Vol. 90, No. 4, August / September

In this issue:

Commissioner's Column - Gregory C. Watson




Commissioner's Column

Commissioner Gregory C. Watson

Dear Friends,

Of Food Waste and Landfills
Food is the single largest source of waste dumped into the state’s landfills. Beginning in 2014 landfills in Massachusetts will no longer be able to accept commercial food waste. That waste will have to be dealt with in some other ways including turning it into compost and electricity.

In his wisdom, Governor Patrick is using this as an opportunity to creatively re-think food policy. How? By first insisting that the first step large institutions make is to seek sources to donate unused food to. According to a recent Boston Globe op-ed: “Doing so will not only aid the hungry, it will strengthen the economy, improve the environment, and lead to better health for those who have relied on canned or frozen food because that is what is currently available to them.”

Some of the food that is not/cannot be donated will be composted. Much of that can be applied to our farms to help rebuild soils. The need for compost will be particularly strong in cities across the state promoting urban agriculture. Anaerobic digesters will handle a large proportion of the food waste - converting it into clean electricity and fertilizer. Digesters located on dairy farms will incorporate the manure generated by the cows, and thereby play a major role in waste management.

Food Safety
On August 22nd representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will pay a visit to the Pioneer Valley as part of a series of “Listening Sessions” in the Northeast focusing on the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This will be an opportunity for growers and packers to learn more about the federal government’s proposed food safety rule that we expect will require some significant changes in the way they operate.

The Act directs the FDA to establish science-based standards for the safe production and harvesting of raw agricultural commodities. In response to this directive, FDA developed a proposed rule known as the Produce Safety Rule which focuses on measures that produce farmers and packers should take to prevent the contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables. The rule proposes five sets of standards designed to address significant routes of microbial contamination of produce. The five sets of standards are: (1) agricultural water; (2) biological soil amendments; (3) employee health and hygiene; (4) animal intrusion into growing areas; and (5) equipment, tools and buildings.

The FDA team together with staff from MDAR and The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation will visit two wholesale farm operations in Hadley MA concluding with a listening session for the greater Pioneer Valley farming community from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm at Plainville Farm, 135 Mt. Warner Road, Hadley, MA.

Farm Labor
In light of some recent developments here in Massachusetts and throughout the region, MDAR has reached out to George A. Rioux, District Director with the U. S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division about educating growers and farmers who could benefit from informational sessions on H-2A rules and regulations and the other laws which pertain to farmers and the agricultural community.

The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature.

There has apparently been some misunderstanding/confusion surrounding some aspects of the H-2A program, specifically those pertaining to the definition(s) of agriculture with respect to activities such as supplementing supply by purchasing produce from another farmer or the “preparation” of produce prior to shipping.

We will be coordinating with the folks at DOL to schedule these informational sessions later in the year when growers have a bit more breathing room.

Stay tuned.

Commissioner Greg's Signature

Gregory C. Watson, Commissioner


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Gus Schumacher Among Five People to be Honored by the James Beard Foundation

Gus Schumacher

By Peggy Hernandez, Boston Globe Correspondent

Gus Schumacher went to Hamersley’s Bistro for dinner 25 years ago — almost to the day — and while sitting at dinner, he pulled a beautiful, bright, vine-ripened tomato out of a brown bag. He asked for a plate, olive oil, and serrated knife. Then he made a salad.

Chef-owner Gordon Hamersley, who was buying produce from California, was curious where the plump red fruit was grown. “Twenty minutes from your door,” said Schumacher, grinning. Thus, Hamersley says, was born the local farm-to-table movement.

At the time, Schumacher, then commissioner of agriculture for the state, pulled similar stunts at restaurants all over town, asking chefs if they knew farmers they could buy from, scolding breakfast spots for offering British jams when they could buy local, connecting restaurateurs to growers, and getting farmers to accept coupons provided to low-income residents. Last week, the James Beard Foundation announced that Schumacher, 73, is receiving a Leadership Award in October for “his lifelong efforts to improve access to fresh local food in underserved communities.” Four other national advocates are also being honored.

Uniting consumers with farmers has been Schumacher’s life commitment. As a result, farms have been saved and consumers have expanded access to healthy food. Under Governor Michael Dukakis, Schumacher expanded Boston’s fledgling markets into a statewide effort, and initiated market coupon programs for seniors and low-income families with children. He grew those programs nationally while an agricultural undersecretary for President Clinton.

