- January 10 - February 28
UMass Vegetable Winter School Offers Workshops for Farm Owners, Managers and Employees - Brigham Hill Community Farm
37 Wheeler Rd., Grafton. Vegetable Winter School is designed to provide growers with regulatory certainty in a time of many regulatory changes. Leave winter school ready for a Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) audit and the peace of mind that you are prepared to handle the requirements of: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), EPA Worker Protection Standards (WPS), Nutrient Management Regulations, and changes in Employment Law. Get up to date on research and IPM practices important to vegetable growers and gain a competitive advantage in a heavily regulated market. Each farm will get detailed support in developing food safety and nutrient management plans, training employees in WPS, developing standard operating procedures compliant with regulations, and preparing an employee handbook and a whole farm IPM plan. This course is designed for farm owners, managers and employees. More here.
- January 14
NOFA Winter Conference - Worcester State University. Annual one-day conference. Go deeper into your winter study sessions at the upcoming NOFA/MASS Winter Conference! Full program of adult, teen and children’s courses will be just what you need to prepare for your next growing cycle! You can also discover more than 80 excellent vendors at the Trade Show where you can find tools, techniques and more information to support your study and take your project to the next level. Offer the best resources to find in Mass. to support your projects. Tap into the resources of more than 70 popular workshops and experts from the field on organic farming, gardening, landscaping, homesteading, DIY skill building and soil/human/animal health.. Complete registration and details here.
- March 7 - 9
2017 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show: Turn Up the Volume on Your Farm Marketing! Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA. Featuring Craig Ostbo from Koopman Ostbo Communication Marketing in Portland, OR AGENDA: See all that the conference has to offer at the 2017 Conference. TRADE SHOW: Conference registration includes a national industry trade show. Those interested in exhibiting should register by December 2, 2016 and save $100! Advertise: Interested in advertising in the conference program? Take a look at the super reasonable ad rates. Over 800 people, from New England and beyond, attend this three day conference. Sponsor: As the only regional ag marketing conference, your sponsorship will provide name recognition throughout New England. From supporting an individual breakout session, to sponsoring lunch or the entire trade show, there are numerous ways to support this well attended conference. Stay: The Sturbridge Host Hotel is offering a discount overnight rate for conference attendees! www.harvestnewengland.org/events/