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November 2018

Creating Cash Flow Projections – Julia Shanks Food Consulting

November 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States

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, 2018 - December 2, 2018
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, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Newton, MA

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, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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:

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Massachusetts Food System Forum

December 12, 2018
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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January 2019

Create a Speed Marketing Plan for Your Farm or Food Business

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Groundwork! New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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Want to increase sales for your farm or food business? Get more accounts? Attract more CSA subscribers? Do you have a plan for how to achieve your goals? A marketing plan works like a GPS to keep you headed in the right direction. Learn the four steps for creating a speed marketing plan. This interactive workshop organized by SEMAP and led by Myrna Greenfield, founder of Good Egg Marketing, will help you outline your plan and get feedback from other…

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NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

January 12

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SEMAP Beginning Farmer Focus Group

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildlands Trust, 675 Long Pond Rd.
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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SEMAP is calling all beginning farmers! If you are an aspiring farm operator, or you have taken ownership of a farm or stepped into a principal farm manager role between 2006 and 2018, please join us at our Beginning Farmer Focus Group. SEMAP is looking for feedback on how we can continue to support and help you. For 20 years, farmers have turned to SEMAP for support in sustaining their business and mission, seeking answers to their questions, and providing information…

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Rhode Island Food System Summit 2019

January 18 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Kingston, RI United States + Google Map

The University of Rhode Island will once again host the third annual Rhode Island Food System Summit. Join government, business, and community partners as we discuss the implementation of the Rhode Island Food Strategy and how we can support the food sector and our state into the future. Learn more here.

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Southern New England Livestock Conference

January 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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February 2019

Hemp Full-Day Workshop

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UMass CVPA Star Store Campus, 715 Purchase St
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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    Interested in growing hemp but not sure where to start? This information-dense full-day intensive workshop on hemp production will feature several speakers with experience in growing hemp, processing the plant for fiber and oil production, and the application requirements you'll need to meet in order to grow hemp in Massachusetts.  With a new Massachusetts policy authorizing the commercial production of agricultural hemp in the state, local farmers have a great opportunity to take advantage of this new business opportunity.…

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Seed Sovereignty Day

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA United States
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$35 – $45

The second annual Seed Sovereignty event - a three-way partnership between NOFA/Mass, Freed Seed Federation, and Young Farmer Network - is a day-long intensive designed to restore the farmer’s role as a participant in the breeding process.  You will have hands-on training on how to save, improve, and breed seed on-farm with eminent organic plant breeders in the Northeast; we will discuss the state of organic seed and opportunities within it, and continue to foster collaborations between farmers, gardeners, plant…

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Winter Growing, Storage Crops & Grain Production – NOFA/RI

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hope & Main, 691 main St.
Warren, RI United States
$15 – $25

Chuck Currie of Freedom Food Farm feeds people year-round from his farm and will share tips on how to continue production as the temperatures drop. Join NOFA/RI on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Warren, at Hope & Main from 1:00 to 4:00 and learn more from planning to growing root crops, grain production, and greenhouse options. Cost is $15-25. Scholarships available. Register at

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Open House for Volunteer Educators – New Garden Society

February 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Crystal Spring Farm, 76 Everett Skinner Road
Plainville, MA United States

Calling all Green Industry professionals! Would you like to share your horticultural and agricultural know-how with our incarcerated community? If you are intrigued by the idea of teaching once a month in a prison garden in 2019, please swing by to meet with our team of Educators and find out if the experience is for you. Educators will give short presentations on the position and their experiences in the prison gardens at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30pm. Learn about how you…

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Creating Cash Flow Projections

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States

Join Julia Shanks Food Consulting 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 ask questions live.…

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