As for the James Beard award, says Greg Watson, commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, who worked with Schumacher, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving.” Watson describes Schumacher as “a practical visionary.” He says the former commissioner was two steps ahead of everyone. “He makes sure that farmers and agriculture remain viable to increasing access to food, and he’s very sensitive to affordability for the consumer.” Complete article at www.bostonglobe.com/

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MA Tomato Contest to be Held Monday, August 19

Tomato trophies

The 29th Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest will be held at Boston’s City Hall Plaza Farmers’ Market on Monday, August 19 in conjunction with the start of Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week. Tomatoes will be judged by a panel of experts on flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color and shape. Always a lively and fun event, the day is designed to increase awareness of locally grown produce.

Farmers who want to submit entries can bring tomatoes to the City Hall Plaza Farmers’ Market between 9:00 am and 10:15 am on August 19 or drop their entries off with the corresponding registration form to one of several locations around the state on August 17 or 18. These tomatoes will be brought in to Boston on Monday. For the complete details, including contest criteria and a registration form, click here.

The 29th Annual Tomato Contest is sponsored by the MDAR, New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and Mass Farmers Markets.

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Massachusetts Farmers' Market Week

Set for next week - August 18-24, 2013

Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed August 18-24, 2013 Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week. Calling farmers’ markets “essential to the vitality of Massachusetts farms” Governor Patrick says “it is befitting for the citizens of Massachusetts to recognize the continued contribution of farmers’ markets to local consumers, as well as their positive impact on the economy of the Commonwealth.“ This summer, 250 farmers’ markets are operating across the state.

The week will officially kick off on Monday, August 19 at the City Hall Plaza Farmers’ Market in Boston when DAR Commissioner Gregory C. Watson will read the proclamation at the 29th Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and Mass Farmers Markets, tomatoes from farmers across the state will be judged by a panel of experts on flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color and shape. Always a lively and fun event, the day is designed to increase awareness of locally grown produce.

Tomato judging begins at 10:30 a.m. with the announcement of winners at 12:30 p.m. Information on healthy eating and local foods will be available from MDAR, Mass Farmers Markets, Boston Public Market Association, Mass Farm to School Project, Massachusetts WIC Program, USDA and UMass Extension. Farmers’ markets “create a festive open air setting which enhances community spirit and civic pride by offering a natural place for community gathering,” according to the proclamation, which also says markets, “help heighten public awareness of the agricultural diversity of Massachusetts and the benefits of buying local and preserving open space.” The full proclamation can be found here.

DAR compiles an annual list of Massachusetts farmers’ markets, listing days, locations, times, and opening and closing dates for each market. An interactive map of farmers’ markets statewide is available at www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/farmers_markets.htm.

Farmers’ Markets Looking for Vendors

Many farmers’ markets are seeking vendors throughout the upcoming seasons. For a complete statewide list which includes new proposed markets, click here. Be sure to check back periodically for updates. If you would like to add a market, contact David Webber, David.Webber@state.ma.us, 617-626-1754.

New ones:

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Farmers’ Market Program runs through the Fall. Invite all Massachusetts’ farmers to sell their freshly grown fruits and vegetables as well as their made in Massachusetts food products, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Farmers' market program has been very popular for the last ten years on the Masspike and for the fourth year, MassDOT has decided to offer the Farmers Market at all eighteen (18) service plaza’s on State of Massachusetts’ Highways. Along with the original eleven (11) Masspike service plazas, MassDOT has added seven (7) new service plaza locations. The Farmers' Market Program offers our Massachusetts’ farmers a unique opportunity to sell and market their wonderful locally grown products. Farmers can sell their goods as long as they do not compete with the service area stores and restaurants.

The service areas available for the Farmers’ Market are located in Lee (east/west), Blandford (east/west), Ludlow (east/west), Charlton (east/west), Westboro (west), Framingham (west) and Natick (east), Interstate 95 in Newton, Lexington, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 24 locations (north/south ) in Bridgewater, Route 3 in Plymouth and Route 6 in Barnstable.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s program or have any questions, please contact David Fenton at 413-572-3171 or via e-mail at Dave.Fenton@state.ma.us.

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Energy News

Grant Opportunity - MA Dept. of Energy Resources 

"Rural Electrification Upgrades for Renewable Economic Development Program"

A competitive grant will allocate funding to help support power line upgrades for rural business to help support rural businesses with the costs associated with three-phase power upgrades to interconnect renewable energy systems. Rural Massachusetts businesses that seek to develop an onsite renewable energy project, but require upgrades to the electric grid to supply are eligible to apply. Application period closes 9/10/13.

