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12/7, SEMAP Meet and Greet, The Back Eddy
12/4, SEMAP Potluck (Norfolk County), Walpole, MA

Hello friends,

It's hard to believe the year is almost over and Thanksgiving will be here in the blink of an eye. It's the time of year to be thankful for all that we have and I'd like to THANK YOU for your continued support of SEMAP and all of our local farms.

Although it is a busy time of year for us all, I'd like to invite you to one of our four potluck dinners. We have these potlucks located across the South Coast and South Shore in order to meet supporters and farmers across the state, hear ideas, and enjoy great company and local food. Sarah Cogswell from the Carrot Project will be joining us at all four dinners to discuss the Project's small loans and technical assistance to farmers. Brad Mitchell from the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation will also be joining us December 2nd and 11th for conservation surrounding MFBF's legislative priorities, the current and expected regulatory climate for farmers and any other concerns you might have. Except an email invitation next week!

Please be sure to include delicious, fresh Massachusetts harvested produce, meat, and seafood at your Thanksgiving dinner. Many farms and markets are working hard to make your dinner as effortless as possible. Check out our shopping guide below to help you purchase a fresh, local feast.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

May you and your family be blessed,


Is Thanksgiving really only two weeks away? Where does the time go? There's nothing better than gathering around a table with the ones we love, counting our blessings, and eating a bounty...of local food! Many local farms offer turkeys, including Silverbrook Farm-Acushnet, Bongi's Turkey Roost, Run Dog Run Farm, Asack Turkey Farm, and MORE!  


There's still plenty of local produce available for side dishes; don't let the cold weather fool you. Be sure to check out our list of updated winter farmers' markets. Braintree and Wellfleet, for instance, are both having special Thanksgiving markets on November 22nd. Norwell and Plymouth will be having their holiday markets on November 23rd, and Beverly and Lexington markets will be on the 24th.,  Silverbrook Farm-Dartmouth has a nice Thanksgiving package (minus the turkey) that can be ordered right online. Depending on your whereabouts, Sweet Georgia P's will deliver you entire Thanksgiving dinner right to your door. Make sure you sign up ahead of time


Don't forget to grab some fresh, local drinks for your dinner. Running Brook Vineyards, Travessia Winery, Westport Rivers (which can conveniently be ordered online), Buzzards Bay Brewing, Blue Hills Brewery, and Mayflower Brewing Company are just a few of the great vineyards and breweries close by.


Dinner just wouldn't be complete with a fresh apple, pumpkin, or butternut squash pie.(I just made this butternut pie with fresh squash from Skinny Dip Farm. Delicious!) Check out the online farm guide to find these local ingredients near you! Happy Thanksgiving!  

VeggieFarmingVEGETABLE FARMING by Derek Christianson

As winter slowly approaches and daylight becomes scarce, there is little doubt this is the season for reading and connecting with other growers.


While I am steadfast in my preference for print publications, which allow for a gradual consumption of the written word, there are a number of online magazines and journals which provide insight and perspective, offer new ideas to try on the farm, and reflect upon the past growing season.


There are four publications which have been at the core of my agricultural gleanings over the past decade. Two of which are published monthly, Growing For Market and Acres USA, and two quarterly releases, The Natural Farmer and Biodynamics Journal. The Natural Farmer produced by the Northeast Organic Farming Association makes their back catalog freely accessible online, while others typically offer a small sampling of recent issues. Growing for Market has long been a key source of new ideas for small scale veggie producers and is the first magazine I recommend to new farmers focusing on direct marketing.


In recent years I've found myself checking in with a few other magazines geared more toward conventional growers; all of which provide good content for vegetable farmers, including brief overviews of new variety releases and national market conditions. Here another quartet I've

bookmarked: Vegetable Growers News, Growing Produce, The Grower, & Modern Farmer.


