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Safety & Maintenance for Small Engines & Power Tools
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 from 9am-3:30pm
Community Farm of Simsbury, 73 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070

This six-hour class is designed to provide a basic understanding of how small engines work. There will be a review of the 2-cycle and 4-cycle process with actual engines to demonstrate how these engines work, and tips on how best to maintain them. Like many machines, these tools are as readily misused or abused as they are used properly, and lack of maintenance often leads to expensive repair or replacement. The instructor will review safe and proper use, as well as daily care and routine maintenance procedures. He will also address a vexing issue for many novices and experienced users alike: starting procedures and using the choke. With such a variety of small engine machines on the market, it is almost impossible to address all of the potential repair issues on these little workhorses. So rather than focus on actual repair, the class is designed to provide a deeper understanding of how they work and how they are meant to be used, and how proper use and regular maintenance can prevent most repair issues. In lieu of actual repair, the class will cover trouble-shooting small engine issues, and some basic repair steps to correct for some of the more common problems. There will be handouts, and participants are encouraged to bring their own small engine machines (and the manuals!) for demo and review (time permitting).

Cost: $25

*Limited to 15 participants*
To register, please send an email to MacKenzie White Mackenzie.white@uconn.edu including the following; full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and any dietary restrictions. Please make the checks payable to the University of Connecticut and mail to Tolland County Extension Center 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT 06066.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 10am to 12pm
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Richard Cronin Building Room 110, Westborough, MA

In addition to oral testimony, written comments will be accepted before and at the Hearing. MDAR will continue to accept written comments until October 27, 2016, at 5:00 P.M. Written comments should be addressed to Taryn LaScola, Director, Division of the Division of Crop and Pest Services, Department of Agricultural Resources, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02114.

Link to redline version of the regulation: 330 CMR 31.00 Redline

Managing Phosphorus in Organic Residuals Applied to Soils
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 8:45am to 4:00pm
Holiday Inn and Suites Marlborough, MA

​​How do we develop a balanced system for use of organic residuals, with all their benefits, without adding to negative environmental impacts caused by phosphorus (P) leaching and runoff? This symposium will provide technical, research-based information and dialogue on the presence, forms, dynamics, transport, and fates of P applied to soils in organic residuals such as composts, biosolids, manures, and digestates from anaerobic digestion. This symposium is intended to help in developing guidelines for the use of P-containing organic residuals in accordance with nutrient management regulations.

Approval has been granted for 6 CCA credits and requested for the following professional certifications: CGCS, CSFM, MCH, MCLP, and AOLCP.

For program details see the website

The final date for the registration price of $85 is Oct. 15

Online registration with a credit card
Registration form for check or PO registration (PDF)

Contact: Kelly Kraemer, 413-545-5221, kkraemer@umass.edu

Berry Production an online course from the Cornell Small Farms Program

November 8 – December 16 with Webinars on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00pm EST

Thinking about adding berries to the farm? Growing strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and other berries is scalable and economical. Learn all about it during our 6-week online course starting November 8.
This course will help you consider all the aspects of this decision, from varieties and site selection all the way through profit potential and marketing. It is especially useful if you are exploring the possibilities of growing berries for income – be it supplemental or for your livelihood. The material presented will assume little past knowledge of farming, but a background in gardening will be very helpful.
Upon completion of this course, you will understand:

  • Primary considerations when choosing a site for successful berry farming
  • Basic cultural demands of the 3 major berry crops (strawberry, blueberry and brambles)
  • Cultural requirements of an array of lesser-known berry crops
  • Pest complexes of the major berry crops
  • Post-harvest requirements of berries
  • Considerations for successful marketing of berry crops
  • How to analyze costs vs. expenses and be able to incorporate them into a business plan

Laura McDermott is a regional fruit and vegetable specialist for the Capital District Fruit and Vegetable Team of Cornell Cooperative Extension in NY.
Jim O’Connell is the small fruits educator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ulster County, NY and the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program.


Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
Wednesday and Thursday November 9th and 10th all day
Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA

The biennial Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo is co-sponsored by New England Floriculture, Inc. - a group of grower representatives from the Northeast, augmented by University and Cooperative Extension staff in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn, share and connect with other industry professionals.

Registration: http://www.negreenhouse.org/html/registration.shtml

Vegetable Winter School
Tuesdays, January 10th, 2017 — February 21st, 2017 from 9am — 3:30pm
Central Massachusetts, TBD
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.

1/11/2017 — Food Safety Produce Rule. Instructors: Lisa McKeag (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and Michael Botelho (MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program)

1/17/2017 — Food Safety Preventive Controls Rule. Instructors: Amanda Kinchla (UMass Extension Food Science Extension Faculty) and Michael Botelho

1/24/2017 — Soil and Nutrient Management. Instructors: Katie Campbell-Nelson (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and TBD

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: TBD

2/21/2017 — Incentive Programs (NRCS, MDAR, SARE) and Risk Management. Instructors: Tom Smiarowski and Paul Russell (UMass Extension Risk Management Specialists)

2/28/2017 — Snow Date.

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



Last update 2016 October 19