Holy mackrel - (or cod, or pollock) - the end of the summer heat has been a FANTASTIC way to ease into the next season. Plus, its given a giant boost to those heat-loving local vegetables and fruit including eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and MELONS!
Now is the time to stock up on all the delicious produce bursting at the farmers markets and farmstands. Why not try your hand at home canning? Learn from a local artisanal educator/chef Rosa Galeno Sept. 10th at the SEMAP Tomato Canning Adventure!
And, what's with the fish reference above? We have an exciting new CSF (Community Supported Fisheries) opportunity to share from for households of all sizes in the Southeastern MA area. Read more about SEMAP's Tomato Approved Business member Harvest Delivery!
The HARVEST EVENTS are getting a little out of control! We are so lucky in Southeastern MA to have an entire season filled with fun food and farm events - all of which are relatively cheap and completely family friendly. Be sure to visit the SEMAP crew at the events listed below...(and pick up a lovely green t-shirt!)
So, no need to be bummed by the passing summer...there is so much to do, and so many places to be in support of local agriculture!
Tomato Canning Adventure w/ Rosa Galeno -
Sat., September 10th, 2011
10:00am - 2:00pm, First Parish Unitarian Church,
50 School Street, Bridgewater, Ma.
Artisanal Food Educator/Chef Rosa Galeno grew up in the Italian countryside where canning is a way of life. Rich with tradition and innate know-how, Rosa will show us how easy it is for busy families to prepare and process fresh locally grown tomatoes and enjoy them year-round. Imagine the fresh taste of heirloom tomatoes in the darkest winter evening, filling your kitchen with the fragrance of fields bursting with juicy tomato goodness. It CAN be done!
Learn more and REGISTER TODAY!
Price: $55; includes lunch, 3 jars to process at home and full booklet of canning directions/recipes. Please bring an apron and your favorite knife!
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17th - 9:00am (race time)
@ TIHONET VILLAGE MARKET, 146 Tihonet Rd., Wareham MA
Show you're stride and your support!
Registration includes: An amazing run/walk through the cranberry bogs and trails of AD Makepeace supporting your favorite non-profit, PLUS an all local lunch!
SIGN UP BY SEPT. 5th for your guaranteed
1st Annual Bog Jog T-shirt! (sure to be a collectible)
Local Food Events
Marshfield Fair! August 19th - 28th, 2011
Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main Street, Marshfield
Noon - 10pm (M-F); 10am-10pm (Sat. & Sunday)
A great week of events including:
Fri. 26th - Preparations of Corn Taught to the Colonists by the Local Natives
Aug. 27th - Organic Gardening with Rick Madden - and more! Visit www.marshfieldfair.org
Kettle Pond Farm Potluck & Class: Heirloom Varieties - Sat. Aug. 27th
181 Bay View Ave., Berkley Ma. 4:00-6:00pm
What is an heirloom vegetable anyway? Come by for some learning and tasting. Learn about what they are, why we use them and taste test the varieties on the farm.
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation - no one turned away
Westport Rivers' Riesling (and friends) Rave - Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
There's a reason riesling has been a farm favorite since our first year. Because on our farm riesling and other aromatic varietals thrive and produce wines of such abundant character as to be considered exceptional.
Join winemaker Bill Russell, wine grower Rob Russell and founders Bob and Carol Russell on a journey into rare vintages of this most noble of grapes. A vertical of both table wine and our wondrous Imperial Sec will surely be a deliciously mouth watering experience.
At 5pm we join the amazing Chef Wayne Gibson for an hour of grazing on his small plates and appetizers. Visit WestportRivers.com
Heirloom Tomato Festival @ the Dartmouth Grange Rural Agricultural Fair
Saturday, September 10th, 2011
1133 Fisher Rd., S. Dartmouth, MA - Judging starts at 12:30pm
ENTER YOUR TOMATOES! Bring the best of as many varieties of heirloom tomatoes as you can for fun and for judging!! Get a Fair Premium Booklet to learn
how to enter. Booklets are available at Alderbrook Farm in Dartmouth. Or call 508-636-1900.
