Past Events

  • Complexities of Partnership: Important Partner Conversations for Your Food or Farming Business

    | 2 pm CST | Virtual

    Extension Specialist James Pyecroft and Extension Cooperative Development Specialist Kelly Maynard will share best practices in partnership conversations from Wisconsin cooperative businesses.

    An Introduction to the 2022 Census of Agriculture

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    In February 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them down to the county level. Agricultural Census data provide information about  demographics, economics, land use and activities on U.S. farms and ranches and are used in analyses by Federal agencies and researchers across the United States.  This webinar from C-FARE will provide an overview of the 2022 Census of Agriculture and present two studies that have used the data in research of interest to the Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics community. Hear from Bryan Combs, Chief of Staff, Office of the Administrator - USDA – NASS; Ani Katchova, Professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair – The Ohio State University; and Anil Giri, Research Agricultural Economist – USDA - ERS.

    Rooting to Rise: Cultivating Racial Justice in Our Land Based Project [series]

    | Virtual

    Hosted by Shelburne Farms and the Farm-Based Education Network, this free anti-racism training is based on shared learning and is grounded in the principles of reparations, healing, imagination, and movement. The goal is for people to leave the training not only having conceptually understood, but emotionally, kinesthetically, and tactically engaged with our framework for racial justice. The series takes place on April 11, 12, 17 and 19 from 1 - 4:00PM EST.  Register by 3/22 to secure your spot.

    Farm to ECE and the Benefits of Outdoor Play: Keeping Bodies and Minds Healthy and Resilient

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Experts, farmers and educators will share success stories, innovations, or opportunities in Farm to ECE. Part of the Farm to ECE 2024 webinar series from the Association of the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

    What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 2 of 2: NH Network Café Series

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    What would it take for 30% of the food consumed in New England to be regionally produced by 2030? The NH Food Alliance network addresses this question during their 2023-2024 Network Café Series through A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience, a report of foundational food system data from the New England State Food System Planners Partnership. During each Network Café, join one of the report's lead researchers to dig into the data and answer questions.

    Sept 8, 2023: A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience 
    Oct 6, 2023: Estimating Resilient Eating Patterns
    Nov 3, 2023: Estimating Production for Regional Self Reliance
    Dec 1: Economic Impact of New England’s Food System
    Jan 5, 2024: Understanding Market Channels and Food Expenditures
    Feb 2, 2024: Looking to our Neighbors: State Plans as Models for New Hampshire 
    March 1, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 1 of 2
    April 5, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 2 of 2

    Selling Through Food Hubs

    | 4 pm - 5:15 pm ET | Virtual

    Join Katelyn Porter, the Value Chain Coordinator at the NH Food Alliance and coordinator of the NH Food Hub Network, to learn about food hubs in New Hampshire and the services they provide the farms they work with. Katelyn will cover a bit about the process of selling through, and building a successful relationship with, a food hub and the customers they market to. Hear from peer farmers who currently sell products through a food hub to learn about their experiences and advice. Lastly, she’ll help answer questions about the Strengthening Organic Enforcement Act (SOE)— what it means for producers and the implications it may have selling through a food hub in New Hampshire. This event is in partnership with NOFA-NH and the Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). Part of a three-part series on Diversifying Your Market with Institutional Sales: Webinar Training Series for Producers from NH Farm to School, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the NH Food Alliance.

    Northeast Dairy Innovation Summit

    - | Albany, NY

    Dairy farmers, processors, service providers, policy makers, and industry stakeholders will come together from across the Northeast for this regional event, run by the Northeast Dairy Innovation Business Center. From farm innovation to processing innovation to workforce development, we’ll dig into the challenges and opportunities in dairy. You’ll leave with new ideas to put into action, peer-to-peer connections, and strategies to build a more resilient dairy sector.

    NOFA Virtual Symposium 2024

    - | Virtual

    The seven chapters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) are excited to offer a new online symposium experience coming this spring 2024. On March 29th & 30th, join NOFA online to hear from speakers across the northeast to discuss important topics in agriculture and our food system. Come together for this unique opportunity to connect as a region with other organic farmers, home growers, advocates, non-profit professionals, politicians and more.

    Is the Institutional Market Right for your Farm Business?

    | 4 pm - 5:15 pm ET | Virtual

    Join Jesse Wright, a UNH Extension Field Specialist in Agriculture Business Management, will be leading this session to help farmers and food producers figure out if the institutional market is right for their business. Part of a three-part series on Diversifying Your Market with Institutional Sales: Webinar Training Series for Producers from NH Farm to School, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the NH Food Alliance.

    New funding for producers & technical assistance providers

    | 11 am ET | Virtual

    The Northeast USDA Regional Food Business Center kicks off their 2024 webinar series with two panel discussions on Northeast regional supply chain needs, along with key opportunities and resources for innovation, economic development and information-sharing among producer and technical assistance provider communities. The event will highlight how they are aligning their funding priorities and programmatic activities, and the launch of two funding streams for technical assistance providers and producers. Panelists will include: Dr. Brian Schilling – Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Leah Rovner – Project Director, New England Feeding New England; Claire Hawkins – Director, Natural Resource Markets & Economic Development, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry; Laura Ginsburg – Center Lead, Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center; Amanda Pitman – Program Manager, Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement

    Mass Farm & Sea to School Conference 2024

    | Smith College, Northampton, MA

    Mass Farm to School will hold its 7th statewide conference, this year with the theme Rooted in Resilience: Centering Climate & Community. Workshops and discussion groups will focus on climate change in the farm to school movement, bringing together farm to school advocates - food services professionals, students, educators, policy makers, public health advocates, community organizers, and more. Attendees will learn about policy efforts and community organizing, farm to school curriculum, local procurement, sustaining farm to school programs, school gardens, and more. Field trips will take place the day before the conference on March 21. Early bird registration ends Feb 9, 2024.

    Small Plates 2024

    | 5:30 - 8:30 pm ET | 305 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02121

    Join Future Chefs for our annual Small Plates dinner! Young people from FC Delivers will showcase their skills and passion through an evening of dishes inspired by their own cultures. Tasting tables will feature a blend of unique flavors featuring recipes developed by our young people. The evening will take place in two shifts: 5:30pm - 7:00pm and 7:00pm - 8:30pm. 

    Food Allergy Safety Summit (FASS) for Hospitality

    - | The University of Maryland 3912 Denton Service Ln College Park, MD 20742

    MenuTrinfo and Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) are coming together to bring you the first ever Food Allergy Safety Summit…for Hospitality! Formerly separate events, the MenuTrinfo FASI (Food Allergy Symposium for Industry) and the FARE Food Service Summit, this joint event will bring together thought leaders across the industry to share best practices in food allergy safety. The Food Allergy Safety Summit (FASS) aims to provide Food Service Operators and Manufacturers a forum to listen to experts, ask questions, discuss best practices and discover solutions.

    Opportunities in the Institutional Market in New Hanpshire and New England

    | 4 pm - 5:15 pm ET | Virtual

    Topics covered in this webinar will include: federal meal programs, selling to food service management companies, current legislation, and cooperative agreements in New Hampshire, and communication with institutional food buyers. This session will also feature a panel of food service directors, so come with questions! Part of a three-part series on Diversifying Your Market with Institutional Sales: Webinar Training Series for Producers from NH Farm to School, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the NH Food Alliance.

    Square Foot Gardening with Kids

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    Square foot gardening is an easier alternative to traditional row gardening and perfectly suited for a school setting and with less digging, less weeding, and a bigger harvest per square foot of space, this method also doubles as a math lesson. Join Hannah MacBride, a Master Gardener in Merrimack County, to learn about this method and how to implement it. Part of the 2024 webinar series from NH Farm to School and the NH School & Youth Garden networks for educators from across New England covering a variety of farm to school and school garden topics.

    Gardeners’ Gathering

    | Northeastern University, Shillman Hall

    Celebrate the start of the gardening season! The 48th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering hosted by The Trustees brings Boston-area growers of all kinds together for a free day full of informative workshops, engaging exhibitors, networking, and inspiration. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Mel King’s Massachusetts Gardening and Farm Act, the Gathering will focus on celebrating our invaluable legacy gardeners, taking a look back on the incredible community growing work in Boston over the last half a century.

    Toolkit Resources to Help Understand and Manage Campus Food Waste

    | 2 - 5 pm ET | Virtual

    Join AASHE to start to develop an understanding of how and where your campus generates food waste and then how you can use that to lay out a framework to create a comprehensive food waste management plan.

    Funding, Resources and Action Planning for Farm to ECE: Learn more to keep building your Farm to ECE program

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Experts, farmers and educators will share success stories, innovations, or opportunities in Farm to ECE. Part of the Farm to ECE 2024 webinar series from the Association of the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

    2023-2024 Farm to ECE Webinar Series – March Topic TBD

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Experts, farmers and educators will share success stories, innovations, or opportunities in Farm to ECE. From the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

    Field Notes: An Afternoon of Storytelling

    | 2 pm ET | Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA

    Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)’s Field Notes is a live storytelling event celebrating the many ways local food and farming leave their mark on our lives and in our communities. This will be their fifth show, and this year’s theme is “In the Weeds.” Food is a part of everyone’s life. This show is for everyone who grows, cooks, or eats food!

    Massachusetts Commercial Urban Farming Symposium

    | University of Massachusetts Lowell

    This event is a rallying point for those who believe in the power of urban farming to change our world, offering a rich program of workshops, discussions, and networking designed to elevate your urban farming journey. Hosted by the Urban Farming Institute in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

    Branding Best Practices

    | Noon - 1:30 pm ET | Virtual

    As a small business owner, you want to develop and protect your brand, but you don’t yet have the funds to file for trademark protection. Attorney Christina Licursi will cover steps you can take to have some level of protection from the beginning as well as when to take the plunge and file for protection. With Christina Licursi, Wolf Greenfield. Part of Legal Food Hub's 2024 Winter Webinar Series.

    NY Seafood Summit: Up-state 2024

    | 1 pm - 4 pm ET | Cornell AgriTech, Geneva, NY

    2024 NY Seafood Summit Events take place across New York State and can be attended in person or virtually, networking opportunities and tastings will be available to in person participants.

    Cross Curricular Education: Ag Ed + Family and Consumer Science

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    Join Shea Higley of FACS and Mike Smith of Mascenic High School to make salsa and converse about incorporating cross curricular learning and teaching between science and food in the classroom. Part of the 2024 webinar series from NH Farm to School and the NH School & Youth Garden networks for educators from across New England covering a variety of farm to school and school garden topics.

    Slow Seed Summit

    - | Virtual

    Join Slow Food USA for a two-day retreat into the world of seeds! This virtual gathering will feature discussions, presentations and opportunities to connect with others about soil, human and planetary health. The theme of the 2024 Slow Seed Summit is Ground Yourself: Seeds and Systems Change for Soil, Human and Planetary Health. Keynote presenter Rupa Marya, co-author of Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, will set the stage with her keynote address: "Seeding the Radical Imagination for Whole Systems Health." 

