- February 10
Career Fair Announcement - Green Industry Career Fair - 9:00 AM -- 12:00 PM - Looking for a career in Environmental Horticulture? The MNLA Green Industry Career Fair is where landscape, nursery and greenhouse companies will connect with individuals looking for jobs in the green industry. This is a win/win opportunity for employers and job seekers. Who will job seekers meet at the MNLA Career Fair? Landscape, nursery and greenhouse companies will be on hand to talk with job seekers about a wide variety of jobs. The industry needs irrigation technicians, project managers, foremen, salespeople, managers and supervisors, horticulturists and licensed applicators, landscape designers, equipment and fleet mechanics, people with CAD experience and laborers. Green industry companies have offices and need support staff on their teams, too. More here.
- February 10
MNLA’s Green Industry Career Fair & Annual Meeting - Holiday Inn, Boxborough, MA. MNLA’s Green Industry Career Fair & Annual Meeting. Sessions include: Human Resources "Birds of a Feather"; The Moth's Among Us!; Green Industry Career Fair: Visit with Green Industry businesses to discuss job openings and careers opportunities in the nursery, greenhouse & landscape field; Essentials of Plant ID; Landscaping in Wetlands; Stay Fresh with Marketing on Social Media; Co Op Programs & Internships for Great Employees; Keynote Speaker – Forget Me Not’s by Tom Strangfeld. More here.
- February 15
Farmer & Chef Networking Series - 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St, Dover, MA. Are you a farmer looking to sell more locally? Perhaps a chef seeking to purchase more local grown product? Join SEMAP, WhatsGood, and the Trustees of Reservations for an exciting (and FREE!) networking event where farmers and chefs can meet, gather, and learn new ways to sell and purchase local goods, including using mobile technology. More here.
- February 16
Plant Nutrition for Greenhouse Crops: On-site media testing. 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Publick House, Sturbridge. Topics: Taking soil samples and media testing demonstration; Learning to identify nutrient disorders; Sorting through the different types of meters; Interpreting Soil Test Results; Checking and Calibrating Meters - Bring your meter to be calibrated. Registration and Details (on-line or mail-in)
- February 24 - Dairy
Improving Dairy Productivity and Profitability - UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center, South Deerfield. This full day event focuses on farmers and industry perspectives on robotic milking. Will discuss if robotic milking is a viable option for your farm. Come and speak with farmers who have the system in place to get the facts. Also, presenters from a multi state collaboration will discuss some options for improving productivity and profitability of forage production. Topics include: Pros and cons of robotic milking systems; Alternative forage systems; Extending grazing season. More here.
- February 27
MA Association of Agricultural Commissions Annual Meeting and Educational Sessions - Holiday Inn, 265 Lakeside Ave, Marlborough (next to MA Farm bureau offices). Along w/annual mtg, sessions include: Existing MA Animal Regulations, Processes and Oversight, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Pesticide Session for Beginning to Experienced Farmers with BMP's for Neonicotinoids and a Discussion on Worker Safety Protocols. More here.
- February 28
SEMAP's 9th Annual Ag & Food Conference - Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) for their biggest event of the year! With over 25 workshops, including a Livestock Track, sessions geared towards farmers & gardeners, kids workshops, opportunities to earn pesticide credits, and plenty for the foodie, there is sure to be something for everyone. Ali Berlow, author of The Food Activist Handbook, will be the keynote speaker. More here.
- February 29
Natural Beekeeping Course - Bristol Community College - Aspiring and new beekeepers will learn the essential skills to begin a hobby or small business as a beekeeper including purchasing and establishing a hive, caring for your bees, enhanced pollination, disease and pest management, and harvesting the honey. 6-week course on Mondays, emphasizes organic methods of beekeeping, includes at least one field day demonstration of installing, feeding, and the beginning steps of establishing a hive. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase their own bees, hives and equipment. Register at www.Bristolcc.edu (look under Organic Farming in the Course Search). Questions? email@example.com.
- March 5 Growing Minds Through Agriculture: Make Your School Garden Bloom Even More! - Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, 240 Sykes Street Palmer, MA. Do you already have a thriving school garden or are you just in the planning stages to start a school garden? Whether “Veteran” or “Newbie”, you will find a workshop at this conference that will help you improve your gardening skills. Offers educational and networking resources, activity ideas and framework connections that can facilitate and enhance pre-K through 12th grade classroom teachers alike and help bring agriculture to the classroom. Details here.
- March 8
SBN's Local Specialty Crop Trade Show - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm - Curry Student Center at Northeastern University, Boston. The 2016 Local Specialty Crop Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate trade between buyers and producers of local specialty crops and specialty crop products. Since the buyers are actively looking for companies to trade, we are inviting companies that are ready to trade. Vendor registration is FREE for MA and New England Specialty Crop Producers. Details here.
- March 12
4th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference - Northeastern University Curry Student Center, 346 Huntington Ave., Boston. The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships. The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers, policy makers, commercial buyers, foundations, investors and all others. The 3rd Annual Massachusetts UFC is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and a networking reception. Details here.
- March 15
RecyclingWorks Compost Site Workshop -1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, MassDEP Central Regional Office, Worcester. RecyclingWorks is hosting a no-cost workshop for compost site operators in Massachusetts. The half-day workshop will focus on operator competency in compost management and regulatory compliance, with focus on composting food materials. This workshop will cover: Food materials composting operations registered with MDAR or MassDEP, municipal operators, small scale site operators, other interested parties considering starting a compost site. More here.
- March 29
Northeast Harvest Annual Agricultural Conference - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Coolidge Hall, Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield, MA. The conference will offer several workshops and the opportunity to earn PACE (Pesticide) Credits.www.northeastharvest.com
- April 5
Massachusetts Agriculture Day at the Statehouse - Boston, MA