The Cotuit Center for the Arts & Full Spectrum Music present a Benefit Concert: Listen Fresh Listen Local - All profit donated to SEMAP
and its Buy Fresh Buy Local Public Education Program
Thursday, September 15th, 7:00 PM
Music to feed the body and soul! An eclectic, energetic evening of originals & interpretations of Led Zepplin, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny, Steely Dan, Jimi Hendrix, A. C. Jobim & more!
Pat Ryan on guitar and vocals, Perry Rossi on keyboard and vocals, Steve Langone on drums, and Fernando Huergo on bass. Cash Bar & Free Local Food Appetizers!
SEMAP Member Announcements
Read below to learn more about Harvest Delivery's new CSF program - sourcing fresh sustainably and locally caught fin fish, scallops and lobsters.
Several sizes of shares available! Read more...
Local Food Education!
Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week 2011 - September 19th - 23rd
The Massachusetts Farm to School Project is looking forward to celebrating our favorite time of the year--Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week, September 19-23. Food service staff, teachers, students and public officials from dozens of Massachusetts schools and colleges will have fun during the week, as they celebrate with special meals and events to enjoy locally-grown food.
Schools and colleges will celebrate in a variety of ways, from featuring a local fruit or vegetable each day, holding an all-local dinner, serving produce from the school garden, to hosting a farmers' market on campus.
What can you do?
- Invite legislators to a "local lunch" with your students
- Take students to a farm to harvest or glean
- Offer a different local food taste test each day
- Have a special harvest meal for the school community
- Ask students to make art about local food or farms
- Invite a farmer to speak to students about her/his job
- Read books about agriculture in Massachusetts
- Teach students about Integrated Pest Management
Let us know your plans!
The Mass Farm to School Project will publish a list of Harvest Week activities around the state. Send a description of your plans to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 9 to be included!
Click here to get fresh ideas on how to celebrate and to order free recipes, posters, stickers and FREE downloadable recipes that use Massachusetts-grown ingrediants (portioned for cafetaerias and dining halls as well as home kitchens!).
People's Garden Grant Program
The People's Garden Grant Program (PPGP) is designed to facilitate the creation of produce, recreation, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for science-based informal education. Successful applicants will provide micro-subgrant support to smaller local projects.
Applications due August 26, 2011
Eligible applicants are State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, school districts, other research or education institutions and organizations, Federal and private agencies and organizations, individuals, and any other contractor or recipient.
USDA offers conservation help for Mass. farmers and forest land owners
Massachusetts farmland or forest land owners and managers who would like help with soil erosion, water quality and conservation, integrated pest management, forest stand improvement, greenhouse efficiency, pasture and hayland improvement, invasive plant control or wildlife habitat improvement may sign-up for federal conservation programs available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Applications for NRCS programs may be submitted at any time. A conservation plan is the essential first step to participating in federal conservation programs. Landowners can start the conservation planning process with the assistance of NRCS staff now and be ready for the next round of federal funding when it's available.
USDA service center locations are listed on-line at http://offices.usda.gov
General program information is available on the NRCS Massachusetts website at www.ma.nrcs.usda.gov
Northeast SARE - Farmer Grant
The goal of the Farmer Grant program is to develop, refine, and demonstrate new sustainable techniques and to explore innovative ideas developed by farmers across the region. Farmer grant projects should seek new knowledge that other farmers can use and should address questions that are directly linked to improved profits, better stewardship, and stronger rural communities.
Applications due December 1, 2011
To apply, you must be a farmer in the Northeast SARE region. You need not be farming full time, but your operation should have an established crop or animal product that you sell on a regular basis. Institutional and incorporated farms may apply, but the primary activity of that farm must be to produce and sell food under the kinds of economic constraints that affect commercial growers. Many community-supported farms qualify, but farms where the primary mission is educational normally do not.
