Agriculture Industry Calendar

Conferences, workshops, board meetings, and more.

May

May 24 - Fruit Twilight MtgWard’s Berry Farm, Sharon, MA. 5:30 PM. Guest speaker: Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch in Stephentown, NY, will speak on exclusion netting to protect fruit against spotted wing drosophila and other pests. Sonia Schloemann, UMass Small Fruit Specialist and Heather Faubert, URI, will speak on current blueberry topics such as pruning, nutrition and insect management. Meeting is free with annual dues payment of $40, or $20 for non-RIFGA members. Light dinner will be served. Two hours of pesticide recertification credit available. Registration is not necessary. 

May 29 - Bringing Visitors to the Farm Glendale Ridge Vineyard, Southampton, 4 - 7pm. Join CISA for an early evening farm tour and learn about resources, ideas, and need-to-know information for engaging the public on your farm. Tour their operations and talk about how they bring visitors to the farm with their summer music series, events, and tastings. RSVP online, or contact Stevie Schafenacker.

May 30 - Marketing Webinar Series: Use Market Research to Guide Farm Business Decisions - 7pm - Marketing can help you decide what to grow or produce, choose where and how you want to sell it, differentiate yourself from other farmers, and make effective use of social media and other marketing tools. Learn the basics to doing your own marketing or supervising someone else. This series of 4 webinars is designed as a complete marketing class, but you can register for 1 or all 4. Details here.

May 31 - Growing U-Pick Strawberries - Tour the strawberry fields at Spring Rain Farm in East Taunton and learn the ins and outs of growing strawberries for a u-pick operation. Discussion around the strawberry crop itself, as well as the logistics to consider for running a u-pick on your own farm. Details here.

June

June 6 - Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout - Insects & Cultural Problems - Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich - 5pm - Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape diseases, insects, weeds, and abiotic problems. More here

June 11 - Explore Farming Workshop Tufts Veterinary School, 200 Westboro Rd, North Grafton. FREE two-hour workshop and discussion is designed to help you start thinking about farming and how you can get involved in the local food system. Discuss the basics of starting a farm business, as well as alternative roles that people can play within our local food system. Register here.

June 12-14- FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Certification Training - UConn. Details here. For more information, contact Diane Wright Hirsch at diane.hirsch@uconn.edu or 203-407-3163.

June 16 - The Massachusetts Beekeepers Association's annual FIELD DAY. UMass, Amherst. The event is hosted by Franklin County Beekeepers Association.  The theme of this year’s Field Day is "increasing your Honey Production." The event is free and open to all. More here.

June 19 - Respirator Train-the-Trainer Course for Farmers, Beekeepers, and other employees who need to use respirators - 2 hours workshop at Best Western, Marlboro. Farmers, beekeepers and other who need to wear respirators, required by pesticide labels, can benefit from the workshop. Participants will learn how the fit test a respirator and select, use, clean, maintain and replace respirators. All handlers must be trained under the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Respirator Requirement if they apply any pesticide that requires a respirator. Participants will received a Certificate of Attendance, a check list for respirator training, and a fit test protocol. This is an hands on workshop. Details here.

June 20 - Weed Walkabout - 4:00pm. Correct weed identification and site assessment are important steps in the development of an effective weed management program for turf and landscape. More here.

June 27 - Copicut Farms Twilight Workshop - Dartmouth. Raise pigs and chickens for both meat and eggs. SEMAP Twilight workshop will focus primarily on their poultry growing operation, including considerations and best practices for others who would like to start raising meat chickens or egg layers on their farm. Details here.

June 28 - Agritourism Workshop for Farmers - 6-8pm - Park Hill Orchards, Easthampton. Join CISA for an early evening farm tour and round table with Russell Braen and Alane Hartley of Park Hill Orchard. Park Hill practices the "Three T's" of agri-tourism - Tours, Talks and Tastings - in order to create meaningful participatory experiences for visitors. RSVP to Stevie Schafenacker via email or at 413-665-7100, ext. 27.

July

July 26 - Down to Earth: Annual Summer Conference & Trade Show - Wachusett Mtn, Princeton. Unique Massachusetts industry summer meeting and trade show. The meeting will offer something for everyone. Whether it is the NEW Hort Olympics, the innovative exhibits, hands-on demonstrations or cutting-edge education, exhibitors and attendees are sure to find what they are looking for at this years' conference. More here.

August

August 10 - 12 - 44th Annual NOFA Summer Conference - Hampshire College, Amherst. This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven NOFA states – NY, NJ, VT, MA, RI, NH, CT. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism. Details here.

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