• April 20

    The Sterling Agricultural Commission is hosting a talk on MGL Chapter 61 and its application for real estate tax assessments for agriculture and forestry lands at  7:00 PM.   The talk will be held at the First Church Parish Hall, Sterling.  The speaker is Brad Mitchell, Director of Government Relations for Mass. Farm Bureau. Agriculturalists and the general public from Sterling and other communities are encouraged to attend.  

  • April 23

    Improving Your Website’s Performance - 6-8pm - HCC Kittredge Center Room 303, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke.Part of CISA’s Local Hero Program. The first of two advanced classes on web marketing, this class will teach you how to use Google Analytics to understand how people find and use your website. Carey Baker of Midnightson Designs will explain the wealth of information available from Google Analytics and how to use it to analyze traffic flow on your website, improve the impact and usability of your website, and think strategically about online advertising. Dinner provided. Cost is $12 for Local Hero members and $15 for non-members. RSVP by 4/21 to Kristen at kristen@buylocalfood.org or 413-665-7100, ext. 12.

  • April 30

    Increasing Traffic to Your Website with SEO - 6 - 8pm - HCC Kittredge Center Room 303, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke. Part of CISA’s Local Hero Program: The second of two advanced classes on web marketing, this class will build on information covered in the first session and give you the tools to help more customers find you on the web. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the ranking of your website on the results pages of search engine queries related to your business. Carey Baker of Midnightson Designs will discuss ways to improve your ranking, including on-site strategies like keywords and web content, and off-site strategies like backlinks and social media. Dinner provided. Cost is $12 for Local Hero members and $15 for non-members. RSVP by 4/28 to Kristen at kristen@buylocalfood.org or 413-665-7100, ext. 12.

May Events

  • May 16

    Slow Poultry Seminar: Sustainable Poultry Production - 9:00 - 5:00- Red Shirt Farm - 60 Williamstown Road, Lanesboro, MA. Jim Adkins, founder of the Sustainable Poultry Network (SPN), will be presenting an 8-hour workshop that focuses on “Slow Poultry”—birds that can naturally reproduce, be genetically maintained, are capable of thriving on outdoor pasture and grow at a normal rate.  Normal "slow" growth translates to a strong skeletal structure, normal organ development, more muscle, better texture and greater nutrition in the meat, and a stronger immune system.Register online: http://sustainablepoultrynetwork.com/event/slow-poultry-western-ma/  or contact: Jim Schultz 413-822-9250, jschultz@pittsfield.net.


  • June 24

    MA Agricultural Field Day - 9:30 am - 4 pm - UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center. Tour the farm and learn about the agricultural research projects happening this summer. Projects will include but are not limited to: Cover Crops in Potato Production, Dual-Purpose Cover Crops for Fall Nutrient Capture and Additional Forage Production, Production of Quality Malt Barley in New England, Hardwood Biochar Amendment of Agricultural Soils, Growing Mustard as a Biofumigant Cover Crop, Evaluation of Reduced Risk Pesticides for Cabbage Root Maggot Control. Registration and details here. Contact Kelly Kraemer at kkraemer@umass.edu or 413-545-5221 for more information.

  • June 17

    Farm Food Safety for Post-Harvest Handling and Small-Scale, Low-Cost Facility Design - 2 pm to 6 pm - Red Fire Farm, 184 Meadow Road, Montague. This program will focus specifically on washing/packing facilities and low-tech & low-cost design for very small farms. Topics will also cover wash water sanitizer usage, sanitizer level monitoring, and other aspects of post-harvest handling using farm food safety good agricultural practices. More information on registration, and other dates/locations for similar workshops will be available soon. Contact Amanda Kinchla at amanda.kinchla@foodsci.umass.edu or 413.545.1017 for more info.


  • August 14 - 16

    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

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