May Events

June

  • June 4

    Best Management Practices for Minimizing Pests - TURF - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Doubletree Hotel, 11 Beaver St., Milford, MA. Best management practices are key to establishing and maintaining turf that can withstand pressure from damaging pests. Focus on integrating BMPs into a pest management program, with emphasis on the use of particular cultural practices in the management of specific weed, insect and disease pests. Also, a strong understanding of a product’s active ingredient is necessary to get the most out of an herbicide application. Discussion on characteristics and use patterns of commonly used turf herbicides. Up to 4 pesticide contact hours. Details here.

  • June 8

    Twilight Workshop: Growing Melons - sponsored by SEMAP - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Colchester Neighborhood Farm, 90 Brook St, Plympton, MA. People ask about growing watermelons in NE. Often start the conversation by saying it’s not possible because it’s too cold up here. NOT TRUE! I’ve grown tasty watermelons ever since I started farming, and I started in Vermont, just ask our customers. Come tour our unique farm and learn how I grow my watermelons and other melon varieties.  Talk about the best varieties, when to start seeds, field selection and prep, keeping the pests and critters away, when to put them out in the field, irrigation, and more. – MaryAnn Martinez Details here.

  • June 11

    Best Management Practices for Minimizing Pests - LANDSCAPE - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St (Route 9), Hadley, MA. How has our changing climate affected the health of our landscape plants? Are stressed plants more prone to insect infestation? What timely, new and expected insects of importance are prevalent on landscapes? Many of these relevant questions and outlines management strategies for the future will be addressed. Also, a strong understanding of a product’s active ingredient is necessary to get the most out of an herbicide application , along with characteristics and use patterns of commonly used landscape herbicides. Up to 4 pesticide contact hours for categories. Details here.

  • 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.

  • June 20

    Massachusetts Cultivated Blueberry Grower’s Association Spring Seminar Invitation - Noon -3:00 pm - Sunburst Blueberry Farm (owners: William and Deborah Baisley), 44 Rawson Street, North Uxbridge. Annual spring seminar and this year have Dr. Rich Marini, Head and Professor of Horticulture, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Extension, speak to us on pre-plant soil preparation and soil amendments and how to understand nutrient availability and uptake by roots to enhance fertilizer utilization. Henry Patt will present a short talk on using his very easy and accurate method to detect the beginning of a winter moth infestation.Cost for this seminar is free for MCBGA members and $10 for non-members. Register by emailing Elisabeth Patt at eap1226@verizon.net by June 13th. Please bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs. As usual, drinks and dessert are provided.www.sunburstblueberryfarm.com/.

  • 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. Valley Malt Tour -5-8 pm - 27 Middle Street, Hadley - Food catered by Wheel House, music by Acoustic Brew, with an assortment of craft beer. Admission $20 (includes food & drink), Details and tickets here.
  • June 24

    AgCom Boot Camp - 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Whately Elementary School. Sponsored by the MA Ag Commission Association - Lead by Brad Mitchell, Director of Government Affairs, MA Farm Bureau, and Frank DiLuna, Legal Advisor, Murtha Cullina, LLP. Discussions on “What Every AgCom Member Should Know”: Wetlands, Zoning, Working With Your Board of Health, & Running a Productive Meeting. Free to all MA AgCom members. Email Steve at damons_of_gill@yahoo.com with questions.

July

  • July 23

    The MNLA/MFGA Summer Conference and Trade Show - Topsfield Fairgrounds. Take advantage of the newest ideas and cutting edge information and education to put you ahead of your competition. Pesticide credits, speed educational sessions and tours are only a few of this years’ exciting programs. Plus, there’ll be great opportunities to network with your colleagues over wine tastings, local microbrews, and live entertainment! Details here.

August

  • 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

September

  • September 24 - 27

    Draft Animal-Power Field Days, Cummington Fairgrounds. Intensive workshops offered on Thursday will cover topics such as forestry, training draft-animals, introduction to oxen and teaching teamsters. Equipment demonstrations will feature manufacturers who specialize in animal-powered equipment as well as practical adaptations for equipment designed for tractors. Educational sessions featuring animal-power in the market garden: many organic producers see animal-power as a viable alternative to tractors. www.animalpowerfielddays.org

  • September 24

    Massachusetts Day at The Big E - 9am – 7pm. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) invites Massachusetts based organizations and businesses (including individuals) to participate in the annual event “Massachusetts Day”  on the Massachusetts Building grounds located on the Avenue of States at the Eastern States Exposition. application pdf format of Massachusetts Day Application

October

  • October 2

    Harvest New England Day, Massachusetts Building front lawn at the Eastern States Exposition, Springfield. We invite businesses to sample and sell on the front lawn of the Massachusetts Building as part of the ‘Harvest New England Day” at the Big E for food and agricultural businesses made or grown in Massachusetts. This event is a great opportunity to obtain feedback and increase awareness about your product to a large audience from all over New England. application pdf format of Harvest New England Day Application

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