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Issue: #6                                                October/2010
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Dear  :

Join SEMAP in
Celebrating Fall in Southeastern Mass!


This weather has us wanting something more tangible, something we can see, taste or hold, for example...
Local pumpkins, squash, and warmed fresh apple cider!

Find these fresh local foods and ingredients this weekend at your local farmers market and food event.  See below for several examples of fun events in Southeastern MA focusing on sustainable agriculture, local food, and communities!


Beyond events and markets, you can also find a farm to visit on the Online Farm Guide.  Apple and pumpkin picking are at their peak!  Find a grower near you at SEMAP's new website, www.semaponline.org, and click on the Online Farm Guide link.
 
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SEMAP Staff
SEMAP Events!
                                               SEMAP'S ANNUAL MEETING

Locavore WayThursday, November 4th, 2010
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Gallery X, 169 William Street, New Bedford, MA
www.galleryx.org
$15 a ticket

A Evening of Relaunching and Reconnecting

Join SEMAP in celebrating our relaunch at our
Annual Meeting, November 4th, 2010. 

Guest speaker is Amy Cotler, author of The Locavore Way and The Farm to School Cookbook.  As founding member of Berkshire Grown, Amy has worked with countless farms, restaurants and schools to encourage year round eating of locally produced foods throughout the region.
Learn more!
Attendees will also learn more about SEMAP's work with local food, our new public membership and  programs, and how you can become more involved with local food and farms!

Public is WELCOME to attend - please tell a friend!
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What about the food?  
A good meeting always has food!  SEMAP's Annual Meeting is no exception with a three-course tasting menu featuring local farms and New Bedford businesses including:

Travessia Urban Winery - Noquochoke Orchards - Cafe Arpeggio
Shy Brothers Farm - Nantucket Wild Gourmet- and more!

Enjoy freshly preserved locally caught seafood, invigorating apple cider, and smooth crisp wine made from locally grown grapes. 
More enticing menu items to come!


Please RSVP to [email protected]; or call the SEMAP office phone at 508-295-2212 ext.50
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SEMAP in the News!


SEMAP aims to be a guide to local farming

WAREHAM - After about 12 years, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership has announced a fresh new vision for supporting area farming.

Housed at the University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station, SEMAP serves as a resource to local farmers - providing everything from technical assistance to farm transfer help through its Farms Forever program. The organization's also behind the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign, which raised awareness of public eats and made its stamp with purple and orange stickers on many a SouthCoast bumper.   As published in The Standard Times Read the Whole Article...


Agricultural partnership makes pitch to the public

By Cyrus Moulton

The Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) has been working with the region's farmers since 1998. Now it's expanding to work with the public as well.

"Farmers need to understand the public, and the public needs to understand farmers," said
Bridget Alexander Ferreira, the organization's new director. "That's how both groups benefit best."  As published in Wareham Week Read the Whole Article...


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OUTDOOR FARMERS MARKETS! 

Farmers Markets help us to stay connected to our food and its grower on a year round basis.  See below for descriptions of local farmers markets occurring through October.  Bring the family to the market! 
Farmers markets are a perfect meeting spot with music, community information, and of course great local food!


Find even MORE markets, CSAs, and yr-round farmstands on the:
Online Farm Guide!!

STILL OUTSIDE!  Outdoor Markets OPEN in the fresh air!

ATTLEBORO FARMERS MARKET - Sunday, Oct. 24th, 12- 4pm at Attleboro Farms, 491 Hickory Road, N. Attleboro MA
Located at Attleboro Farms a well established locally owned and operated garden center dedicated to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers. This is a year round market, indoors during the winter months, with special holiday markets. Please check blog for event announcements.

UMASS DARTMOUTH FARMERS MARKET
- Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,
through October, Campus Center Courtyard at UMass Dartmouth. 

Vendors: Brix Bounty Farm, Fair Trade crafts, Sustainability Initiative water bottles, and local jewelry.  For more information, call the Sustainability Office at 508-910-6484
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NEW BEDFORD FARMERS MARKETS - Thursday, Oct. 21st,  2pm - 5:30pm*
Wings Court, New Bedford, MA  (Union Street, between Purchase and Acushnet Ave.)
Fresh apples, winter squash, kale, salad greens/herbs, baked goods and the last of the the tomatoes!!
Brooklawn Park, New Bedford MA - Monday Oct. 25th, 2010 - 2pm - 6pm*
(*closing times depends on weather!)

