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Permalink Harness the Power of Holistic Management

January 24 - May 16, 2018
Hurley, New York

Classroom learning complements on-the-land exercises in HMI's Beginning Farmer Program in New York, open to new and seasoned farmers/ranchers/land managers who want to learn how to holistically manage their business. Program graduates will walk away with the network, skills, and confidence needed to build successful, sustainable agricultural enterprises, as well as a Certificate of successful completion. The Holistic Management curriculum focuses on business planning skills, time management, soil fertility management, and profitable sustainable livestock and crop-farming practices.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Rhode Island Farm Energy Program Workshop

January 25, 2018
Greenwich, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Farm Energy Program is hosting several workshops to review its new program, as well as other energy programs available to Rhode Island farmers. Agricultural producers or ag-based small businesses who are curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices are invited to attend.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farming Research Conference

January 26, 2018
Rutgers, New Jersey

OFRF, in partnership with Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey and Rutgers University, will be presenting the 2018 Organic Farming Research Conference immediately preceding the NOFA-NJ Annual Winter Conference. The symposium will feature talks from researchers, farmer and rancher researchers, students, and other agriculture specialists on topics related to organic farming and food systems, as well as from other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards. The intent of the symposium is to provide current information to farmers, ranchers, extension staff, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in organic agriculture.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference

January 27, 2018
Latham, New York

This tenth annual conference features speakers Brian Maloney, MacKenzie Waro, and Sandra Kay Miller on production and marketing topics. Vendors will be exhibiting and the agenda includes a speaker panel.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink NOFA New Jersey Winter Conference

January 27-28, 2018
Rutgers, New Jersey

NOFA-NJ's 28th Annual Winter Conference is "Regenerating Our Communities, Restoring Our Land." This event makes the knowledge of how to breathe new life into vast expanses of our agricultural system and to reap the rewards of thoughtful, regenerative, organic practices available to everyone in an open, inspiring, and collaborative way. Developing the skills required to be successful as an organic grower can be accelerated greatly when people come together in a sharing community that holds mutual support as a core value.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Southern New England Livestock Conference

January 28, 2018
Dighton, Massachusetts

The Livestock Institute of Southern New England & Bristol County Agricultural High School Department of Animal Science present this conference featuring Andrew Gunther from A Greener World as the keynote speaker. The conference will include workshops and panel discussions ranging from beginner discussions on raising animals to more advanced seminars and panel discussions on certifications, pasture management, marketing, and slaughter. This conference will gather the region’s most experienced and knowledgeable professionals, including experienced producers, pasture specialists, and chefs.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Baskets to Pallets

January 29-30, 2018
Lowville, New York

Baskets to Pallets is a comprehensive two-day introduction to selling wholesale. It is designed for farmers of all enterprises and will cover building relationships with buyers, customer management, record keeping, pricing, grading and packaging, uniformity and consistency, and food safety, among many other topics. This fun course includes plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities for peer learning and small-group discussion. The course includes one break-out session for livestock and produce farmers. Additionally, the training includes an end-of-day session to start crop planning for selling to the NNY Food Hub.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 30 - February 1, 2018
Hershey, Pennsylvania

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities, all designed to enable fruit, vegetable, and berry growers as well as direct marketers to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable, and berry growers, direct marketers, and allied industry personnel.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink SEMAP Winter Networking Meetings

January 22, 23, or 31, 2018
New Bedford, Brockton, or Plymouth, Massachusetts

SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to cities and towns across Massachusetts. At these free, evening meetings, join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors and partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink The Food Project's Winter Institute

February 1–3, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts

The Food Project invites you to participate in hands-on learning about its models in conversation with Food Project youth and staff. The learning and actions are dynamic and "real-time" at hunger-relief organizations, farmers markets, greenhouses, workshops, and powerful feedback sessions with peers and supervisors. Learn the foundations of youth leader development in the context of farming, social justice, and food access initiatives, as well as summer-season planning and youth crew design.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink The Market Gardener 2.0 with Jean Martin Fortier

February 2-3, 2018
Craftsbury Common, Vermont

Sterling College offers this two-day course including a seminar and a roundtable. In the Friday seminar Jean Martin will show you the many tools to his success including both physical techniques and management practices that enliven his agro-ecological approach to market gardening. Saturday will be an an intimate, in-depth round-table limited to 15 attendees.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New Jersey Agricultural Convention and Trade Show

February 6-8, 2018
Atlantic City, New Jersey

This event, also known as the New Jersey Vegetable Growers Meeting, offers sessions on organic production, high tunnels, ethnic and specialty crops, farm brewery crops, direct marketing and agritourism, IPM, food safety, and production of specific crops.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farming for the Future

February 7-10, 2018
State College, Pennsylvania

The Farming for the Future Conference is PASA's annual featured event, with more than 100 speakers and a variety of sustainable farming and food system programming, including full-day tracks, half-day sessions, and 80-minute workshops. There is also a trade show with more than 90 vendors, as well as opportunities to network and socialize. Youth programming is offered. Keynote speakers are Lindsey Shute, Karen Washington, and Chris Blanchard.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Rhode Island Farm Energy Program Workshop

