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October 2018

Scale Up! What you need to know to ​​​​​​​grow your food business

October 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States

SBN is organizing a Food Safety webinar with Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel of Dirigo Food Safety. The webinar will focus on food safety for scaling food businesses and will be on Tuesday, October 30th from 12:00-1:00pm. This webinar is perfect for you if scaling your food business is your dream, moving from small production runs to serious manufacturing. Are you asking the right questions of your business and yourself?  Have you budgeted for growth? What about legal and insurance for risk mitigation? Do you know what your customers need? What…

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November 2018

MA Food Policy Council Meeting

November 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
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November 1, 2018, MA Food Policy Council Meeting, 9:30am-12:30pm, Room 428, Boston State House, Boston MA  02133 View more information at the link below.

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Tour @ Revision Urban Farm – EMass C.R.A.F.T.

November 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dorchester, MA
Free

Nov 7.  Tour @ Revision Urban Farm, Dorchester. Host: Joy Gary, Farm Manager Address & Directions: 38 Fabyan Street, Dorchester, MA   Please check the CRAFT Visits schedule (linked below) for the most up to date information regarding the farm visits, and to check for any reschedules or cancelations.

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QuickBooks For Farmers Part 3 – Julia Shanks Food Consulting

November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Thursday, November 08, 2018: 4-5pm EST   QuickBooks is a powerful tool that goes way beyond just tracking income and expenses for taxes; it can help you manage cash, understand how to increase profits, and plan for growth. In the 3rd session of the three-part series, we will cover Running reports that help you understand your profitability and manage cash flow. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quickbooks-for-farmers-part-3-live-webinar-tickets-47439263113

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“Exploring the Small Farm Dream” course offered by MDAR

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sudbury, MA
$100

Attention Aspiring or Beginning Farmers! There are still spots available in the Fall Exploring the Small Farm Dream course offered by MDAR   When: Tuesdays 6pm-9pm, November 13th to December 11th, in Sudbury MA at the Sudbury Grange. This 5-week course, developed by The New England Small Farm Institute, is designed to guide aspiring farmers through the decision-making process of starting a farm business in Massachusetts.  Participants will assess their skills and knowledge related to starting a farm and running…

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SEMAP 2018 Annual Meeting at Round the Bend Farm

November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA United States
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This year we are pleased to announce our Annual Meeting will be held at Round the Bend Farm's new innovative & sustainable Learning Center in South Dartmouth.   We will take the opportunity to recognize some exceptional folks involved in the local food movement in Southeastern Massachusetts, review some of SEMAP's accomplishments over the past year, and look forward to goals for 2019. We will also hear updates from key partners on: farm to institution sales opportunities, urban agriculture & food access…

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New England Bantam Fall Show

November 18
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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Feeding People Year-Round: Winter Growing, Storage Crops, & Grain – NOFA/RI

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hope & Main, 691 main St.
Warren, RI United States
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$25

Chuck Currie will share the different strategies employed at Freedom Food Farm, a 90 acre certified organic farm in Raynham, MA, used to feed people all year round.  We will discuss the equipment, infrastructure, and regulations involved in growing root crops, greens, grain, and beans, and preserving the summer abundance through canning and fermentation. Freedom Food Farm follows organic and biodynamic principles, striving to mimic natural ecological systems on the farm.  This means we practice cover-cropping, field rotation and we never…

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Farmscale Hemp Production for Flower, Grain & Oil – NOFA/MA

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Amherst, MA
$75 – $95

NOFA/Mass is presenting a full-day intensive workshop on growing agricultural hemp in the Northeast. The focus of this particular workshop will be growing a hemp crop through flower into the seed phase for farmers wishing to produce an oil, seed or grain crop. The workshop will cover genetics, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, harvesting and extracting CBD oil on the farm with an eye to what the proper harvest windows and crop quality should be for a legal,…

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Northeast SARE Farmer Grants Due

November 27

Learn more about Northeast SARE and the process for applying to their Farmer Grants here.

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Creating Cash Flow Projections – Julia Shanks Food Consulting

November 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Wednesday, November 28, 2018: 4pm  EST   Join us for a live webinar on how to manage cash flow. We will cover two aspects: creating annual cash flow projections and day-to-day management. First, we will work through creating a yearly cash flow projection using historical data to lay-out cash needs on a monthly basis. We will then discuss how to manage cash on a weekly basis to make sure you don’t bounce checks. Participants in this webinar will be able to…

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December 2018

8th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference hosted by the Bionutrient Food Association

December 1 - December 2
Southbridge, MA
$100 – $525

Growing the Movement Around Food Quality Bringing together the collective knowledge of the broader food and environmental movements from the perspective of successful farmers, cutting-edge researchers, enlightened health practitioners, and pioneers of food quality, this conference is the nexus of information and networking for all those interested in coming together around soil and nutrition. Integrating diverse viewpoints, this year’s program engages growers and gardeners with principles, practices and innovations for ecologically and financially sound farming, and presents the health-conscious consumer…

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Potluck & Annual Varieties Discussion @ Newton Community Farm – EMass C.R.A.F.T.

December 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Newton, MA
Free

Dec 5. Potluck & Annual Varieties Discussion @ Newton Community Farm,  4:00-6:00, potluck to follow Host: Greg Maslowe, Farm Manager, Newton Community Farm Address & Parking: 303 Nahanton Street, Newton 02459. Please park on Winchester Street and walk down the path past the greenhouse to the upper level of the barn.   Please check the CRAFT Visits schedule (linked below) for the most up to date information regarding the farm visits, and to check for any reschedules or cancelations.

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Reading Financial Statements – Julia Shanks Food Consulting

December 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, December 11, 2018: 4pm EST   You’ve kept good financial records. Now what? In this live webinar, we will review the financial statements with a managerial eye: What does the Balance Sheet tell me about my business? How can I improve my profitability by reviewing by my Income Statement? We will also discuss cash flow management tools. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reading-financial-statements-live-webinar-for-farmers-tickets-47439811754

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Massachusetts Food System Forum

December 12
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster, 99 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453 United States
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The Collaborative will host the second annual MA Food System Forum on Wednesday, December 12, at the Doubletree Hilton in Leominster. Come to hear presentations from food system organizations working toward the goals of the Plan, learn about the progress made by campaigns during the recent legislative session, and help build on successes as we all continue to work together toward a sustainable and equitable food system. Featured speakers will include Representative Steve Kulik, who is retiring at the end…

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