- July 12
How to Conduct an On-Farm Trial – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center, 89 River Rd. Deerfield. Ever want to apply for a SARE farmer or partnership grant or looking to improve your farming practices through research? Offer hands-on training in setting up a replicated field plot, and include practice taking measurements and collecting data. Concepts learned can help you answer many questions through on-farm trials, however, this workshop will focus on the UMass trial “Nitrogen contribution from cover crops for vegetable crop uptake” being conducted on multiple farms in MA this fall as a way to prepare cooperating farmers to conduct this trial. Free, but please RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OnFarmTrial. Questions? Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org , 413-545-1051.
- July 20
Twilight Barn Meeting - 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Jordan Dairy Farm, 51 Muschopauge Road, Rutland. Please join the Central MA Dairy Producers Association, UMass Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, MDAR, USDA-NRCS, and USDA- FSA for our annual Twilight Meeting. Highlights of this year include information about no till corn cover crop system, with demonstration and case studies by Kate Parsons of NRCS as well as presentations by local farmers that have adopted the no till system. More here.
- July 28
- August 2
IPM Field Walk - Red Fire Farm, 184 Meadow Rd, Montague, MA. 4-6pm. Farmer: Ryan Voiland. Part of a series of walks to learn to identify and scout for vegetable pests and select integrated pest management strategies that work for you, whether you are an experienced farmer, or just starting out, organically certified or not! Questions? Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, email@example.com, 413-545-1051.
- August 12 - 14
Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference - University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Join NOFA for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun with people who are transforming the food system in the Northeast. In addition to hundreds of practical skills and farming workshops, the conference features live entertainment, children's and teen conferences, a country fair, organic meals, 100 exhibitors and much more. www.nofasummerconference.org
- August 13