    What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 1 of 2: NH Network Café Series

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    What would it take for 30% of the food consumed in New England to be regionally produced by 2030? The NH Food Alliance network addresses this question during their 2023-2024 Network Café Series through A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience, a report of foundational food system data from the New England State Food System Planners Partnership. During each Network Café, join one of the report's lead researchers to dig into the data and answer questions.

    Sept 8, 2023: A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience 
    Oct 6, 2023: Estimating Resilient Eating Patterns
    Nov 3, 2023: Estimating Production for Regional Self Reliance
    Dec 1: Economic Impact of New England’s Food System
    Jan 5, 2024: Understanding Market Channels and Food Expenditures
    Feb 2, 2024: Looking to our Neighbors: State Plans as Models for New Hampshire 
    March 1, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 1 of 2
    April 5, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 2 of 2

    Farm to Corrections: Cultivating Justice through Nutrition and Gardening Initiatives

    | 10 am PST | Virtual

    Explore innovative initiatives by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in collaboration with the Nutrition Policy Institute and Impact Justice, including a 'Harvest of the Month' program to increase access to fresh, locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables and trauma-informed nutrition workshops. Uncover the impact of the University of California’s Master Gardener's projects on rehabilitation and workforce development. 

    Easements

    | Noon - 1:30 pm ET | Virtual

    Easements on a piece of property significantly influence how land can be used. Attorneys Andrew Marchev, Christina Reiter, and Veronica Gassert will present the different types of easements and common conditions found in each. With Andrew Marchev, Christina Reiter, and Veronica Gassert; Three Rivers Law. Part of Legal Food Hub's 2024 Winter Webinar Series.

    Food Justice Summit 2024

    | The Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, USA

    The annual Food Justice Summit is a groundbreaking event that brings together leaders from across the food system and all walks of life to discuss pressing topics related to equitable food systems. Its purpose is to empower people to become advocates for food justice and to create lasting, positive change in their communities.  Organizers of this year's event are seeking keynote speaker, presenter, and interactive workshop proposals  around the theme of partnership that are sure to leave participants feeling inspired and empowered. Email info@adkfoodsystem.org with questions.

    Call to Action! Doing Your Part to Improve the Health, Wealth, and Power of Black America

    | 7 pm ET | Virtual

    Join the Black Church Food Security Network for a four-week political education virtual course preparing you to jumpstart your fight for food justice.

    NY Seafood Summit: Midstate 2024

    | 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET | The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

    2024 NY Seafood Summit Events take place across New York State and can be attended in person or virtually, networking opportunities and tastings will be available to in person participants. 

    Farm Succession Planning Workshop: Why It’s Important and How to Get Started

    | 8:45 am ET | Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    This all-day workshop hosted by Red Tomato and Land for Good will familiarize farms with the personnel, legal, financial and management problems that can be addressed through farm succession planning; and prepare farms to assess their own situation and begin the process. 

    Boston Local Food Trade Show 2024

    | Russell's Garden Center, Wayland, MA

    The dynamic Russell's Garden Center will once again be a cornerstone for the greater Boston food community. 150 food producers and buyers will gather to connect, share resources, and foster the growth of our New England food system.

    Options to Mitigate Farm Financial Losses

    | 1 - 4 pm ET | Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Museum, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT

    Part of a webinars offered by the UConn Extension Farm Risk Management program.

    A Call to Right Relations and Climate Resilience in Food Systems and Beyond

    | 9 am - 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Many in the New England region and beyond continue to reckon with the tragic history of what has been done to Indigenous peoples through the process of colonization and economic greed. Amidst genocide and cultural devastation, many tribes have been remarkably resilient and continue to hold on to their traditional teachings to guide them through unspeakable atrocities. With the #LandBack movement gaining momentum and growing support for tribal food sovereignty, FSNE recognizes that there is much to learn from Indigenous neighbors and partners, especially when it comes to being in “right relationship” with the planet and one another. During this session, FSNE is honored to welcome two Indigenous guests who have generously agreed to share how one might honor the spirit of longstanding treaties and respectfully engage with “all our kin.” Guests include Gae Ho Hwako Norma Jacobs, elder of the Wolf Clan of the Cayuga Nation, Longhouse Faithkeeper and author of Odagahodhes ; Erica Wood, Alaskan Native Iñupiaq plant ecologist and environmental/food justice advocate.

    Agricultural Labor Laws

    | Noon - 1:30 pm ET | Virtual

    Understanding guidelines for classifying employees (intern, part-time, seasonal, full-time, etc.) is important for remaining in compliance with labor laws. Join Attorney Sean Fontes to learn about employee rights, benefits, minimum wage, pay equity, and overtime for different employee types. This session will be informational for employers at all stages of hiring but especially for first-time employers. With Attorney Sean Fontes, Partridge Snow & Hahn. Part of Legal Food Hub's 2024 Winter Webinar Series.

    Transforming the Fight for Food Justice

    | 7 pm ET | Virtual

    Transforming the food charity ministry into the church food justice ministry. Join the Black Church Food Security Network for a four-week political education virtual course preparing you to jumpstart your fight for food justice.

    Making it Work: Ag Ed in the Classroom

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    A Q&A presentation with Amy Robbins and Mike Smith, a 6th grade science teacher and NH Agriculture in the Classroom coordinator, on how to use agricultural education to benefit student engagement and learning. Part of the 2024 webinar series from NH Farm to School and the NH School & Youth Garden networks for educators from across New England covering a variety of farm to school and school garden topics.

    NOFA VT Winter Conference 2024

    - | University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

    Each year, the NOFA-VT Winter Conference provides a valuable opportunity for farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, earth tenders, land managers, educators, students, policy-makers, and other food system activists to participate in our vibrant community event by sharing ideas, resources, and skills. The 2024 NOFA-VT Winter Conference will be held on Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18 at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

    NY Seafood Summit: Downstate 2024

    | 1 pm - 4 pm ET | Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County, Riverhead, NY

    2024 NY Seafood Summit Events take place across New York State and can be attended in person or virtually, networking opportunities and tastings will be available to in person participants. 

    A Call to Fierce Love and Civility in Food Systems and Beyond

    | 9 am - 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Political polarization and culture wars seem to dominate the headlines these days. While there are questions about how widespread this may actually be in food and other systems, media (and social media) can drive behavior in such a way that people stop questioning their assumptions or engaging with others who have different views. This is where things can get dangerous – people lose the “middle ground” where they can actually meet, negotiate and be collectively creative. In this session participants will interact with our special guests and one another to explore practices of “fierce love and civility” across differences and how these might help create the better world that is needed and possible. Guests include Amri Johnson of Inclusion Wins, DEI strategist and author of Reconstructing Inclusion; Joe Weston of The Weston Network, international trainer, peace activist and author of Fierce Civility.

    Innovate Newport's Food & Beverage Industry Spotlight

    | 3:30 pm ET | Innovate Newport 513 Broadway Newport, RI 02840

    This event is an essential meeting point for anyone interested Rhode Island's food & beverage industry!

    Cooperatives

    | Noon - 1:30 pm ET | Virtual

    Cooperatives as a business structure help maximize resources and distribute profits equally among members. They can also foster a strong community since members work and vote alongside each other. Join this session to learn about the different types of cooperatives and what to consider before filing. With Attorney Erika Dunyak, Vermont Law and Graduate School. Part of Legal Food Hub's 2024 Winter Webinar Series.

    Dismantling Food Charities: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III

    | 7 pm ET | Virtual

    Dismantling the idea that food banks can save us and get to the root cause of what keeps us hungry and sick. Join the Black Church Food Security Network for a four-week political education virtual course preparing you to jumpstart your fight for food justice.

    Caring for Chickens and Bees: Ways to Integrate Livestock in Farm to ECE

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Experts, farmers and educators will share success stories, innovations, or opportunities in Farm to ECE. Part of the Farm to ECE 2024 webinar series from the Association of the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

    Getting Kids Outdoors

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    Join Ted Kendziora for planning to get kids outdoors, including design, curriculum, student buy-in and more. Part of the 2024 webinar series from NH Farm to School and the NH School & Youth Garden networks for educators from across New England covering a variety of farm to school and school garden topics.

    2023-2024 Farm to ECE Webinar Series – Topic TBD

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Experts, farmers and educators will share success stories, innovations, or opportunities in Farm to ECE. From the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

    Updating the NH Climate Action Plan: a Food-Focused Input Session

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    The NH Food Alliance, New Hampshire Listens, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services are co-hosting a listening session to gather input from New Hampshire’s agricultural sector to be included in an update of the state’s Climate Action Plan. The input you provide will not only influence New Hampshire’s priorities for climate action, it will inform and unlock funding opportunities made available for New Hampshire farmers and food producers to kickstart and further their work in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    NOFA_NH Winter Conference 2024

    | Manchester, NH

    The future of food ripples beyond the production of sustenance - our food system is an intricate web of biological, physical, social, emotional, technological, and spiritual relationships. Developing a sustainable and equitable food system requires us to investigate these complex relationships and how they connect and tether our environment, economy, and communities. NOFA-NH’s 22nd annual Winter Conference will explore the ecosystem of food and invite participants to build skills that cultivate abundant businesses, communities, homes, and systems.

    USDA Investments in Conservation and Climate-Resilience in New England: Assessing the impact and advocating for the future

    | 11 am ET | Virtual

    In partnership with the Northeast Healthy Soil Network, Food Solutions New England is hosting a policy solutions webinar as part of their Campaign for Climate Resilience. A year following substantial investments by the Biden-Harris Administration in the USDA, coupled with the passage of the Growing Climate Solutions Act in December 2022, the USDA is making strategic investments to de-risk the transition to climate-smart agriculture for corporations and remove barriers to market-driven solutions such as carbon-markets. This webinar will explore the trajectory and impact of USDA investments in Conservation and Climate-Smart programs on climate resilience and farm viability in New England. The exploration aims to discern whether these investments are propelling the region toward a transformative shift in the food system or merely fortifying existing models and systems.

    Farm Succession: Farmer Panel: Successes & Challenges

    | 11 am - 1 pm ET | Virtual

    The fourth installment of the 4-part Farm Succession Planning webinar series from Land for Good. For transitioning farmers and junior generation farmers to learn the basics of farm succession planning, how to get started, and where to find support with resources, tips, financial and legal considerations, and more. Farmers from across New England are welcome to attend; as well as all generations, and unrelated successors who may play a role in the farm’s future.

