- June 2
The Break Down: From Carcass to Market - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Stillman's Farm, 3674 Greenwich Rd., Hardwick. Let’s make your farm business more profitable by maximizing the yield of your carcass through smart processing choices. While acknowledging the challenges and limitations to meat processing, there are still creative ways to meet market demand, get customers excited about unique cuts, and get the best value out of your animal. In this workshop we will present approaches to cutting that maximize the yields and maintain the quality of the meat. Discuss creative ways to market your cuts depending on your buyers including some value added ideas. As part of this workshop, tour Stillman’s facilities and take a look at animal sides and quarters. This workshop is in partnership with Central Mass Grown. Cost includes handouts, food, and refreshments. To register: click here For more information: contact Stevie at 413-665-7100 x27 or email@example.com.
- June 14 Christmas Tree Twilight Meeting - 5:30 pm - Glen Gary Christmas Tree Farm - 539 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam, Hosted by the Fearn Family. Family owned and operated business, sits on roughly 38 acres in Agawam. Plan to join your fellow Christmas tree growers for the evening. There will be a light meal at 5:30 PM and field tour from 6:00 pm to dusk. Open to all. Details here: www.christmas-trees.org/
- June 15
UMass Fruit Program Summer Berry Twilight Meeting - 5:00 pm - Nourse Farms, 41 River Rd., Whately. Topics: Strawberry & Raspberry Variety Showcase - Blackberry Swing Arm Trellis Demo - High Tunnel Berry Production Update - Spotted Wing Drosophila Management Research and Management Update.1 Pesticide Credit requested. Pre-registration is encouraged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in order to provide enough seating and food.
- June 17
Weed Management and Weed Control in Blueberry Plantings - 11:30 aam - Vandervalk Farm & Winery, 25 Lovell St. Mendon. The MA Cultivated Blueberry Grower’s Association (MCBGA) holding its annual spring seminar. Hilary Sandler, UMass Ext.Assistant Professor; State IPM Coordinator will give a talk "Weed Management and Weed Control in Blueberry Plantings." Cost is free for MCBGA members in good standing. If you have not paid your $20 annual dues, please pay Charlie Farrell at the meeting or you can mail a check payable to MCBGA to Charlie Farrell, 44 Pratt St., Taunton, MA 02780. The cost for non-members is $15.00. Please register for this seminar by emailing Elisabeth Patt at email@example.com by June 9th.
- June 28
Water Management Twilight Meeting - 4-6pm - Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm, 139 Spring St, Millis. FSMA and drought got you down? Tour the newly installed irrigation system for orchard and vegetable crops built with funding support from NRCS with the designer, Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Farm, Irrigation and Row Crop Supply. Find out water sampling protocols and lab requirements for FSMA from the UMass Food Safety Specialist Lisa McKeag and about grant opportunities for irrigation and food safety improvements. Other industry representatives will be available for consultation and dinner will be provided following the tour. More here.
- July 11
Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association Summer Meeting, Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury, MA - http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/upcoming-events
- July 22 Christmas Tree "Growers' Gathering"- 9:00 am-noon - Davagian Tree Farm, Sutton. Hosted by Greg and Jan Davagian.A meeting where growers can informally gather and share their accumulated knowledge about growing Christmas trees. This first "Growers' Gathering" will not be a formal program... it's a chance for everyone to give and receive information, and to share and discuss ideas and methods. By holding it in July as opposed to June, there will be trees to shear – a great topic to start with. If you would like to demonstrate your method, bring your preferred tools and the Davagians will provide the trees! Dave Radebaugh will give a lesson on how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Any other topics of interest can be brought up and discussed, such as planting, fertilizing and insect control. Bring your questions, thoughts, problems, and solutions that have worked for you. More here: Coffee and goodies will be provided in the morning, and there will be lunch available at the close of the gathering. Open to all. Details here: www.christmas-trees.org/
- August 11 - 13
Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference - Hampshire College, Amherst. Workshops * Exhibitors * Children's Conference * Music * Dance * Country Fair - Three-day, solutions-oriented celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Gardeners, farmers, growers and food-lovers from across the Northeast will again share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. 130+ workshops and sessions on everything from soil health and food preservation to mushrooms, bees and food activism.Check out the full organic spread: www.nofasummerconference.org/2017program/
- August 26
Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association's Annual Meeting - 9:00-3:00pm - Mistletoe Acres Tree Farm, LLC, East Bridgewater
Hosted by Matt and Megan Krugger. Details here.