*BIONEERS FARMERS MARKET* - Special Three-Day Farmers Market!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Oct. 22-24th, 2010 - Wings Court, New Bedford
Part of the Connecting for Change Conference this weekend!
Local Vegetables, Fruit, Baked Goods, Honey, and Local Specialty Products - PLUS ongoing kids activities, music and art under the tent!  Bring the whole family for local food and fun!

CARVER FARMERS MARKET - Sunday Oct. 24th, 2010
12 noon - 4pm at 108 Main Street, Carver Ma. (Shurtleff Park)
At the Carver Farmers Market you'll find a great deal of fresh produce, plants and flowers and other food stuffs.  Music continues to be a part of the Market, with a variety of musicians taking part each week!  Arts and crafts vendors are present, as well as community groups with information for the public.

PLYMOUTH FARMERS MARKET - 2 markets open!
Stephen's Field, Plymouth MA Thursday Oct. 21st, 2010 - 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Court House Green, Saturday Oct. 23rd, 9:30am - 1:30pm

The COWBELL rings to open the markets one last time at Stephens Field Thursday and at the Court House Green Saturday!   www.plymouthfarmersmarket.org
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Look for MORE Farmers Markets RIGHT HERE &
Check back for WINTER MARKETS information soon to come!

Winter CSA Sign Up!

SILVERBROOK FARM, Dartmouth MA  -  www.silverbrookdartmouth.com
November 3rd, first pick up  /  December 22nd, last pick up

Silverbrook Farm is coordinating the Six Farms CSA. We partner with other farms to provide a wonderful diversity of fruits and vegetables offered at the peak of ripeness and freshness.  Our farmers select seed varieties for their taste. The large commercial growers must plant products that can tolerate mechanical harvesting and travel well over long distances.

At the Six Farms CSA you will find old favorites as well as a heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables that are not usually available in any super market.  All produce is freshly harvested on the pick-up day or the day before.

PICK UP DAY AND TIME:  Wednesdays from 11 AM to 7 PM  (Please mark your calendars & be on time!)
LOCATION:  Silverbrook Farm, 592 Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA  02747
SHARE PRICES:  By Check:           One share:  210.00

                              By Credit Card:   One share:  215.00   (order online!)

Call or email farm to check on winter share availability!

Winter CSA Offerings:  Carrots  -  Beets  -  Onions  -  Potatoes  -  Eggs  -  Chard  -  Kale  -  Spinach  -  Scallions  -  Pickled cucumbers & beets  -  Jams  -  Mixed Field Greens  -  Winter Squashes!

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FUN on the FARM!

VISIT A FARM THIS WEEKEND! 
Pumpkins, Hayrides, and Spooky Fun!


Search for more Harvest Events on the:
Online Farm Guide!!

Hallowlantern Hayride! & Pick-Your-Pumpkins!
CN Smith Farm, Inc. 325 South St., E. Bridgewater, Ma.
Dates: October 21-24 and October 27-30th
Times: Wednesdays & Thursday, sunset to 9PM; Saturday and Sundays, sunset to 10PM
A night time 30 minute hayride (not haunted!) to view hundreds of expertly carved jack-o-lanterns.  Catch the hayride on Wed., Thurs and Sunday dates from "Dark" until 9PM and on Friday and Saturday dates from "Dark" until 10PM.  Adults, $14.00; Children 12 and under$12.00, or RIDE TWICE for $20 (adults) / $18 Children.  Farmstand remains open until winter with all of our own apples, potatoes, our own fresh pressed cider, Halloween display and sales, jams, jellies, baked goods, squash, mums, and more!!

Bog Fright Night @ Tihonet Village Market - October 22-24th, 2010
Scary wagon rides run through the wooded bogs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wagon ride tickets are $5.00 with pre-paid reservations and $7.00 at the event. Reservations are highly recommended to avoid long lines and secure a ride on the desired night. For advance tickets, stop in the Tihonet Village Market or call 508-295-5437 between 2-6 p.m

Local Food Events!

Visit SEMAP at the following festivals and events highlighting local food, farmers, and sustainable practices!  Fine even more events on SEMAP's Event Page at www.semaponline.org

Oct. 22 - 24th
Bioneers By the Bay: Connecting for Change Conference
New Bed
ford MA
2010 Keynote speaker: Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea.
Over 2,000 students, teachers, green business innov
ors, scientists, grassroots leaders and everyday folks from across the East Coast will gather to embrace, share, brainstorm, network, heal, learn, teach, celebrate, recharge and connect for change. We will roll up our sleeves and harvest tangible, practical solutions to the specific challenges we face here in the Northeast and the world at-large.

