October 22 – "Why Farm to School? Why Now?" - Virtual Massachusetts Farm to School Network Public Stakeholder Event - 2-4pm. Register here. Description: Join the Massachusetts Farm to School Network (NFSN) for a virtual version of our annual stakeholder gathering where we will explore why farm to school is as important as ever in the time of COVID. This event will provide local perspectives on themes raised by National Farm to School Network's “Food Justice is Racial Justice” event on 10/14 and will address how COVID-19 is shaping the present and future of farm to school in Massachusetts. It is recommended that attendees view the recording of the 10/14 National Farm to School Network (NFSN)'s Virtual Movement Meeting "Food Justice is Racial Justice" in advance of 10/22, as we'll be responding to themes and takeaways as part of the 10/22 MA Farm to School Network event. Learn more about the NFSN event here.
October 23 - Testing Soil for Meaningful Results – 12 – 1pm. Webinar is an excellent "Soil Testing 101" for farmers and backyard gardeners alike. Details here.
October 23rd and 27th - SBN's Local Food Speed Trading Virtual Series - Sign up for Local Food Producers - Invite local farms and food businesses based in Massachusetts and greater New England to connect virtually with food buyers of all sizes. Details here.
November 4 – December 16 - The Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo – Wednesdays; All webinars take place from noon to 1:00 pm. Sessions include: Pests of Chrysanthemum, and an Insect Management Update; Biological Control: How to be successful; Growing Garden Mums Without Disease Losses; Learn the newest strategies to keep root rots from hurting your bottom line; Young Plants and Plant Growth Regulators: Saving time and Improving Quality; Cleaning Surfaces in the Greenhouse. Details here.
November 4 - 5 - Garden Ecology for Landscape Professionals - Demand for ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the information available on how to provide them. Consequently, converting a lawn to a meadow, or a weedy woodland to a graceful fern glade, will require landscape practitioners to expand their toolbox. Details here.
November 7 - Mass. Beekeepers Association first virtual Annual Fall Meeting – 8:00 am to 12 pm. Pre-registration is required. Details here.
November 10 - 2020 Fall WasteWise Forum Webinar - 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Free webinar will be hosted by RecyclingWorks in MA and will focus on strategies and opportunities to reduce and recover food waste, including information on the commercial organics waste ban and presentations from businesses and institutions with food waste diversion programs. Details here.
November 12 - The Massachusetts Food Policy Council annual meeting focus will be the MA Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program including highlights and case studies, an opportunity to showcase some of the outcomes from this program to the state's administration and legislators. Remote participation information is forthcoming. Updates here.
Industrial Hemp Training Program for Agricultural/Technical Service Providers - Starts November 3rd - Register by October 26th! UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils (NWCS) program is offering this course in collaboration with the following organizations: Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAAFM), Food & Markets, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), SUNY Morrisville, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA), Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY), and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NE-SARE). Offerings include up to 13 webinars (7 are required), up to 5 in-field intensives (1 is required), and admission to attend the 2021 and 2022 Industrial Hemp Conferences! You will also be asked to complete a pre- and post- course survey. All this is FREE and you can also earn Certified Crop Adviser credits. Sign up here.