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Events: March 2010

New England FarmWays Southern New England Agritourism Business Conference

Wednesday, March 3 | 11:00AM - 7:30PM | Wallingford, CT | directions | website

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
Recently, more than 230 farmers in southern New England answered our call to complete a survey to identify their agritourism training needs. The response rate was staggering - and demonstrated your strong interest in agritourism and the need for more tools and information for the region's farmers. You have spoken and we have heard you. Now, here's our response.

New England FarmWays invites you join us at beautiful Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford, CT for a special day designed to help you grow more profitable farm destinations. Along with our partners, the CT Dept of Agriculture and VisitNewEngland.com we'll show you how together we're building a hub for training, technical assistance and marketing support to showcase southern New England's destination farms to visitors from near and far.

Hosted by RICAPE at the Gouveia Vineyards: 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, Wallingford, CT.

Contact Stu Nunnery at (401) 592-0209 or by e-mail for more information.

CT NOFA Winter Conference

Saturday, March 6 | 11:30AM - 12:00PM | Manchester, CT | directions | website

CT NOFA will hold its 28th Annual Winter Conference Saturday, March 6, 2010. The CT NOFA educational conference will be held at Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. This year’s theme is “Sustaining Connecticut: Growing Local, Eating Healthier, Living Smarter.” The featured keynote speaker will be the celebrated green activist and entrepreneur Michael Shuman. This year’s conference will also offer over thirty five sustainable lifestyle workshops for the gardener, cook, farmer and land care professional. Classes ranging from beekeeping, cheese making, hands on bread making, beer brewing thru permaculture. For all persons interested in local organic food and agriculture there will be cooking demonstrations such as Organic Home Wine Making, expert panel discussion on Connecticut Organic Food Businesses, Local Vendors and exhibits focusing on food, gardening, farming, sustainable lifestyles and much more. Lunch will be the famous NOFA organic potluck.
For more info or to register: www.ctnofa.org or 203-888-5146

Hosted by CT NOFA at the Manchester Community College: 60 Bidwell St, Manchester, CT.

Contact Teresa Mucci at (203) 888-5146 or by e-mail for more information.

Farmworker Justice Presentation

Monday, March 15 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

*COME HEAR* members of the *Coalition of Immokalee Workers* speak about modern day slavery in U.S. agriculture and the fight for fair treatment and fair wages for farmworkers.

*LEARN ABOUT* the *New England Delegation for Farmworker Justice* and the ways you can support their campaign to demand that Stop & Shop push for more humane labor standards from their Florida tomato suppliers (including a zero tolerance policy for slavery), to pay a price premium for more fairly produced tomatoes, and to shift purchases to growers who meet those higher standards.

Hosted by Brown's Sustainable Food Initatiative, Real Food at Brown, EmPOWER, and the Student Labor Alliance at the Brown University's Solomon 003: 91 Waterman St, Providence, RI.

Contact Jessica Daniels by e-mail for more information.

Free One-on-One Business Coaching and Networking Event

Monday, March 15 | 9:00PM - 11:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

FREE Workshop and Networking Event for Food, Beverage and Hospitality Entrepreneurs

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream® is offering its next ‘Speed Coaching' Workshop in Providence, RI to a group of New England- based food & beverage and hospitality entrepreneurs.

REGISTER NOW to get live, personalized business consulting! This event is FREE but registration is required - DUE TO EVENT FORMAT CAPACITY IS LIMITED. To register or to learn about how you can apply for a loan from the Samuel Adams Microloan Fund at ACCION USA, call 617) 625-7080 x 1195.

WHERE: The Providence Biltmore in the L'Apogee Room, 11 Dorrance St., Providence, RI 02903; Accessible via the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) at Kennedy Plaza

WHEN: Monday March 15, 2010, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to bring packaging, materials, ideas and questions.

Are you a food, beverage or hospitality entrepreneur? Are you looking for concrete advice to help your business grow and thrive? We can help! Local professionals and Sam Adams experts will offer their expertise in marketing, public relations, sales and distribution, business financing and more!

Coaching Available in the Following Areas:

Financing: Find out about available microloans through Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, as well as credit and money management issues facing small businesses. Coaches are able to speak with attendees in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Graphic Design/Logo Development: Coaches are able to answer your questions about creating a logo, how to make your packaging and point of sales materials look unique to your brand and provide insight on other graphic design related areas.
IT: Find out how to register a domain name for a Website, create a quick and easy Website to maximize your sales and branding on the internet, and how to setup Email unique to your company.
Marketing: Talk to a coach about new product development including name selection, packaging design, promotion, POS and sales challenges.
Publicity: Ask questions related to publicity campaigns, strategic outreach to the media, how to use public relations to create awareness for your business and products, and guidelines for working with the press.
Sales & Distribution: These coaches can offer insightful information on preparing yourself for a sales call, suggest ways to make your business stand out from competitive products/services, and offer selling and negotiation tactics.

Hosted by ACCION USA and The Boston Beer Company at the The L'Apogee Room at the Providence Biltmore: 11 Dorrance St., Providence, RI.

Contact Elizabeth Garlow at (617) 625-7080 x1195 or by e-mail for more information.

2010 Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification Program and IPM for Farm Stands

Wednesday, March 17 | 12:00PM - 4:30PM | Kingston, RI | directions

We would like to invite all growers, including GAP certified growers, to our March 17th Training Session. The first half of the Training will be by Peggy Siligato who will discuss the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Farm Stands. One hour of PAT credits will be given to those who attend. The second part of the meeting will focus on the voluntary RI GAP Certification Program.

