Christmas Tree Annual Meeting - Cranston's Tree Farm - Ashfield, MA. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Members and non-members invited. www.christmas-trees.org.
August 25 & 26
Cake Symposium 2014: Boston, MA. Come join fellow researchers and technologists to share recent progress and insights in the broad area of cakes. We are very pleased to announce that KU Leuven and UMass Amherst are able to gather some of the most internationally recognized scientists with expertise in the complex world of cakes for the second international Cake Symposium in Boston -- offering you an elaborate and varying scientific program endorsed by AACC International , LFoRCe and Puratos. For registration and program information go to, www.cakesymposium.org.
UMass Extension Vegetable and Fruit Twilight Meeting: Food Safety, IPM and the Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP), 4-7pm, Foppema’s Farm, 1605 Hill St, Northbridge. Join UMass Extension faculty and staff and the Foppema family to learn about how the farm is using food safety, CPQ and IPM strategies in their vegetable, tree fruit and berry crops. Tour wash room and packing area, and discuss specific steps that help to ensure food safety when field packing greens. Rich Bonanno, UMass Extension weed specialist, will discuss weeds: types of weeds, how they grow, how to identify them, and how to manage them. UMass Ext. small fruit specialist, Sonia Schloemann will give a Spotted Wing Drosophila management update. Jon Clements will tour the apple orchard and discuss the fire blight outbreak of 2014, and how to manage fire blight. Ruth Hazzard, UMass Ext. Vegetable specialist with Lisa McKeag, Ext. Assistant and Ken Foppema will discuss how the Foppema’s are using IPM in onions to solve a key disease problem. Details here.
The New England Bantam Club holds its annual Fall Swap & Sell - at the Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Rt. 117, Lancaster, MA, 9am to noon. Poultry, equipment, rabbits, cage birds, etc. are all welcome. Poultry must be pullorum tested or from pullorum tested flocks. Waterfowl and pigeons are exempt. Set up is $5 for NEBC members, $8 for non-members. No entry fee for the public. Questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainability for MA Dairies: Grazing, Raw Milk, and Organic Certification, 10:00am to 2:00pm, Sidehill Farm, 59 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA. Cost: $12 for NOFA members, $15 for non-members (includes lunch) This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm’s dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including: Host farmers Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski, Grazier Ridge Shinn, NRCS Agronomist Tom Akin, and Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network. Workshop details here.
Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA. Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape pests and abiotic problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist,Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals. Two pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits available: 1 MCH and 1 AOLCP credits available. ISA, CFE's, MCLP, and MCA, credits requested. For a registration form or to register online using a credit card, go to http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/ or contact UMass Extension at (413) 545-0895, email@example.com.