    Online farmer-owned food hub: Collaborative Aggregation and Marketing Workshops

    | 1:30 pm ET | Virtual

    Are you a small or mid-scale farmer interested in working with others to distribute and market your products? Are you interested in how such models can support your enterprise? Join guest presenter Kate Donald from Three River Farmers Alliance in this workshop, part of a free virtual series of peer-to-peer learning featuring local farmers and market coordinators who share their experiences with inventory and pricing, aggregation and distribution, marketing, and organizational structure. Register for one or all of the workshops in this series from the Food Systems Lab at the University of New Hampshire. Other dates: Jan 22; Feb 1, 2024; details at https://extension.unh.edu/event/2024/01/collaborative-aggregation-marke…

    History of Black Land & Farming in the United States

    | 7 pm ET | Virtual

    Join the Black Church Food Security Network for a four-week political education virtual course preparing you to jumpstart your fight for food justice.

    Business Planning and Financial Benchmarking Program

    | 9 am - Noon ET | olland County Extension Center, 24 Hyde Ave, Vernon, CT

    Will include information on farm insurance, health insurance and retirement programs. Part of a webinars offered by the UConn Extension Farm Risk Management program.

    Southeast New England Agriculture Conference & Trade Show

    | Dighton, MA

    In partnership with MA Farm Bureau, NOFA/RI, Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust, Plymouth County Extension, Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod, Cluck & Trowel Farm, OASIS On Ballou, and Bristol Aggie, we'll come together for a day full of engaging workshops, hands-on demonstrations, trade show exhibits, a tasty local lunch, and tons of valuable networking time. We'll also offer agricultural programming for kids.

    Looking to our Neighbors: State Plans as Models for New Hampshire: NH Network Café Series

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    What would it take for 30% of the food consumed in New England to be regionally produced by 2030? The NH Food Alliance network addresses this question during their 2023-2024 Network Café Series through A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience, a report of foundational food system data from the New England State Food System Planners Partnership. During each Network Café, join one of the report's lead researchers to dig into the data and answer questions.

    Sept 8, 2023: A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience 
    Oct 6, 2023: Estimating Resilient Eating Patterns
    Nov 3, 2023: Estimating Production for Regional Self Reliance
    Dec 1: Economic Impact of New England’s Food System
    Jan 5, 2024: Understanding Market Channels and Food Expenditures
    Feb 2, 2024: Looking to our Neighbors: State Plans as Models for New Hampshire 
    March 1, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 1 of 2
    April 5, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 2 of 2

    Online farmers’ market: Collaborative Aggregation and Marketing Workshops

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    Are you a small or mid-scale farmer interested in working with others to distribute and market your products? Are you interested in how such models can support your enterprise? Join guest presenter Greg Georgaklis from Farmers to You in this workshop, part of a free virtual series of peer-to-peer learning featuring local farmers and market coordinators who share their experiences with inventory and pricing, aggregation and distribution, marketing, and organizational structure. Register for one or all of the workshops in this series from the Food Systems Lab at the University of New Hampshire. Other dates: Jan 22; Feb 7, 2024; details at https://extension.unh.edu/event/2024/01/collaborative-aggregation-marke…

    Cultivating Connections: a K-12 AND College Procurement Gathering

    | 2 pm - 6:30 pm ET | Farm Fresh Rhode Island (10 Sims Ave unit 103, Providence, RI 02909)

    The RI Farm to School Network, in partnership with the RI Division of Agriculture, RI Department of Education, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, and Commerce RI, invites you to a new event designed to connect local food producers with buyers for RI's K-12 schools and colleges. Join at Farm Fresh Rhode Island or an afternoon of networking, learning, and building relationships. This free event is open to all farmers, fishers, local food producers, and k-12 and college foodservice interested in expanding their connection to local food and local school markets.

    New NH Harvest of the Month

    | 3:30 pm ET | Virtual

    The NH Harvest of the Month program has been updated to offer more variety of foods each month and to incorporate cultural diversity. Join Stacey Purslow from the NH Farm to School program to learn about the new resources for schools and institutions. Part of the 2024 webinar series from NH Farm to School and the NH School & Youth Garden networks for educators from across New England covering a variety of farm to school and school garden topics.

    Farm Succession: Financial, Retirement & Tax Considerations

    | 11 am - 1 pm ET | Virtual

    The third installment of the 4-part Farm Succession Planning webinar series from Land for Good. For transitioning farmers and junior generation farmers to learn the basics of farm succession planning, how to get started, and where to find support with resources, tips, financial and legal considerations, and more. Farmers from across New England are welcome to attend; as well as all generations, and unrelated successors who may play a role in the farm’s future.

    Explore Farming Workshop

    | 6 pm ET | Virtual

    Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, learn about New Entry, industry experts, and pave the way for your own venture in farming.

    Food Safety Training for Farmers with ALBA

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    This webinar will be presented by the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA). Come learn how to assist farmers with food safety regulations based on ALBA's 10+ years of experience supporting farmers.

    Farm Succession: Legal Considerations

    | 11 am - 1 pm ET | Virtual

    The second installment of the 4-part Farm Succession Planning webinar series from Land for Good. For transitioning farmers and junior generation farmers to learn the basics of farm succession planning, how to get started, and where to find support with resources, tips, financial and legal considerations, and more. Farmers from across New England are welcome to attend; as well as all generations, and unrelated successors who may play a role in the farm’s future.

    Maine Farm & Sea to School Institute Informational Webinar

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    The Maine Farm & Sea to School Institute brings school teams together to build relationships, skills, and a collaborative action plan for programming. Team members leave ready to support one another and implement an action plan across their school or district—building shared leadership for the long haul. With the support of a Coach, teams spend the Institute year connecting Classroom, Cafeteria, and Community. Think the Institute could be a good fit for your school community? Come learn more at our informational webinar! 

    Climate Record Keeping Workshop Series. Workshop 3: USDA Safety Net Resources

    | 6 pm - 8 pm ET | Virtual

    Join New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for an informative session, engaging discussions, and networking opportunities with USDA representatives and fellow farmers. Together, let's explore how USDA Safety Net Resources can contribute to the success of our farming community.

    Multi-farm CSA: Collaborative Aggregation and Marketing Workshops

    | 7 pm ET | Virtual

    Are you a small or mid-scale farmer interested in working with others to distribute and market your products? Are you interested in how such models can support your enterprise? Join guest presenter David Trumble from Local Harvest in this workshop, part of a free virtual series of peer-to-peer learning featuring local farmers and market coordinators who share their experiences with inventory and pricing, aggregation and distribution, marketing, and organizational structure. Register for one or all of the workshops in this series from the Food Systems Lab at the University of New Hampshire. Other dates: Feb 1, Feb 7, 2024; details at https://extension.unh.edu/event/2024/01/collaborative-aggregation-marke…

    Diversifying Your Market with Institutional Sales: Producer Training, in person

    | 10am - 4 pm ET | McLane Audubon Center, Concord, NH

    This training focuses on selling locally-produced or harvested foods to New Hampshire institutions, including schools, hospitals, and universities. From NH Farm to School, the NH Food Alliance, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

    NOFA-NY Winter Conference 2024

    - | Syracuse, NY

    For more than four decades, the NOFA-NY Winter Conference has convened farmers, food system professionals, educators, advocates, researchers, homesteaders, and gardeners who are passionate about building a better food system. Mutual support and the generous exchange of knowledge is a hallmark of the NOFA-NY community as we remain true to our vision of a just and resilient farming system grounded in a diverse community now and for future generations. 

    Back to the Mountaintop: Towards Student Food Justice

    | Virtual

    Join the USDA Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for a webinar celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and student activism on college campuses. The program highlights stories and best practices of student anti-hunger organizations and partners as they address on campus food insecurity through innovative partnerships. 

    Networking for Change: The F2iSummit and the New England Food Hub Network

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Looking for ways to rekindle the sparks you generated at the 2023 F2iSummit back in April? Are you curious to learn more about the impact of this networking event and the progress attendees have made since? At this webinar, FINE’s Director of Strategic Impact Hannah Leighton reflects on that extraordinary network event. We’ll also highlight one example of regional farm to institution work that happened since then. Katelyn Porter, NH Food Alliance Value Chain Coordinator, will join us to talk about how the F2iSummit launched a new wave of collaboration among New England food hubs and food processors. You will learn about their progress and connect it to your own farm to institution work. Come hear what made the F2iSummit so special—where 612 people came together from 334 organizations!— and share your ideas for the next one. Part of FINE's CommUNITY Powers the Food System Webinar Series.

    2024 Rhode Island Food System Summit

    | 9 am - Noon ET | Virtual

    The University of Rhode Island is hosting the eighth annual Rhode Island Food System Summit. Join government, academic, business, and community partners as we discuss how we can employ innovative practices within our food system to support greater environmental stewardship. This year’s virtual event will feature speakers including Janet Coit, the assistant administrator for fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (and former director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management); Julianne Stelmaszyk, director of food strategy for Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation; and Beth Alaimo and Sara Wuerstle from Ocean Hour Farm, a farm in Newport that serves as a living example of sustainable agriculture and land stewardship.

    Farm Succession: Getting Started & Financial Considerations

    | 11 am - 1 pm ET | Virtual

    The first installment of the 4-part Farm Succession Planning webinar series from Land for Good. For transitioning farmers and junior generation farmers to learn the basics of farm succession planning, how to get started, and where to find support with resources, tips, financial and legal considerations, and more. Farmers from across New England are welcome to attend; as well as all generations, and unrelated successors who may play a role in the farm’s future.

    NOFA/Mass Winter Conference 2024

    | 9 am - 10 pm ET | Worcester State University 486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA 01602, USA

    The NOFA/Mass Winter Conference 2024 will be in person only, with access to workshop recordings after the conference. This year brings a democratic focus on innovative workshops and organizing spaces. Opportunities await, with the chance to meet and reacquaint yourself with neighbors near and far. 

    FIELD Network - Monthly Networking Session - Supporting Farmers with Market Access

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Join New Entry’s FIELD Network for our monthly networking Session. This month's topic is: Markets Markets! Farms are businesses and they rely on a solid customer base and markets that pay fair wages. This session will be led by representatives from Big River Farms and New Roots KC. We will discuss with your peers the following questions: What marketing strategies and supports have we tried with our farmers? What markets work better, what markets provide more challenges? How are the farmers organizing around market engagement? How do we support farmer livelihoods and promote food justice and accessibility?

    An Introduction to the New USDA Regional Food Centers

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    USDA's 12 Regional Food Business Centers will support a more resilient, diverse, and competitive food system by providing localized assistance to access local and regional supply chains, including linking producers to wholesalers and distributors. They will also provide technical assistance needed to access new markets, access to federal, state, and local resources, and will assist small- and mid-sized producers in overcoming barriers to market access, with a focus on underserved farmers, ranchers, and food businesses. This webinar from CFARE provides an overview of the Centers and features three Center Directors in the West, Delta, and Intertribal Food Business Centers. This webinar will be moderated by Jane Kolodinsky, C-FARE Board Member and professor at the University of Vermont and will feature panelists Lilian Brislen, Local and Regional Foods Division of the Agricultural Marketing Service; Dawn Thilmany, Northwest and Rocky Mountain USDA Regional Food Center; Rockiell Woods, Delta USDA Regional Food Business Center; and Johanna Herron, National Intertribal Food Business Center.