For more information click here.

Funding for Root Zone Heating

Do you have plans to install root zone heating for your greenhouses before the fall heating season?

With support from the USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant, we have funding to support root zone heating installations over the next couple of months - including in-bed and bench heating.

Contact Jess at 413-475-3349 or jesscook@berkshirepioneerrcd.org.

Funding for Outside Air Economizers

Would you like to cut refrigeration costs by using outside air for your cooling needs this winter? Funds available to assist with installation after an energy savings analysis.

Contact Jess at 413-475-3349 or jesscook@berkshirepioneerrcd.org to discuss your project.

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Agricultural Business Planning Courses 2013 - 2014

MDAR offers three course levels serving participants who are 1) thinking about farming, 2) gearing up to start with secure access to land, or 3) already operating Massachusetts agricultural enterprises. Our courses are not offered online because participants confirm greater benefit when they have a peer group to share ideas with over several consecutive weeks. Enrollment is limited to facilitate discussion. Attendance by the registrant (or an informed substitute) is required at all scheduled sessions. Fees are kept low through MDAR support, and a partner may included at no additional cost.

Explorers - For those who are just thinking about getting into farming or are expanding a hobby to an income-generating scale: “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” offers guidance and feedback for informed decisions about whether or not to take the plunge - and how to proceed in the first stages of feasibility. Five sessions over 6 weeks on weekday evenings. Cost per enterprise - $125. Offered February-March 2014 in Amherst and Marlborough.

Planners – For those a step beyond Explorer who have a strong sense of what they intend to do: “Planning for Start-up” is a gut check before making significant investments of time and money. It requires completion of Explorer, or equivalent programs and experience. Planners have already made the decision to farm on a revenue generating scale, and have secured the land and initial finances to do so. Six sessions over 8 weeks on Saturday mornings. Cost per enterprise - $175. Offered January-March 2014, with a Fall 2013 session in Amherst on Saturday Mornings November 2, 9, 16, 23 December 7, 14.

Established Farmers – For those already operating a commercial agricultural enterprise and in need of a comprehensive business plan. “Tilling the Soil of Opportunity” offers a chance to assess, regroup, plan 5 years ahead and finance expansion, or clarify transfer/succession. The course draws on peer experience, Instructor knowledge and guest speakers. This course is USDA/FSA certified for “Borrower Training”. Graduates may qualify for individual post-course technical assistance. Ten sessions over 11 weeks on weekday evenings. Cost per enterprise - $225. Offered January-April 2014, with a Fall 2013 session in Amherst on Wednesday evenings October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 13, 20, 26 (Tuesday to avoid Thanksgiving), December 4, 11, 18.

Applications and details here. Email information/application requests to Rick.Chandler@state.ma.us.

Hosting Ag-Related Events?

Need some help promoting your farm/community festival or culinary event? Mass Grown & Fresher hosts a year round calendar filled with a variety of ag-tivites - fun for the entire family! It is one of our most popular features; highlighting the diversity of food and farming waiting to be discovered across the Commonwealth. Next to the map, it is one of the most clicked on webpages under MassGrown. Email calendar submission form to Julia.Grimaldi@state.ma.us. These events also help us build upon our social media network on Twitter @Massgrown, bringing event information to hundreds of our followers.

If you would like to be included on our Agri-Google Map, please click here (.pdf, .doc) for our Farm Marketing Survey. Already a part of MassGrown? Make sure your information is up-to-date on our map. Send updates/edits to Rick LeBlanc: Richard.LeBlanc@state.ma.us.

Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts

The Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts (BFN/Mass) is a collaborative group of farmers and farm service providers dedicated to beginning farmer success in Massachusetts. By creating more space for networking and collaboration amongst Beginning Farmers and Service Providers BFN/Mass brings together people who want to work on similar issues, share information and lessons learned, and who can inspire each other by the work they are already doing.

The network features:

  • A reliable website (www.bfnmass.org) and referral network so that beginning farmers can effectively find the information and services that they need.
  • In-person meetings to allow beginning farmers and stakeholders to meet each other, network, find points of collaboration, and work together toward common goals.
  • Information to help farmers stay connected and thrive such as blog articles, farmer profiles, and the events calendar.
For more information please visit our website: www.bfnmass.org or e-mail the Coordinator, Margiana Petersen-Rockney at margiana@comteam.org. Success farmer profile Seona Ban, MDAR's Resources for Beginning Farmers.

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August is Tree Check Month!

