• September 3

    UMass Extension Vegetable and Fruit Twilight Meeting: Food Safety, IPM and the Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP), 4-7pm, Foppema’s Farm, 1605 Hill St, Northbridge. Join UMass Extension faculty and staff and the Foppema family to learn about how the farm is using food safety, CPQ and IPM strategies in their vegetable, tree fruit and berry crops. Tour wash room and packing area, and discuss specific steps that help to ensure food safety when field packing greens. Rich Bonanno, UMass Extension weed specialist, will discuss weeds: types of weeds, how they grow, how to identify them, and how to manage them. UMass Ext. small fruit specialist, Sonia Schloemann will give a Spotted Wing Drosophila management update. Jon Clements will tour the apple orchard and discuss the fire blight outbreak of 2014, and how to manage fire blight. Ruth Hazzard, UMass Ext. Vegetable specialist with Lisa McKeag, Ext. Assistant and Ken Foppema will discuss how the Foppema’s are using IPM in onions to solve a key disease problem. Details here.

  • September 14

    The New England Bantam Club holds its annual Fall Swap & Sell - at the Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Rt. 117, Lancaster, MA, 9am to noon. Poultry, equipment, rabbits, cage birds, etc. are all welcome.  Poultry must be pullorum tested or from pullorum tested flocks.  Waterfowl and pigeons are exempt.  Set up is $5 for NEBC members, $8 for non-members.  No entry fee for the public. Questions,

  • September 23

    Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA. Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape pests and abiotic problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist,Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals. Two pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits available:  1 MCH and 1 AOLCP credits available.  ISA, CFE's, MCLP, and MCA, credits requested. For a registration form or to register online using a credit card, go to or contact UMass Extension at (413) 545-0895,