Agriculture Industry Calendar

Ag related workshops, talks, board meetings, and more.

February 2018

February 22 - Berkshire Grown: Websites 101: Designing & Maintaining a Website for your Business, 5:30-8:30 pm, Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox. Join a panel of website designers to learn about the options for an affordable, manageable website for your business, whatever your size and capacity. Details here.

February 25 – SEMAP’s 11th Annual Ag & Food Conference - Bristol County Agricultural School, Dighton, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Whether you’re a backyard gardener, an experienced farmer, or just curious about locally grown food, this is the event for you! Lineup will include 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 small garden. Includes all day SNAP/HIP Retailer sign-ups, and pesticide credits available at certain workshops. Registration and details here.

February 27 & 28MNLA Green Industry Career Fair - Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center – Feb. 27, 1:00 - 5:00 pm & Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8 am – noon. 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. Cost: It’s FREE but pre-registration is required. Details here.

February 27 - CISA Winter Workshop: Farmer to Farmer - Northampton - Details here.

February 28 - Mass. Farm Wineries & Growers Assoc. Annual Meeting - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, The Publick House, 277 Main St., Rte. 131, Sturbridge. Details here.

March 2018

March 1 - Cape Cod Cranberries Growers Association Annual Mtg - Hotel 1620, Plymouth Waterfront

March 5 - The 7th Annual Specialty Crop and Local Food Trade Show – Northeastern University, Boston - The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is offering the 2018 Show 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. Buyers will have the unique opportunity to meet nearly 100 farmers and producers who grow and craft some of New England’s finest foods. Deadline to register is February 10, 2018. Please note that booths may sell out. Exhibition booths are free for specialty crop farmers + producers. Complete details and registration here.

March 5 - Forgotten Farms Documentary Screening - Tahanto Regional High School - Free and open to the public. Questions contact Judy Frieberg, Sponsored in part by the Boylston Cultural Council. 

March 6 - 39th Annual Community Tree Conference - Ecological Perspectives of the Urban Forest - Stockbridge Hall, UMass Amherst. One-day conference designed for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts including arborists, tree wardens/municipal tree care specialists, foresters, landscape architects and shade tree committee members. Details here.

March 6 - Berkshire Grown: The Business of Wholesaling - 5:30-8:30 pm - Lenox Community Center. The decision to sell to local retailers, restaurants, and distributors isn’t just about maximizing your gross sales. It’s also a decision about what you want your farm business to look like, what kind of relationships you want to have, and how your farm fits into the needs of larger buyers. Panel discussion for insights into the business of wholesaling and best practices for working with local retailers. Details here.

March 8 - Berkshire Grown - Implementing a Strategic Marketing Plan - 5:30-8:30 pm, 
Lenox Community Center. Take your marketing to the next level. Learn how a focused strategy and specific efforts can reduce your marketing labor needs and make every effort count. Matt LeRoux from Cornell Cooperative Extension will take you through the basics of developing a marketing strategy targeting your core customers and how to take that strategy from plan to implementation. Details here.

March 13 - Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training for FSMA Readiness - Co-sponsored with UMass Ext. and MDAR, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Lenox Town Hall Auditorium. Participants will learn about produce safety best practices for farms of all sizes, how to develop a farm food safety plan, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and an overview of how these requirements will be enforced in MA through MDAR’s Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP). Learn more.

March 13 - 15 - Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual Training - UMass Amherst. ​This ​course ​developed ​by ​the ​FSPCA ​is ​the ​“standardized ​curriculum” ​recognized ​by ​FDA; ​successfully ​completing ​this ​course ​is ​one ​way ​to ​meet ​the ​requirements ​for ​a ​“preventive ​controls ​qualified ​individual.” ​ Upon ​completion ​of ​this ​20-hour ​(2.5 ​days) ​course, ​the ​trainee ​will ​become ​a ​FDA-recognized ​“Preventive ​Controls ​Qualified ​Individual” ​(PCQI). Details here. 

March 14 - Board of Agriculture Meeting - 9:30am – 12pm

March 14 - Northeast Hardscape Expo, Providence, Rhode Island. Come see MDAR’s Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator at the Northeast Hardscape Expo in Providence and learn about what you can do to combat the threat of invasive insects. We’ll be handing out free educational materials on a variety of introduced pests including Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly and many more. Show details here.

March 15 - 2018 Massachusetts Poultry Enhancement Council Meeting - 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm - MA Fish and Wildlife Office - 1 Rabbit Hill Rd, Westboro. Details here.

March 15 - Berkshire Grown: Social Media Strategy Basics for Farms & Farm Stores - 5:30-8:30 pm, Lenox Community Center. For modern businesses, having a strong presence on social media is an essential part of any marketing plan. 4-step strategy for posting frequency, types of content, creating an editorial calendar, and setting goals and measuring success. Details here.

March 16-17 - Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) - Bunker Hill Community College, Boston. Designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships. 2 days this year! Details here.

March 20 - Berkshire Grown: Costs of Production & Enterprise Analysis: Predicting Your Position Using Enterprise Budgets - 5:30-8:30 pm, Lenox Community Center. Steve Hadcock with Cornell Cooperative Ext. will demystify the process of preparing an enterprise budget and lead participants through a “hands on” exercise to prepare you to go home and prepare an enterprise budget for the products you produce. Details here.

March 23 - Food Policy Council Meeting - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm - MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Room 103, Westborough. Details here.

March 27  Agriculture Day at the Statehouse  

March 29 - Spring Kickoff for Landscapers -  UMass Extension's Landscape Education Day - 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. TownePlace Suites, 50 Rosebrook Place, Wareham. There is a growing trend for aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly landscapes. Come join us to learn about landscaping principles and practices that you can implement to provide beautiful and environmentally friendly landscapes for your customers. More here.


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