Monthly Min-till Farmer Roundtable Call

Virtual (Zoom)

Hosted by NOFA/Mass: Take some time to chat with fellow farmers and farm advisors about tillage reduction and soil health in an open, roundtable environment. The Monthly Min Till Farmer Call will be the first Monday of each month. No pre-registration required, this will be a free-form space with minimal moderation & with the goal of farmers being […]

Free

USDA Micro Farm Insurance Workshop

Virtual (Zoom)

USDA’s new Micro Farm insurance offers whole farm insurance for farmers making up to $350,000 per year. For example, if you’re insured for $100,000 and you only make $30,000 during the year, you could receive a claim payment of $70,000 to recover the difference. Coverage is based on your historic revenue over the past three […]

Free

A Future of Food Security for All – with Ira Wallace

Virtual (Zoom)

How can we develop systems to build community resilience, grow local agriculture, improve access to nutrient-dense food, share growing spaces, and mitigate climate disruptions? All seven state chapters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) have been working to develop food security programs and learning opportunities to address these questions. This winter, each NOFA chapter […]

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

MDAR Southborough 225 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA

Dates: January 12th through February 9th, 2023 Time: Thursday evenings, from 6:00 to 9:00pm Location: MDAR office in Southborough, MA Cost: $100 for up to two participants per enterprise, as space allows. This 5-session course provides guidance to aspiring farmers through the decision-making process of whether to start a farm business. Participants will learn about […]

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Worcester State Universty 486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA

Join NOFA/Mass for their 36th annual Winter Conference! Connecting farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, educators, and environmentalists to share resources and ideas to grow our vibrant organic community. From the NOFA website: We are excited to come together around this winter’s theme, “Cooperative Foodways: Building Our Future Together” with this year’s keynote speaker, Ira Wallace, author and […]

Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course

MDAR Southborough 225 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA

Dates: January 17th through March 14th, 2023 Time: Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 to 8:30pm Location: MDAR office in Southborough, MA Cost: The course fee, subsidized by MDAR, is $150 per farm. A hands-on course to help established farmers develop a business plan and financial projections for their farm business. This course covers topics including resource […]

Effectively Managing Diseases of Vegetables

Virtual (Zoom)

Best Practices for Plant Disease Management Strategy: General tips will be presented that form the foundation of both organic and conventional disease management. Recommendations based on research results will be covered for cucurbit diseases (powdery and downy mildews, Phytophthora blight) and basil downy mildew. Additional diseases will be discussed based on grower input. This workshop […]

$10 – $15

Making Spreadsheets Work For Your Farm

Virtual (Zoom)

How do you grow over 50 different crops for 500 shareholders who are coming to coming to your farm to pick up 13lb of vegetables for 24 weeks? Explore the answer to this puzzle in this workshop, where Dan will present and review the spreadsheets that has kept his farm running over the years. This […]

$10 – $15

Profitable Meat Marketing – Pricing for Increased Profit & Sales

Virtual (Zoom)

You are raising and selling local meat, but are you making a profit? Learn marketing techniques and how to use the NEW Cornell Meat Pricing Tool to develop prices that deliver a profit in every channel. This event is hosted by Berkshire Grown - check out the full list of their winter workshops here. Presented […]

Grazing School at Gould Farm – Best Practices for Pasture Management

Gould Farm

In this all-day workshop we will discuss the basics of how set up a new grazing system, and how to troubleshoot and improve an existing one.  We start the day from the perspective of pasture plants, and then shift to look at grazing from the perspective of the livestock.  This will provide a solid understanding […]