- February 4
NEVBGA & Cooperative Extension 594th Growers’ Mtg., 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge, Hudson. Topics include:Bird Management in Fruit & Vegetable Crops, Grower Roundtable on Bird Management in Sweet Corn; Crop Insurance Update; Optimizing Spring Cover Crop Nitrogen Utilization on Vegetable Farms; Small Fruit Production and Weed Management; Neonicotinoid Label Registrations: Update; Food Safety Modernization Act Update: What to Expect in Massachusetts; 2016 Bell Pepper, Butternut Squash, Sweet Corn & Strawberry Evaluations. To register, visit https://goo.gl/Zsg7Cn, or contact the secretary at 917-573-5558 or email@example.com by January 27.
- February 7
Green Industry Career Fair - Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, Sturbridge. For those looking for a career in Environmental Horticulture. Green Industry Career Fair sponsored by the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) is where landscape, nursery and greenhouse companies will connect with individuals looking for jobs in the green industry. 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. For more info.: www.mnla.com or call 413-369-4731. FREE but pre-registration is required.
- February 8
2017 Winter Flower Growers Program - D&D Farms Inc., Stow. Co-sponsored by Massachusetts Flower Growers Association and UMass Extension. Program includes: Respirator Fit Test Training, Reading and Analyzing Your Fertilizer Bag, 5 Ways to Create Continuous Biocontrol in Greenhouses, Using Social Media to Benefit Your Business – Grower and Retailer Panel *2 pesticide credits. More details and registration form: http://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture
- February 8
Sustainable Farm Law 101 - Boston Area/North Grafton - 8:30 am - 4:45 pm - Brigham Hill Community Barn, North Grafton. Learn how to choose and form an optimal business entity for your farm, address priority employment law issues, reduce liability risks, craft effective lease and purchase documents, write secure sales documents, and work effectively with an insurance agent and more at Sustainable Farm Law 101. Direct to consumer farmers will learn all the basics for creating a legally secure operation. Co-facilitated by an attorney and a farmer, along with plenty of time for input from participates, this workshop will be filled with practical, on the ground perspectives. Co-sponsored by Farm Commons and by the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. Details and registration here. Questions, contact Farm Commons at 608-616-5319, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- February 8
Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association Annual Meeting - UMass Cold Spring Orchard 391 Sabin St. Belchertown. Co-sponsored by UMass Ext.and the UMass Fruit Advisor - 10 am - 3 pm. Program includes: Update to EPA Worker Protection Standard, FSMA/Produce Safety Rule, UMass Research Updates, MFGA Annual Business Meeting, MDAR Pesticide Regulatory Update, RIMpro: A Game Changer? Pruning demo and arguing (weather permitting). RSVP email@example.com, 413-478-7219, Click here to register and pay by credit card.
- February 26
10th Annual SEMAP Ag & Food Conference - 9am – 3:30pm, Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St., Dighton. Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, this is the event for you! Each year, the lineup includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch and at the Resource Fair you’ll learn about local organizations and businesses that provide services and products to help you grow, whether you’ve got a hundred acres or a couple of window boxes. More here.
- March 1
Local Specialty Crop Trade Show & Local Food Trade Show - The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is offering its 6th Local Food Trade Shows. Designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts. This event is ideal for restaurants, retailers and institutional buyers interested in trading with local food suppliers and who desire to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value added producers from MA and NE. The Local Specialty Crop Trade Show - exhibitors will include New England based farmers, produce distributors and local specialty crop producers (products made with 50% or more specialty crops also qualify). Booths are free for specialty crop farmers and producers: register here. Local Food Trade Show - This trade show is open to all non-specialty crop food producers including meat and dairy farms, fisheries, baked goods and other added value producers; register here. The Trade Shows will include workshops offering best practice topics around some of the most pressing barriers to specialty crop sales in Massachusetts. More here.
- March 4
5th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference - 7:45 am - 5:00 pm - Northeastern University Curry Student Center, 346 Huntington Ave, Boston. Conference is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving urban farming sector. The 5th annual Conference is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished conversation leaders and practitioners. The event always sells out! Early Bird Special, $50, ends December 30, 2016. Register here. For panel/workshop information, contact Rose Arruda at MDAR: Rose.Arruda@state.ma.us.
- 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/