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The Perfect Season for Local! 
Dear (Contact First Name),
Can you remember a more gorgeous end to an almost perfect summer?  We've had the good fortune of higher than normal temperatures, even as we lose daylength. 
What does this mean?
Get ready for a great crop of broccoli, carrots and potatoes in the months ahead!  In the meantime stock your kitchen with late season tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.  All perfect for pickling, canning or freezing.  Get 'em while they're here!

Visit the farms! 
Looking for an after-school adventure or a fun weekend event?  Check below for special family-friendly farm events, harvest celebrations, or a traditional hayride and pumpkin patch!
SEMAP Member Fall Farm Activities & Events!

Old Fashioned Grange Fair (Including Heirloom Tomato Contest!) 
Dartmouth Grange Fair, September 21-22nd 
1133 Fisher Rd., Dartmouth 
See SEMAP & Quintessential Gardens' for an Apple Cider Demo!! (Saturday, 12pm-4pm)
[Click here for more State/Grange Fairs]    

Corn Maze, Farm Events & Fresh Vegetables! 
 Billingsgate Farm, Plympton - New Corn Maze starting Sept. 15th - October 28th
The Silverbrook Farm, Acushnet - Starting September 29th, Fall Events every Saturday/Sunday, 10am-4pm. 


PYO Apples, Pumpkins & more!  
CN Smith Farm, E. Bridgewater - Saturday/Sunday 9-4. Wed thru Fri 10-4
Pocasset Orchards, Dartmouth - Open Saturdays, 2pm-6pm
[Click here for more Pick-Your-Own] 

Sustainable Festivals (with Local Farms & Food)! 
Working Waterfront Festival, September 29-30Visit SEMAP at this event!  Barnstable County Harvest Festival, September 29-30.
Connecting for Change Conference, October 26-28.
Harvest Celebrations & Farmers Markets!    

Red Brook Family Day & Movie Night, Sept. 23  

Theodore Lyman Reserve, Wareham

AD Makepeace Cranberry Harvest Celebration, October 6 & 7th, 10am - 4pm.
Plymouth Farmer Market @ Plimouth Plantation, every Thursday, 2:30-6:30pm
Braintree Farmers Market, every Saturday, 9am - 1:00pm
New Bedford Downtown Market, every Thursday, 2pm - 6:00pm 
Pembroke Farmers Market, every Saturday, 9am - 12:00pm
Attleboro Downtown Farmers Market, every Saturday, 8am-12:00pm
Carver Farmers Market, every Sunday, 12pm-4:00pm
Scituate farmers Market, every Wednesday, 3pm-7:00pm
Farmer Announcements & Opportunities

Wildlands Trust, Inc. is presently requesting proposals for leasing, solely for agricultural purposes, approximately 28 acres of a 58-acre holding located at the intersection of Sandwich and Clifford Roads in Plymouth, MA.  Questions, contact: James Dehner, Stewardship Director, 781-934-9018.
Click for Eel River RFP; Eel River Aerial Map.

LOCAL MEAT PRODUCER SURVEY - Attention Livestock Producers:  
The Southeast Massachusetts Meat Producers Association asks for a few moments of your time to complete this short survey.
We are working together to bring a state-of-the-art, local USDA-certified/Custom modular or mobile slaughterhouse to Bristol, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes, and  Nantucket counties that will utilize the highest animal welfare standards possible.  Please complete this survey online or complete and return this paper survey.  We appreciate your response in assessing demand for service!

FARM BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project 
If you have taken the Explore Farming! course, and have decided that you want to start your own farming business, the Farm Business Planning Course is your next step. This course meets in the evenings once a week, and will be offered twice every year, beginning in October and in January.
For more info, visit: http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/farmbusiness.html


Local farmers looking to cut energy costs can now plug into a wealth of information contained in the series of guidebooks released by the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program (MFEP). A project of Berkshire-Pioneer Resource Conservation & Development, MFEP is celebrating the national release of Massachusetts Farm Energy Best Management Practices Guides, now available online at: www.berkshirepioneerrcd.org .    



The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program.  Read more here...

The MassDevelopment/The Carrot Project Small Farm Loan Program is designed for small Massachusetts farms having difficulty obtaining credit for projects that improve their operations and increase their income, as well as for emergency needs. Preference will be given to farms that use or are moving toward organic methods. Funds may be used for capital investments that improve efficiency and quality, and those that expand farm production or sales. Other eligible expenses include farm operations or repairs necessary to maintain farm operations. The fund offers loans of $3,000 to $35,000, and terms of up to 5 years.  Read more here... 



t Grower Education Series



Monday October 1st, 2012, 5:30pm - 7pm 
At White Barn Farm, Wrentham  

Farmers Chris and Christy Kantlehner of White Barn Farm will be discussing their farm's use of organic cover crops.  We'll learn more about specific varieties including winter rye, vetch, clover, buckwheat, oats and peas; the timing, equipment and specific needs of each.  Learn which varieties you can still try for next spring and how to better plan for rotations next season.  


2012 Advanced Growers' Fall Seminar w/ Paul & Sandy Arnold  

Profitable Year-Round Farming and Marketing NOFA_logo

Monday, November 5, 2012 
Stonehill College, The Martin Institute, 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA (8:30am - 5:30pm) 
This one-day seminar will show how small-scale farming practices and organic systems can be used to make a livelihood throughout the year.  Learn ways to make your farming operation more economically robust with well-designed farm systems, innovative techniques for extending the productive season throughout winter, intuitive methods for tracking farm productivity and expenses, and marketing techniques for success. 
[Download the info/registration form!] 
This event is part of an educational collaboration between SEMAP and NOFA/Mass, supported in part by the USDA Specialty Crops Program through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
Happy Eating!


Sarah Cogswell
SEMAP Program Director