    Building Bridges Between Farmers and Schools

    | 9 am ET | Maine Ag Trade Show, Augusta Civic Center, Somerset Room

    With several local food purchasing incentives accessible to schools and a growing interest to increase their local procurement, there has never been a better time for farmers to get connected to the educational institutions in their area. Join MFSN, Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition, Full Plates Full Potential, and a panel of local farmers and school nutrition directors for a session all about effective strategies for entering the K-12 market!

    School Gardens + Orchards: Minimum Maintenance, Maximum Production

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    Join Richard Hodges of ReTreeUs to learn about best practices for growing fruit trees in school gardens and how to plant abundant educational gardens without giving up your summer. Part of the 2024 webinar series from NH Farm to School and the NH School & Youth Garden networks for educators from across New England covering a variety of farm to school and school garden topics.

    Practicalities and Innovations In Farm to CACFP

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Experts, farmers and educators will share success stories, innovations, or opportunities in Farm to ECE. This farm to early care and education (ECE) webinar will feature Melanie Wong from Farm to CACFP Educators. From the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

    Understanding Market Channels and Food Expenditures: NH Network Café Series

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    What would it take for 30% of the food consumed in New England to be regionally produced by 2030? The NH Food Alliance network addresses this question during their 2023-2024 Network Café Series through A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience, a report of foundational food system data from the New England State Food System Planners Partnership. During each Network Café, join one of the report's lead researchers to dig into the data and answer questions.

    Sept 8, 2023: A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience 
    Oct 6, 2023: Estimating Resilient Eating Patterns
    Nov 3, 2023: Estimating Production for Regional Self Reliance
    Dec 1: Economic Impact of New England’s Food System
    Jan 5, 2024: Understanding Market Channels and Food Expenditures
    Feb 2, 2024: Looking to our Neighbors: State Plans as Models for New Hampshire 
    March 1, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 1 of 2
    April 5, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 2 of 2

    On the Line with New Hampshire’s Young Fishermen

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    The fishermen and women who completed the New England Young Fishermen's Alliance's Deckhand to Captain training will share their stories with the NH Food Alliance Network— how they started in the seafood industry, what drives them to protect their livelihoods, the challenges they face, and opportunities they hope to embrace as they transition from the deck to the captain's wheelhouse.

    Farm to School Institute Impacts: Adapting the Shelburne Farms' F2S Institute for K-12 & ECEs

    | 12 pm ET | Virtual

    Join National Farm to School Network and Betsy Rosenbluth, Jennifer Cirillo, and Qing Ren of Shelburne Farms in discussing the impacts of the Farm to School Institute, lessons learned, and recent state-led adaptations.

    NH Agricultural Policy Forum 2023

    | 8:15 am ET | Virtual

    In preparation for the 2023 legislative session, hear from New Hampshire’s most well-informed food policy minds. Each speaker will provide insights on the state level legislation being considered this session, as well as insight into what individuals, communities, organizations, and businesses can do to get involved in the legislative process and support positive change in our food system. From Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition, the NH Food Alliance, and the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH.

    Producer Training Webinar: Diversifying Your Market with Institutional Sales

    | Virtual

    This training focuses on selling locally-produced or harvested foods to New Hampshire institutions, including schools, hospitals, and universities. From NH Farm to School, the NH Food Alliance, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

    Measuring, Evaluating, and Sharing Farm to ECE Impact

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Experts, farmers and educators will share success stories, innovations, or opportunities in Farm to ECE. This farm to early care and education (ECE) webinar features National Farm to School Network’s Lacy Stephens. From the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

    Keep ’em Coming Back: Five Strategies for Retaining Loyal Customers

    | 3 - 5 pm ET | Virtual

    It’s more satisfying and profitable to keep your current customers happy than to chase after new customers. This free interactive online workshop hosted by Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) will demonstrate 5 strategies for boosting customer loyalty and driving repeat sales, including providing stellar customer service, implementing  loyalty programs, increasing sales per customer, clarifying your brand, and creating compelling communications. You’ll see examples of what successful farmers are doing to keep loyal customers and share stories about what’s working for your farm. You’ll leave with new ideas for cultivating a customer base that keeps coming back for more. The presenter, Myrna Greenfield, is a farm and food marketing consultant at Good Egg Marketing and a frequent speaker at conferences and events. She’s the author of the book, Marketing Your Farm: A practical guide to attracting loyal customers and increasing sales.

    Intertribal Agriculture Council Annual Meeting

    - | Las Vegas, NV

    This annual conference continues to redefine and rebuild sovereign Tribal food systems. The organization’s founding members convened the first IAC conference in 1987, with 87 Tribal Nations attending as charter members. IAC’s organizational structure supports a comprehensive approach to removing systemic inequities and barriers by focusing on advocating for the policy priorities identified by our members, advising the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on programmatic implementation while supporting Tribes and Tribal producers in their agriculture endeavors. 

    MA Food System Forum 2023

    | Holy Cross, Worcester

    This one-day event will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 at Holy Cross in Worcester. We look forward to strengthening the statewide food community, discussing important food topics, and developing skills so we can all advocate for a stronger, more equitable MA food system. Registration details to follow.

    Discrimination Financial Assistance Program Info Session

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Join this webinar to learn about and how to apply to USDA's Discrimination Financial Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination by USDA in USDA’s farm lending prior to 2021.

    The Nuts-and-Bolts of Farm Leasing: Securing Access to Farmland in Berkshire County

    | 5 pm ET | The Stationery Factory (North Room) 63 Flansburg Ave Dalton, MA

    Organized by American Farmland Trust and Land For Good, this in-person workshop will be a deep dive into everything you need to know about leasing farmland in Berkshire County, MA. 

    Economic Impact of New England’s Food System: NH Network Café Series

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    What would it take for 30% of the food consumed in New England to be regionally produced by 2030? The NH Food Alliance network addresses this question during their 2023-2024 Network Café Series through A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience, a report of foundational food system data from the New England State Food System Planners Partnership. During each Network Café, join one of the report's lead researchers to dig into the data and answer questions.

    Sept 8, 2023: A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience 
    Oct 6, 2023: Estimating Resilient Eating Patterns
    Nov 3, 2023: Estimating Production for Regional Self Reliance
    Dec 1: Economic Impact of New England’s Food System
    Jan 5, 2024: Understanding Market Channels and Food Expenditures
    Feb 2, 2024: Looking to our Neighbors: State Plans as Models for New Hampshire 
    March 1, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 1 of 2
    April 5, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 2 of 2

    NIFA Funding Opportunities for Climate Change Research

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    In this webinar, program leaders from across USDA NIFA will provide quick descriptions about their programs and showcase successful climate change-focused proposals in research, education and Extension - working towards resilience, adaptation and mitigation. 

    Tried & True Food Systems Lessons in the Elementary Classroom

    | 4:00 pm ET | Virtual

    In this webinar from VT FEED, third and fourth grade teacher Vanessa Stern shares what farm to school looks like at Grafton Elementary (VT) and how they're creating change, both big and small. Find inspiration, community, and lessons. Q+A to follow.

    Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering

    - | Killington Grand Resort, 228 E Mountain Road, Killington, VT 05751

    The theme of this year's gathering is "Transformative Change". There is a growing sense in Vermont and the Farm to Plate Network that now is the time to "be brave" in how we work together to address some of the most pressing issues facing our state, region, and world. Business as usual no longer feels up to the task of addressing issues like climate change, economic inequality, industry and market consolidation, food insecurity, and racial inequity. To emerge out of the next decade with climate resilience and environmental sustainability, shared economic prosperity, food security, and racial equity, together we need to cultivate new mindsets, culture, institutions, business models, and behaviors that can transform the structure, function, and purpose of our food system. Over two days, we will engage in transformational thinking and practice to better understand how we can create and support the conditions for transformational change. Through personal stories and breakout sessions spanning all aspects of the food system, we’ll learn about the successes and struggles of those in Vermont’s food system who are already involved in transformational work.

    Food As Medicine Summit: Treating Disease

    | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm ET | Virtual

    Join the Center for Food As Medicine & Hunter College to explore the incredible power of food and dietary supplements in treating diseases. Discover how nutrition can be a powerful tool to heal the body and prevent illness. This summit brings together renowned experts in the field of food as medicine, who will share their knowledge and insights on the best dietary practices for various health conditions. From cancer to diabetes, heart disease to autoimmune disorders, learn how to harness the healing potential of food. Panels include: Food and Dietary Supplements treatment for Depression; What is Food as Medicine?; Strategies for Food as Medicine Policy; Food and Cancer: Separating Fact from Fiction: Culinary Medicine Training For Healthcare Providers

    Tried & True Food Systems Lessons in the High School Classroom

    | 4:30 pm ET | Virtual

    At this VT FEED webinar, high school teachers Andrew Margon and Yuka Bell share what farm to school looks like at the High School for Environmental Studies (NYC) and how they're creating change, both big and small. Find inspiration, community, and lessons. Q+A to follow.

    National Agricultural Marketing Summit

    - | Washington, DC

    The National Agricultural Marketing Summit (AgSummit) provides a unique networking opportunity for agricultural marketing practitioners to form new partnerships and learn new business strategies that can improve the performance of their farms and businesses. The AgSummit will feature resources to assist market managers, direct marketing farmers and food businesses, agribusinesses with value-added products, practitioners, and technical assistance providers in understanding and enhancing marketing strategies.

    Cafeteria Success Stories from School Nutrition Professionals

    | 6:30 PM ET | Virtual

    From VT FEED, discover how school nutrition professionals across the country are spearheading innovative farm to school programs. Gain practical insights into sourcing, menu planning, and engaging with local farmers to enhance the nutritional quality of school meals.

    North Country Food and Agriculture Summit

    | 8:30 am - 3 pm ET | AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch, U.S. 302, Bretton Woods, NH, USA

    A networking event for food system supporters & industry professionals, hosted by NH Hunger Solutions. This day is designed to provide networking opportunities, build relationships, and work collaboratively toward a resilient food and agriculture system for our North Country region, including all partners around New Hampshire and beyond. 

    Garlic Grab

    | 11 am-2 pm ET | Tommy’s Rock Farm, 1 Akron Street in Roxbury, MA

    Boston Farms and Grow Boston introduce you to one of the easiest crops to grow: GARLIC! They'll teach a brief workshop on how to grow your own garlic at home, in the ground or in containers. This garlicky celebration will end with a massive giveaway of loads of garlic, compost, and straw to help you start your garlic planting off right. Join 11am-2pm at Tommy’s Rock Farm, 1 Akron Street in Roxbury, MA.

    Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Global Conference for Sustainability in Higher Education

    - | Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA

    Join us for a transformative journey as we unveil a trailblazing program to empower higher education sustainability professionals. Engage in this immersive learning experience while gaining innovative strategies to transform your institution effectively. Discover key opportunities, accelerate sustainability efforts, and forge connections with like-minded leaders. 

    Early Childhood: Cooking in the Classroom

    | 4 pm ET | Virtual

    Cooking in the classroom is an empowering and exciting way to help children learn about food & nutrition, but many early childhood educators avoid it because they do not know where to begin or how to make it safe for their students. Join Massachusetts Farm to School and a Worcester Head Start dietician and classroom teacher to learn how to run a successful program in your school.

    NH Harvest of the Month Webinar

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    Join NH Farm to School Program Coordinator Stacey Purslow for a webinar to introduce the new New Hampshire Harvest of the Month program materials during Farm to School Month. Stacey will share about the updates, as well as some best practices in using the materials in the classroom, in youth programming, and at home.

    Food Hubs and Farm to School: Policy and Impact Across the Food System

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    The October C-FARE webinar highlights two “almost direct to consumer” food distribution models. Our four panelists representing government (USDA) and research (University) discuss policy and marketplace impacts of Farm to School and Food Hubs. Both of these models of food system intermediaries reach across the food system from farm production through distribution to the consumer, whether that be an institution or an individual. These distribution models have been of interest to USDA research and programming for many years.

    Moderated by Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont, this webinar will be feature panelists Noel Bielaczyc, Michigan State University; Alessandro Bonanno, Colorado State University; Cristina Connolly, California Polytechnic State University; and Abby Long, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

    Black Farmer & Urban Growers National Conference 2023

    - | Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

    Since 2010, BUGs has been creating a space for black urban and rural farmers, chefs, foodies, food product makers, food business owners, nutritionists, herbalists, food justice activists, educators, policy makers and everyday citizens to come together and share innovative ideas, projects, and best practices for reclaiming and reshaping our food system.

    Dining for a Cooler Planet: Lessons for Engaging Students & Launching New Initiatives

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    How can we excite and engage our students in our initiatives? And keep them engaged? Can college and school dining areas help us reach our climate and sustainability goals? These are the kinds of questions dining directors, educators, and sustainability and nutrition staff in higher ed and K12 schools continue to grapple with. Come hear how one university is effectively tackling these challenges through new initiatives, Kathy Wicks and Monica Guzmik, who lead sustainability efforts within UMass Amherst Dining Services, will share components to one of UMass Dining’s premier sustainability educational campaigns. Student engagement was at the heart of how it was conceived, developed, implemented, grown over time, and the success metrics. The webinar will also focus in on the related and recently launched Carbon Footprint Rating System. The session will wrap up with a group sharing about current experiences, best practices, and challenges with new initiatives and student engagement.

    Food is Medicine Institute Launch

    | 1 pm - 3 pm ET | Virtual

    Tufts University launches this first-of-its-kind Institute, which will bring together research, training, patient services, policy development, and community engagement around Food is Medicine. The Food is Medicine Institute at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University will build upon and advance this leadership with additional university and external investments. Led by its inaugural Director Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the Institute will serve as a catalyst to drive change, improve health, reduce health disparities, and create a more equitable and resilient healthcare system that recognizes the power of nourishing food. Its efforts will be centered in health equity to work collaboratively with and improve the lives of traditionally marginalized, vulnerable populations. 

    Ceres Food Film Festival

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    The Ceres Food Film Festival is an annual international film festival dedicated to increasing awareness of food-related issues around the world. Our recipe of serving stories and digestible conversations between the audiences and filmmakers make for an interactive platform to advocate with flavorful knowledge, dignity and hope.

    Farm to School Legislative Briefing

    | 10 am ET | Virtual

    Join Massachusetts Farm to School and Farm to School champions State Representative Smitty Pignatelli and Senator Jo Comerford, who will discuss the efforts underway to make the pilot farm to school grant program permanent. Hear from current grantees about the incredible impact this grant program has had on the students, teachers, and families in their schools.

    Procurement Regulations

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Learn more about how to comply with federal & state procurement regulations as it pertains to local food sourcing. From Massachusetts Farm to School.

    Estimating Resilient Eating Patterns: NH Network Café Series

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    What would it take for 30% of the food consumed in New England to be regionally produced by 2030? The NH Food Alliance network addresses this question during their 2023-2024 Network Café Series through A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience, a report of foundational food system data from the New England State Food System Planners Partnership. During each Network Café, join one of the report's lead researchers to dig into the data and answer questions.

    Sept 8, 2023: A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience 
    Oct 6, 2023: Estimating Resilient Eating Patterns
    Nov 3, 2023: Estimating Production for Regional Self Reliance
    Dec 1: Economic Impact of New England’s Food System
    Jan 5, 2024: Understanding Market Channels and Food Expenditures
    Feb 2, 2024: Looking to our Neighbors: State Plans as Models for New Hampshire 
    March 1, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 1 of 2
    April 5, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 2 of 2

    Commonwealth Kitchen Food Show 2023

    | SoWa Power Station: 550 Harrison Ave, Boston’s South End

    Taste the bold new flavors of Boston at the most innovative, inclusive, and flavorful food show the city has to offer! From dumplings and arepas to sweet treats like gourmet cupcakes and artisan chocolate, we've truly got it all. The best part? While you're indulging, you'll also have the chance to meet and support the creative, passionate, and inspiring owners behind it all. Featuring a three-hour Industry Trade Show followed by a Public Food Festival. 

    Composting Kitchen Scraps for the School Cafeteria

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    School composting programs can take many paths: from separating food waste from trash in the cafeteria, classroom worm bins, to garden yard scraps collection and recycling. Learn about composting options for schools and how to successfully get scraps from the cafeteria to the school garden.

    Getting Chemicals Out of Your Institution's Foodware

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    What can foodservice directors and purchasing managers do to reduce PFAS (aka “forever chemicals”) from their kitchens and dining rooms? Hear about recent efforts at Smith College to use PFAS-free takeaway containers, with Andy Cox, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services. Then dive deeper into foodware chemicals with Sue Chiang, Food Program Director at Center for Environmental Health, who will share about GreenScreen Certified™ products and other resources to help foodservice operators make the best choices. Bring your questions! You’ll leave this webinar with ideas to implement changes in your cafeteria or dining hall.

    Storytelling! Sharing Your Local Purchasing Story during Farm to School Month

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    In preparation for Farm to School Month in October, learn how to effectively reach out and connect with your school community to strengthen bonds between farms, students, and families and to celebrate the farm to school movement in Massachusetts.

    USDA Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS) and State-Level Local Food Purchasing Incentives (LFPIs)

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    This dynamic 60-minute public webinar from the National Farm to School Network will discuss the intersection of the USDA Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS) and State-Level Local Food Purchasing Incentives (LFPIs). This webinar will be divided into three sections, each featuring panelists representing states across the nation.

    Farm to Early Childhood in New England: The Current Landscape and Collaborative Strategizing

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Join FINE researcher Hannah Leighton, New England Farm to Early Childhood Project lead Dana Stevens, and project community of practice members for this free webinar. Presenters will give an overview of the New England Farm to Early Childhood Project, take a deeper dive into the recommendations and opportunities identified in a recently published ecosystem assessment, and lead a group strategizing session about how to move this work forward in New England. View the recently released “Farm to Early Childhood in New England: an Ecosystem Assessment.

    Growing Success with Farm-to-School Sales

    | Noon PT | Virtual

     

    Join Local Food Marketplace to discuss the role of farm to school sales in the local food landscape. We'll discuss why farmers and food producers should sell to schools, how to land your first school sale, and strategies for recurring sales. We'll be joined Michelle Perkins from Kitchen Sync Strategies, an expert in local food sales. We'll also speak with Becca Perrin of Green Mountain Farm to School—an organization brining local foods to school districts in Northern Vermont. Since 2009, Local Food Marketplace has offered comprehensive sales and distribution software for farms, food hubs & markets. 

    A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience: NH Network Café Series

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    What would it take for 30% of the food consumed in New England to be regionally produced by 2030? The NH Food Alliance network addresses this question during their 2023-2024 Network Café Series through A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience, a report of foundational food system data from the New England State Food System Planners Partnership. During each Network Café, join one of the report's lead researchers to dig into the data and answer questions.

    Sept 8, 2023: A Regional Approach to Food System Resilience 
    Oct 6, 2023: Estimating Resilient Eating Patterns
    Nov 3, 2023: Estimating Production for Regional Self Reliance
    Dec 1: Economic Impact of New England’s Food System
    Jan 5, 2024: Understanding Market Channels and Food Expenditures
    Feb 2, 2024: Looking to our Neighbors: State Plans as Models for New Hampshire 
    March 1, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 1 of 2
    April 5, 2024: What's Next for New Hampshire? Looking forward as a network, part 2 of 2

    Local Food Purchasing Incentives: State Program (CO, UT, MI, VT, PA)

    | 2:30 pm ET | Virtual

    Join this two-part webinar series that explores ten different local food purchasing incentives across the nation. In recent years, there has been significant growth in support for local food purchasing incentives (LFPIs). More than a dozen states have established programs that provide direct reimbursement to child nutrition programs in schools and early care and education (ECE) settings to offset the costs of buying local foods. Additional states are in the process of introducing LFPI bills and advocating for broader adoption of these programs. Speakers will share their experiences with their respective established programs, pilot initiatives, or introduced LFPI bills. These webinars aim to provide insights into each program's history, design, impact, and more. The first in the series is on August 9, focusing on CA, CT, ME, NH, and NY.

    Local Food Purchasing Incentives: State Program (CA, CT, ME, NH, NY)

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    Join this two-part webinar series that explores ten different local food purchasing incentives across the nation. In recent years, there has been significant growth in support for local food purchasing incentives (LFPIs). More than a dozen states have established programs that provide direct reimbursement to child nutrition programs in schools and early care and education (ECE) settings to offset the costs of buying local foods. Additional states are in the process of introducing LFPI bills and advocating for broader adoption of these programs. Speakers will share their experiences with their respective established programs, pilot initiatives, or introduced LFPI bills. These webinars aim to provide insights into each program's history, design, impact, and more. The second in the series is on August 14, focusing on CO, YT, MI, VT, and PA.

    NOFA Summer Conference 2023 (virtual + in person)

    - | Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

    The NOFA Summer Conference is the annual summer gathering of the Northeast Organic Farming Association

    NOFA is a non-profit organization of over 5,000 small-scale farmers, gardeners, consumers and food system reformers. We promote healthy food, organic regenerative farming practices, and climate disruption solutions through soil management strategies

    The 49th annual NOFA Summer Conference begins online
    Monday, July 24 - Thursday July 27, with evening speakers and workshops.