Back when I farmed at Hawthorne Valley in New York, I spent a good part of the winters helping in the barn, where we milked 40-50 Brown Swiss (direct marketed raw milk, cheese, & yogurt). We carried an equal number of youngstock, dry cows, and beeves, which made for a busy winter feeding and moving animals; still I found some time to cozy up near the woodstove in the evenings. While in NY I was introduced to Stockman Grass Farmer, Graze, & Small Farmer's Journal - a trio of publications geared toward livestock producers, and each well worth the subscription price.


One of the delights of wintertime for veggie growers is the evenings offer a great chance to connect with family, friends, and neighbors. Whether at a film showing and potluck at the Dartmouth Grange, a farm bureau meeting, or a SEMAP event there are plenty of opportunities to learn from our peers, meet new farmers, and get a chance to reconnect.

I hope to see folks out & about this winter, definitely make plans for our SEMAP Annual Meeting on Monday, January 26th and the 8th Annual Ag & Food Conference on Sunday, March 1st.


What magazines or websites are on the top of your list? I'll share recommendations in December along with a few new book titles which I'm excited about this Winter.


SEMAP Potluck Dinner + Meet and Greet (Northern Bristol County)
December 2, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Oake Ames Memorial Hall, 3 Barrows St, North Easton, MA
Join SEMAP for an informal potluck where we can meet, have great conversations, hear your ideas, and enjoy local food together. Sarah Cogswell from the Carrot Project and Brad Mitchell from the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation will be our guest speakers. RSVP via email

SEMAP Potluck Dinner + Meet and Greet (Southern Bristol County)
December 3, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd, North Dartmouth, MA
Join SEMAP for an informal potluck where we can meet, have great conversations, hear your ideas, and enjoy local food together. Sarah Cogswell from the Carrot Project will be our guest speaker.
SEMAP Potluck Dinner + Meet and Greet (Plymouth County)
December 4, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, UMass Cranberry Station, 1 State Bog Rd, East Wareham, MA
Join SEMAP for an informal potluck where we can meet, have great conversations, hear your ideas, and enjoy local food together. Sarah Cogswell from the Carrot Project will be our guest speaker.
RSVP via email

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.  


December 4th and 5th, 2014, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA   

Annual state-wide farm bureau meeting featuring workshops for farmers.


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.

SEMAP Potluck Dinner + Meet and Greet (Norfolk County)
December 11, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St, Walpole, MA
Join SEMAP for an informal potluck where we can meet, have great conversations, hear your ideas, and enjoy local food together. Sarah Cogswell from the Carrot Project and Brad Mitchell from the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation will be our guest speakers.
RSVP via email


New England Farmer Union (NEFU) 5th Annual Convention - Navigating Change in New England Agriculture  
December 11-13, 2014, Portland, ME
A great convention filled with informative workshops, panel discussions, and guest speakers.


NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Monday, January 10th, 2015  

Join NOFA for over 60 workshops, exhibits, and an all-day seminar and keynote by Greg Judy, rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate. It's fun for the whole family! The children's conference (ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated. Lots of do-it-yourself workshops keep teens active and engaged. 


SEMAP 2015 Winter Networking Meeting 

Monday, January 26, 2015     

Location & Topic will be announced in the December Vine.   


SEMAP 2015 Ag & Food Conference

Sunday, March 1, 2015 

Workshops for farmers, gardeners, and consumers. Featuring a local lunch and Agricultural Service Provider & Business Trade Show.  Registration opening soon.   



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.    

It's taken a while, but our brand new edition is finally here! Our next publication be in spring of 2015. Members joining SEMAP between now and December 31st will automatically be eligible for listing in our next Local Food Guide. The guide will contain SEMAP member farms and local food businesses, as well as a list of winter farmers markets, farmstands, & CSAs in our region.
Current, up to date listing of markets across southeastern Massachusetts

2014/2015 Winter Markets
No need to let the cold keep you from buying local!
CISA Is Now Accepting applications for Whole Farm Planning for beginning women farmers. Holistic Management International's program is an opportunity for women who have been farming for under ten years to gain skills and build a network of other women farmers. The course touches on a variety of topics, including business planning basics, marketing, goal-setting and financial planning, time management, reading the landscape, land and infrastructure planning, leadership and communication skills.



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