February 7, 2018
Scituate, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Farm Energy Program is hosting several workshops to review its new program, as well as other energy programs available to Rhode Island farmers. Agricultural producers or ag-based small businesses who are curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices are invited to attend.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Maine Farm to Insitution Summit

February 9, 2018
Belfast, Maine

The aspiration for this first Summit is to gather farmers and food producers, food service operators, advocates, educators, administrators, and others dedicated to cultivating the power of institutions to develop an equitable and resilient Maine food system. The Maine Farm to Institution Summit is designed to inspire and energize the network through sharing best practices and innovative strategies; enhancing network capacity through skill building; and strengthening collective impact by engaging food producers, educators, decision makers, leaders, and policymakers in shared problem solving.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New England Campus Farmer Summit

February 10, 2018
Easton, Massachusetts

The Farm at Stonehill will host a one-day summit at The Martin Institute at Stonehill College to offer campus farmers the chance to connect in person about what makes their farms successful. At this summit, students, farmers and instructors will have the opportunity to meet with individuals working at other campus farms, local for-profit farms, and local, regional, and national organizations and agencies that are working to strengthen ties to the foods that we eat. This forum will provide an opportunity for stakeholders working at the intersection of food justice, environmental sustainability, food access, and healthy eating to discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as invite partners from the nonprofit sector to join us in conversation about what colleges and universities can be doing to forge deeper alliances within our communities to grow a stronger regional food system.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink SEMAP Winter Networking Meetings

February 7 or 13, 2018
Taunton or Walpole, Massachusetts

SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to cities and towns across Massachusetts. At these free, evening meetings, join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors and partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New York Certified Organic Winter Meeting

February 13, 2018
Geneva, New York

There is no cost or need to register to attend the meetings, which start promptly at 10:00 am. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. The New York Crop Insurance Education Team and Cornell Cooperative Extension provide support for these meetings. There will be a brief description of how Crop Insurance can benefit organic farmers at each of the meetings. Harvesting quality forage year after year is the topic of February's meeting, with speakers focusing on resiliency.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New England FarmCon

February 17-18, 2018
Marlborough, Massachusetts

This event is billed as New England's most comprehensive conference and consumer expo for small farming, homesteading, organic living, and compatible businesses and partners. Find local products and services. Learn how to homestead or go off-grid and find supplies, equipment, products, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink NOFA-VT Winter Conference

February 17-19, 2018
Burlington, Vermont

The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a highlight of the winter for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and enthusiastic eaters. It offers three days of learning, inspiration, good food, great conversation, and community building. The agenda includes keynote speakers, intensives, workshops, exhibits, children's programming, and other activities.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Marketing Workshops

February 20, 2018
Keene, New Hampshire

This free morning workshop is presented by the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition. Sessions will cover labeling and packaging, on-farm event marketing, and social media.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink West Virginia Small Farm Conference

February 21-24, 2018
Morgantown, West Virginia

On February 21 and 22, this 14th annual conference will offer specialized intensive workshops and trainings for more in-depth coverage of specific topics: Beekeeping, FSMA, Better Process Control School, and High Tunnel Short Course. Main-conference sessions address production, energy, marketing, farm business, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Day

February 22, 2018
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Tioga County Conservation District presents this free event with speakers on cover crops, grazing, buffers, farm energy, insect management, and agricultural planning. There will be time for questions and answers with speakers and a free lunch.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Healthy Soil in a Healthy Foodshed

February 18-23, 2018
Columbia County, New York

The Institute for Mindful Agriculture is offering this winter retreat at Hawthorne Valley Farm, delving deeply into the question of how we can scale a regenerative food system. Part of the focus will be on soils—literally the ground of our existence—through a spiritual, scientific, and artistic lens. Another part of the week will help build the image of an economically, ecologically, and socially just food-shed concept that includes everyone from the small to mid-sized farmer through to the most currently marginalized consumer. The program provides ample space for learning, personal reflection, and collaborative problem-solving through various awareness-based practices.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Yale Food Systems Symposium

February 23-24, 2018
New Haven, Connecticut

The Fifth Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium will bring together a mix of scholars and practitioners in panels, workshops, roundtables, and breakout sessions over two days to explore the complex dynamics of agri-food systems. This year's theme, "Resilience Across Scales," focuses on our capacity to absorb stress while maintaining integrity, which is crucial to the continued functioning of our food systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks

February 25, 2018
Brunswick, Maine

This full-day workshop offered by MOFGA is designed to help both established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. It is best suited for those with at least one year of farming or similar experience. Basic Accounting, Quick Books, and Enterprise Analysis are on the agenda.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Agriculture and Food Conference

February 25, 2018
Dighton, Massachusetts

SEMAP's 11th annual Agriculture and Food Conference includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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