Register by March 10th. Contact Martha With Your:
*Name
*Farm
*Town
*Email
*Daytime Phone Number
*Number of people attending

Hosted by Rhode Island DEM, University of Rhode Island at the Building 75: URI East Farm, Kingston, RI.

Contact Martha Patnoad at (401) 874-2960 or by e-mail for more information.

Westport B2B Hosts Commissioner Scott Soares

Thursday, March 18 | 10:30AM - 12:00PM | Westport, MA | directions

On March 18, 2010 at 7:30 AM at White’s of Westport
The Positive Economic Impact of Agriculture in Massachusetts

An informative presentation highlighting current agricultural economic conditions and trends in Massachusetts and the many benefits to your business and Community.

Speaker: Commissioner Mr. Scott J. Soares, of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Commissioner Soares will be available to address additional questions at the conclusion of the meeting. Information will be available for Mass DAR services including Technical Assistance, Grant, and Resource Programs.

The meeting will adjourn at 9:00 AM. Breakfast cost $10.00, please call Thelma Sullivan at 508-679-1123 to make certain we have enough seats and food.

Hosted by Westport B2B at the Whites of Westport: 66 State Road, Westport, MA.

Contact Thelma Sullivan at (508) 679-1123 for more information.

Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff

Saturday, March 20 | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

Seed swap, workshops, demonstrations. Free! Learn! Join!

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the The Highlander Charter School,: 42 Lexington Ave, Providence, RI.

Contact Urban Agriculture Task Force at (401) 273-9419 x27 for more information.

6th Annual One Day Farm Conference - Enhancing Your Farm's Future

Saturday, March 27 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM | Dighton, MA | directions | website

The 6th Annual One-Day Farm Conference & Resource Fair, "Enhancing Your Farm's Future"

Morning workshops on Feeding your Livestock in Today's Economy, and An Introduction to Soil Fertility. Lunch featuring local farm products. Afternoon workshops include "All you wanted to know about AI and were afraid to ask", "Biochar", and "Purchasing Public Land".

Demonstrations, one on one discussion time, and grant room full of professionals looking to help you improve your farm this season.

DON'T MISS THIS GREAT ONE-DAY CONFERENCE!

REGISTER ONLINE! Visit http://bristolcd.org, or the link above to see full workshop schedule and registration information.

Hosted by BCCD / SEMAP at the Bristol Agricultural School: 135 Center Street, Dighton, MA.

Contact Katie Cavanagh at (774) 240-7004 or by e-mail for more information.

How and Why to Sell at Farmers Markets

Saturday, March 27 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions

A free workshop and Market Tour for Farmers. Enrollment is limited. Additional sessions will be added if needed. Email or call Jenn for more information and to reserve a spot. Coffee, Tea, and Cider will be provided. Many lunch options at the Market!

- Funded by the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and the RI Rural Development Council at the Hope Artiste Village: 1005 Main St, Pawtucket, RI.

Contact Jenn Baumstein at (401) 312-4250 or by e-mail for more information.

SEMAP Whole Foods 5% Day!

Tuesday, March 30 11:00AM - Wednesday, March 31 1:00AM | Hingham / Bellingham, MA | directions | website

Support SEMAP at our Whole Foods 5% Day - Tues. March 30th at Two Locations!

Whole Foods Market has generously agreed to sponsor a 5% day to benefit SEMAP at its HINGHAM and BELLINGHAM stores. As part of Whole Foods Market's Community Giving program, the two stores will donate 5% percent of this day's sales to SEMAP.

TWO LOCATIONS: 8:00am - 10:00pm
94 Derby St., Hingham MA
255 Hartford Ave., Bellingham

Drop in at either location, 8am – 10pm to help support SEMAP and its programs. SEMAP staff and supporters will be on hand to point out local products throughout the store, offer delicious local samples, and chat with customers about how they can further support local agriculture!
Tell your friends, and help spread the word!

Hosted by Whole Foods Market at the Bellingham & Hingham Locations: 94 Derby St. / 255 Hartford Ave., Hingham / Bellingham, MA.

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

Northeast Harvest Ag Day

Tuesday, March 30 | 12:00PM - 6:00PM | Topsfield, MA | directions | website

Northeast Harvest is hosting their Ag Day on Tuesday, March 30th at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield, MA from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration starts at 8:30. Morning coffee and lunch are included with your registration. All are invited to attend - farmers, agricultural commissioners, legislators, and anyone interested in agriculture. Some speakers include:
Scott Soares, MDAR Commissioner of Agricultural
Michael Botelho, MDAR, Commonwealth Quality Program
A. Richard Bonanno, President MA Farm Bureau
Lisa Colby, Essex County President MA Farm Bureau and President National Pork Board
Jon Clements, Fruit Tree Specialist, UMass Extension
TWO SPRAY CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR THE DAY
There will also be a panel discussion on CSA's moderated by Lisa Damon, MDAR and a website presentation by Beth Durkee of Eyeland Creations and Mary Williamson of Essex National Heritage Commission.
Please visit our website www.northeastharvest.com for further information and registration form.

Hosted by Northeast Harvest at the Topsfield Fairgrounds: 207 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA.

Contact Joy Nowak at (978) 887-5000 or by e-mail for more information.