August

  • August 11

    Trial Garden Tour and Review of Spring Growing Season (the good bad and ugly!) - Elm Bank Reservation, Wellesley, MA. http://extension.umass.edu/floriculture/ tsmith@umext.umass.edu

  • 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

  • August 22

    MA Christmas Tree Association Annual Mtg  - Open to all - D.J. Hussey Farm, Townsend, MA. Hosts: Darlene and John Hussey. www.christmas-trees.org/

September

  • September 17

    Know the Soil, Know the Land - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Heifer Farm, Rutland, MA - First-ever Massachusetts soil conference - Understanding soils is critical to conservation and land use planning that supports sustainable agriculture, forestry and greener urban, suburban and rural communities. This one-day conference will focus on soil information resources available through the USDA Soil Survey. The day will include classroom workshops and field demonstrations.Who should attend? Natural resource management and environmental protection professionals; agricultural commission and conservation commission members; farmers and other land owners and managers will all benefit from this worthwhile event! This training has been approved for up to seven training contact hours (TCH) for Soil Evaluator (SE) renewal under the Massachusetts Title 5 program. A certificate of completion will be provided to all participants.Sponsored by: the USDA NRCS, MA Assoc. of Conservation Districts and the Worcester County Conservation District. Visit: http://worcesterconservation.org/massachusetts-soils-conference-47.html or contact: Lisa Trotto, Worcester County Conservation District, 508-829-0168 ext. 5, Lisa.Trotto@ma.usda.gov.

  • 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