Agriculture Industry Calendar

Conferences, workshops, board meetings, and more.

April

April 27 - 2019 MA Open Space Conference - Mt. Wachusett Community College. 4th state-wide gathering for municipal open space committees, volunteers, and others involved in the development and implementation of community-based conservation planning and projects. Event is intended to be a casual opportunity for those interested in protecting open space to gain practical skills, share experiences, build partnerships, and return home with an increased capacity to facilitate successful land conservation projects be it through planning, outreach, or stewardship. More here.

April 27 - Leicester Agricultural Commission Composting Workshop -  1:30pm - Little Bit Farm, 26 Charles Street, Leicester. Free of charge; light refreshments to be provided. Speakers: Bruce Provencher, Owner of Little Bit Farm, Sean Bowen, Agricultural Compost Coordinator. For more info., contact Dianna Provencher at Littlebitfarm2004@charter.net.

April 28 - "Practical No-Till" - Laughing Dog Farm, Gill, 10am-1:00pm. How does the concept of "no-till" translate practically speaking for the backyard gardener, foody or landscape/horticulture fan? Workshop offers an intensive introduction to the idea and practice of growing food, etc, without annual plowing, turning or "tilling" of the soil. More here. 

April 28 - Tour and Forage Walk - 5 - 7:00 pm. Fletcher Farm, Southampton. Specialists will discuss wet pasture challenges, plant identification, manure storage and handling, and many other topics. Click here to register.

April 29 - Nutritional Management of Pasture Raised Animals - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm, Nutritional management of pasture raised animals Topics: Pasturing versus confinement systems, nutritional challenges of raising animals on pasture, multi species grazing, forage quality. Register for any or all of the workshops at https://goo.gl/forms/sFIqmM2oxieDkTdg2 or by emailing jean.king@uconn.edu.

May

May 2 - Worker Protection Standard Train-the-Trainer UMass Cranberry Station, E. Wareham, 8am-12:30pm. All farmworkers must be trained under the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) if a farm uses any pesticides, including, those approved for organic production and other general use pesticides. The agricultural worker employer is responsible for complying with all components of WPS including the training of farmworkers. Details here.

May 8 - Notice of Public Hearing - 5:30 – 7:30 pm. John W. Olver Transit Center, 1st floor, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield. Notice is hereby given that MDAR, under its authority pursuant to M.G.L. c. 184, §§ 31 through 33; M.G.L. c. 20, §§ 23 through 26; M.G.L. c. 61A, §§ 1 through 5 and M.G.L. c. 40A, § 3 and in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30A, will hold two public hearings on amendment of 330 CMR 22.00. The Dept. is proposing changes to address the transfer and sale of a parcel protected by an APR. The revised regulations will provide APR landowners with a clearer understanding of their requirements at the time of transfer, the Dept.’s process for review and their rights to withdraw and appeal the Dept.’s decision. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the hearing.  Written testimonies or comments will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on Friday, May 10, 2019 by email to dorothy.du@mass.gov . Proposed regulation and a redline comparison version are here: 330 CMR 22:00 Proposed Regulations330 CMR 22:00 Redlineor may be obtained by calling Dorothy Du at 617-626-1741.  For special accommodations for this event or to obtain this information in an alternative format, you may contact the ADA coordinator at 617-626-1710.

May 9 - Notice of Public Hearing - 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 100 Maple Ave, Richard D Carney Municipal Office Building, Shrewsbury, MA. Parking is available on-site. Details above in May 8th listing.

May 11 – Honey Bee Education Day at State Apiaries - Spring Management Part 2 - Danvers and Amherst. Hands-on demonstrations of hive management techniques, and exposure to the latest knowledge on how to best sustain healthy honey bee colonies. Details here. Complete list of 2019 dates here.

May 18 – Honey Bee Education Days at State Apiary - Queen Workshop I - Amherst only. Hands-on demonstrations of hive management techniques, and exposure to the latest knowledge on how to best sustain healthy honey bee colonies. Details here. Complete list of 2019 dates here.

May 17 - MA Food Policy Council Meeting - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. MassWildlife Field Headquarters, Rm 108, Westborough. Updates here.

May 22 - Webinar - How to Use “The Farmer’s Office” Templates3 pm. If you purchased The Farmer’s Office, then you probably already downloaded the zip file with all the templates. Now what? While these templates can be a great resource to get you started with managing your farm financials, they can also be overwhelming if you’re not used to these kinds of tools. In this webinar, we will review the following templates: Labor; Depreciation, Balance Sheet, Debt Service. Register here.

May 25 – Honey Bee Education Day at State Apiary - Queen Workshop Il - Amherst only. Hands-on demonstrations of hive management techniques, and exposure to the latest knowledge on how to best sustain healthy honey bee colonies. Details here. Complete list of 2019 dates here.

May 31 - SBN's 30th Annual Conference: Building a Local, Green, & Fair Economy Now! - 8am - 2:30pm, Natixis Investment Management, 888 Boylston Street. Opportunity to join SBN and like-minded allies in a collaborative effort to make practical and positive changes in our community and local economy. Believe that all of us are stronger through partnerships and collaborations. Includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, ignite- five minute presentations, networking, catered lunch (as part of the cost of the Conference), and a tour of one of the greenest buildings in Massachusetts. More here.

June

June 2 - Creating Pollinator Forage in the Landscape - 8:30am to 12:30pm - Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome will present strategies for improving bee forage, including bee-friendly flowers, bloom phenology, and how to choose plants that meet site conditions and increase pollinator diversity and abundance. Native bee biology and nesting needs, and explore the basics of meadow making for beekeepers and other pollinator-positive stewards. More here.

June 7 - Greater Quabbin Food Alliance Spring Gathering - 8:30-1pm. Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main Street, Suite 201, Orange. Come share your ideas with the community, learn about local projects, and join a network of farmers, businesses, and organizations working to strengthen local food economies. More here.

June 8 - Honey Bee Education Days at State Apiaries - Summer Management - Danvers and Amherst. Hands-on demonstrations of hive management techniques, and exposure to the latest knowledge on how to best sustain healthy honey bee colonies. Details here. Complete list of 2019 dates here.

June 12 - Ornamental Tree and Shrub ID and Insect Walk - 2 - 4pm. Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Studying for the MCH, MCLP, or MCA exam? Hand’s on experience identifying significant landscape plants to expand your palette of offerings for your clients while also scouting for potential insect problems? Join Tawny Simisky,Ext. Entomologist, and Mandy Bayer, Ext. Asst. Professor at UMass Amherst, for a walk around the grounds. Perfect time of year to focus on trees and shrubs with particular seasonal interest as well as insect pests that are active. More here.

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