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February, 13 2016 – February, 15 2016

34th NOFA Vermont Annual Winter Conference

The NOFA-VT Annual Winter Conference is Vermont’s largest agricultural conference, bringing together more than 1,500 farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, educators, policy makers and consumers for three days of workshops, networking sessions, meals and celebration. The event is NOFA-VT’s largest fundraiser and makes it possible for us to run the programs that educate and connect farmers, gardeners, and their communities throughout the year. The success of our conference is due in large part to the support of the many talented presenters who…

Venue: University of Vermont’s Davis Center and surrounding campus
Address:
Burlington, VT United States

February, 15 2016

Farmer & Chef Networking Series

Are you a farmer looking to sell more locally? Perhaps a chef seeking to purchase more local grown product? Join SEMAP, WhatsGood, and the Trustees of Reservations for an exciting (and FREE!) networking event where farmers and chefs can meet, gather, and learn new ways to sell and purchase local goods, including using mobile technology. More Information With farm-to-table and farm-to-fork being a hot topic in the restaurant and fine-dining world, farmers are getting more pressure to sell to chefs,…

Venue: Weir River Farm
Address:
227 East Street
Hingham, MA United States

February, 16 2016

CISA Winter Workshop Series: Structured Decision Making for Sustainable Agriculture

Structured Decision Making (SDM) is a decision making process that integrates empirical and on-the-ground data with values-based objectives. SDM provides outcomes that are grounded in reality and represent the ethics, values, and desires of those individuals involved in decision making. SDM is the standard decision making process used by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and this workshop transfers the steps of SDM from the field of wildlife conservation to the field of sustainable agriculture. During the workshop you will…

Venue: Holyoke Community College
Address:
303 Homestead Avenue, Kittredge Center: Room 222
Holyoke, MA United States

February, 18 2016

CISA Winter Workshop Series: Cohort Peer to Peer Meeting #1

These meetings will give participants the opportunity to network with one another and also provide additional time to discuss and consider your own individual farm needs as it relates to the workshop topics. Each session will have a CISA staff facilitator and a farmer Expert (Missy Bahret–Old Friends Farm, Pete Solis– Hampshire College Farm, and Gary Gemme– Harvest Farm of Whately). The topics for the meeting will be determined based on participant interest and determined as the class date gets…

Venue: TBA

February, 23 2016

CISA Winter Workshop Series: Metrics Worth Looking at to Measure Profitability and Success

Benneth Phelps from The Carrot Project will provide farmers with applicable and effective financial management tools that can be used to make business decisions. These tools can be easily used by farmers to implement into farm business operations, to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase net farm income, and improve overall quality of life. This class will use real-world experience of farmers and their service providers to describe farm operation experiences, provide insight into what has worked, what hasn’t, and why.…

Venue: Holyoke Community College
Address:
303 Homestead Avenue, Kittredge Center: Room 222
Holyoke, MA United States

February, 24 2016

Webinar on Value Added Producer Grant

On February 24, 2016, USDA Rural Development will host a webinar on the Fiscal Year 2016 Value Added Producer Grant program. This year there is $50 million available nationally. After the webinar, RD staff will provide an application toolkit to those who are interested.

Dairy Event: Improving Dairy Productivity and Profitability

This full day event focuses on farmers and industry perspectives on robotic milking. We will discuss if robotic milking is a viable option for your farm. Come and speak with farmers who have the system in place to get the facts. Also, presenters from a multi state collaboration will discuss some options for improving productivity and profitability of forage production. Pros and cons of robotic milking systems Alternative forage systems Extending grazing season Attendees with enjoy interactive presentations, panel discussions, lunch and refreshements with presenters…

Venue: UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center
Address:
Amherst, MA United States

March, 02 2016

Wholesale Marketing and On-Farm Food Safety Workshop

This is a full day, interactive workshop where you will learn about best practices for: • Working with Wholesale Buyers • Post-Harvest Handling • On-Farm Food Safety Our trainer, Atina Diffley, is an organic farmer and author of the 2012 award-winning memoir, Turn Here Sweetcorn, Organic Farming Works. Atina draws on her decades of experience in vegetable production and marketing to provide operators of produce farms of any size with useful, practical, profit-making guidance on how to achieve the highest…

Venue: Brigham Hill Community Barn
Address:
37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA 01536 United States

CISA Winter Workshop Series: Cohort Peer to Peer Meeting #2

These meetings will give participants the opportunity to network with one another and also provide additional time to discuss and consider your own individual farm needs as it relates to the workshop topics. Each session will have a CISA staff facilitator and a farmer Expert (Missy Bahret– Old Friends Farm, Pete Solis– Hampshire College Farm, and Gary Gemme– Harvest Farm of Whately). The topics for the meeting will be determined based on participant interest. CISA is holding a ten-workshop series on…

Venue: TBA

March, 05 2016 – March, 08 2016

2016 NFU 114th Anniversary Convention

March 5, 2016 – March 8, 2016 Register Now Book Your Room Now Be sure to ask for the NFU rate or give the code “FARMER” Agenda/Breakouts/Tours Hotel Information Hotel Map

March, 09 2016

CISA Winter Workshop Series: Business Decisions You Can Live With

When farms assess new enterprises, investments, markets, or products, they need to consider many factors, including how the new activity will impact personnel needs, family life, seasonal schedule, and existing enterprises. In addition, farmers also need to assess and plan for new risks that may arise as a result of the new activity. This workshop will discuss the broader context of business decision-making and include a panel of farmers, Wally Czajkowski– Plainville Farm, Allison Landale– The Bars Farm, and Sorrel…

Venue: Holyoke Community College
Address:
303 Homestead Avenue, Kittredge Center: Room 222
Holyoke, MA United States

March, 12 2016

4th Annual Massachusetts Farming Conference

The Urban Farming Institute is excited to announce that our 4th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference, Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8am-5:30pm. It will be convened North Eastern University. The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable…

Venue: Unnamed Venue
Address:
Boston, MA United States

March, 30 2016

CISA Winter Workshop Series: Cohort Peer to Peer Meeting #3

These meeting will give participants the opportunity to network with one another and also provide additional time to discuss and consider your own individual farm needs as it relates to the workshop topics. Each session will have a CISA staff facilitator and a farmer Expert (Missy Bahret– Old Friends Farm, Pete Solis– Hampshire College Farm, and Gary Gemme– Harvest Farm of Whately). The topics for the meeting will be determined based on participant interest. CISA is holding a ten-workshop series on…

Venue: TBA

April, 05 2016

Massachusetts Agriculture Day

Massachusetts Agriculture Day at the Statehouse is a chance for farmers and those who serve them to meet with legislators and network.

Venue: Massachusetts State House
Address:
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA
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