Vegetable Winter School
Tuesdays, January 10th, 2017 — February 21st, 2017 from 9am — 3:30pm
Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Rd, Grafton, Mass. 01536
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-545-1051