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Events: January 2008

SEMAP's 4th Annual B2B Networking Meeting

Monday, January 14 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM | Mattapoisett, MA | directions

One-stop-shopping to meet dozens of potential new suppliers/buyers and
help your business make more money from the growing local foods movement!

This year¹s meeting will feature:

¨ Updates from local growers/buyers who have built new business
relationships using the B2B Network.
¨ ³Speed-Networking² to introduce you to many potential business partners
(aka, Business Card Bonanza!)
¨ Interactive delivery mapping and discussion to help you find
cost-effective delivery solutions.
¨ Plenty of networking time to talk with business partners face-to-face and
plan ahead for 2008.
¨ SEMAP 2007 B2B Network/Buy Fresh Buy Local survey results and info on how
to join for 2008.
BRING: Business Cards! If desired, bring farm price lists or lists of items

Hosted by SEMAP at the How on Earth: The Store: 62 Marion Rd, Mattapoisett, MA.

Contact Sarah Cogswell at (508) 542-0434 or by e-mail for more information.

NOFA 5-Day Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

Wednesday, January 16 11:30AM - Wednesday, January 23 8:00PM | Leominster, MA | directions | website

Growing public awareness of pesticide use hazards and new legislation mandating least toxic and non-toxic alternatives are fueling a new market opportunity for professionals with knowledge of organic land care. This 30-hour course for professionals will provide the education needed for an understanding of organic land care design and maintenance. The curriculum is based on NOFA’s Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes, written by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Committee. These Standards, published in 2001 and revised annually, extend the vision of organic agriculture to the care of the entire landscape, both private and public. At the end of the course attendees will be able to incorporate methods and materials that respect natural ecology and the long-term health of the environment. An optional exam will be given at the conclusion of the course. Those who pass the exam can become NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals.

DAY 1 * Principles and Procedures * Site Analysis, Design and Maintenance * Rain Gardens/Stormwater Infiltration * Soil Health, Soil Foodweb

DAY 2 * Fertilizer and Soil Amendments * Composting * Lawns * Lawn Alternatives

DAY 3 * Planting and Plant Care * Wetlands * Pest Management * Turf Insects, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs

DAY 4 * Pest Management * Ticks and Lyme Disease * Wildlife Management * Disease Control * Weeds * Mulches

DAY 5 * Invasive Plants/Control * Client Relations * Review * Accreditation Examination

Hosted by NOFA at the Doyle Conservation Center: 464 Abbott Ave, Leominster, MA.

Contact Kathy Litchfield at (978) 724-0108 or by e-mail for more information.

21st NOFA Winter Conference

Saturday, January 19 | 10:30AM - 8:30PM | Worcester, MA | directions | website

Keynote by Elizabeth Henderson, author of "Sharing the Harvest: A Guide to Community Supported Agriculture" Peacework Organic Farm, Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture

• 45 workshops on crops, gardening, farm management, sustainable lifestyles, organic land care, livestock, renewable energy and more!
• Farm and Garden Exhibits
• NOFA/Mass Annual Meeting
• Children's program
• Potluck lunch and raffle!

Hosted by NOFA at the Bancroft School: 110 Shore Dr., Worcester, MA.

Contact Jassy Bratko at (978) 928-5646 or by e-mail for more information.

The 12th Annual Vermont Grazing Conference

Saturday, January 19 | 11:00AM - 8:00PM | Randolph Center, VT | directions | website

The 12th Annual Vermont Grazing Conference will feature Missouri grazier Greg Judy as keynote speaker. The schedule includes themed tracks for dairy, meat, poultry, diversified farming, animal management, soil and forages, consumer interests, and grazing partnerships. The conference is co-organized by the Vermont Grass Farmers Association and the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. For more info, see:

Hosted by Vermont Pasture Network at the Vermont Technical College: Rte 66, Randolph Center, VT.

Contact Jenn Colby at (802) 656-0858 or by e-mail for more information.