Delicious vegetarian all-local lunches provided with help by SEMAP and participating local growers: Golden Rule Farm, Middleboro - Billingsgate Farm, Plympton - Lucky Field Organics, Rochester - Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis - Web of Life Organic Farm, Carver - Ward's Berry Farm, Sharon
and more!


Visit SEMAP at the conference FARMERS MARKET held all three days, 11am - 4:00pm!  Stop in and pick up some fresh local vegetables, fruit, honey, baked goods and other local surprises!  Find a great gift item or snack for later.  Participating growers will be on hand to talk about their produce, farms, varities grown and how the public can better connect with the food they eat!
Market vendors to include:

Fresh Meadows, Carver - fresh picked cranberries
A1 Pickles Company, Attleboro - several varieties of pickled cukes!

Lucky Field Organics, Rochester - organic produce
Hilltop Farm, Westport - fresh eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and more!
Quansett Gardens, Dartmouth - fresh local apples, baked goods and squash!
Nantucket Wild Gourmet, Chatham - locally caught fish smoked in the finest tradition
- And More!

NOVEMBER

Nov. 4th

SEMAP's Annual Meeting (see description above!)
Great discussions on local food, farming, eating local year-round, plus tastings of local food and products from our neighbor farms and businesses!
RSVP to [email protected]; or call 508-295-2212 ext. 50

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Nov. 30th
Nutrient Dense Crop Production discussion - Dartmouth Ma.
NOFA Mass. & Real Food Campaign - Sponsored by SEMAP at Friends Academy, Dartmouth Ma.
   How can we build vitality in our soils, crops, and bodies?
   How can we better understand the complex relationship between soil, crop nutrition, and human health? Learn how the Real Food Campaign is approaching these questions and working toward systemic solutions.

This two hour educational evening will introduce you to innovative principles and practices for producing more nutritious food to nurture healthier human lives.  The lecture provides an introduction to a 5-part, year-long course on using soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics to grow better crops. The course takes place in 8 locations throughout the Northeast, including Dartmouth, MA.
 

The speaker, Dan Kittredge, is a life-long organic farmer, Director of Real Food Campaign, and instructor of a 5-part course in Da
rtmouth in 2011: www.realfoodcampaign.org
 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: C
ommons Building, Friends Academy, 1088 Tucker Road, North Dartmouth, MA
CONTACT: Ben Grosscup, NOFA/Mass 413-658-5374, email: [email protected]
COST: The eve
nt is free of charge & open to the public. Donations welcome!


SPONSORED BY: Real Food Campaign, Northeast Organic Farming Assn./ Mass. Chapter (NOFA/Mass), & Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP)


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Harvest Festival

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Date:October 30, 2010
Location: Westport Town Farm
Time:1PM
Cost:FREE.
Phone:508.636.4693 x13
E-mail:[email protected]

Click here for Driving Directions

Bring your family to celebrate the second annual harvest at Westport Town Farm's Community Gardens. Enjoy local food, music and activities for all ages.
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egg plantFarmer-to-Farmer Conference

Hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

 

Are you interested in improving your soil fertility?

Need advice on financial planning for your farm business?

Looking to grow your livestock operations?

 

Discuss these topics with fellow small-scale farmers and learn how their approaches led to successful farm business enterprises!

 

Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 9th, in Sturbridge, MA, and REGISTER NOW for the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Farmer-to-Farmer Conference. Receive the early bird discount price of $40 (including lunch) by registering now!

 

What to expect at the conference:

 

Farm Business Expertise: Farmers will learn from seasoned experts and from each other about how to maximize farm business enterprise potential.

 

Diverse Range of Topics:  Speaker panels will cover topics in the areas of soil fertility, farm business and financial planning, strategies for ensuring the health of livestock, and building sustainable communities around food. 

 

Peer-to-Peer Learning: A facilitated World Café discussion will give farmers a chance to choose discussion topics of interest on site and share best practices.

 

Good Food and Drink: Enjoy a networking lunch and a farmer-to-farmer networking reception.

 

Go to www.farmer2farmer.org to register and for more information.

 

Feel free to contact Kimberley Fitch at 978-654-6745 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

 

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Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership
P.O. Box 569
East Wareham, MA  02538
508-295-2212 ext 50
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