• October 20

    Slow Money Pioneer Valley Entrepreneur Showcase - 5:00 - 8:00 pm, Smith College Conference Center, Northampton - Listen to six of our local farm and food entrepreneurs who are working to create a stronger, more sustainable food system: Bree-Z-Knoll Farm, Big Picture Beef, Nutwood Farm, Serio's Market, Simple Gifts Farm, Stoneman Brewery. The Slow Money Pioneer Valley Entrepreneur Showcase aims to convene and connect local farm and food businesses, individuals, food system folks, and investors interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy. Slow Money Pioneer Valley is organized by the PVGrows Investment Fund, PVGrows Network, and the Franklin County CDC -- organizations working to strengthen the local food system .More here.


  • 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 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 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.