- January 10
28th Annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worcester State University. This year's Winter Conference will offer a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, an all-day seminar and keynote by Greg Judy, a rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate. Complete details and registration here.
- January 13
3rd Massachusetts Farm to Cafeteria Conference - College of the Holy Cross, Worcester. This 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, state, regional, and local networking. www.massfarmtoschool.org.
- January 27
MA Flower Growers (MFGA) holds its annual one day Winter Meeting for members and non-members. Always include prominent speakers within the industry and provide a few workshops. Pesticide credits are available. Updates here.
- January 27
Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Program - MA Farm Bureau Federation Office, Marlboro,10 am - 4 pm. UMass Extension and the MDAR. pleased to present a Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Program for growers and other fresh produce handlers. The key presenter for the training is A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D., Extension Educator with UMass Extension. Registration cost is $50.00 for the first person, and additional employees are $10.00. Details and registration here, or contact Doreen York at 413-545-2254, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- February 25 and 26
Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show - Sturbridge, MA - The New England State Departments of Agriculture, in cooperation with agricultural organizations across the region, graciously invite you to attend this biennial conference and trade show. This unique marketing conference offers New England growers sessions on new marketing ideas, promotion, business planning, ag-tourism, managing farmers’ markets, agriculture commissions, and more. There will be multiple educational and networking opportunities along with a Trade Show. Pencil this in your calendar and look for details in the coming months! Save the Date postcard harvestnewengland.org
- February 26
Plant Nutrition and Organic Certification for Greenhouse Crops - D&D Farms Inc., 32 Hudson Rd., Stow, MA - 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Fertilizing Container Grown Crops with Water Soluble Fertilizers, Growing Spring Crops Using Organic Fertilizers, Organic Certification for Greenhouse Container Crops. Printable Program and Registration Form