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March 2019

NOFA/RI Winter Conference

March 3 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Bristol, RI
$30 – $50

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (NOFA/RI) Winter Conference is our largest educational and fundraising event of the year.  Sunday, March 3, 2019, is our 6th annual conference with a full day of workshops with nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture as well as influential speakers from across Rhode Island and New England, networking sessions, our annual meeting, and a delicious potluck meal. This year’s Winter Conference had something for everyone, be they a gardener, farmer or fan of organic…

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Local Specialty Crop & Local Food Trade Show

March 5 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Northeastern University Boston, MA,

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is offering our 8th Local Food Trade Show. The 2019 Local Food Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts. Local Specialty Crop Trade Show Exhibitors will include New England based farmers, produce distributors and local specialty crop producers (products made with 50% or more specialty crops also qualify). Please view the…

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Funding Opportunities for your Farm

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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Free

Have a new enterprise you would like to pursue on your farm? Looking to update old infrastructure? Have a great idea you’d like to trial? Learn about funding opportunities and resources for vegetable farmers in Massachusetts including grants, crop insurance, low-interest loans, and business management support. Representatives will be available to discuss options from NRCS, RMA, MDAR, SARE. Attendees will complete a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis with the experts on hand and leave the workshop with resources…

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Student Loan Basics for Farmers

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Student loan debt has become a significant obstacle for young farmers who are trying to make a living in agriculture. This webinar discusses the different types of student loans and how borrowers can deal with them. Topics include managing repayment, avoiding or getting out of loan default, and loan cancellation.

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Vendor Booth Display Workshop

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Killburn Mill at Clarks Cove, 127 West Rodney French Blvd
New Bedford, MA United States
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$10

Coastal Foodshed and the New Bedford Farmers Market together are hosting a workshop to share tips, tricks, and techniques about how to display your vendor booth at markets. Hear from seasoned vendors on what works best to increase sales and build relationships with your loyal customers. Your vendor booths tell the customers your story- a story worth telling and we'd love to help you share it! The workshop will include dinner with a short presentation, and an interactive vendor booth…

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Winter Production & Seed Breeding at Ivory Silo Farm

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Corner of Hixbridge & Horseneck Rd
Westport, MA 02790 United States
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$12 – $15

Westport, MA | March 25th | 1pm to 3pm | $12 Bill Braun and Dee Levanti grow in two unheated high tunnels in the winter, also utilizing two unheated low tunnels and a new heated, MDAR-funded propagation house for seedling production. In this 2-hour farm tour, organized by NOFA/Mass, Bill and Dee will share what they have learned about the most efficient and effective way to use their season extension structures within their operation.  They will review their winter greens (primarily…

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Agriculture Day at the Massachusetts State House

March 27
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
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On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, agriculture will take center stage at the State House in Boston for this annual event. Massachusetts Agriculture Day is the one day a year where farmers come together to focus legislative attention on our industry. Join SEMAP & other agricultural groups to talk to legislators and their staff about the agricultural issues that matter most to you.

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Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course – NOFA/RI

March 30 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Providence, RI
$75 – $150

Course for farmers, gardeners, and others interested in the world of soil and plant health and function. This course covers foundational and current soil science, crop science, and soil maintenance principles with a focus on organic-farming methodology.

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Garden Planning: Annual Vegetables & Cut Flowers

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St
Marshfield, MA 02050
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$30

The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society is offering a garden planning workshop. In this participatory workshop, you’ll learn organic strategies for small-scale gardening from succession planting to season extension. Bring your garden dimensions as the class will also sketch garden plans and create planting schedules for your specific site. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. Learn more.

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April 2019

Diversified Livestock Farming & Marketing On Farm Workshop – NOFA/RI

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamestown, RI
Free

Sun, April 7, 2019 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Register on-line here. Windmist Farm, 71 Weeden Lane, Jamestown, RI 02835 Martha Neale, Windmist Farm owner and winner of the 2019 Edible Rhody Local Hero Award for Farmer/ Farm, will discuss the importance of diversified livestock farming, or the production of a variety of livestock products. Marketing will also be a key component of the workshop discussion, as labels, packaging and distributing are valuable in selling your products. Come learn…

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Growing in Caterpillar Tunnels On Farm Workshop – NOFA/RI

April 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Exeter, RI
Free

Thur, April 11, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM A free event, Register here. Little River Farm 125 William Reynolds Road, Exeter, RI 02822 Join us as we learn all about growing in caterpillar tunnels from farm owners, Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi. Caterpillar tunnels are easy to build structures that provide great protection from rain, wind, hail, and snow, allowing individuals to grow for more months of the year.

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Southside Community Land Trust Urban Agriculture Kickoff

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Providence, RI
Free

  The Southside Community Land Trust annual spring gardening event is when they reconnect with members, share info about sustainable growing practices, and offer free seeds and low-cost (locally sourced!) organic fertilizer. Urban Ag Kick-off is also one of the two times per year when SCLT members can pick up their 50 gallons of free, high-quality, organic compost. (The other is at the Plant Sale in May.)

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FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Certification Training – Blended Course – UMass Extension

April 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plymouth, MA
$199

IMPORTANT:  In order to attend this one-day training session, you must complete Part 1 of the course online ahead of time, and bring the Part 1 enrollment ticket to class COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food FDA regulation are intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified…

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Dartmouth Grange Pancake Breakfast

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Saturday, April 20th & 27th 9:00 am to 11:00 am Adults $10  Children $6 To Be Held on Two Saturdays! Great-tasting New England Fare! Don't miss a chance to enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast prepared in our historic Grange Hall. Come by and eat right before heading over to DNRT's Parson's Reserve to view the extraordinary planting of daffodils. Enjoy two seasonal events! The locally sourced meal served family style will include: jonnycakes, pancakes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, hot and cold beverages,…

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Make it with Maple! (edible South Shore & South Coast)

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hanover, MA
Free

The sap has run and been boiled down into that sweet, golden syrup that you typically pour on pancakes. But there’s more to maple than breakfast. We’ll talk about how syrup is made (for those who haven’t done it before) and what the various grades mean. Then we’ll make a few things that will (hopefully) satisfy your sweet tooth from morning to night. We’ll be making the following with real maple syrup: granola, salad dressing, dessert, and perhaps a beverage to…

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