Have you checked your trees for invasive wood-boring beetles?

Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer are two invasive insects threatening trees throughout Massachusetts. Your help is needed to prevent their spread. Take just 10 minutes this month to check your trees for beetles and signs of damage; find out how at http://bit.ly/treecheck. After you've checked your trees, email stacy.kilb@state.ma.us and we'll send you a free sticker or a button!



Boston Area Gleaners

Farmers, do you have excess crops that you hate to see go to waste? Boston Area Gleaners is here to help! We organize groups of volunteers to harvest excess crops, help with maintenance harvests, and collect excess produce from farmstands and coolers. All of the gleaned produce is then donated to different food access organizations and pantries in the Boston area. So far this season, we have donated over 4000 pounds of food to area pantries and free food organizations, but pantries are always asking for more!

Please contact Matt Crawford, Gleaning Coordinator, if interested: office: 781-894-3212, cell: 978-578-5647, email: coordinator@bostonareagleaners.org. Boston Area Gleaners is fully insured.


Workshop: Learn What Cuts of Meat Chefs Want

Monday, August 19, Potpourri Plaza, 243 King Street, Conference Room 234-236, Northampton, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

CISA's Farmer Workshops: Come hear what local chefs are looking for when it comes to local meat. Daniel Martinez from Bistro Les Gras and Jordan Scott from The Gill Tavern will share their thoughts on how farmers can better serve the restaurant community by providing cuts chefs need. This session will be geared toward educating farmers on the needs of the restaurant industry for local beef, pork, lamb, goat and chicken products. Both chefs use locally raised meat on their menu throughout the year and are excited to talk about the current needs in the industry, what cuts work for them and how to maintain a healthy wholesale relationship. We welcome other chefs to attend and meet the farmers. Dinner will be provided; suggested donation for the workshop is $10. Please RSVP by Friday, August 16th to Devon at (413) 665-7100 x22 or devon@buylocalfood.org.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Support for this session comes from USDA/Risk Management Agency, USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and from individual contributors and Local Hero members. See more at: www.buylocalfood.org/event/6056/#sthash.JIk4iltY.dpuf. CISA, 413-665-7100 x22, Email:devon@buylocalfood.org.

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Greenhouse Energy Efficiency

Thursday, August 22, Full Bloom Market Garden, 216 Long Plain Road, Whately, MA, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Looking to reduce your greenhouse fuel costs this winter, or planning a new greenhouse? Join us at Full Bloom Market Garden to learn about greenhouse energy efficiency strategies, practical energy-saving tips, and funding opportunities for greenhouse projects large and small. Come tour Full Bloom’s gutter-connect and hoophouse complex with high efficiency lighting, computerized climate control, under bench heat, wood pellet boilers and a conveyor system between houses. John Bartok, agricultural engineer, and representatives from NRCS, MA Farm Energy Program and WMECO will be presenting. Dinner will be provided; suggested donation for the workshop is $10. Please RSVP by Monday, August 19th to Kristen at (413) 665-7100 x12 or kristen@buylocalfood.org.

MA Cheese Guild Launch Party!

Tuesday, October 29, from 4 to 7 pm. Verrill Farm in Concord is our host and a Charter Trade member! Please RSVP at info@MACheeseGuild.org. We'll have a sampling for you of our cheeses, music by Carlin Tripp (who wrote the tune for the Vimeo on the About page), and we'll talk a little about our vision and goals. Commissioner Greg Watson of the MA Dept of Agricultural Resources will be joining us, as well as many folks who love cheese!

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Pasture-Raised Poultry Clinics

Friday, Sept. 13: Pastured Poultry Health and Nutrition
Saturday, Sept. 14: Pastured Poultry Systems and Economics
Time (both days): 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Day 1 – Grafton, MA; Day 2 – a to-be-announced farm in Eastern MA

Registration: Register for the full event or for either day as a standalone workshop. One-day registration = $40, Two-day registration = $60.

This two-day event focuses on profitable pasture-based poultry enterprises, from laying hens and broilers to turkeys and ducks. Guest speakers coming from as far as Pennsylvania and Ohio will discuss and demonstrate the science and strategies behind successful pastured poultry enterprises. Day 1 will cover the biology of raising poultry on pasture, from bird health and nutrition to anatomy and behavior. Day 2 will cover economic considerations, as well as the really fun part: discussions and demonstrations of pastured poultry systems, emphasizing strategies and tricks for reducing labor and saving money, from coop design to pasture management to gravity-fed watering.

