- December 2 - 4
New England Grows! - New Dates! Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA. For every horticulture professional who shares our passion for growing and caring for plants -- and the environment. Just about everyone from the Northeast's commercial horticulture and green industry attends NE Grows! With horticulture seminars designed specifically for the landscape, nursery, arboriculture, and related horticulture professions, New England Grows is the acclaimed green industry educational conference and exposition for professionals seeking contact hours and CEU credits, as well as a connection to the green industry's leading suppliers. In addition to a host of horticultural and green industry design topics, important business issues like effective marketing, social media, and customer retention will be addressed. More here.
- December 14
New England Public Meeting: FDA Shares Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules - Hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT Join FDA subject matter experts for an overview of three final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules: Produce Safety, Preventive Controls For Human Food, Preventive Controls For Animal Food... And ask YOUR questions about what the rules cover and who must comply.Free and open to the public. No registration required. For more information, (802) 522-7811, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- December 15 - 17
The 2015 New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference - Radisson Hotel, The Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm St, Manchester, NH. The Conference and Trade Show includes more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors. This conference is special because it is put together with close collaboration between growers and Extension from
across the region. The steering committee gathers the best speakers from within our region and across the country to tell you about the latest innovations and advances in the fruit and vegetable industry. Almost every session includes both farmers and research or extension personnel, so you are getting the “best of both worlds.” www.newenglandvfc.org.
- January 14
Build Sound Financial Systems to Improve Business Decisions - Union Station, 2nd Floor, Worcester. Noon-5pm - Making It Happen: Profitability and Success will help small farmers build sound financial systems. Farmers will learn effective financial management tools that can be used to make business decisions and improve their farm business. These tools can be easily used by farmers in business operations: to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase net farm income, and improve overall quality of life. www.nesfp.org/events/making-it-happen-central-ma