- October 9
Twilight Meeting: Nutrient Management, Soil & Crop Fertility - 4 pm to 6pm, Langwater Farm, 209 Washington St, North Easton, MA. This year’s Twilight Meeting will focus on nutrient management from the bottom up and will feature: Explanation of new statewide nutrient management regulations which will go into effect on December 5, 2015 by MDAR. Cover crop-based fertility and on-farm composting at Langwater Farm by farmer Kevin O’Dwyer, Compost analysis and interpretation by Katie Campbell-Nelson, Weed management by Rich Bonanno. More here.
- October 13
Informational Forum on High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI) - 6 pm - MDAR conference room, 101 University Drive, Suite C4., Amherst. Attention poultry producers and backyard poultry owners - MDAR and USDA/APHIS will host presenters Dr. Lorraine O’Connor, MDAR Chief Veterinarian Health Officer and Dr. Lauren Harris & Lech Szkudlarek.MDAR & APHIS are seeking to educate poultry owners about the risk HPAI poses to their birds in hopes that owners will take every precaution to prevent their flocks from being exposed. Additionally, we want poultry owners to understand what will happen if their flock becomes infected. Questions specifically about your bird’s health should be directed to Esther Wegman, 617- 626-1795. RSVP or questions about the forum to Julia Grimaldi, 617-626-1763, Julia.Grimaldi@state.ma.us.
- October 14
Westminster’s Agricultural Commission presents “Keeping your Backyard Poultry Safe in the Age of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)” - 6:00-8:00 pm, Eloranta Room, Forbush Memorial Library, Westminster. Come and learn about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and become proactive about keeping your flocks healthy. If you have backyard flocks of any common domestic birds – chickens, ducks and/or turkeys then you NEED TO KNOW about this! Free and Open to the Public. For more information and to RSVP (for handouts): Contact M.L. Altobelli: email@example.com and put “backyard” in the subject line.
- October 19
Oyster Farming & Raw Bar Twilight Workshop - 6-8 pm - How on Earth, 62 Marion Rd, Mattapoisett. Oysters are the fastest growing farming effort in the northeast and in this Twilight Series presentation, Dale Leavitt will introduce everyone to the oyster and how to grow them. From where to buy seed oysters through to how to market them, we will survey all aspects of oyster farming with a quick introduction into what it takes to produce a great oyster. Following Dale's talk, " Salty John" Arruda will demonstrate making different cocktail sauces and other unusual oyster toppings. There will be sampling! Registration and details here.
- October 23
Draft MA Food System Plan to be Unveiled on Food Day at the State House, Boston - 9:30 am - 1:00 pm. The Massachusetts Food Policy Council and Chair Commissioner John Lebeaux (MDAR), and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will publicly release the draft Massachusetts Food Systems Plan on Friday, in conjunction with a celebration of Food Day. Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs will kick off the program. Flyer here.
- October 28
70th Anniversary of The Worcester County Conservation District Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner - 6:00 am – 8:00 pm. Rutland Public Library, 280 Main Street, Rutland, Speakers to be announced! Contact: Lisa Trotto, Worcester County Conservation District, 508-829-0168 ext. 5, Lisa.Trotto@ma.usda.gov.
- November 8
MA Cultivated Blueberry Grower’s Association Annual Winter Seminar - Harvey’s Conference Center, 68 Hopkinton Rd., Rte. 135, Westborough, 12:30 pm - 3 pm. Featuring Heather Faubert, Extension Fruit Specialist at the University of Rhode Island (URI), “How to protect blueberry plants from Winter Moth” and update on Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). She will outline the steps for an effective pest management protocol, including using GDD (growing degree days) as a guideline for detection and control, and the effect weather can have on managing this pest.Catered dinner is being offered as well. Please RSVP for this seminar by emailing Elisabeth Patt at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 23rd. www.mcbga.com.
- November 10
Get Ready for Spring 2016: Growing Spring Greenhouse Crops - TownPlace Suites, Wareham, MA - Topics will include greenhouse sanitation and weed management; plant nutrition, insect and mite management and disease management. UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program. 3 pesticide credits. Program and Registration.
- 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.
- December 15 - 17
The 2015 New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference - Radisson Hotel, The Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm St, Manchester, NH. The Conference and Trade Show includes more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors. This conference is special because it is put together with close collaboration between growers and Extension from
across the region. The steering committee gathers the best speakers from within our region and across the country to tell you about the latest innovations and advances in the fruit and vegetable industry. Almost every session includes both farmers and research or extension personnel, so you are getting the “best of both worlds.” www.newenglandvfc.org.