at:  

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UMass Food Revolution Fair

November 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UMass Dartmouth
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UMass Extension Fall Wrap-Up (Pesticide Credit Hours)

November 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sturbridge, MA
$75 – $95

Earn pesticide applicator credits with UMass Extension specialists as they look at the challenges and problems of the 2019 season. Topics on woody ornamentals in the morning session include: Eastern White Pine Health and Other Woody Plant Diseases Observed in 2019; Managing Tough Landscape Weeds; and the Year In Review of Troublesome Insect and Mite Pests of Woody Plants. Turf topics in the afternoon session include: Turf Weeds Your Program Is Likely To Miss; What We Saw In The Plant Diagnostic Lab in 2019; and Selecting Grasses to…

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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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3rd Annual Massachusetts Food System Forum

November 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Worcester, MA

Attend the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum to learn new skills, celebrate successes, and collaborate across disciplines to increase equity and sustainability in the MA food system. Morning Sessions The day will begin with an optional networking breakfast at 9:00am. After an overview of the MA Food System Collaborative’s work and selected food system topics, there will be the opportunity to attend breakout groups which will provide updates and brainstorm next steps around the Healthy Incentives Program, food waste,…

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December 2019

Create a Quality of Life on Your Profitable Farm [Webinar]

December 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States

What if you could have a high quality of life and a good income from your farm? Presenter Ben Grimes of Dawnbreaker Farms in NC has cracked this code and in this presentation, he will share his proven strategies to increase profitability while reducing workload.

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Potluck & Annual Varieties Discussion at Newton Community Farm [EMass C.R.A.F.T.]

December 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

December 4, Potluck & Annual Varieties Discussion @ Newton Community Farm CRAFT visits are farmer-led and include a farm tour and discussion of a topic we hope will be useful to apprentices, new and experienced farmers.  

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Massachusetts Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

December 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Framingham, MA
$25 – $99

Join your neighbors and friends in celebrating the Massachusetts agricultural industry and the successes of the state’s largest general farm organization.

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Winter Growing and Season Extension Practices Workshop

December 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tiverton, RI

Farm owners, Mike and Kelli Roberts, will demonstrate how to grow and cultivate a variety of crops on a year-round basis with the use of unheated, moveable high tunnels and low tunnels. The workshop will focus on winter growing, with a discussion of optimizing planting dates and varieties for the winter, preparation of 30-inch beds, as well as maintaining soil and crop health. Roots Farm is a 1.3 acre certified organic vegetable farm run by Mike and Kelli Roberts in…

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New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show

December 10, 2019 - December 12, 2019

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show includes more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for an informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues.

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Winter CRAFT planning at Newton Community Farm [EMass C.R.A.F.T.]

December 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

December 18, 10-Noon, Winter CRAFT planning @ Newton Community Farm CRAFT visits are farmer-led and include a farm tour and discussion of a topic we hope will be useful to apprentices, new and experienced farmers.

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January 2020

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

January 11

The 2020 NOFA Winter Conference Keynote Presenter will be the award-winning journalist Carey Gillam!  Gillam is a former senior correspondent for Reuter’s international news service and veteran journalist with over 25 years of experience covering American corporations and agribusiness. She specializes in biotech, pesticide development, and the environmental impacts of food production in the United States. Her articles appear regularly in The Guardian, the Huffington Post, Environmental Health News and the US Right to Know.   

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Open House to Celebrate Alderbrook Farm

January 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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In honor of their 20 years of extraordinary contributions to the community, it's time to celebrate and show appreciation to Allen and Nancy Manley of Alderbrook Farm in Dartmouth. Alderbrook Farm Stand is closing December 31, 2019. The Open House to Celebrate them will be be held Sunday, January 12, 2020 between 1 - 3 PM at the Dartmouth Grange (next to Alderbrook Farm) located at 1133 Fisher Road  Dartmouth, MA. The organizers ask that you please share rides with…

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Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan Listening Session

January 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States

The event has been moved from the Auditorium to the Cafeteria. Join us for a public workshop in support of the Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan. We will ask community members and stakeholders from the southeastern region and beyond to explore the role of healthy soils across the spectrum of land uses, from specialized ecosystems to agriculture to built lands, and to assist us in developing recommendations for conserving and enhancing soils that preserve their most important functions. The exact…

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UMass Extension: Pruning Grapes – a Hands-on Workshop

January 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St
Belchertown, MA 01007 United States
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For full details go to Grapes are one of the most universally enjoyed fruits available. Many of the new varieties have excellent taste, are winter hardy, and can make excellent wine. Grapes are fun to grow but present some challenges. One of the biggest challenges is knowing how to correctly prune them. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning and training grapes in order to produce a bountiful crop.…

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