• November 1

    Help Your Business Make Connections on Social Media - Ken’s Steakhouse, 95 Worcester Rd. (Route 9), Framingham - 6-8pm. MFGA & MNLA members are invited to share ideas, innovations and insights into how social media is changing the face of business over a great meal. Pre-registration before Tuesday, October 25. Topics include: How driving engagement between your customers, your business and PSMA enhances your social media reach; How to improve your social media tactics; When to use @ vs #; How to share PSMA posts; When is it best to use Instagram; How PSMA is using social media to engage a newer audience. Panelists will include the social media staff from Good Egg Marketing, King Farm, Weston Nurseries, Seoane’s Garden Center, and The Captured Garden. Details here: www.plantsomethingma.org/web/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TwlightMeeting11-1.pdf

  • November 2

    Managing Phosphorus in Organic Residuals Applied to Soils - 8:45 am - 4 pm, Holiday Inn, 265 Lakeside Ave.Marlborough. How do we develop a balanced system for use of organic residuals, with all their benefits, without adding to negative environmental impacts caused by phosphorus (P) leaching and runoff? Symposium will provide technical, research-based information and dialogue on the presence, forms, dynamics, transport, and fates of P applied to soils in organic residuals such as composts, biosolids, manures, and digestates from anaerobic digestion. Symposium intended to help in developing guidelines for the use of P-containing organic residuals in accordance with nutrient management regulations. Approval has been requested for the following professional certifications: CGCS, CSFM, MCH, MCLP, and AOLCP. www.regonline.com/phosphorus Contact: Kelly Kraemer, 413-545-5221, kkraemer@umass.edu

  • November 2–4

    FSMA COMPLIANCE: Training for PCQI Certification Course - Hotel UMass, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst. Regulations created under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) begin implementation in September, 2016. FSMA requires that facilities conducting food-related activities, including commercial food processing, must have in place a Food Safety Plan prepared. The MA Cheese Guild has coordinated this training course and has opened registration to all Massachusetts food processors in an attempt to ensure that food industry members understand FSMA's requirements and have sufficient time to prepare for implementation deadlines. Lead Instructor Deborah Shapos of Food Safety Management Associates is a Certified HAACP Auditor and is trained in the standardized curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). Supplemental funding of up to half the course tuition may be available from the Mass. Workforce Training Fund. Information about how to apply is available upon request. Full course description/FAQs and register by visiting http://macheeseguild.org/fsma-compliance-training/.

  • November 4

    2016 Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference - DoubleTree, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster.  The conference brings together farm to cafeteria advocates – farmers, food service professionals, educators, policy makers, public health advocates, community organizers, youth leaders and more – for a day-long event with workshops and panel discussions addressing a wide variety of farm to school topics including: local foods procurement and promotion; experiential food and nutrition education; food, farm, and nutrition policy; growing for the institutional market; local, state, and regional networking. Details here.

  • November 5

    Southern New England Livestock Conference - 8am to 4pm - Bristol County Agricultural HS, ​135 Center St., Dighton. The Livestock Institute of Southern New England and the Animal Science Department at Bristol Aggie are co-hosting this first annual Conference. The goal of this conference is to provide a platform to share information on best practices for humanely raising livestock, processing, and marketing of meat products. Program will cover topics including animal nutrition, soil management for pastures, grazing and pasture management, exploring the rules and regulations for livestock farmers, health care and humane treatment of farm animals, adding value to your meat products, and much more. There will be more than 20 different seminars including talks for all levels from those interested in getting animals for the first time to established livestock farmers. Details here: www.thelivestockinstitute.org/sne-livestock-conference.html

  • November 9

    Food Product Development Course: Development Considerations: Beyond the Concept - 9-5:00 pm, Franklin County CDC, Western MA Food Processing Center, Greenfield. Do you want help better understanding the food safety principles behind your process? Do you need help with product development for a current or future product? Propel your food business to the next level by delving into product development and food safety with Amanda Kinchla, of the UMASS Food Science Department, an expert on HACCP and product development.

  • November 9 & 10

    Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo – Boxborough. Featuring two full days of educational concurrent sessions and dedicated tradeshow time. NEW! One-day sessions on hydroponics and worker training in Spanish. Hands-on training sessions on: (1) Monitoring the greenhouse environment, (2) Monitoring the growing media, and (3) Getting the most out of beneficial microbes. The Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo is sponsored by the Extension programs of the six New England State Universities and New York State, and the New England Floriculture, Inc. www.negreenhouse.org.

  • November 12

    Mass. Bee Fall Mtg - 8:00am -3:30pm - Knights of Columbus, 48 Schoosett St. (Rt.139), Pembroke. Hosted by Plymouth County Beekeepers Association. Featuring excellent speakers, vendors, honey baking contest ($100 prize), a silent auction and honey show! This is a free event, however registration is required. This meeting will also include special announcements, a report from our Chief Apiary Inspector Kim Skyrm, the election of new officers and a business meeting. Details here: www.massbee.org.

  • November 15–18

    2016 Better Process Control School, 102 Holdsworth Way, 243 Chenoweth Laboratory- Conference Room, Amherst. This ​course ​will ​train ​food ​processors ​principles ​of ​acidification, ​and ​container ​closure ​evaluation ​programs ​for ​low-acid ​and ​acidified ​canned ​foods ​as ​required ​by ​FDA ​regulations ​in ​CFR ​108, ​113 ​and ​114. ​The ​purpose ​of ​these ​regulations ​is ​to ​help ​ensure ​the ​safety ​of ​consumers ​by ​training ​producers. ​This ​course ​will ​satisfy ​both ​USDA ​and ​FDA ​requirements. Better ​Process ​Control ​School ​will ​be ​taught ​by ​the ​faculty ​members ​from ​the ​Department ​of ​Food ​Science ​at ​UMass ​Amherst. ​ ​ ​Dr. ​McLandsborough ​and ​Dr. ​Corradini ​and ​Extension ​Specialist ​Amanda ​Kinchla, ​M.S. ​bring ​together ​academic ​and ​industry ​experience ​as ​well ​as ​expertise ​in ​food ​microbiology, ​processing ​and ​packaging. Details here.

  • November 30 - December 2

    New England Grows - Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - New England 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. Expo and dynamic lineup of learning experiences draws thousands of green industry professionals to Boston every year. More here.