February 21 - CISA Winter Workshop: Profitable Meat Marketing - 1:00 - 4pm, Northampton. You are selling local meat—but are you making money? Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs—including your TIME—and bringing in a profit. This workshop is ideal for farmers raising animals for pork, beef, lamb/mutton, goat and other meat sold by the cut. Details here.
February 21 - Berkshire Grown: Telling Your Story: Website Design and Branding - 2:00-5:00pm, Stockbridge. Marketing and branding is really just a process of telling your story and the story of your farm. In this workshop presenters, Margaret Roach and the farmers from Tiny Hearts Farm, will take us through the process of website design and story-telling. Steps in working through the design and branding process. More here.
February 23 - Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions - 2019 Annual Meeting - 10:00am - 3:00pm, Groton Grange (First Floor), Groton. Networking, Educational Sessions and updates on Agricultural Matters. More here.
February 24 – SEMAP 12th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference - Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton. 20+ workshops for farmers, gardeners, foodies, and homesteaders with workshop tracks for growing, marketing & business, homesteading, livestock, and kids. Vendor fair with dozens of exhibitors, a locally sourced lunch, and our keynote: "Climate Impacts on Agriculture in New England" delivered by Michael Hoffman executive director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions. Details here.
February 26 - Berkshire Grown: Bookkeeping for Farmers Part 1 - 2:00-5:00pm, Stockbridge. This two part workshop will take farmers through the nuts and bolts of establishing and using a bookkeeping system from setting up a Chart of Accounts to preparing documents for your tax accountant. More here.
February 26 & 27 – MNLA Winter Forum & Annual Meeting - Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, Marlborough. Details 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.
February 27 - CCCGA Annual Meeting - 1620 Hotel, Plymouth. Details here.
March 1- Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training - Beverly. Wondering where to begin with food safety? Start here! The PSA Grower Training is currently the only official FDA-recognized produce safety training to help growers implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and understand their responsibilities under new Federal regulations. Whether you have a farm that is fully covered by the law or a small, exempt farm and you’re just looking for information, this training is for you. Details here.
March 4 - MDAR Hemp Program Informational Session - 2-4pm, The Lantana, Randolph. Session will cover the basics of the hemp program, including policies and requirements. This is a FREE event, and all are welcome! However, seating for this event is limited, so you must register here to guarantee your spot. Each attendant must register separately. 45 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. Registration link: www.bit.ly/randolph_hemp.
March 5 - SBN: The Local Specialty Crop and Local Food Trade Show, Northeastern University. Exhibitors include New England based farmers, produce distributors and local specialty crop producers (products made with 50% or more specialty crops also qualify).Exhibition booths are free for specialty crop farmers and other specialty crop producers.Details here.
March 5 - Funding Opportunities for Your Farm - Westborough. Have a new enterprise you would like to pursue on your farm? Looking to update old infrastructure? Have a great idea you’d like to trial? Learn about funding opportunities and resources for vegetable farmers in Massachusetts including grants, crop insurance, low interest loans, and business management support. Details here.
March 5 - Berkshire Grown: Planning for Profit - 2:00 - 5:00pm, Stockbridge. You already have the most profitable tool you’ll ever own – take your tax records and turn them into something that benefits you by planning for profit. Using management records, we’ll develop a plan for the year, in numbers, starting with our profit goal. Finally we’ll try to answer the question “Where does it all go?” by taking a deep dive into the sources and uses of cash that explain why money in the checkbook is not an indicator of profitability. More here.
March 6 - Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train the Trainer Course - East Wareham. FIFRA 40 CFRP Part 170, requires farmers that use pesticides (organic or traditional), are required to follow the Worker Protection Standards (WPS). This course is free of charge and will offer three (3) Continuing Education Units. Please fill out the registration form and mail or email no later than March 1st. More here.
March 6 - CISA Winter Workshop: Three Pillars of Digital Marketing - 5pm - 8pm, at Bueno Social Studio @ Greenspace Cowork, Greenfield. This workshop will outline what we consider to the be three very important “channels” when connecting with your customer base online. We will cover the importance of each channel (Website, Social Media and Email marketing) brand consistency, engagement with current and potential customers, workflows, and automation (i.e how to market effectively with little time, budget and experience). More here.
March 7 - Planning for the Next Successor on your Farm -· Fidelity Bank, 9 Leominster Connector, Leominster 5:00 – 7:00pm(snow date 3/25, same place & time). Understand what is involved in succession planning. Experts from Land for Good and MDAR will provide tools and resources - including the state's Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program- to help you identify the next owner of the farm and take steps towards making the transition. Free - Register with Dorothy Du at Dorothy.Du@mass.gov.
March 11 - Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train the Trainer Course - Springfield Technical Community College. FIFRA 40 CFRP Part 170, requires farmers that use pesticides (organic or traditional), are required to follow the Worker Protection Standards (WPS). This course is free of charge and will offer three (3) Continuing Education Units. Please fill out the registration form and mail or email no later than March 1st. More here.
March 12 - Food Safety Planning Workshop - Westboro - Learn the basic components of a Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program food safety plan; Practice writing a standard operating procedure for common on-farm activities to improve efficiency and food safety on your farm; Prepare a water distribution map, which is required for your CQP food safety plan; Learn methods of traceability for your produce and understand what methods might work for your farm; Get started on a food safety plan. Details here.
March 14 - Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training - Stockbridge - Learn the basic components of a Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program food safety plan; Practice writing a standard operating procedure for common on-farm activities to improve efficiency and food safety on your farm; Prepare a water distribution map, which is required for your CQP food safety plan; Learn methods of traceability for your produce and understand what methods might work for your farm; Get started on a food safety plan. Details here.
March 16 - 18 - New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Shows - Portland, ME. Finest New England made giftware, specialty food and home furnishings for wholesalers. Details here.
March 19 - Introduction Holistic Financial Planning - 2:00-5:00pm, Stockbridge. Values based decision making framework that helps optimize work toward social, economic and ecological wellbeing. Planning for profit first, sorting expenditures for impact, testing strategies, and proactively monitoring leading indicators and adjusting plans to ensure outcomes. Understand how to identify log jams, adverse factors and weak links, and how to budget allocations to inescapable, maintenance and income generating expenses. More here.
March 26 - MA Farm Winery and Growers Assn Annual Meeting - Publick House, Sturbridge. Details here.