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April, 27 2015

Scouting for Early-Season Landscape Pests and Problems

Kick off the 2015 growing season with hands-on scouting, identifying and even forecasting landscape pests and abiotic problems.  Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals. Dress for walking; workshop held rain or…

Venue: UMass Amherst – Holdsworth Hall

May, 02 2015 – May, 03 2015

Working with Draft Horses — Weekend Intensive

This workshop will introduce people to draft horses, and is a great beginner course for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of driving horses. The course breaks down the process of driving a Draft into basic steps designed to teach student the type and quality of information that these horses need to do their jobs. The workshop intensive runs over the course of a weekend, May 2–3 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday). For more…

Venue: Just Roots
Address:
Greenfield,

May, 11 2015

Business Planning & Management Coaching Workshop

Julia Shanks Food Consulting & John Ryan, VT Agriculture Development Program Learn to lead a client through the development of all business planning components, including: business descriptions, operations, management analysis, marketing plan and financials. Develop appropriate objectives, financial indicators and tracking systems to help a client reach business goals. Click here for more info and to register.

Venue: Charlton Library
Address:
Charlton, MA

May, 14 2015

Business Planning & Management Coaching Workshop

Julia Shanks Food Consulting & John Ryan, VT Agriculture Development Program Learn to lead a client through the development of all business planning components, including: business descriptions, operations, management analysis, marketing plan and financials. Develop appropriate objectives, financial indicators and tracking systems to help a client reach business goals. Click here for more info and to register.

Venue: Viles Arboretum
Address:
Augusta, ME

June, 01 2015

Workshop: Marketing Research Tools for Agricultural Business Plans

Kathy Nyquist, New Venture Advisors, LLC – Identify and properly use specific market research tools and skills. – Utilize these tools to assist clients in accurately identifying and quantifying their target customers. – Develop marketing plans that speak to your client’s audience and market sector.   Click here for more info and to register.

Venue: Viles Arboretum
Address:
Augusta, ME

June, 02 2015

Workshop: Marketing Research Tools for Agricultural Business Plans

Kathy Nyquist, New Venture Advisors, LLC – Identify and properly use specific market research tools and skills. – Utilize these tools to assist clients in accurately identifying and quantifying their target customers. – Develop marketing plans that speak to your client’s audience and market sector.   Click here for more info and to register.

Venue: Wilder Club & Library
Address:
Wilder, VT

June, 04 2015

Workshop: Marketing Research Tools for Agricultural Business Plans

Kathy Nyquist, New Venture Advisors, LLC – Identify and properly use specific market research tools and skills. – Utilize these tools to assist clients in accurately identifying and quantifying their target customers. – Develop marketing plans that speak to your client’s audience and market sector.   Click here for more info and to register.

Venue: Charlton Library
Address:
Charlton, MA

June, 05 2015 – June, 07 2015

Strolling of the Heifers

The Stroll is not just a parade — it’s a movement. We work year-round to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation at farm and food businesses, to connect people and organizations of many kinds around sustainable living and resilient communities, and to promote the value of local food systems, local thinking and Slow Living. Click here for more info.

Venue: Downtown Brattleboro Vermont
Address:

June, 15 2015

Accessing Capital Workshop

John Hamilton, NH Community Loan Fund & Janice St. Onge, VSJF Flexible Capital Fund, L3C   Understand the breadth of capital options in New England. Explain to your clients the different categories of capital/capital continuum, and what different types of capital are good for clients and when. Assist clients in the development of layered financing strategies for growing businesses. Click here for more info and to register.

Venue: Viles Arboretum
Address:
Augusta, ME

June, 16 2015

Accessing Capital Worshop

John Hamilton, NH Community Loan Fund & Janice St. Onge, VSJF Flexible Capital Fund, L3C   Understand the breadth of capital options in New England. Explain to your clients the different categories of capital/capital continuum, and what different types of capital are good for clients and when. Assist clients in the development of layered financing strategies for growing businesses. Click here for more info and to register.

Venue: Charlton Library
Address:
Charlton, MA

June, 19 2015

Accessing Capital Workshop

John Hamilton, NH Community Loan Fund & Janice St. Onge, VSJF Flexible Capital Fund, L3C   Understand the breadth of capital options in New England. Explain to your clients the different categories of capital/capital continuum, and what different types of capital are good for clients and when. Assist clients in the development of layered financing strategies for growing businesses. Click here for more info and to register.

Venue: Coolidge Hotel
Address:
White River Junction, VT

June, 27 2015 – June, 28 2015

Women in Farming — Weekend Intensive

This weekend-long intensive is for women, by women. Basics in Tractor Work Learn the basics of driving a tractor to do farm work, utilizing the front bucket and other implements. Participants will each have an opportunity to drive a tractor and practice techniques. Basic Rough Carpentry and Power Tool Saavy for Women Familiarize yourself and get comfortable with the most oft used farm and homestead power tools. Our focus will be on portable tools used around the land, and building with efficiency…

Venue: Just Roots
Address:
Greenfield, MA

August, 14 2015 – August, 16 2015

41st Annual 2015 NOFA Summer Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 14-15, 2015 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. This year, among the pre-conference offerings will be an all-day seminar on Friday, August 14, given by 2015 keynoter Natasha Campbell-McBride, on the healing potential of food for overcoming chronic illness. This is an event for the whole family: Music, dance, films, games, animal rides, and meet-ups. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals. Click here for updates.

Venue: UMass
Address:
Amherst, MA

November, 12 2015 – November, 14 2015

NESAWG’s It Takes A Region Conference

SAVE THE DATE! NESAWG’s conference draws together hundreds of people working to transform the northeast region’s food system each year.  Make sure you are among them! WHEN Pre-Conference Sessions: Thursday, November 12 Conference: Friday and Saturday, November 13 – 14 WHERE Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY WHO farmers  – farmworkers  – students  – professors  –  journalists  – scientists –  food justice advocates and activists  – food hub managers  – market innovators  – regional planners  – Department of Agriculture representatives  – non-governmental organization leaders  – land…

Venue: Saratoga Hilton
Address:
Saratoga Springs, NY
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