For other "foodie" events, check out Edible South Shore & South Coast.
South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge
September 26th-October 9th, 2014 Easton, MA
Visit Easton for pumpkin happenings all over town. Event timeline here
Webinar > Food Safety: The Elephant on the Farm
Join us on October 1st (12PM -1:15PM) for the next webinar in our New England Food Policy series. In this webinar, two produce safety experts will dive into the complex and critically important world of produce safety. The first half of the webinar will explore the current state of produce safety certification. How can farms sell into broader markets? What policy and regulatory barriers keep produce farmers from scaling up? The second half will dive into the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA just released supplemental Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules. What are the changes? How will FSMA affect existing produce safety standards? What role will states play in implementing FSMA? Understanding FSMA - and getting it right - is crucial for farms throughout New England.
NOFA/RI CRAFT: FSMA Compliant Produce Handling and Building a Cooler with a Coolbot
October 2nd, 2014, 5:00pm-6:30pm, Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton, RI
Skip Paul will discuss his approach to the upcoming produce sanitation protocols of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). More details here
Massachusetts Food Systems Plan - Southeast Regional Forum
October 6th, 3PM-6PM (tentative)
Buttonwood Senior Center, New Bedford, MA
The Massachusetts Food System Plan is a statewide planning initiative that is working to build a stronger, robust food system where there is less hunger, more access to local and healthy foods, where there are improved job and business opportunities, and where food system development is ecologically sustainable.
Twilight Grower Education Series
October 6th, 2014 5pm - 7pm, Skinny Dip Farm, Westport, MA -View event details here
Join us for our monthly Twilight Education Series on farms and gardens throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Whether you're a novice gardener or an experienced farmer, these workshops prove to be educational and exciting!
11th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration
October 11th and 12th, 2014, 10:00am-4:00pm A.D. Makepeace Company, Wareham, MA
Visitors are treated to demonstrations of the wet cranberry harvest, cooking demonstrations, an enormous tent full of juried crafters, paddleboat rides on scenic Tihonet Pond, food vendors, music, and more. Event details here
Webinar > Using Cover Crop Mixtures to Achieve Multiple Goals on the Farm
Join eOrganic for the first webinar of the fall 2014 season on Using Cover Crop Mixtures to Achieve Multiple Goals on the Farm by a research team at Penn State University. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 14 at 2PM Eastern Time.
The presentation will last for an hour, and it will be followed by a 30 minute question and answer time. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speakers. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.
Norfolk County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
October 14th, 2014, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Wonderland Conference Center, Sharon, MA
Join Norfolk Country Farm Bureau members at their annual meeting as they pass resolutions in advance of the state-wide meeting in December. More details here
Bristol County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Venus de Milo, Swansea, MA
Join Bristol Country Farm Bureau members at their annual meeting as they pass resolutions in advance of the state-wide meeting in December. More details here
Food Day - www.foodday.org
"Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food."
October 24th 2014 is Food Day! Food Day is a national day of celebrating local food and motivates consumers and organizations to take part by participating in or hosting an activity focused on education. Find food day events in your area.
Connecting for Change Conference
October 24th and 25th, 2014, Downtown New Bedford, MA
Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin & Janisse Ray. Check out their sliding scale registration fee, making this terrific conference affordable for all!
This conference will feature dozens of leading innovators and countless activities that will cover a range of topics, including food and farming, policy, innovative tech and design, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, impact investing, spirituality and sustainability.
NOFA/Mass-Succeeding with Grass-Fed Beef: Human Health, Carbon Sequestration, and Farm Viability
November 3rd, 2014, 9:00am-5:15pm, Heifer International, Rutland, MA
Would you like to build the health of your soil, produce great meat, improve your family's health, and combat climate change? You can do all of this-and make a profit-by raising 100% grass-fed beef. Join us for a one-day conference with Ridge Shinn, an expert in grass-fed-and-finished beef production.
Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
November 5th and 6th, 2014, Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
Join other growers and retailers for the largest nationally recognized floriculture industry show in New England! More details here.
Slow Money Boston - Entrepreneur Showcase
November 5th, 2014, Cambridge, MA
We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn about investment opportunities and how you can participate in rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility, sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and biological diversity. Entrepreneurs interested in presenting should download the application and submit it by October 9th to be considered.
SEMAP Annual Meeting
November 6th, 2014, Location TBD
Join SEMAP at our annual meeting as we share news of our accomplishments of the past year; help us to look ahead to envision our next season and the upcoming year.
NOFA/Mass-When the Belly is the Beast: Dietary Interventions to Address Autism and Neuro-Degenerative Disease
December 4th, 2014, 9:30am-4:00pm, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
This seminar explains how environmental factors, including exposures to toxins in food and the environment, and the consumption of highly processed, nutrient-poor foods, are contributing to a wide range of chronic and neuro-degenerative illnesses in the population. More information here.
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
December 4th and 5th, 2014, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Annual state-wide farm bureau meeting featuring workshops for farmers. For details visit the Farm Bureau website.
Greenhouse Vegetable Production in Containers
December 10, 2014, 9:30am-3:45pm, Publick House, Sturbridge, MA
Join the UMass Extenstion Program for a day filled with workshops on growing greenhouse vegetables. More details here.
The Online Farm Guide
Farmers: Keep your farmfresh.org listing up-to-date! The online farm guide, farmfresh.org, is a go-to for anyone looking for local foods, beverages and farm fun. Eaters: Visit www.farmfresh.org to find local food near you.
The Beginning Farmers Network of MA has resources for beginning farmers, including an ever-expanding calendar of events statewide, helpful tips from guest bloggers, a jobs board, and a referral network. Get in touch or check out the BFN/MA site today to find the help you're looking for. See links to Young Farmer Nights (RI & MA super fun farm visits!) and New Entry's brand new publication, An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts.
SAVE THE DATE
SEMAP 2015 Winter Networking Meeting | Monday January 26
Location & Topic will be announced in the December Vine.
SEMAP 2015 Ag & Food Conference | Saturday February 28, 2015
Workshops for farmers, gardeners, and consumers... Featuring a Local Lunch and
Agricultural Service Provider & Business Trade Show. Registration will open early November.