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June 2017

Ag Com Gathering

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UMass Cranberry Station, 1 State Bog Rd
E. Wareham, MA 02358 United States
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Informational gathering hosted by SEMAP for Ag Commissions and others who may be interested. Agenda items will include the following: · The new AgCom statute (Chap 40, Sec 8L) · The state Local Food Action Plan – what should AgComs be doing to advance Action Plan items? · Assistance with farmland protection · APR program changes. FREE, but please pre-register so we have a head count. Thank you! Sign up here!

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July 2017

No-Till Market Gardening Intensive: Tools and Techniques For Vital Crops and Healthier Soils

July 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Woven Roots Farm, 12 McCarty Road
Tyringham, MA United States
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$75 - $105

Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using no-till practices on a commercial scale from long-time farmers Jen and Pete Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm. Jen and Pete have managed their diversified vegetable farm for over 15 years using inexpensive, low-tech tools. Their system has built a soil with incredible structure, water-holding capacity, and the soil life needed to grow nutrient-dense crops. They’ve been able to do so all while reducing the use of fossil fuels and compaction associated with tractor…

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Watson Farm: Management & Forage Production for Grass Based Livestock

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Watson Farm, 455 North Rd
Jamestown, RI 02835 United States
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Free

This twilight Pasture Walk at Historic New England’s Watson Farm will be led by Don Minto and Chris Dvorak, farm managers, who have been managing Red Devon Cattle and sheep on these historic grasslands for well over 35 years. This discussion and tour will feature forage management practices that have evolved and been implemented on Watson Farm’s extensive grasslands. Some topics that will likely be discussed are: The history of the “Grasses of Conanicut” Portable and permanent fences for rotational…

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Westport Fair

July 12 - July 16
Westport Fairgrounds, 200 Pine Hill Rd
Westport, MA 02790 United States
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Old fashioned county fair featuring: Tractor Pull Baking Contest Canning Vegetables Quilt Contest Livestock

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Growing Cut Flowers

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Norwell Farms, 4 Jacobs Ln
Norwell, MA 02061 United States
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$5 - $10

Have you dreamed of growing beautiful cutting flowers to brighten your home all season long. If so, please join Nikki Bartley of Cross Street Flower Farm to learn what to plant for cut flower growing, how to harvest for bouquets, and simple flower arranging. Cross Street Flower Farm grows over 50 varieties of specialty-cut flowers.  They farm without the use of chemicals or pesticides, using only organic and sustainable methods.

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In-season Monitoring and Plant Management for Growing Biological Systems

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
South Street Farm, 198 South St
Somerville, MA United States
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Free - $24

This event is free for Trustees of Reservation and Groundwork Somerville staff, students, volunteers, community and local members. Other members of the general public should register through this event page. Learn how to understand the health of your plants through observation and other monitoring methods. We will test Conductivity and Brix monitoring for activity during the season.  The session will also look at using foliar sprays and nutrient drenches to keep plants healthy.

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Beekeeping

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Norwell Farms, 4 Jacobs Ln
Norwell, MA 02061 United States
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$5 - $10

Join us for a 90-minute workshop on Backyard Beekeeping.  The decline of the honeybee has prompted many enthusiasts to start their own backyard beehive.  Find out if this is for you.  We will cover where to get proper training on beekeeping, costs of establishing your own beehive and basics of honeybees and honey production.  Plan to leave knowing more about honeybees and whether this hobby is for you. ($5 Friend of the Farm /$10 general)

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Osterville Historical Museum’s Pigs & Pearls

July 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Osterville Historical, 155 West Bay Rd
Osterville, MA 02566 United States
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$55

Join us for an evening of fabulous local food! Raw bar, specialty sweet & savory hors d’oeuvres, wine and Naukabout Beer. Live jazz and blues by the Clayton/Restaino Project. Auction of a one-of-a-kind Osterville drawing by Elizabeth Mumford. All proceeds benefit the Osterville Historical Museum. Tickets: $55/person or $100/couple.

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Barnstable County Fair

July 17 - July 23
Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway
E. Falmouth, MA 02536 United States
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Fun for the whole family! Live entertainment, rides, petting zoo, demolition derbies, and much more!

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CANCELLED – Play with Bay! Evening Wine Party on the Patio!

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Plymouth Bay Winery, 114 Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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Join us at Plymouth Bay Winery for a delicious evening! Sample cranberry wine and several other varieties on the gorgeous patio overlooking Plymouth Bay. Taste turkey meatballs, spreads, dips, and other snacks made with the Winery's own wine jellies and sauces. All attendees will go home with a souvenir wine glass. $15 SEMAP Members $20 General Public

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SEMAP & TLI 3rd Annual Farm to Tapas

July 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Historic Home & Farm of Joseph Keith III, 775 Horseneck Rd
Westport, MA 02790 United States
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Join us for an evening of local food, drink, and fun! SEMAP and TLI present our twist on the traditional farm to table dinner, 3rd Annual Farm to Tapas. The most fun and delicious summer event on the South Coast! We've invited over a dozen local restaurants and caterers (all sourcing local ingredients, of course) to prepare their own tapas station. Guests will be able to sample delicious tapas, desserts, and drinks from each station. Live music, live and silent…

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August 2017

Local Beer and Cheese Tasting

August 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shovel Town Brewery, 50 Oliver St, Rear
Easton, MA 02356 United States
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Come check out Southeastern MA's newest and hottest brewery! Join us at Shovel Town Brewery for a fun evening. We'll learn the proper way to taste beer and enjoy a flight of four different varieties paired with Massachusetts cheeses.   For those interested, there will also be a walk through the production area for an informative session about how beer is made. After our tour and tasting is complete, beer will available by the pint for an additional charge. Space limited;…

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Cover Crops for Small Gardens

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive
Mattapan, MA United States
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Free - $24

This event is free for Trustees of Reservation and Groundwork Somerville staff, students, volunteers, community and local members. Other members of the general public should register through this event page. Cover Crops are a great way to provide natural fertilizer to any growing space.  WHen applied correctly, cover crops are a great addition to even the smallest of spaces. Learn how to use cover crops in small spaces and gardens.  Tom Akin from the USDA National Resources Conservation Service will…

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NOFA Summer Conference

August 11 @ 9:00 am - August 13 @ 3:30 pm
Hampshire College, 900 West St
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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$18 - $250

At the NOFA summer conference, you may learn as much across a lunch table as you will at workshops; solve your most pressing challenge in a chance discussion with a stranger; or create the spark that is going to be your next big idea. Children and Teens also have their own conference experience with a parade, workshops and activities that build their organic vision for the future.

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Spiral Herb Garden Workshop

August 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Alfred J Gomes Elementary School, 286 S 2nd St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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A spiral herb garden is a beautiful, functional, and sustainable feature used in home and public gardens.  Using natural, native and abundant materials a spiral herb garden creates micro-environments that allow your favorite herbs to thrive, long term, for your enjoyment and health as well as your local pollinators.  Come and explore the Gomes School community garden as GROW Education and SEMAP partner with a local mason Peter Simmons and Herbalist in training, Carissa Wills-DeMello, to build, fill and plant…

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