- April 28-29
New England Meat Conference - The Radisson Manchester, NH - Join fellow farmers, processors, butchers, value-added producers and chefs at this year's New England Meat Conference. 2017 marks our third conference in what will be the industry event of the year for the region. Peers will be sharing their work in sustainable and local meat production. Look at growing the New England meat economies, continue developing robust infrastructure and foster business relationships. 25 educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and the illustrious Meat Ball. More here.
- May 10
Speed Trading + Stand Out from the Crowd! Workshops - 10-3pm - Union Station, Worcester - Marketing Workshop: Stand Out from the Crowd! How to Make Festivals & Events Work for You - Festivals are a great way to introduce people to your brand and your product. With festival season quickly approaching, The SBN of Massachusetts and Central Mass Grown have gathered a panel of Marketing Experts and Festival Producers to give you tips to help you convert attendees into customers. Speed Trading will encourage buyers and producers of local food to connect and form new relationships on a one on one level. More here.
- May 19
Massachusetts Food Policy Council - 9:30 am – 12:30 pm - MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough. Program: Deep dive into the local food infrastructure! From the MA Local Food Action Plan: “Support and grow local food system infrastructure. The current focus is to target opportunities for growers, food processors and distributors to access capital, incentives, and technical assistance though agency partners and programs, private organizations, and universities.” The program will focus on Massachusetts Farm Infrastructure in relation to: Access to capital and business management; Product development and support for value-added food and ag businesses; Compliance with the Produce Safety Rule (FSMA); Farm energy. For more information, contact Bonita.Oehlke@state.ma.us.