- August 27
On-Farm Solar Energy Applications - by CISA's Local Hero Program and the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program - 6:00 -8:00 pm, Atlas Farm, 635 River Road, Deerfield. If you use hot water year round and are wondering if installing a solar hot water system might be an affordable and practical option, join us at Atlas Farm to learn about solar thermal applications for farms. Gerry Palano of MDAR will discuss solar thermal technology, applications, and funding opportunities. Gideon Porth will discuss his experience with photovoltaics and plans to install solar hot water. CET will discuss the role that MFEP plays in helping farms get energy audits and navigate funding programs. A representative from the MA Clean Energy Center will discuss projects that have utilized solar thermal, heat pump technologies, and biomass. A light meal will be provided, $10 suggested donation. RSVP by 8/24 to Devon Whitney-Deal or 413-665-7100, ext. 22. Details here.
- September 14
Growing Cranberries Workshop & Bog Tour - Stone Bridge Farm, Acushnet - SEMAP - Join us for a fun and exciting bog tour! Learn how Scott & Joanne Harding grow their delicious cranberries. Scott will be speaking and will give a lesson on cranberry growing, a bit of history on the property (cranberries were at Stone Bridge pre civil war!), and a tour of the bog. Both water harvesting equipment and dry harvest equipment will be on display. There will also be antique screening equipment and some nice large harvest photos stationed around the tour of the bog. Registration is open now. $5 Beginning Farmers, $15 SEMAP Members, $20 General Public. Visit http://bit.ly/1NkONV0 for details and registration.
- September 17
Know the Soil, Know the Land - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Heifer Farm, Rutland, MA - First-ever Massachusetts soil conference - Understanding soils is critical to conservation and land use planning that supports sustainable agriculture, forestry and greener urban, suburban and rural communities. This one-day conference will focus on soil information resources available through the USDA Soil Survey. The day will include classroom workshops and field demonstrations.Who should attend? Natural resource management and environmental protection professionals; agricultural commission and conservation commission members; farmers and other land owners and managers will all benefit from this worthwhile event! This training has been approved for up to seven training contact hours (TCH) for Soil Evaluator (SE) renewal under the Massachusetts Title 5 program. A certificate of completion will be provided to all participants.Sponsored by: the USDA NRCS, MA Assoc. of Conservation Districts and the Worcester County Conservation District. Visit: http://worcesterconservation.org/massachusetts-soils-conference-47.html or contact: Lisa Trotto, Worcester County Conservation District, 508-829-0168 ext. 5, Lisa.Trotto@ma.usda.gov
- September 20 New England Bantam Club's Annual Fall Bird & Small Animal Swap & Sell - NRT Sheep Pasture, 307 Main St. Easton , MA. 9 am to Noon (rain or shine) Everybody is welcome to buy or sell chickens, bantams, ducks, geese, pigeons, pheasants, rabbits, and other stuff they raise, plus hatching eggs, cages, supplies, whatever! Free to set up for members, $5 for nonmembers. Contact Don Burroughs for more information 508-238-9938, email@example.com.
- September 24 - 27
Draft Animal-Power Field Days, Cummington Fairgrounds. Intensive workshops offered on Thursday will cover topics such as forestry, training draft-animals, introduction to oxen and teaching teamsters. Equipment demonstrations will feature manufacturers who specialize in animal-powered equipment as well as practical adaptations for equipment designed for tractors. Educational sessions featuring animal-power in the market garden: many organic producers see animal-power as a viable alternative to tractors. www.animalpowerfielddays.org
- September 24
Massachusetts Day at The Big E - 9am – 7pm. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) invites Massachusetts based organizations and businesses (including individuals) to participate in the annual event “Massachusetts Day” on the Massachusetts Building grounds located on the Avenue of States at the Eastern States Exposition. application
- October 2
Harvest New England Day, Massachusetts Building front lawn at the Eastern States Exposition, Springfield. We invite businesses to sample and sell on the front lawn of the Massachusetts Building as part of the ‘Harvest New England Day” at the Big E for food and agricultural businesses made or grown in Massachusetts. This event is a great opportunity to obtain feedback and increase awareness about your product to a large audience from all over New England. application
- 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.