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At the annual business meeting on January 31, 2015 we will hold elections of officers and board members. We will also vote on whether to increase annual dues from $75 to $95 for Regular Members (active growers) and from $100 to $125 for commercial members (farm supply companies).

New England Vegetable and Berry Growers’ Association
New England Cooperative Extension
present an
FRIDAY, January 2, 2015
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
1 Atwood Drive, I-91 Exit 18, Northampton, MA

9:30 Registration: There is a $20.00 Registration Fee. This fee is waived for members of NEV&BGA
10:00 Managing Pests in the Greenhouse Including the use of Lures and
Bio-controls. Tina Smith, UMASS.
11:00 Update on Cultivating Equipment: Helpful Techniques and What’s New.
Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont.
NOON Lunch buffet. $25.00. To order lunch contact the Secretary by December 27, 2014. Use the enclosed card or call (413)665-3501 or email: howell@umext.umass.edu. If you order lunch and cannot attend, please call to cancel; Otherwise we will have to bill you for unpaid meals.
1:00 NEV&BGA Announcements
1:10 Disease Management Update. Emphasis on Downy Mildew in Brassicas and Basil, Septoria on Lettuce, Powdery Mildew, Black Rot on Brassicas Sour Skin on Onion. Bess Dicklow, UMASS
2:10 What’s New in Sprayer Technology. Equipment, Nozzles and Tips for Best Results. Howard Boyden, OESCO, Conway, MA
3:00 Optimizing Curing and Storage Practices for Winter Markets, Ruth Hazzard, UMass Extension
NOTE: We expect pesticide recertification credit for this meeting.
COMMERCIAL MEMBERS are welcome to bring table-top displays.

589th Meeting: Saturday, January 31, 2015, Hudson Lodge of Elks, Hudson, MA, Program TBA

There are no further NEV&BGA meetings scheduled

but other events which may be of interest to our members will be posted here
If you have such an event, please let us know. info@nevbga.org

Other events

NOFA-MA Winter Conference

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA

The Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) invites you to its 28th Annual Conference, featuring over 60 workshops, exhibits, an all-day seminar and keynote by Greg Judy, rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate.

Including presentations by UMass Extension personnel:

  • Vegetable Diseases: 2014 Year in Review – Susan Scheufele, Vegetable Program
  • Organic Pesticide Safety & Use – Lisa McKeag, Vegetable Program; Natalia Clifton, Pesticide Education
  • Assessing and Managing Agricultural Risks on Your Farm – Paul Russell & Tom Smiarowski, Risk Management

Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Program — UMass Extension

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

At the training, you will learn more about: the costs and impact of diseases and outbreaks caused by food-borne pathogens; strategies for controlling potential microbial food safety hazards before planting and throughout all phases of production - planting, production, harvesting and postharvest handling; changes to the USDA GAP Program to reflect the Harmonized Audit; the Third Party Audit process; the MA Commonwealth Quality Program; the status of FDA draft regulations to implement the Food Modernization Act of 2010

You will also: receive a manual filled with GAP resources; receive a memory stick loaded with the GAP Manual and templates needed to maintain records to verify USDA GAP that can be customized for your farm; and receive a certificate of participation through UMass Extension. The key presenter for the training is A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D., Extension Educator with UMass Extension.

Registration cost is $50.00 for the first person, and additional employees are $10.00.
Additional employees’ cost includes the presentation and lunch, but not the GAP manual or memory stick.
Space is limited. Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 20. See the registration form at the bottom of the UMass announcement at https://extension.umass.edu/vegetable/events/harmonized-good-agricultural-practices-gap-training-program-2
or contact Doreen York at 413-545-2254 or at dyork@umext.umass.edu.

Advanced Farm Management — UNH Extension

January 28, February 4, February 11, and February 18, 2015 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Granite State College, Concord NH

March 19, March 26, April 2, and April 9, 2015 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Brigham Hill Community Farm, North Grafton, MA

This workshop is for mid-career producers who are serious about building their financial management and strategic marketing skills. Participants will evaluate their businesses’ overall financial condition and examine the costs and profitability of individual enterprises. With a handle on production costs, participants will be able to assess their marketing plans and options, revise their product mix, and project next year’s profits and cash flow. Each location is limited to 25 participants to facilitate in-depth learning. We encourage multiple people from a farm to attend together.

This workshop series is for those serious about acquiring new skills they can apply immediately in their own farm operations. Participants will need to commit to attending the four sessions, completing homework assignments between sessions, and applying what they learn to their farm operations. To get the most value from this workshop series, participants will need to have a Profit and Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet for their farm. In addition to the four classes, there will be a weekly webinar for people to gain clarity and help with concepts from the previous class.

To apply for this program, please fill out the short questionnaire located at: http://tinyurl.com/nbh6nmk
Pre-registration cost: Application and $25 per farm
Pre-registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to start of session or until session fills (25 people).

Plant Nutrition and Organic Certification for Greenhouse Crops
UMass Extension and MA Flower Growers Association

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
D&D Farms Inc., 32 Hudson Rd., Stow, MA

Cost: $30 (Includes lunch)

Mail-in Registration Form.

For more information contact:
Tina Smith, Univ. of Mass, Amherst 413-545-5306, tsmithatumext.umass.edu
Geoffrey Njue, Univ. of Mass, Cranberry Exp. Station 508-295-2212 ext. 47, gnjueatumext.umass.edu
Bob Luczai, Massachusetts Flower Growers Association, bluczai@massflowergrowers.com



Remember that the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association offers two $800 scholarships each year, with preference given to sons and daughters of regular members persuing an agricultural education. Please use the form and return it with grade transcripts as soon as possible to:

Stephen Volante
Volante Farms
226 Brookside Road
Needham, MA 02492-1319
Phone 781-444-2351


Last update 2014 December 19