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December 2017

Agriculture, Labor, and the Law Workshop at UMass Dartmouth

December 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UMass Dartmouth Law School, 333 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Free

Join presenter Mary O'Neal, Partner at Conn Kavanaugh Law Firm and employment law expert, for a workshop that will provide an overview of key employment issues that farmers need to know. From apprenticeships to agricultural minimum wage, the workshop will cover key topics that come up on the farm and provide attendees with an agricultural employment law handbook. It will also include case studies that provide an opportunity to apply the topics to real situations. Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 4:00…

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Southeastern MA Food Security Network Quarterly Meeting

December 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UMass Dartmouth Law School, 333 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States

The Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network holds quarterly meetings and it is here that the Network comes together to discuss issues revolving around food security in our Southeastern MA region. These meetings are open to the public, and we encourage anyone to join who is interested in nutrition education, public health, sustainable and local agriculture, emergency food access, or any other area of the food system. All are welcome to bring their ideas, expertise, and collaborate on projects to help promote…

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Final Round the Bend Open Farm Day of 2017

December 16, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA United States
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Open Farm Days include: Non-GMO and grass-fed meat Seasonal veggies Honey Maple Syrup Herbal teas Family friendly farm tour start at 11am Please Note – Payment is by cash or check only.  RTB Farm does not have the wi-fi connection necessary to accept credit cards on the farm. Open Farm Days are held down at the barn so we can enjoy the company of the animals and spectacular views of Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

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January 2018

Massachusetts Food Policy Council Meeting

January 12 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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The purpose of the Massachusetts Food Policy Council shall be to develop recommendations to advance the following food system goals for the commonwealth: (A) increased production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods; (B) the development and promotion of programs that deliver healthy Massachusetts-grown foods to Massachusetts residents, through programs such as: (i) targeted state subsidies; (ii) increased state purchasing of local products for school and summer meals and other child and adult care programs; (iii) double coupon initiatives; (iv) direct…

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2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

January 13
Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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The 2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference will take place on January 13th at Worcester State University. The day-long conference features a wide variety of workshops on many aspects of regenerative organic growing, food systems policy, and land management appropriate for growers and organizers of all scales. This year's theme is Cover, Diversity, Regenerate. Degraded soils can be restored by promoting the biological function of the soil ecosystem, which can be accomplished through living plant cover, mulches, and smart farm systems which…

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New Bedford Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Groundwork! New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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Brockton Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brockton Public Library – Main Branch, 304 Main St.
Brockton, MA 02301 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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NOFA/MA Seed Sovereignty Field Day at Round The Bend Farm

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA United States
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$48 - $63

Those who control the seed system, control the food system. And yet, over the past 50 years, as we’ve lost the majority of our plant breeds and seed companies, we’ve also divorced plants from their place. Cultivars are no longer bred to thrive in a certain bioregion or soil type. Rarely are they developed for drought or flood tolerance. Nor are most seeds bred under organic systems, which means that most organic growers are planting seeds that thrive on soluble…

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Southern New England Livestock Conference

January 28
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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This full-day event will bring together some of the most knowledgeable farmers, consultants, and experts in our region. TLI is providing a wide range of expertise, networking opportunities, and learning for an incredibly affordable price. 2018 Keynote Speaker is Andrew Gunther! Andrew is Executive Director of A Greener World, home of America's leading food labels: Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. For nearly a decade Andrew has spearheaded the unprecedented growth…

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Community Knit Night at the Dartmouth Grange

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Community Knit Night is a meeting of knitters and crocheters who make warm hats, scarves, etc. for people who need them. Donations go to organizations nearby and farther away. We have patterns and yarn for people who help. This group meets on the last Tuesday of the month all year long and is open to all.

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Plymouth Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildlands Trust, 675 Long Pond Rd.
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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February 2018

Film & Potluck at the Dartmouth Grange

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Free

Friday, February 2nd,  doors open 5:30 pm, potluck begins 6:00 pm, movie begins 6:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share. Join the Dartmouth Grange for a screening of the short documentary, SEED (watch a short ~2 min trailer here) Sponsored by SEMAP

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Taunton Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trescott Street Gallery, 8 Trescott St.
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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Campus Farmer Summit: “What’s Growing on Your Campus?”

February 10 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Martin Institute at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St.
Easton, MA United States
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The Farm at Stonehill seeks to grow community around fresh produce and spark those who visit the farm to think about how their food choices have local and global, social and environmental impacts. We are pleased to be partnering with Farm to Institution New England and the Vela Foundation to host this inaugural gathering of the campus farmer community in New England.  This one-day summit will be participatory in nature and may result in the establishment of a more official…

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Walpole Grower/Buyer Networking Meeting

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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This winter SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to a city or town near you! Join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors & partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment. We will be providing refreshments,  arranging for a short talk by a speaker at each meeting, and providing…

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