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No NEV&BGA grower meetings are currently scheduled
but SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference,
Manchester NH Dec 12-14, 2017


Other Events

Vegetable Winter School
Tuesdays, January 10th, 2017 — February 21st, 2017 from 9am — 3:30pm
Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Rd, Grafton, Mass. 01536
See the Flyer
Note also that NEV&BGA will subsidize $50 of your registration fee if you are a NEV&BGA member.

Save the dates for this course designed to provide growers with regulatory certainty in a time of many regulatory changes. Leave winter school ready for a Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) audit and the peace of mind that you are prepared to handle the requirements of: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), EPA Worker Protection Standards (WPS), Nutrient Management Regulations, and changes in Employment Law. Get up to date on research and IPM practices important to vegetable growers and gain a competitive advantage in a heavily regulated market. Each farm will get detailed support in developing food safety and nutrient management plans, training employees in WPS, developing standard operating procedures compliant with regulations, and preparing an employee handbook and a whole farm IPM plan. Twelve contact hours available for the vegetable pesticide license category. This course is designed for farm owners, managers and employees. Registration opens in September 2016.

1/10/2017 — Soil and Nutrient Management. Instructors: Katie Campbell-Nelson (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and TBD

1/17/2017 — Food Safety Produce Rule Part 1. Instructors: Lisa McKeag (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and Michael Botelho (MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program)

1/24/2017 — Food Safety Preventive Controls Rule Part 2. Instructors: Amanda Kinchla (UMass Extension Food Science Extension Faculty) and Michael Botelho

1/31/2017 — EPA Worker Protection Standards. Instructors: Natalia Clifton (UMass Extension Pesticide Education) and TBD

2/7/2017 — Advanced Topics in Integrated Pest Management. Instructors: Angie Madeiras (UMass Extension Plant Diagnostician), Sue Scheufele (UMass Extension Vegetable Program)

2/14/2017 — Employee Management and Labor Laws. Instructors: Kristen Wilmer (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) Frank Diluna (Murtha Cullina Attorneys at Law) and Massachusetts Department of Labor Agriculture Inspector

2/21/2017 — Food Safety Produce Rule Part 2. Instructors: Lisa McKeag (UMass Extension Vegetable Program), Michael Botelho (MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program) and Amanda Kinchla (UMass Extension Food Science Extension Faculty)

2/28/2017 — Financial and Technical Assistance & Risk Management Principles. Instructors: Tom Smiarowski and Paul Russell (UMass Extension Risk Management Specialists)

Questions? Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, kcampbel@umass.edu, 413-545-1051

10th Annual SEMAP Ag & Food Conference
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 from 9am — 3:30pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St., Dighton, MA

Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, this is the event for you! Each year, the lineup includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels.

Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch and at the Resource Fair you’ll learn about local organizations and businesses that provide services and products to help you grow, whether you’ve got a hundred acres or a couple of window boxes.

*Sue Scheufele, UMass Extension staff will be giving a talk on Cucurbit IPM.

Register here

2017 New Hampshire Labor Management Series
10am-3pm, February 27th in West Lebanon. Register here
10am-3pm, February 28th in Portsmouth. Register here

$25/person, lunch included ($30 at the door)

Harvest New England
March 7 - 9, 2017 - Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference 2017
Save The Date
December 12-14, 2017
Manchester, NH
Details to be announced



Last update 2017 February 19