October 16 - Scaling up Pastured Poultry at Square Roots Farm - 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Lanesborough. Michael Gallagher and Ashley Amsden have operated Square Roots Farm since 2010. They produce meat birds, eggs, pork, beef, and vegetables and distribute through pre-order on-farm sales, 3 local farmers markets, and various wholesale accounts. In 2018, Square Roots increased production of eggs and meat birds as they phased out their CSA and sought to fill an unmet demand in the market. Michael and Ashley will share some of what they learned about improving the efficiency of their systems to increase production while keeping labor steady. Details here.
October 29 - Webinar: Managing Your Soil as if the Earth Mattered - 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Free. Jim Schultz and his wife, Annie, own and operate Red Shirt Farm, a diversified, regenerative, no-till farm in western MA. Employ a wide range of regenerative techniques to grow vegetables, a small orchard, and pastured heritage chickens, turkeys, and pigs. Jim will discuss the critical importance of regenerative growing practices to address environmental challenges and mitigate our climate crisis and then provide specific techniques that can be implemented by small farmers, homesteaders and backyard gardeners. Jim will also touch on his Climate Battery, an innovative method for heating a high tunnel without the use of fossil fuels. Details here.
November 3 - How to Successfully Grow Blueberries - The Massachusetts Cultivated Blueberry Grower’s Association (MCBGA) annual winter meeting, Harvey’s Conference Center, Westborough, 11:30 am - 3:pm. Mary Conklin, Extension Educator in Fruit Production & IPM at the UConn, to speak about how to successfully grow blueberries. Being in the fruit industry for over 35 years as a grower, consultant and an Extension Educator, Mary will talk about site selection, soil preparation, plant selection, plant health, pests, and where to buy supplies/bushes. Please RSVP by emailing Elisabeth Patt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 16 - Mass. Bee Fall Meeting - 8am – 4:30pm - VFW Hall, 123 Holliston Street, Medway. Outstanding educational event hosted by the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association. Details here.
November 21 - SEMAP 2019 Annual Meeting - 5:30-8:00pm, Groundwork! Coworking Space, 1213 Purchase St. New Bedford. Join SEMAP for a celebration of their accomplishments in 2019, networking with farmers and allies from across the region, and a presentation of awards for local farms, businesses, and people key to the success of local agriculture in Southeastern Mass. Free - Details here.
November 21 - Dairy Farmers: Learn How to Handle Tough Questions at Discussion Training - Free workshop and lunch open to all dairy farmers - 10am - 2pm - Bluebonnet Diner and Banquet Hall, 324 King St, Northampton - Do you think we can do a better job explaining why we do what we do as farmers? Are you hesitant to engage in conversations with the average consumer? Misinformation abounds, but it's up to us in the agricultural community to set the record straight. Learn how to lead positive conversations about the tough issues surrounding our industry, with a specific focus on water quality and the environment. The workshop will train you to get your point across in all types of settings including in person, in a town hall setting, online or when speaking to a reporter. RSVP your name, farm name, and number attending to Annalise Kieley at AKieley@newenglanddairy.com.
November 22 - 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum - 9:30 am – 4pm, Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester. MA Food System Collaborative brings together more than more than 200 leaders from the Massachusetts food system to exchange ideas and resources, learn about each other’s work, and pursue opportunities for collective action. Attend the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum to learn new skills, celebrate successes, and collaborate across disciplines to increase equity and sustainability in the MA food system. Registration here.
December 5-6 - Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) Annual Meeting - co-hosted by Cape & Islands and Hampden County Farm Bureau’s. At the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center - Details here.
December 10-12 - New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH.
2020 - January
January 11 - 33rd NOFA/Mass Winter Conference - Worcester State University. NOFA/Mass is thrilled to announce that our 2020 Winter Conference Keynote Presenter will be the award-winning journalist Carey Gillam. Details here.
February 4-5 - Northeast Agribusiness & Feed Alliance Annual Meeting & Forum - Albany. Updates here.
February 23 - SEMAP 13th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference - 8am - 4:30pm - 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, the Ag & Food Conference is 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. Details here.
March 25 - Agriculture Day at the Statehouse - Boston