UMass Agricultural Field Day, 10:00am to 4:00pm, UMass Animal and Crop Research Center, 89-91 North River Road, South Deerfield. Come tour the research farm and learn about all of the exciting projects currently underway on a broad range of agricultural topics. A full list of presentations and other details coming soon here.
Event for Southeastern MA Livestock Association (SEMALA) - Anawan-Oakton Grange #221, Winthrop St. Jct 44 & 118, Rehoboth, 7:00pm. SEMALA will hold an informational event to introduce ourselves and our mission to bring a state-of-the-art, local USDA-certified/Custom slaughterhouse to our region that will utilize the highest animal welfare standards possible. The event is FREE to attend and we look forward to seeing you there to answer your questions about our organization, membership to the Association, and the progress we are making in this endeavor. As a livestock producer in our region, your support and feedback are greatly appreciated. There will be hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Please RSVP by email to Barry Gross at email@example.com.
Livestock Day & BBQ - South Rehoboth Fire Station, 333 Tremont St., 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Cost: $15.00 includes program & BBQ. Topics include Building Healthy Soils - Tom Akin, NRCS, Cover Crop: Corn Cropping System - Steve Herbert, UMass, Grazing Winter Cover Crops - Masoud Hashemi, UMass, Making Sense of Forage Quality - Carl Majewski, UNH, Feeding Animals to Meet Requirements and Add Value - Eric Reid, Coop Feeds, CQP & Future Opportunities for Livestock Producers - Michael Botelho, MDAR. Registration: Contact Sue Guiducci by August 4, 2014 at 508-990-2854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference - Join NOFA for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun with people who are transforming the food system in the Northeast. In addition to hundreds of practical skills and farming workshops, the conference features live entertainment, children's and teen conferences, a country fair, organic meals, 100 exhibitors and much more. The conference will take place August 8-10 on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. www.nofasummerconference.org
Christmas Tree Annual Meeting - Cranston's Tree Farm - Ashfield, MA. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Members and non-members invited. www.christmas-trees.org.
August 25 & 26
Cake Symposium 2014: Boston, MA. Come join fellow researchers and technologists to share recent progress and insights in the broad area of cakes. We are very pleased to announce that KU Leuven and UMass Amherst are able to gather some of the most internationally recognized scientists with expertise in the complex world of cakes for the second international Cake Symposium in Boston -- offering you an elaborate and varying scientific program endorsed by AACC International , LFoRCe and Puratos. For registration and program information go to, www.cakesymposium.org.
Sustainability for MA Dairies: Grazing, Raw Milk, and Organic Certification, 10:00am to 2:00pm, Sidehill Farm, 59 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA. Cost: $12 for NOFA members, $15 for non-members (includes lunch) This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm’s dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including: Host farmers Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski, Grazier Ridge Shinn, NRCS Agronomist Tom Akin, and Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network. Workshop details here.