Dream Acres is the Place for Me

Wednesday, January 23 | 12:00PM - 6:30PM | Sturbridge, MA | directions | website

If your dream is to start farming on your own, this seminar is for you!

Program Topics Include:
Attributes of a Successful Farm Executive Marketing Developing Realistic Budgets
Planning and Vision Five Keys to Profitability Applying Gross Profit Analysis
Understanding the Banker’s Perspective

What are the Objectives?
Help you understand: The financing process; How planning improves profits; and Keys to profits and how to apply them.

Who Should Attend?
Persons who have recently started or are interested in getting started in an agricultural business and looking for an
overview of the issues involved in starting and operating a business.

Presenters: Gene Gouthier, CPA – Farm Business Consultant
Rick Hermonot - Farm Business Consultant
Jon Jaffe – Farm Business Consultant
Joanna Samuelson, Director of Knowledge Transfer

Directions: Located on Route 20 West. From the North, East and West, take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to
Exit 9, Route 20 West. From the South, take either Interstate 84 or Route 131 to Route 20 West. The hotel is located
less than one-quarter mile from the first set of traffic lights, on the shore of Cedar Lake.

Cost: $225.00 per person ($150.00 each additional person) for registrations received and paid by 12/14/2007.
$250.00 per person ($175.00 each additional person). Cost includes lunch and seminar materials

Hosted by First Pioneer Farm Credit, ACA at the Sturbridge Host Hotel: 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA.

Contact Brenda Emrick at (800) 562-2235 or by e-mail for more information.

Soil Fertility and Management Workshop

Thursday, January 24 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Barnstable, MA | directions

The focus of this presentation will be interpreting soil test results and how to implement practices that will create results desired by farmers. This will include the use of soil amendments (e.g. compost), cover crops and synthetic and organic fertilizers.

The course will be taught by UMass Extension Specialist Frank Mangan.

We suggest growers bring a recent copy of their soil tests for Frank to look at and discuss how to manage soils for the desired results.

Hosted by Cape Cod Cooperative Extension at the Barnstable County Farm: Rte 6, Barnstable, MA.

Contact Roberta Clark at (508) 375-6692 or by e-mail for more information.

26th Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference

Friday, January 25 10:30AM - Sunday, January 27 3:30PM | Saratoga Springs, NY | directions | website

The conference will feature over 90 workshops of interest to vegetable, grain, and livestock farmers, gardeners, green businesses, conscientious eaters, consumers, teens and children!

This year’s conference features an exciting keynote lineup including Terry Wollen, Director of Animal Well-Being and Staff Veterinarian with Heifer International, Little Rock, AR; Brahm Ahmadi, Co-founder and Executive Director of People's Grocery, Oakland, CA; and Barbara and David Perkins, owners and operators of 1,300 family CSA: Vermont Valley Community Farm, Blue Mounds, WI. Saturday’s organic dairy program will feature Organic Dairy Guest Speaker, Dr. Ann Wells, Springpond Holistic Animal Health, Prairie Grove, AR.

Friday, January 25, offers 11 intensive full and half-day workshops to explore select topics comprehensively. Friday workshops will address topics such as: organic weed management, medicinal herbs, farming with animal power, organic gardening, permaculture, CSAs, organic dairy transition, legumes, and organic certification. Saturday and Sunday features over 70 workshops on organic grains, vegetables and fruits, organic livestock and dairy, beginning farmer topics, organic gardening, homesteads and cooking, people and policy, teen/youth interest, a full children’s conference and more! Childcare is available Friday to Sunday. Do not miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge of sustainable agriculture and alternative living. This is the premier event to network among the leaders in the northeast organic community.

Sponsor, Trade Show, Advertising Registration & Early Bird Discount deadline: November 30, 2007.

Hosted by NOFA-NY at the Saratoga Hotel: 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Contact Kate Mendenhall at (607) 652-6632 or by e-mail for more information.