Recap: June 8, 2018 Food Alliance Gathering


June 2018 GQFA group minutes

June 2018 GQFA Final Attendee list

Full event agenda below:

8:30 AM:    Free Coffee & Pastries & Informal Networking

9:00 AM:    Welcome & Introduction to Greater Quabbin Food Alliance

9:05 – 10:00 AM:  Lightning Talks

10:00 – 10:10 AM: Introduction to working groups

10:10 – 11:30 AM: Working group discussions

11:30 AM: Working groups report back

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Local lunch from the Petersham Country 


North Quabbin Farmers Markets are starting up!

Summertime is here, and that means our local farmers markets are opening up at last! Find a market near you and stop by for all the best goods from our local farmers and producers.

Athol Farmers Market

  • Time: Saturdays, 9am – noon
  • Season: May  – October
  • Location: Uptown Common

Barre Farmers Market

  • Time: Saturdays, 9am – noon
  • Season: May 5 – October
  • Location: Town Common

Hardwick Farmers Market

  • Time & Location: 11am-2pm, On the historic Hardwick Common the first and third Sundays, and at the Stone Church in Gilbertville, New Braintree on the second and fourth Sundays.
  • Season: June 17 – October 28

Petersham Friday Market

  • Time: Fridays, 3-6pm
  • Season: June 8 – October 13
  • Location: Town Common

Orange Farmers Market

  • Time: Thursdays, 3 – 6pm
  • Season: May – October
  • Location: Armory parking lot, East Main St.

Phillipston Farmers Market

  • Time: Saturdays, 8am-1pm
  • Season: June – October
  • Location: Historical Museum on State Road

Shutesbury Farmers Market

  • Time: Saturdays, 8:30 – noon
  • Season: May – October
  • Location: Town Hall

Wendell Farmers Market

  • Time: Saturdays, 10am-1pm
  • Season: June 2 – October (Date TBD), 2018
  • Location: 2 Lockes Village Road

Did we miss a market? Email us and we’ll add it to the list!

Many of these markets also welcome new vendors – please pass the word on to any farmers or food entrepreneurs looking for new sales outlets. MDAR also maintains a list of all markets in MA that are seeking vendors.

June 8th Greater Quabbin Food Alliance Gathering

Register Here

The Greater Quabbin Food Alliance meets twice a year to connect, network, and work together on issues impacting local farmers, health, food access, and economic development. Ongoing projects include regional efforts to get more local food served at institutions, jump-start more food businesses in our area, support area farmers markets, coordinate efforts to protect farmland and help farmers, and address food access barriers.

Where: Orange Innovation Center (131 W Main St, Orange MA)

When: June 8th, 2018 from 8:30AM- 1:00PM

Lightning Talks

Want to share a project or initiative you are working on? Consider giving a “Lightning Talk” at the gathering. A Lightning Talk is a quick, 5-minute presentation about your organization or a project you are working on related to food, health, composting, business development, education, etc. (click here to see past presenters). If you are interested in giving a lightning talk, please contact Kat Kowalski at or 978-248-2055 ext 29.

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6th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

Register Here

Date and Time: Friday, March 16, 8:00 AM- Saturday, March 17, 6:00 PM

Location: Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave., Boston MA

The Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships.

The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers, policy makers, commercial buyers, foundations, investors and all others. The 6th Annual Massachusetts UFC, building on the success of our past events, is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and fantastic networking opportunities.

Job Opportunity: Seasonal Market Assistant

Seasonal Market Assistant – GOALFM (Grow Athol and Orange Local Food Markets)

GOALFM, a volunteer collaborative formed to support local food marketing in Athol and Orange, seeks an energetic person to assist with promotion and planning for  farmers markets in the two towns. The market assistant will recruit and communicate with community groups who will provide a Kids Corner at one or both markets; periodically monitor signage across both towns; take photos to be used in press and social media; gather attendance and other data, and other duties as assigned. $12/hour for 4-6 hours per week for the 20-week market season (late May through mid-October), including at least an hour each at the Thursday afternoon Orange Farmers Market and the Saturday morning Athol Farmers Market plus one GOALFM meeting per month. The successful applicant must have access to a vehicle and be proficient in digital communications and able to work well independently; familiarity with the Athol/Orange area a plus. Send a cover letter and resumé to

More information here: Seasonal Market Assistant Position_GOALFM

Job opportunity at the Collaborative for Educational Services!

Healthy Hampshire Coordinator

The Healthy Hampshire Coordinator works in collaboration with Healthy Hampshire partners, under the supervision of the Healthy Hampshire Program Manager, to plan, implement and evaluate community health prevention strategies aimed at improving the health of residents and reducing the burden of chronic disease in four primary communities in Hampshire County (Amherst, Belchertown, Northampton, Williamsburg) as well as  the Hilltown region.
Master’s Degree in public health, education, public administration, planning, or related field preferred; Bachelor’s required. Two years’ experience in social services, public health, advocacy programs, or transportation planning; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

As if you needed another reason to attend our next meeting…

The next Food Alliance meeting is on December 8th, and this year we have a special treat for meeting participants: Honest Weight Artisan Beer will be offering a FREE brewery tour immediately after the meeting! Come for the networking and discussion, stay to support a brand new local brewery. The best part is, Honest Weight is located inside the Orange Innovation Center, so you can walk right over after lunch. Register now and let us know if you’ll be joining us on the tour!


For more details about the meeting, including a tentative agenda, check out the meeting page.

Two job opportunities at New Entry Sustainable Farming Project!

Tufts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project has two exciting openings this fall! Visit their website for additional information.

Program and Finance Manager:  The New Entry Program and Finance Manager will help develop, prepare and submit federal, state, local, and private foundation grants while ensuring that an adequate control structure is in place over the spending of funds between New Entry’s two fiscal sponsors. He/She will engage in strategic planning and financial analysis in such areas as forecasting, budgeting, engaging in cost reduction analysis, and reviewing operational performance.  He/She will facilitate the efficient operation of the office through administrative, clerical and financial managerial tasks; provide support in supervising AmeriCorps VISTAmembers; and coordinate New Entry events.  We are seeking an all-around “get it done” person who is willing to play a leadership role across the organization on many levels.  This person will excel in performing detail-oriented tasks, keeping big picture organizational goals in mind, forging positive working relationships among staff, partners, farmers, and always striving to make process improvements across all our program and administrative functions.  For a complete job description and to apply,click here.

World PEAS Food Hub Manager:  The World PEAS Food Hub Manager will manage all activities associated with a $300,000/yr multi-farmer World PEAS Food Hub, including leading the Food Hub team in maintaining a high level of reputation for World PEAS products. World PEAS distributes fresh, locally-grown produce to over 30 distribution points around the Boston area. The Food Hub includes an expanding low-income food access component, consisting of multiple community partnerships. The Food Hub also provides market training and technical assistance to new and beginning farmers who are the main suppliers of the Food Hub.  For a complete job description and to apply, click here.

Both positions are full-time, with a generous benefits package and are based out of our Lowell office.  These positions will be employed under our fiscal sponsor, Third Sector New England.  If you are interested in either position, please complete the application links on the job descriptions.  We strongly encourage online applications. We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to: Third Sector New England, Attn: Employment Manager, NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA  02111; or send by fax to: 617.523.2070.