Coordinated by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. Event contact: Sam Anderson, sanderson@comteam.org or 978-654-6745.

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Scouting for Diseases and Weeds of Woody Ornamentals

September 25, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Essex Agricultural & Technical High School, Hathorne, MA

2 Pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, and Applicators License available.
Association credits: 2 ISA, 2 SAF, 2 CFE, 1/2 MCA, 1 MCH, 1 AOLCP and 1 MCLP credits available.

Join Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist, and Nick Brazee, UMass Plant Pathologist, for a great opportunity to take a walk through the landscape with our experts for a close look at some of the most common weed and disease problems of woody ornamentals noticeable in the fall. Learn how to put IPM practices to work efficiently. Workshop held rain or shine.

Preregistration required as space is limited; the cost is $50 ($45 for 3 or more registrations from the same company).
To register online or to print out a registration form, go to www.umassgreeninfo.org/ under EVENTS.

For more information, contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545-0895 or eweeks@umext.umass.edu.

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Harvest of the Month and MA Harvest for Students Week

The goal of Mass. Farm to School Project’s Massachusetts Harvest of the Month and Harvest for Students Week campaigns is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal fruits and vegetables while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school lunches.

Harvest of the Month promotes a different Massachusetts-grown crop each month in school cafeterias across the state, from September 2013 through February 2014. Harvest for Students Week (September 30 – October 4, 2013) is a highlight in this ongoing campaign and kicks off National Farm to School Month (October).

Both campaigns provide wonderful opportunities for collaboration among school food and nutrition staff, educators, school administrators, parents and students, and for celebrating your commitment to serving local foods with local press and legislators.

For both campaigns, Mass. Farm to School Project will:

  • Provide free, individualized technical assistance sourcing the Harvest of the Month crops from local farms;
  • Mail free materials for display and distribution in each participating cafeteria (including posters, trading cards and stickers for each featured crop);
  • Provide free promotional materials for your use, including press release templates, monthly newsletter text, and monthly recipe cards;
  • Provide participating schools with links to resources that connect the cafeteria campaign to the classroom and community environment. These resources include curriculum and classroom activities, home-scale recipes and nutrition information.

It’s easy to sign up! Just visit www.massfarmtoschool.org/programs/harvest-of-the-month/ to find the Harvest of the Month Participation Agreement and an order form for your free materials. There, you can also let Mass. Farm to School know how you plan to participate in Harvest for Students Week!

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Can New England Feed Itself? How Close Can We Get to Sustainability?

October 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston

Farmers and producers are encouraged to join our kick-off event for the 2013 Let’s Talk About Food Festival Thursday, October 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Trinity Church.

Speakers include Chef and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Michel Nischan, MDAR Commissioner Gregory Watson, US Rep Chellie Pingree (D-ME), CityFresh president Glynn Lloyd, Timothy Griffin from Tufts, and Brian Donohue from Brandeis – all future oriented, thought provoking speakers who will help us think about how close we can get to sustainability as a region, and how to identify strategies and trade-offs as we move into the future.

What role does urban agriculture play? How do we think about a food plan for New England in a regional context? Can we go from three or four days of food sustainability to a week or more? What kind of infrastructure do we need to get from here to there? What mix of crops?

The event is free and open to the public, come and share your insights. Click here for details.

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4th Annual Boston Local Food Festival

Sunday, October 6 - Boston MA: New England’s largest one-day farmers' market and premier food event promoting the joys and benefits of eating local food.

Produced by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that features local food vendors, farmers, fishermen, lively chef & DIY demos, butchering demos, a seafood throw-down competition, diverse music and performances, a family fun zone, and more. Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs, and enjoy local music. Themed “Healthy Local Food for All”, the festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home.

The festival is a zero-waste event, meaning we divert over 91% of our waste each year, and we offset 100% of our energy use! All perishable items sold are made from locally sourced products. Best of all, we bring this annual event to the community free of charge. So grab your reusable water bottles and bags and enjoy New England’s largest one-day farmers market, while celebrating “healthy local food for all”! To learn more about the festival, donate, or to participate, visit us at bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Seeking farmers, specialty food producers, and restaurants/chefs. Contact Jessica Boynton for more details: jessica@sbnmass.org.

