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Agriculture Industry Calendar

Conferences, workshops, board meetings, and more.

2022

October 

  • October 8 - Honey Bee Education Days at State Apiaries – In person, Amherst and Danvers - Topic: Winter Management. Details here.  
  • October 11 - Effective Methods for Composting On-Farm in Small Spaces - 3:30 - 6pm, 140 Meadow Street Florence MA. Hosted by Grow Food Northampton and American Farmland Trust. Presenters: Alex Carpenter - Co-Owner/Operator at Assawaga Farm, Jack Loomis - Urban Agriculture Specialist at MA NRCS, Caro Roszell - New England Soil Health Specialist, American Farmland Trust, Ellena Baum, Grow Food Northampton, and Tony Hall, Song Sparrow Farm. Details here. 
  • October 12 - 2022 MA Food System Forum - 8:30am– 4pm - Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center. MA Food System Collaborative hosts Forum. Join hundreds of advocates, farmers, and other food system stakeholders in celebrating the innovative work and positive changes in the Massachusetts food system since the completion of the MA Local Food Action Plan in 2015, and in planning our next steps as we continue to work together toward an equitable, sustainable, and resilient local food system. Details here.
  • October 18 - Erosion & Sediment Control Field Day - 8-4pm, Brigham Hill Community Farm

    37 Wheeler Road, Grafton. Details here.

  • October 19 - Resource Roundup: Finding Farmland in Berkshire County - 5-7:00pm, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA. In-person workshop will include introductory talks from agricultural service providers about land access and financing resources/services that their organizations provide to farmers. There will be time for Q&A followed by a mix/mingle—an opportunity for farmers and resource folks to connect and peruse the resource materials table. Event and dinner are FREE. Registration is required—the event is limited to 30 farmers. The renovated barn and education center are fully accessible. Speakers from Land For Good, Farm Service Agency, Farm Credit East, MDAR, Sheffield Land Trust & Berkshire Community Land Trust. Questions, Jamie Pottern, jpottern@farmland.org 413-240-4621. Register here to learn more and reserve your spot.

  • October 24 - Adapting Your Farm to Climate Change - Ditch Use, Maintenance, and Management on Commercial Farms4 – 5:30pm. Free (Remote) Join CISA, the NRCS and UMass Extension for a hard look at using and maintaining agricultural ditches on commercial farms. Learn what can and can’t be done when it comes to managing ditches and the water that fills them, and the kinds of support available to farm owners and managers from local organizations and agencies. Questions? Contact Stephen Taranto, stephen@buylocalfood.org, CISA Climate Program Coordinator, 413-665-7100 ext. 17. Register here.

  • October 27 - Dual-Use: Agriculture and Solar Photovoltaics Webinar - 11:00 am. In 2018, the MA Dept. of Energy Resources (MA DOER) established the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. This program carries special incentives for solar systems that allow “dual-use,” defined as solar on farmland where the land continues to be used for agricultural purposes. These facilities are also referred to as “agrivoltaic” systems. This presentation will offer an overview of the guidelines for dual-use, provide a close look at the economics of a dual-use system, and outline the process for planning and installing such a system. Register here.
  • October 27 - Ecological Landscape Alliance Season’s End Summit 2022 - Hybrid virtual and at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, Boylston. Goal to have both professionals and home gardeners is to create habitat for all. Designs with an ecological sensibility, implement with an ecological sensibility and manage our landscape with that same ecological sensibility. Details here.
  • October 30 - Rich and Healthy: No-till for Successful Farms - Orange, 10-5pm. Are you a farmer or market gardener seeking to start or transition to no-till methods that use simple tools, build healthy soil, reduce labor and cost inputs, promote climate resilience and increase your connection to the land? You’ll learn several no-till, climate resilience techniques in this experiential, day-long workshop with seasoned farmer Ricky Baruc and no-till soil science researchers. Guest soil science researchers will share their knowledge too!– Caro Roszell from American Farmland Trust and PhD candidate Alexa Smychkovich. Details here.

November

  • November 17 - Massachusetts Food Policy Council Meeting - 10am-noon. Room 428 , MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston. Details here.

December

  • December  13-15 - New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference - Manchester, NH. Details here.
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