A partial listing of food events and workshops in the Greater Quabbin region. Email us if you have something to add!
6th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference
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.
2018 PVGrows Forum
When: Saturday, April 7th from 9 am- 4 pm
Where: Gateway City Arts, Office Information, 92-114 Race St, Holyoke, MA 01040
Join the PVGrows Network to learn from local and regional efforts and craft strategies for action on the urgent and timely topics of immigration, food access, and land access through a series of speakers and discussions. Keynote speakers from Vermont’s Migrant Justice will discuss their Milk with Dignity Campaign, which calls on corporations to take responsibility for the farmworker rights abuses in their supply chains. Workshops and discussions will focus on: approaches to supporting food system workers in the Pioneer Valley during this time of heightened stress and fear for foreign-born residents; food access, with an emphasis on community responses to the suspension of the Healthy Incentives Program and the threats to SNAP in the Farm Bill reauthorization process; and the challenges of land access for urban, rural, and immigrant farmers, recognizing the long history of enslavement and racial discrimination that created and maintain patterns of land and wealth ownership.
CISA Annual Meeting
When: Thursday, Apr 12th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Look Memorial Park, 300 N Main St, Florence, MA 01062
CISA supporters and members, you are invited to our Annual Meeting at the Garden House at Look Park! Join with the CISA community to celebrate CISA’s 25th anniversary, honor this year’s Local Hero awardees, and participate in a vibrant discussion about our local food economy with CISA staff, board, and your community! Dinner will be provided, with catering from River Valley Co-op! This event is free, and seating is limited to 175 people. RSVP to save a seat. Call 413-665-7100 or e-mail Jennifer.
Seeds of Solidarity Farm Tour
When: Saturday, May 12th from 10:00-11:30 am
Where: Seeds of Solidarity Education, 165 Chestnut Hill Rd, Orange, MA 01364
Experience our farm, home and education center that integrates abundant no-till and low maintenance gardens, solar greenhouses, energy efficient buildings, solar electric & hot water systems with founders Ricky and Deb. Learn about Seeds of Solidarity’s youth and community programs that cultivate resilient lives and communities. If you wish, bring a dish for a potluck lunch. Free! No pre-registration, all are welcome. (An additional summer and fall tour will be added soon) https://seedsofsolidarity.org/workshops-and-events/
Greater Quabbin Food Alliance Spring Gathering
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
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 email@example.com or 978-248-2055 ext 29.