    On Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29, gather in person and online
    at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA for knowledge sharing and celebration through: 

    • Workshops and discussions (including in Spanish)
    • Racial equity caucus groups
    • Children’s programming
    • Local food & drinks
    • A fair!

    Sliding scale tickets available.

    NOFA Summer Conference 2023 (virtual)

    - | Virtual

    The NOFA Summer Conference is the annual summer gathering of the Northeast Organic Farming Association

    NOFA is a non-profit organization of over 5,000 small-scale farmers, gardeners, consumers and food system reformers. We promote healthy food, organic regenerative farming practices, and climate disruption solutions through soil management strategies

    The 49th annual NOFA Summer Conference begins online
    Monday, July 24 - Thursday July 27, with evening speakers and workshops.

    On Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29, gather in person and online
    at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA for knowledge sharing and celebration through: 

    • Workshops and discussions (including in Spanish)
    • Racial equity caucus groups
    • Children’s programming
    • Local food & drinks
    • A fair!

    Sliding scale tickets available.

    Farm to School: The Common Thread in Successful Universal Meals Campaigns

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    Join the National Farm to School Network to stay updated on universal meals policies in the US and gain insights from advocates in California, Colorado, Maine, and Vermont. As part of the Who's At the Table? School Meals Campaign, NFSN has been highlighting states that have successfully adopted universal meals. One important finding from this project emphasizes the interdependence between farm to school initiatives, values-based purchasing, and successful universal meals campaigns. In this webinar, we will analyze the similarities and differences in advocacy, policy design, and implementation approaches among states. After a brief presentation, a panel of coalition members who contributed to the case studies will share their own advocacy experiences, valuable lessons learned, and potential for replication. 

    *La traducción en español estará disponible​​. 
    *Interpretation in Spanish will be available. 

    Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC) Summer 2023 Conference

    - | UMass Dartmouth

    This event is exclusively for Higher Education sustainability professionals, ensuring a smaller and more focused community of like-minded individuals. The conference will include a relaxed environment to network with your peers, and will also offer pre- and post-conference activities. We hope that this conference will enable us to reinvigorate our drive as sustainability professionals, share strategies for robust student engagement, and stay informed on topics such as campus electrification, offshore wind developments in New England, IRA opportunities, and career development as a sustainability professional.

    Food Funded East: Entrepreneurship & Investor Fair

    | Hot Bread Kitchen 75 9th Avenue #Suite 0610 New York, NY 10011

    Food Funded East is an entrepreneur & investor gathering to catalyze the flow of capital to BIPOC food & farm businesses. After having become a popular community anchor event in the Bay Area, FOOD FUNDED is now ready for its East Coast debut. Set to become a regular series in which food entrepreneurs and investors come together to build connections and catalyze the flow of funding in our food system, through educational workshops and live investment presentations. Apply to present at https://foodfunded.us/apply.

    Indigenous Foodways in the Classroom Series

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    This workshop from the Food Ed Hub at Tisch Food Center series explores authentic, intentional, and pedagogical methods for bringing indigeneity into the classroom. June 15, June 22, and June 30: register for all 3, but each can be joined as a standalone.

    Growing Economies of Collaboration: What it Takes to Build a Food Hub Network

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    What does it take to build a food hub network? Dive into this emerging model for local food with Farm Fare and Local Food Marketplace. Hear about lessons learned from Puget Sound Food Hub and Mission West Community Development Partners--two partners of the NWFHN. In this webinar you'll gain insights into the steps toward growing your own food hub network.

    Eating for the Earth Annual Conference 2023

    | Falmouth Elementary School 58 Woodville Road Falmouth, ME 04105

    Maine Nutrition Council and Falmouth School District are partnering for the 2023 Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference. Join us for this hands-on educational event which includes themes of holistic and herbal medicine, sustainable agriculture, homesteading, benefits of eating locally and in-season, and farm to institution. This event awards 6 CPE/CEU credits and contact hours. Register by June 9, 2023.

    Indigenous Foodways in the Classroom Series

    | 3:30 pm ET | Virtual

    This workshop from the Food Ed Hub at Tisch Food Center series explores authentic, intentional, and pedagogical methods for bringing indigeneity into the classroom. June 15, June 22, and June 30: register for all 3, but each can be joined as a standalone. 

    The National Meat Summits Steering Committee: Introduction and Opportunities to Collaborate

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Are you working to support meat supply chains in your region? Interested in learning from other efforts happening across the U.S.? Join this webinar to learn about the recently formed National Meat Summits Steering Committee, which works to build connections, increase knowledge, grow collective skills and advance market opportunities for local and regional meat supply chains. The webinar will also provide lessons learned from the 2023 Mountain Meat Summit and International Livestock Forum and information about the upcoming regional meat summits (Carolinas and Mountain) and future opportunities for collaboration.

    Indigenous Foodways in the Classroom Series

    | 3:30 pm ET | Virtual

    This workshop from the Food Ed Hub at Tisch Food Center series explores authentic, intentional, and pedagogical methods for bringing indigeneity into the classroom. June 15, June 22, and June 30: register for all 3, but each can be joined as a standalone. 

    Racial Equity Learning Lab Public Webinar

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    The National Farm to School Network is excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to convene the Racial Equity Learning Lab (the “Lab”). The Lab will be a collaborative space, designed for small groups to foster an intensive learning and co-creation experience. Cohort members will be immersed in a racial equity-based curriculum, called the “Lab Roadmap.” This will be the first of three webinars.

    Chef Culinary Conference 2023

    - | University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Hosted annually by UMass Dining, the Chef Culinary Conference delivers industry-expert talks, culinary demonstrations, live workshops, and exclusive brand sneak peeks. Join June 11-16 as leaders discuss food through nutrition and sustainability while creating the future of culinary. This year is a continued focus on plant-forward cuisine and shaping the campus dining segment with healthy food and lifestyle options. Inspiration will come from ‘Mediterranean to Okinawa and Beyond,’ full of culturally-driven and globally-inspired recipes and practices.

    Successful Food Product Development for New Food Businesses Virtual Course

    | Virtual

    This course introduces food safety and important considerations when developing a new food product. This virtual, live, and interactive course will address the key attributes of formulating a product from concept to commercialization. You will learn about the food science basics, key elements required for product labeling, and an overview of key regulatory requirements for small and emerging food businesses, such as entrepreneurs and local food processors. After completing the course, you will receive the certificate of completion.  This course consists of 3 parts: (1) one self-paced online course with homework followed by (2) a 4-hour live Zoom session and (3) office hours that dive deeper into relevant topics.

    What's Framing got to do with it? Communicating Effectively about Hunger

    | 10 am - Noon ET | Virtual or in Concord, NH

    How we talk about food insecurity impacts how people understand its causes an dsolutions. In this workshop, participants will learn which message strategies work to improve the public's understanding of hunger and food insecurity. Participate in person at the NH Hunder Solutions office in Concord, NH, or join virtually via Zoom.

    With Dr. Lynn Davey, President of Davey Strategies; and NH Hunger Solutions.

    Maine Convergence - In-Person

    | Winthrop, ME

    (May 18 Virtual; May 25 In-Person at Winthrop, ME). Forging Connection for Collective Action. In 2023 this collaborative network continues the work of building and supporting a Maine food system that is equitable, just, and regenerative.

    Engaging with your District School Garden Community

    | 4 pm ET | Virtual

    This is the 2nd of a two part webinar series focusing on school district-wide school garden programs led by school district staff and the unique opportunities and challenges they face.

    This webinar will focus on engaging your school district community, including topics such as setting up peer learning communities for teachers across a district and community partnerships with examples from three districts across the country of different sizes. It will run for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Presenters will include:
    -Jennifer Mutch, Science Coordinator at Santa Clara County Office of Education in Santa Clara, CA
    -Rebekka Henriksen, Farm to School Projects Manager at Schenectady City School District in Schenectady, NY
    -Kaitlyn Scheuerman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Waukee Community School District in Waukee, IA

    This webinar features the topics and participants of the 2022 SGSO Leadership Institute, hosted by Life Lab in partnership with the SGSO Network.

    Spoken in Spirit with Randy Noka (Sankofa Webinar Series)

    | 4 - 6 pm ET | Virtual

    This month, learn about Aboriginal Sovereignty & European colonization in what is now known as the state of Rhode Island: Narragansett Aboriginal history; the impact of colonization on land, food, people, and education; and the necessary change for the survival of the next Seven Generations. Presenter Randy R. Noka is a Member and Tribal Elder of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. Former Narragansett Tribal Council Member and Tribal Ambassador. Former Executive Officer for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), for the United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) and for the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society. Board Member of Native Green. Civil rights and minority advocate.

    Part of the 2023 NESAWG Sankofa Series, lifting voices of color, focusing on history and roots, celebrating identities and cultures, and learning from movements of resilience and change. 

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center: Boat to Table Event

    | 11 am ET | New Bedford, MA

    Join Mass Farm to School for an in-person event at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Participants will experience a Boat to Table talk from a local fisherman, have time to explore the interactive exhibits, and enjoy a guided walking tour of the active waterfront. End with lunch on your own at the Whale's Tail (an outdoor clam shack) or The Black Whale (a higher end restaurant) both located on the pier.

    Economic Impact Assessment of Public Incentives to Support Farm to School Food Purchases

    | 1 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Farm to school projects have widely been supported by policymakers with funding provided at state and federal levels. Still, many of the economic outcomes of this inflow of policy and funding remain unclear. In 2018, New York State announced the 30% NY Initiative that substantially increases school lunch reimbursements if school food authorities purchase at least 30% of their lunch ingredients as New York food products. With detailed food purchasing data from Buffalo Public Schools, the second-largest school district in the state, and the largest school food authority to qualify for enhanced reimbursement, we estimate the gross and net economic impacts of the policy through a customized input-output model. Join the webinar to hear results from the study, which was led by Professor Todd Schmit, Cornell Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and supported by Shayna Krasnoff, M.S., ’22, and Cheryl Bilinski, Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY.

    New England Food Vision Prize: Overview and Q&A

    | 3 - 4 pm ET | Virtual

    The team at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation wants to ensure you have your questions answered prior to the upcoming 2023 New England Food Vision Prize deadlines. Join this informative webinar, which will feature an opportunity to ask your questions, learn about criteria and eligibility, and review the application timeline.  This session will be recorded and posted on their 2023 Prize page for those who are unable to attend.  

    Maine Convergence - Virtual

    | Virtual

    (May 18 Virtual; May 25 In-Person at Winthrop, ME). Forging Connection for Collective Action. In 2023 this collaborative network continues the work of building and supporting a Maine food system that is equitable, just, and regenerative.

