Primary Conference Contact:
Kristen Irvin, SEMAP
Kristen Irvin, SEMAP
Derek Christianson, Brix Bounty Farm
Sue Guiducci, BCCD
Ashley Brister, Eva's Garden, Round the Bend Farm
Kyle Medeiros, Bristol Aggie High School
Greater New Bedford Regional Voc Tech High School
1121 Ashley Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02745
This conference is made possible with support from MDAR - MA Department of Agricultural Resources
In Partnership with BCCD - The Bristol County Conservation District
And many thanks to our wonderful conference Sponsors:
Bristol County Agricultural High School
Todd Sandstrum of the South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge will be presenting the story behind this innovative educational program at the SEMAP annual conference! His presentation will take place in the school auditorium between lunch and the 2nd workshop session. Not to be missed!
Also, the Carrot Project will once again be on hand to sit down with conference attendees for "Ask the Expert" one-on-one sessions! The Carrot Project provides new and experienced farmers with critical financial and business planning information, as well as loans to eligible businesses. Email Kristen at email@example.com if you are interested in reserving a one-on-one session with an expert at the Carrot Project during the conference. These sessions will run during registration from 8:30-9:30am and during lunch from 11:00-Noon.
About the Conference: Whether you're a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, this is the event for you! This year's offerings include workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gard eners of all experience levels and workshops specific to organic methods.
Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch prepared by the Voc Tech's own Culinary Department students, led by Chef Henry Bousquet, and at the Resource Fair you'll learn about local organizations and businesses that provide services and products to help you grow, whether you've got a hundred acres or a couple of window boxes. Registration by March 1st is just $25 for SEMAP members and $35 for non SEMAP members. After March 1st, the fees will increase to $30 and $40 respectively, or $35/$45 at the door.
The deadline to submit sposor and exhibitor contracts has been extended! Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring or exhibiting can contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check back for updates and descriptions of conference workshops!
Early Bird Rates - Extended! Through Friday, March 14th:
SEMAP Members: $25
Non-SEMAP Members: $35
March 15th - March 21st:
SEMAP Members: $30
Non-SEMAP Members: $40
At the Door (March 22nd):
SEMAP Members: $35
Non-SEMAP Members: $45
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES!
8:30 Registration begins and the Resource Fair opens for browsing and networking | One-on-One "Ask the Expert" Sessions with The Carrot Project
9:30-11:00 Workshop Session #1
11:00 Locally-sourced lunch is served | One-on-One "Ask the Expert" Sessions with The Carrot Project
12:15 - 12:45 Presentation by Todd Sandstrum, South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge
1:00 - 2:30 Workshop Session #2
3:00 - 4:30 Workshop Session #3
5:00 Conference concludes
Workshops & Panels for the 7th Annual Ag & Food Conference:
(Stay Tuned... More to be confirmed!)
The Importance of Record Keeping – Brad Clegg, 4 Town Farm
Strawberries: Varieties, Planting Basics, Disease & Pests – Sonia Schloeman, UMass Extension Fruit Specialist, and Jim Ward, Ward's Berry Farm
High Tunnel Tomato Production Trials – Andy Radin, URI Extension
Beginning Farmer Panel – Land Leasing focus (presenters TBD)
Building Your Brand – Myrna Greenfield of Good Egg Marketing
Soil Nutrient Management in High Tunnels - Geoffrey Njue, Green Industry Specialist, UMass Extension - Wareham
Home Brewing – Sanne Kure Jensen, NOFA/Rhode Island, Ag Writer and Grant Writer
Starting A Garden - Jim Lough, Bay End Farm
Cooking Nutrionally In Season - Nicole Cormier, Delicious Living Nutrition
Vermicomposting - The Worm Ladies
Community Tree Farm of Fall River - Perry Long, Director of Neighborhood Development & Outreach, City of Fall River, and Matt Thomas, attorney
Improving Production for Medium/Large Sized Gardens, Steve Walach, Friends Academy