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Urban Barn Dance

Sunday, October 6, at Community Rowing, Inc., Boston
VIP Reception 1-2pm, Event 2-6pm

The 5th Annual Urban Barn Dance is Mass Farmers Markets’ signature event in Boston, Massachusetts. Kick off the harvest season by celebrating Massachusetts’ farms and farmers markets as we enjoy delicious bites and drinks from some of Massachusetts’ best farms and chefs. The event will feature live music, a silent auction, and a food and beverage experience that showcases fall flavors unique to Massachusetts and New England. Come enjoy a breathtaking space, good company and delicious food as we celebrate the harvest season and support our local farmers and farmers markets.

Individual tickets are $50/person, food and drinks included with ticket. Purchase your ticket today before the price increases to $75/person on September 16th!

Proceeds raised from the 5th Annual Urban Barn Dance support the continued work of Mass Farmers Markets.
Link to info on website: www.massfarmersmarkets.org/?ShowPage=FMFMCUSTOM3.aspx

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HACCP Workshop

December 3-5, 2013, University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center

This workshop will provide the tools for you to complete the requirements for HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification, understand HACCP principles, identify the resources needed to develop, implement and maintain a HACCP plan, understand and identify process step hazard assessment and understand and identify steps required to determine critical control points. This course will include interactive exercises to help illustrate HACCP planning with an emphasis on FDA regulated food products.

Early bird rates available until November 1st. SRA Registration fee $500, Professional Registration fee $600, Registration and additional information: www.umasshotel.com/groups-meetings/registration/.

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Better Process Control School

January 7-10, 2014, University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center

The Better Process Control School (BPCS) certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. Each processor of low-acid or acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations. Instructors for this school are drawn from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the University of Massachusetts, and industry.

Early bird rates available until November 29th. SRA Registration fee $700, Professional Registration fee $800, Registration and additional information: www.umasshotel.com/groups-meetings/registration/

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Classified Ads

  • 1986 Ford F 350 - 1 Ton Dump, 460 (7.5L) engine, 4 speed manual trans., 2 wheel drive, 80,000 original miles Heil Dump Body with extended sides for mulch, wood chips, leaves, contractor’s utility side box, universal trailer hitch, walking beams along both sides of dump body, 6 new tires, new battery & brakes. (orig. owner, meticulously maintained, truck was garaged every winter since new). Franklin, MA, asking: $4,500 Call: 508-735-4668
  • Agricultural Excavation – Grading Services - Provide earth moving, drainage, land/pasture reclamation, greenhouse preparation, and rock raking services. Includes but not limited to orchards/equine facilities/cranberry bogs/nurseries. Chris Merrill Excavating - merrilltrucks@comcast.net 978-897-9977
  • Used Hoops - Schedule 40 galvanized pipe hoops, $18 each, $15 for 50+. Each hoop is custom-bent from a 21 ft. length to a half circle measuring 14 ft. wide and 7 ft. high, weighing about 25 lbs. Cover with whatever is appropriate for your needs – poly, shade cloth, tarp or another material. These provide an economical solution for many needs: protect growing crops from weather extremes; provide a sheltered space for animals; cover equipment, vehicles and other items that need to be kept out of the weather; store bagged materials, soil, mulch, compost, and other bulk products; as temporary workspace to protect your staff from wind and precipitation. Hundreds still available, Hopkinton, MA. Call Wayne Mezitt 508-962-1857
  • Helping Tell Your Story: I help farmers, commodity groups, and agricultural businesses get the attention they deserve and the customers they need, through websites, social media, earned media, newsletters, grant proposals, and more. agricommunications@gmail.com 413-634-5728
  • Downsizing certified organic laying flock.  Certified organic with Baystate Orgainc certifiers since 2006. Many layers will molt this fall, but are strong layers of jumbo eggs. Flock consists of 21 Dominique layers with proven rooster, eight Americauna layers with proven rooster. Some young chicks from these birds. Also, Black Austrolorp, some crosses, some production layers. Possible sale of beautiful, insulated 10x12' coop with rodent proof grain room. 508-763-5901. Leave name and phone number.

How to Place a Classified Ad

Classified ads are accepted free-of charge on a first-come basis. Be sure to include a phone number. No display ads will be accepted. Only one ad per business/individual per issue, unless space permits. Ads may run in consecutive issues, space permitting. Ads must be of interest to Massachusetts farmers. The Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) reserves the right to refuse any listing it deems inappropriate for publication. E-mail, fax or mail ads to: Farm & Market Report, MDAR, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02114, fax: 617-626-1850, Richard.LeBlanc@state.ma.us.

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About the Farm & Market Report

Published bi-monthly by:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deval L. Patrick, Governor
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Richard K. Sullivan, Secretary
Department of Agricultural Resources, Gregory C. Watson, Commissioner

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