    Procuring Food Justice, the Good Food Communities National Report Release Webinar

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Over the last ten years, community organizers and grassroots organizations have moved $540 million away from bad corporate actors and towards farmers and businesses that value working people, our environment, and animal welfare - while getting quality, nutritious food into schools and other public food programs - where kids and families need it most. The HEAL Food Alliance and Food Chain Workers Alliance are thrilled to share their learnings from this work. 

    Invited speakers include 

    • Helga Garcia Garza, Executive Director, Agri-Cultura Network
    • Axel Fuentes, Executive Director, Rural Community Workers Alliance
    • Ribka Getachew, Director of New York Good Food Purchasing Policy Campaign, Community Food Advocates in NYC 
    • Winston Moore, Principal Investigator for the report and Good Food Communities Researcher
    • Marlie Wilson from the Chicago Food Policy Action Council will moderate the webinar. 

    2023 NH Food System Statewide Gathering

    | Plymouth, NH

    On May 11, 2023, food system professionals from across the Granite State will gather in Plymouth, New Hampshire to build skills, collaborate, learn, and, most importantly, celebrate the amazing work being done in support of our food system. 

    We will spend our time together at the historic Barn on the Pemi diving into a variety of food system issues through breakout sessions, networking activities, a locally-sourced lunch, and end-of-gathering celebration.  The NH Food System Statewide Gathering is an annual event hosted by the NH Food Alliance that brings together individuals, businesses, and organizations from across sectors who are dedicated to growing a thriving and fair local food system that works for all in the Granite State: people, businesses, communities, and the environment.

    School Garden Food Safety Workshop

    | 3 pm ET | Waltham, MA

    Join Mass Farm to School for a hands on workshop on school garden food safety at Waltham Fields Community Farm. This session will dig into materials that Massachusetts Farm to School and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) created to establish a standard framework and assessment for maintaining food safety in the school garden. Participants will have the opportunity to put these tools into action at the farm’s learning garden and will leave with the confidence to safely serve school garden produce in school meals. [Rain Date: May 11th]

    The Food Project Institute

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    For over thirty years, The Food Project has operated at the intersection of youth development, sustainable agriculture and community-building. Through their Institute training events, they share methods and models, history, and the learning they've done to create nationally recognized youth development and farming programs. The Institute aims to create a tight-knit learning community over the three days. They immerse the group in as many facets of The Food Project as possible, visiting sites in three cities and towns where The Food Project works in both urban and suburban settings, and offering a full day of immersion into the organization’s youth programs. Participants will have the opportunity to meet numerous organization staff members (across all program areas) and youth participants. 

    Boston Hot Sauce Festival

    - | Allston, MA

    The Boston Hot Sauce Festival is a two-day celebration that features some of the best hot sauces in the Northeast and held at The Garage B of the Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Avenue, Allston, MA at one of the coolest newer venues in Boston. Tickets are $10 each and there are 4 sessions. This spicy celebration will take place in four sessions and features more than two dozen hot sauce purveyors, spicy hot sauce challenges, amazing food, entertainment, and  accompanied by featured cocktails and beer that are perfect complements for one of Boston’s hottest events. 

    Northeast Farm to Institution Summit - In-Person Sessions

    - | Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Providence, RI

    (Two virtual days April 18 & 19; two in-person days in Providence, RI April 27 & 28). This biennial event strengthens the regional food system by celebrating and supporting the role of institutions as anchors in the region. By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders in a collaborative process, the Summit generates ideas and connections that advance the ability of the Northeast to support viable farm, food, and sea businesses and healthy, just communities. 

    Navigating Massachusetts Seafood: An Introduction for Educators

    | 3:45 pm ET | Virtual

    Did you know that Massachusetts has the most valuable fishing port in the whole country? Do you know what a cod looks like? Dive in (or dip a toe!) for a “Massachusetts Seafood 101” presentation by the Division of Marine Fisheries followed by first-hand experiences from your own local fishermen. This webinar will skim all aspects of Massachusetts' historic seafood system – environment, health, management, practice, etc. – and educational materials will be provided by email afterwards. Presenter: Wendy Mainardi, Seafood Marketing Coordinator, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

    Cook a Fish Give a Fish class

    | 6 pm ET | Virtual

    "Cook A Fish, Give A Fish" is a series of online cooking class, where you will learn to cook delicious local seafood dishes alongside some of the finest chefs from Rhode Island to Long Island and beyond. In this unique class, fisheries experts from Eating With The Ecosystem and Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program will teach you everything you want to know about the fish, the fishermen and the many benefits of choosing local seafood while expert chefs teach you how to turn fresh fish straight from the sea into fabulous meals you can share with your friends and family! The best part is that 100% of the ticket price goes towards providing local seafood for families in need (25 meals per ticket)!

    Email Marketing for CSAs, Farm Shares, and Subscriptions

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    From Local Food Marketing - Learn more about email campaigns that can help you sell more farm share subscriptions. What you’ll learn:

    • Email campaigns for targeting CSA channels.
    • Tips for effective email design
    • Advice from Rosebird Gardens on their experience using email to sell farm shares.
    • Design tips and marketing strategies from Anne Larson of Grapevine Local food Marketing

    Spring School Garden Cleanups: Student & Community Engagement Strategies

    | 3:30 pm ET | Springfield, MA

    Join Massachusetts Farm to School in various locations around MA for a meet up in a school garden. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about how school gardens can be used to engage students, increase community interest and investment.

    Dates & Locations

    April 4, 10:00AM | Lowell (with Mill City Grows) | Register here.

    April 13, 4:00PM | New Bedford (with New Bedford Public Schools) | Register here.

    April 13, 3:15PM | Leeds (with School Sprouts) | Register here.

    April 25, 3:30PM | Springfield (with Springfield Public Schools) | Register here.

    Sea to Soil Summit

    | 1 pm - 4 pm ET | Southampton, NY

    Hosted by Duke University's FoodLab. Opening presentation by Chris Gobler of SOMAS explaining the science and progress so far (similar presentation to Gobler’s annual “State of the Bays” address). Indigenous Presentation by Shinnecock Kelp Farmers explains the 10,000 year local history of using kelp as fertilizer. Patty Gentry of Early Girl Farm speaks about the flavor profile of vegetables grown with kelp added to the soil. Sue Wicks and organizers from Lazy Point Farms present an overview of 6 new kelp farms on the east end and explain plans for expansion. The Montauk Seaweed Supply Company presents explanation of New York State’s first small business to manufacture kelp and seaweed products for the public marketplace, video presentation, free samples for all guests. Edwina von Gal of the Perfect Earth Project presents on the rapidly expanding community of east end horticulturists and landscapers now using locally produced kelp products to complete the full Sea to Soil circle at high profile properties.

    Kelp Week - New England Kelp Harvest 2023

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    Eat & drink amazing culinary creations at many of the best restaurants in New England. Brought to you by the Sugar Kelp Cooperative. So many events, including a "Roots and Shoots Vegan Dinner" (East Lyme, CT), the conference of the Northeast Algal Society (Mystic, CT); kelp cooking classes; and more. Full listings at https://newenglandkelp.com/ 

    Northeast Farm to Institution Summit - Virtual Sessions

    - | Virtual

    (Two virtual days April 18 & 19; two in-person days in Providence, RI April 27 & 28). This biennial event strengthens the regional food system by celebrating and supporting the role of institutions as anchors in the region. By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders in a collaborative process, the Summit generates ideas and connections that advance the ability of the Northeast to support viable farm, food, and sea businesses and healthy, just communities. 

    Maine Food Waste Solutions Summit 2023

    | 10 am ET | Virtual

    The University of Maine brings together Maine's food waste stakeholders – residents, farms, non-profits, businesses, feeding partners, community leaders, and government – to build a Maine food system where food is highly valued, put to best use, and never wasted.

    Spring School Garden Cleanups: Student & Community Engagement Strategies

    | 4 pm ET | New Bedford, MA

    Join Massachusetts Farm to School in various locations around MA for a meet up in a school garden. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about how school gardens can be used to engage students, increase community interest and investment.

    Dates & Locations

    April 4, 10:00AM | Lowell (with Mill City Grows) | Register here.

    April 13, 4:00PM | New Bedford (with New Bedford Public Schools) | Register here.

    April 13, 3:15PM | Leeds (with School Sprouts) | Register here.

    April 25, 3:30PM | Springfield (with Springfield Public Schools) | Register here.

    Spring School Garden Cleanups: Student & Community Engagement Strategies

    | 3:15 pm ET | Leeds, MA

    Join Massachusetts Farm to School in various locations around MA for a meet up in a school garden. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about how school gardens can be used to engage students, increase community interest and investment.

    Dates & Locations

    April 4, 10:00AM | Lowell (with Mill City Grows) | Register here.

    April 13, 4:00PM | New Bedford (with New Bedford Public Schools) | Register here.

    April 13, 3:15PM | Leeds (with School Sprouts) | Register here.

    April 25, 3:30PM | Springfield (with Springfield Public Schools) | Register here.

    Land-based Farmer Training Programs - Networking Session on Providing Farmer Feedback with Fairshare CSA Coalition

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Join the FIELD Network (organized by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project) and Fairshare CSA Coalition on Friday, April 7th at 1pm EST to connect with staff of land-based farm incubator and apprenticeship training programs!  Share challenges faced by land-based training programs supporting a diversity of beginning farmers and brainstorm ideas, solutions, and shared resources.  Network in breakout groups to mix and mingle with other incubator farm program staff and apprenticeship staff across the country to do some networking, connecting, and sharing of project updates! 

    Lift up local climate knowledge and support community learning and participation

    | 12 pm ET | Virtual

    Part of the 2022-23 NH Food Alliance Network Café Series.

    Piloting a Kitchen Lending Library

    | 3:15 pm ET | Virtual

    Would you like to lead more Farm to School activities in your school environment but have no access to a kitchen? This workshop will explore how to create a "kitchen tool lending library" program for classes, clubs, and enrichment programs to share across a school community. Kitchen lending libraries allow educators to integrate more cooking and gardening experiences across the school. In this workshop, you will see an example of how a kitchen is set up and used in a classroom cooking lab, suggestions for equipment, and the classroom set up and routines surrounding a cooking lab. With Presenters: Anna Cynar, Innovation Academy Charter School

    Spring School Garden Cleanups: Student & Community Engagement Strategies

    | 10:00 am ET | Lowell, MA

    Join Massachusetts Farm to School in various locations around MA for a meet up in a school garden. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about how school gardens can be used to engage students, increase community interest and investment.

    Dates & Locations

    April 4, 10:00AM | Lowell (with Mill City Grows) | Register here.

    April 13, 4:00PM | New Bedford (with New Bedford Public Schools) | Register here.

