November 14 & 15 - CISA Invites Beginning Farmers to Bring Ideas for Future - CISA is holding focus groups in two locations to inform how CISA farmer support programming will look in the coming years. Dinner will be served at both events. The details and RSVP links of the events: North Hadley Sugar Shack or Rural Commonwealth, Shelburne Falls.
November 14 - Board of Agriculture Meeting - Lakeville, 10-1pm. Details here.
November 15 - SEMAP Annual Meeting - at Round the Bend Farm, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Free - Details here.
November 15 - Fourth Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Business Awards - 7-10pm - The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA. Fourth Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Business Awards! This lively venue will provide the perfect backdrop for a true celebration of all things local. Five businesses will be recognized for their work toward a local, green & fair economy! Look forward to live music, a delicious locally sourced dinner,beverages, live and silent auctions with exciting new items, and so much more! Details here.
November 15 - Community Involvement with Caretaker Farm and Many Forks Farm, 4:00 – 6:00pm, Caretaker Farm, Williamstown. Don Zasada, of Caretaker Farm, and Sharon Wyrick, of Many Forks Farm will cohost. Don will give us a brief farm tour, and then They will talk about some of opportunities and challenges of inviting the community to your farm. Details here.
November 17 - Mass. Beekeepers Fall Mtg - 8 am – 5 pm, Bristol County Community College, Fall River. SPEAKERS: Dr. Jamie Ellis, University of Florida Department of Entomology and Nematology; Jamie’s presentations: 1)The Birds and the Bees: Well just the Bees 2) What is Killing the Bees and What Can We Do About It; Dr. Samuel Ramsey Recently received PhD from the University of Maryland and currently with the USDA. Sam’s presentations: 1) Varroa destructor Feed on Hemolymph and Two Other Alternative Facts 2)Tropiaelaps Mites: A Fate Worse Than Varroa; Ann Harman, Bee Culture magazine contributor Ann will be the judge of this year’s Honey Contests and will give a presentation on Honey and Honey Shows. Details here.
November 29 & 30 - December Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) Annual Meeting - Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center - co-hosted by Norfolk and Plymouth County Farm Bureau’s. Meteorologist Eric Fisher is set to lead a general session workshop. During his session, Fisher will discuss overall climate trends, winter 2019 and other weather topics that farmers should be aware of. Details here.
December 6 - Farm & Sea to School Conference - Mass. Farm to School holds its fifth statewide conference. This year’s theme is Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change. The conference seeks to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in the Massachusetts food system and identify strategies and resources for promoting racial equity and social justice as we grow the farm & sea to school movement. More here.
December 7 - Greater Quabbin Food Alliance Winter Gathering - Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main St. Alliance meets twice a year to connect, network, and work together on issues impacting local farmers, health, food access, and economic development. More here.
January 9 - Greenhouse Production 2019 – Focus on Pest Management - Holiday Inn, Marlboro. Hear the latest in greenhouse pest management to gear up for the 2019 season. Details here.
January 12 - 32nd NOFA/Mass Winter Conference - Worcester, Massachusetts. Theme: Food as Medicine - 60 + Workshops | Youth Conference | Trade Show - www.nofamass.org/events/wc
January 25 - MA Food Policy Council Meeting, 9:30 am-12:30 Richard Cronin Building of the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Room 108, Westborough. Updates here.
February 27 & 28 - Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference and Trade Show - Sturbridge Host Hotel - New England’s premier agricultural marketing conference. Sponsored by the six New England State Departments of Agriculture. With more than 800 people in attendance and a trade show of almost 100 exhibitors, this is New England’s largest agricultural conference solely dedicated to agricultural marketing. Details here.