December

January

  • January 10 - February 28

    UMass Vegetable Winter School Offers Workshops for Farm Owners, Managers and Employees - Brigham Hill Community Farm 
     37 Wheeler Rd., Grafton.  Vegetable ​Winter ​School ​is ​designed ​to ​provide ​growers ​with ​regulatory ​certainty ​in ​a ​time ​of ​many ​regulatory ​changes. ​Leave ​winter ​school ​ready ​for ​a ​Commonwealth ​Quality ​Program ​(CQP) ​audit ​and ​the ​peace ​of ​mind ​that ​you ​are ​prepared ​to ​handle ​the ​requirements ​of: ​the ​Food ​Safety ​Modernization ​Act ​(FSMA), ​EPA ​Worker ​Protection ​Standards ​(WPS), ​Nutrient ​Management ​Regulations, ​and ​changes ​in ​Employment ​Law. ​Get ​up ​to ​date ​on ​research ​and ​IPM ​practices ​important ​to ​vegetable ​growers ​and ​gain ​a ​competitive ​advantage ​in ​a ​heavily ​regulated ​market. ​Each ​farm ​will ​get ​detailed ​support ​in ​developing ​food ​safety ​and ​nutrient ​management ​plans, ​training ​employees ​in ​WPS, ​developing ​standard ​operating ​procedures ​compliant ​with ​regulations, ​and ​preparing ​an ​employee ​handbook ​and ​a ​whole ​farm ​IPM ​plan. ​This ​course ​is ​designed ​for ​farm ​owners, ​managers ​and ​employees. ​More here.

  • January 14

    NOFA Winter Conference - Worcester State University. Annual one-day conference. Go deeper into your winter study sessions at the upcoming NOFA/MASS Winter Conference! Full program of adult, teen and children’s courses will be just what you need to prepare for your next growing cycle! You can also discover more than 80 excellent vendors at the Trade Show where you can find tools, techniques and more information to support your study and take your project to the next level. Offer the best resources to find in Mass. to support your projects. Tap into the resources of more than 70 popular workshops and experts from the field on organic farming, gardening, landscaping, homesteading, DIY skill building and soil/human/animal health.. Complete registration and details here.

March

  • March 7 - 9

    2017 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show: Turn Up the Volume on Your Farm Marketing! Sturbridge Host Hotel,  Sturbridge, MA. Featuring Craig Ostbo from Koopman Ostbo Communication Marketing in Portland, OR AGENDA: See all that the conference has to offer at the 2017 Conference. TRADE SHOW: Conference registration includes a national industry trade show.  Those interested in exhibiting should register by December 2, 2016 and save $100! Advertise: Interested in advertising in the conference program?  Take a look at the super reasonable ad rates. Over 800 people, from New England and beyond, attend this three day conference. Sponsor: As the only regional ag marketing conference, your sponsorship will provide name recognition throughout New England. From supporting an individual breakout session, to sponsoring lunch or the entire trade show, there are numerous ways to support this well attended conference. Stay: The Sturbridge Host Hotel is offering a discount overnight rate for conference attendees! www.harvestnewengland.org/events/