    April 13, 3:15PM | Leeds (with School Sprouts) | Register here.

    April 25, 3:30PM | Springfield (with Springfield Public Schools) | Register here.

    Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month: You Only Have 1 Brain!

    | 1 pm - 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month: You Only Have 1 Brain!

    Recognizing Abilities, Creating Opportunities for All

    Presented by Healing By Growing Farms Founder Dr. Ivette Ruiz

    Date: Friday, March 31, 2023

    Time: 1pm - 2pm EST

    Location: Virtual Presentation via Google Meets

    Cost: FREE

    To register, please email healingbygrowing@gmail.com with your full name, organization name, email address, phone number and number of attendees.

    Using the Food and Agriculture Mapper and Explorer to Support Grant Applications & Reporting Webinar

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Are you applying for a local or regional food systems grant and looking to incorporate up-to-date local food systems data in your application? In this webinar, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service will explore and demo a new tool called the Food and Agriculture Mapper and Explorer (FAME), which brings together data from dozens of publicly available datasets to make it easy for food systems practitioners to search and visualize information about U.S. local and regional food systems.

    FAME is an open-access resource with the goals of supporting the utilization of data in program development, evaluation, and decision making and improving access to data. Using an equity focused lens, this resource includes indicators covering topics including labor, community resources, nutrition security and food access, business development, and local food sales and works to improve access to more comprehensive data on local and regional food systems. Join this webinar to learn how to best make use of this resource and to learn more about the state of local food systems in a given area. There will be a live question and answer session at the end.

    Marketing Your Farm

    | 12 pm ET | Virtual

    Learn the three essential components of marketing your farm, with a focus on agritourism. Myrna Greenfield is the “Top Egg” at Good Egg Marketing and the author of Marketing Your Farm: A practical guide to attracting loyal customers and increasing sales. Ellen Parlee is the co-owner of Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, which offers pick-your-own fruit and flowers, along with a farmstand, bakery, ice cream stand, animal petting area, and a food trailer. Ryan Wilson is the co-owner of DeMeritt Hill Farm in Lee, New Hampshire, which offers pick-your-own apples/peaches/blueberries/Xmas trees, hayrides, school tours, special events, Cross Country running, and hiking trails and has a full commercial kitchen. The farm plays host to Torey Roderick Performance Horses and every October, the world-famous Haunted Overload.

    Northeast Student Farmer Conference

    - | Penn State University

    Student farmers across programs and universities gather to present about their own programs and learn about others to collectively grow and improve campus food systems.

    Values-Based Institutional Food Procurement

    | 9:30 - 11 am ET | Virtual

    Are you working on or interested in values-based institutional food procurement? The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is, too! Join Jessika Brenin and Mark Fine from MAPC, Simca Horwiz from Massachusetts Farm to School, and Betsy Skoda from Healthcare Without Harm to reflect on values-based food procurement in municipal, school, and healthcare settings, to find partners in this work, and to jumpstart action.

    Workshop Series: Healing the Roots of Racism in Ourselves

    | 3 - 5 pm ET | Virtual

    [Monthly on Wednesdays March 22  - November 15 with a summer break]

    For people who want to discover how whiteness has shaped them and practice new cognitive, emotional, and bodily/somatic patterns. Why this series? Land stewardship in the US has a deep history of racism, and yet land offers resources for resilience and healing from racism. As farm and food system workers and educators connected to land, we have a unique responsibility and opportunity to deeply engage in this healing work. Through this series, you're invited to take a step back from analysis and cognitive learning to shift personal patterns in your body and heart. Facilitators will share practices to help us focus on abundance, resilience, interdependence, and humility: qualities we need to build authentic, trusting relationships with people of all identities. Hosted by the Farm-Based Education Network in partnership with the School Garden Support Organization Network, your peers in the workshop will be farmers, staff at food, farm, and agriculture organizations and farm-based educators. Register by 3/20/23.

    A Tour of the Freight Farm at Pause & Pivot Farm

    | 4 pm ET | 74 South Street, Williamsburg, MA

    Join Massachusetts Farm to School at Pause and Pivot Farm in Williamsburg, MA where hosts, Miana Hoyt Dawson and Terry Dawson, will show their hydroponic systems. Participants will learn how a small hydroponic growing system works, and will also get to go inside the Freight Farm where greens are grown year round for market. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and have a tasting of hydroponic greens.

    Market Opportunities in Food Access Programs

    | Virtual

    Join CADE as we invite Food as Medicine Coordinator, Kate Miller Corcoran of Food & Health Network and 607 CSA’s Wholesale and Program Manager Cheryl Landsman to explore market opportunities in food access programs. This conversation will help us define food as medicine and explore the role farmers can play in supporting initiatives, while reaching untapped markets. Hear farm and food business experiences on navigating these programs and understand the potential of sales generation that can be secured while maintaining food justice and access values. 

    Funding School Gardens

    | 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET

    Hydroponics in the School Cafeteria

    | 2:45 pm ET | Virtual

    How can hydroponics work in the school cafeteria? In this workshop from Massachusetts Farm to School, participants will learn how hydroponics can be used in the School Cafeteria to grow food and engage students. You will learn the whole process from starting the hydros to cleaning them at the end of the school year. Jane will share some tricks she’s learned along the way since 2015. The possibilities are endless and the best part is…you don’t need a green thumb! 

    Presenter: Jane Rice, Cook Manager, Foxborough Public Schools

    Office Hours Coaching Session, limited to 30 people

    | 2 pm CT | Virtual

    (Session 3 of a 3-Part Series from Food Systems Leadership Network) Using the Message Box tool introduced in Session 1, participants will work with a Spitfire coach and peers to workshop tailored messages and gain support on how/when to deploy their messaging effectively. In small groups, participants will craft language and messaging for two different audiences specific to the Farm Bill. As a group, we will share back our work and receive live feedback and suggestions from Spitfire coaches. This session will help participants practice using the Messaging Box and equip them with ideas and tips for applying it to your own work.

    National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS)

    - | Amherst, MA

    Join together at UMass - Amherst to network with your peers, cheer on the Chefs competing in the Culinary Challenge, see what’s new at Showcase and learn something new from our presenters.

    Non-Linear Garden Design as an Identity Affirming Garden Practice

    Part of the Growing School Gardens Summit Webinar Series from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation and the School Garden Support Organization Network.

    NY Seafood Summit

    | Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (Riverhead, NY)

    Join a group of seafood professionals with vested interest in New York’s seafood industry to foster active communications and build productive relationships and collaboration throughout the state.

    Hydroponics in the Classroom

    | 4 pm ET | Virtual

    How can hydroponics work in the classroom setting? In this workshop from Massachusetts Farm to School, participants will learn how to build (and teach students to build) a simple, low-cost hydroponic growing system that can be set up in any school classroom. The workshop will explore how to build the system and how to empower and organize students to maintain, run and grow food in the classroom. Presenters: Miana Hoyt Dawson, Pause and Pivot Farm

    NY Seafood Summit

    | The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY)

    Join a group of seafood professionals with vested interest in New York’s seafood industry to foster active communications and build productive relationships and collaboration throughout the state.

    NY Seafood Summit

    | Cornell University Dept. of Food Science (Ithaca, NY)

    Join a group of seafood professionals with vested interest in New York’s seafood industry to foster active communications and build productive relationships and collaboration throughout the state.

    Listening Session for the Draft National Seafood Strategy

    | 4 pm ET | Virtual

    NOAA Fisheries recently released a draft National Seafood Strategy. The agency is soliciting written input until March 16, 2023. To ensure that the agency hears from small-scale and community-based fishing entities, the Local Catch Network is hosting a Listening Session on March 6, 2023 at 4 PM ET for NOAA Fisheries. 

    Ask Me Anything with Sophie Egan

    | 3 pm PDT

    Please join the University of California, Merced on Monday, 3/6 at 3 PM PDT for an Ask Me Anything with Sophie Egan. Biography: Sophie Egan, MPH is Director of the Stanford Food Institute and Sustainable Food Systems at R&DE Stanford Dining, where she is Co-Director of the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. 

    Embrace efficient & renewable farm and food chain energy

    | 12 - 1 pm ET

    Part of the NH Food Alliance Network Café Series.

    Messaging in Action featuring partner organizations

    | 2 pm CT | Virtual

    (Session 2 of a 3-Session Series from Food Systems Leadership Network) Partner organizations walk through how they leveraged key communications tools like the Message Box and deployed messaging that advanced key policies. They will share challenges and tips for telling your stories in accessible and compelling ways, and answer questions about developing your own messaging campaigns. 

    Local Food Trade Show of New England

    | 10 am - 1 pm ET | Wayland, MA

    This B2B networking event is a great opportunity for food entrepreneurs and wholesale buyers to connect, explore new sales arrangements, and strengthen the New England food system. Early registration discounts for exhibitors and attendees until Dec 18.

    Agriculture and Food Conference

    A day of engaging virtual workshops for farmers, foodies, and agricultural advocates. Keynote by chef, advocate, organizer and educator Neftali Duran.

    Bringing the Farm to the School

    | Auer Farm, Bloomfield, CT

    Did you know that Districts across CT are poised to receive federal dollars that can only be spent on fresh and minimally processed local product? This free, day-long workshop will bring together farmers and public-school food service directors to learn, connect and share best practices, success stories and frustrations.

    Engaging Policymakers and Messaging 101 with Spitfire Strategies

    | 2 pm CT | Virtual

    (Session 1 of a 3-Session Series from Food Systems Leadership Network) Spitfire Strategies will help participants learn how to build strategies for creating productive, lasting relationships with policymakers on the upcoming Farm Bill – based on the participants’ existing skill-level and expertise in advocacy. Participants will get a preview of Spitfire’s Message Box tool and how to create messages that channel  the core values, concerns and challenges of priority audiences. The Message Box will help participants create compelling messages that focus on their unique policy platforms and build champions among their priority legislators. 

    NOFA-VT Winter Conference

    - | Online

    Dream Into Being is an invitation to pause, collectively dream the agricultural future we long for, and learn together about seeds to plant today to grow the fruits of tomorrow

    Decolonizing Garden Education

    | 2 pm ET

    Part of the Growing School Gardens Summit Webinar Series from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation and the School Garden Support Organization Network.

    Orchard to School

    | 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET

    Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference

    | Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, CT

    Gather with farmers, service providers and community supporters at this daylong event to discuss and increase disability awareness while being equipped with skills and resources to become allies in advocating for accessibility in agriculture.

    Reduce and Repurpose Food Waste

    | 12 - 1 pm ET

    Part of the NH Food Alliance Network Café Series.

    Wholesale Readiness: Distribution & Logistic Costs

    | 6 - 7 pm ET

    This webinar will cover benchmarks and decision making tools to understand if your business is wholesale ready. One of many webinars offered by CADE.