2011 School Garden Grant Project: Helping Gardens Grow
Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. School gardens offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. They also provide a base of knowledge that allows children to take an active role in healthy food choices.
- $2000 grant offer to schools, districts or school-affiliated nonprofit organizations.
- Yearlong support and mentoring from FoodCorps.
- Access to a resource center providing curriculum, coaching, materials and ideas.
- Participation in gardening discussions and forums with expert assistance.
Apply from August 17-December 31, 2011
Agricultural Business Planning Courses January-March 2012
MDAR offers three formats serve the broad spectrum of individuals who make up Massachusetts agriculture:
Explorers - For those who are thinking about getting into farming or expanding a hobby to an income-generating scale, "Exploring the Small Farm Dream" delivers experienced Instructor guidance and timely peer group feedback for making informed decisions about whether and how to proceed in farming. Five sessions over 6 weeks on weekday evenings in Amherst and Marlborough. Cost per enterprise - $125.
Planners - For those a step or two beyond Explorer who have access to land and a stronger sense of what they want and are capable of doing, "Planning for Start-up" provides a gut check before making more significant investments of time and money. Requires completion of Explorer, or prior self guided completion of the Explorer workbook. Applicants must have already reached the decision to farm on a revenue generating scale. Six sessions over 8 weeks on Saturday mornings in Amherst and possibly also in Marlborough based on regional demand. Cost per enterprise - $175.
Established Farmers - For those already operating an agricultural enterprise with at least two years of production and sales records, and who need to develop a comprehensive business plan on paper, "Tilling the Soil of Opportunity" offers a chance to assess, regroup, assemble documentation for decision making, consider redirection, plan expansion, or approach ownership transfer. This course draws on extensive peer experience, Instructor knowledge and guest speakers - with the addition of substantial individual technical assistance at course conclusion. 10 sessions over 11 weeks on weekday evenings in Amherst and Marlborough. Cost per enterprise - $225.
Explorer and Tilling the Soil courses are limited to 12 farms/potential agricultural businesses, with an option to bring a key partner at no extra cost. Planner is limited to 10. Full attendance is required to get expected results. Fees are kept low through MDAR support.
Please request additional details and an application for the course that fits you best. Courses fill quickly in the Fall. Email requests to Rick.Chandler@state.ma.us, or visit Agricultural Business Training Program.
USDA Organic Cost Share Program Applications Due
Applications are due for Organic Cost Share Reimbursement. The Department has been awarded funds from the United States Department of Agriculture through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program to reimburse certified organic farmers (crop and Livestock) and processors up to 75% ($750 dollars maximum) of the total certification cost.
Reimbursement is available to production and processing operations certified and/or receiving continuation of certification during the period of October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. In order to receive reimbursement, please submit forms to the Department by no later than October 15, 2011. http://www.mass.gov/agr/markets/organic_cost_share.htm, or contact Ellen Hart, 617-626-1742, Ellen.Hart@state.ma.us.
SEMAP MEMBERSHIP, ADVERTISING & SPONSOR Opportunities!
Are you a Grower or Buyer of Local Food?
As a Farm Member or Tomato Approved Business you'll receive Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) materials and all the promotional and educational strength of the BFBL Campaign. SEMAP's Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign educates the communities of Southeastern MA on the Why, Where, and How of local food with fun workshops, hands-on learning experiences and speaking engagements. Be sure to have your local farm or business included in these promotional and educational experiences! Learn more!
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Become a SEMAP Volunteer! - Find more information on our Volunteer page!
Volunteer with SEMAP at the following fun events!
SEMAP Bog Jog 5K Trail Run/Walk, Sept. 17th
Working Waterfront Festival, Sept. 24 & 25
Cranberry Harvest Celebration, Oct. 8 & 9th
South Shore Celebration, Oct. 8th
Bioneers: Connecting for Change Conference, Oct. 21-23rd
Contact Sarah @ email@example.com
Volunteer time slots in 2hr increments - Great way to learn more about sustainable food & farming!
SEMAP Program Director