- January 26
SEMAP - Winter Networking Meeting - 6:00 pm. Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St., Dighton, MA.Annual winter networking meeting offer opportunities to connect with your fellow growers, new potential buyers, chefs, eaters, and meet new faces in Southeastern Massachusetts. This meeting also offers a chance to become familiar with SEMAP's educational offerings and membership benefits. Light refreshments provided. Also be hosting our Annual Meeting where you can join the Staff and Board of Directors as we chart out the course of SEMAP for 2015 and beyond. Register here (also a free event!)
- January 27
MA Flower Growers (MFGA) holds its annual one day Winter Meeting for members and non-members. Always include prominent speakers within the industry and provide a few workshops. Pesticide credits are available. Updates here.
- January 27
Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Program - MA Farm Bureau Federation Office, Marlboro,10 am - 4 pm. UMass Extension and the MDAR. pleased to present a Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Program for growers and other fresh produce handlers. The key presenter for the training is A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D., Extension Educator with UMass Extension. Registration cost is $50.00 for the first person, and additional employees are $10.00. Details and registration here, or contact Doreen York at 413-545-2254, or email at email@example.com.
- January 31
New England Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association and New England Cooperative Extension's Winter Program. Topics will include talks on managing Spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug, farm food safety plans, weed management and more. The NEVBGA will also hold their annual meeting and elections. Details here.
- January 28
Free Informational Session for Farmers, Food Entrepreneurs and Lawyers - 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA. Info. for Lawyers: 6:00 - 6:45 pm | Info. for Farmers: 7:15 pm – 8 pm. Light snacks and drinks will be available to all from 6:45-7:15pm. Learn how the Legal Services Food Hub is connecting farmers and food entrepreneurs with pro bono legal help – and how local lawyers can get involved. Learn how the Hub works, Meet lawyers and farmers who have benefited from its services, Find out how farmers & food entrepreneurs might get assistance, Learn how lawyers can join this growing network. RSVP to Molly Norton, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-850-1771. Can’t attend this event? Join us in Worcester on February 10 at the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Visit www.legalservicesfoodhub.org to learn more.
- February 4 - 6
New England Grows, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Held every February, NE Grows is renowned for its world-class education offerings and innovative trend spotting. Founded in 1993 by green industry professionals for green industry professionals, the educational conference and exposition gives participants unique access to targeted, industry-specific products, information, education and connections. The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association are the organization’s founding partners. Complete details and registration here.
- February 10
Free Informational Session for Farmers, Food Entrepreneurs and Lawyers - 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, Worcester Train Staion, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA. Info for Lawyers: 6:00 - 6:45 pm | Info for Farmers: 7:15 pm – 8 pm. Light snacks and drinks will be available to all from 6:45-7:15pm. Learn how the Legal Services Food Hub is connecting farmers and food entrepreneurs with pro bono legal help – and how local lawyers can get involved. Learn how the Hub works, Meet lawyers and farmers who have benefited from its services, Find out how farmers & food entrepreneurs might get assistance, Learn how lawyers can join this growing network. RSVP to Molly Norton, email@example.com or 617-850-1771. Visit www.legalservicesfoodhub.org to learn more.
- February 25 and 26
Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show - Sturbridge, MA - The New England State Departments of Agriculture, in cooperation with agricultural organizations across the region, graciously invite you to attend this biennial conference and trade show. This unique marketing conference offers New England growers sessions on new marketing ideas, promotion, business planning, ag-tourism, managing farmers’ markets, agriculture commissions, and more. There will be multiple educational and networking opportunities along with a Trade Show. Pencil this in your calendar and look for details in the coming months! Save the Date postcard harvestnewengland.org
- February 26
Plant Nutrition and Organic Certification for Greenhouse Crops - D&D Farms Inc., 32 Hudson Rd., Stow, MA - 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Fertilizing Container Grown Crops with Water Soluble Fertilizers, Growing Spring Crops Using Organic Fertilizers, Organic Certification for Greenhouse Container Crops. Printable Program and Registration Form
- March 7
14th Annual Growing Minds Through Massachusetts Agriculture Conference for Educators, Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, Palmer, MA, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom (MAC) is sponsoring the 14th annual conference which offers educational and networking resources, activity ideas and framework connections that can facilitate and enhance pre-K through 12th grade classroom teachers alike and help bring agriculture to the classroom.This year's conference will feature a choice of four concurrent workshops during each session throughout the day. Each workshop will be taught by a school teacher, farm educator or a teacher working together with a farmer. Workshops will offer specific background and activities for either elementary, middle or high school level. Topics will include: composting, school gardening, soils, nutrition, animals, fibers, connecting the farm to school, specific lessons ideas and more. Don't miss this day of discussion, interaction and opportunities for exploring new ideas for your Massachusetts classroom. Registration includes all workshops, lunch, materials and 10 pdp's with a related classroom activity. Registration details.
- March 10
SBN’s Specialty Crop Trade Show & Local Food Trade Show - Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. The Sustainable Business Network of MA (SBN) invites all specialty crop growers, and local food producers from new England to present their goods to retailers like restaurants, supermarkets, and institutions. For more information click here.
- March 26
UMass Extension Symposium: Pollinator Health for Agriculture and Landscapes - Campus Center Auditorium, UMass Amherst Campus, 8:45 am to 4:00 pm. Full day educational program for all sectors of the agriculture and landscape communities sponsored by University of Massachusetts Extension. Experts from the University of MA Amherst, University of Maine and the CT Ag Experiment Station will share their expertise and latest scientific research on pollinator health, designing pollinator support plantings, neonicotinoids in agriculture and landscapes and bee-friendly landscapes. 4 pesticide credits.Program and registration (on-line or mail): http://extension.umass.edu/floriculture/
- March 31
Agriculture Day at the Statehouse - 10-2pm -flyer