PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release                                                                                                          5/15/2014


Contact: Kristen Irvin | SEMAP Program Director | kirvin@semaponline.org | 336-509-0044


SEMAP's 2014 Twilight Grower Education Workshop Series kicks off next Thursday, May 22nd at Rosasharn Farm in Rehoboth, MA


The first workshop of this year's on-farm education series is entitled "Raising Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats as Part of a Sustainable Farm System" and will be led by Rosasharn Farm owner and Nigerian dwarf dairy goat breeder Anne Petersen.


Event Description:

Anne Petersen of Rehoboth breeds Nigerian dwarf dairy goats for show as well as for milk for her own consumption, and also breeds heritage hogs (American guinea hogs and large blacks). Anne will discuss the characteristics and basics of raising Nigerian dwarf dairy goats, with a focus on how she uses her livestock to create a healthier, more sustainable farm system at Rosasharn. 


This workshop will be a wonderful learning experience for anyone interested in starting or expanding a pasture-based small livestock operation, or anyone interested in learning more about breeding and caring for Nigerian dwarf dairy goats.

Visit the Rosasharn Farm website (www.rosasharnfarm.com) to learn more about Anne's goats, pigs, and products.


Event Details:

Farm tour, discussion and Q&A 6:00pm - 7:30pm; potluck and networking to follow! Bring a dish/salad/snack to share and please bring your own utensils!

Registration is capped at 20 and only a couple spots remain!


Fee to Attend:

$5.00 for Beginning Farmers | $15.00 SEMAP Members | Others: $20.00 non-SEMAP Members

Not a member? Visit www.SEMAPonline.org to sign up. Registration limited to 20. You must register in advance to attend.

For more information on this event, visit www.SEMAPonline.org.


SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in Southeastern Massachusetts through research and education. SEMAP is a 501(3) non-profit and Massachusetts "Buy Local" organization serving Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth and Barnstable Counties. SEMAP's on-farm Twilight Grower Education Workshop Series runs every year May through October; our annual Agriculture & Food Conference is a one-day event held each winter for growers, gardeners, and eaters; and our Bog Jog 5k Trail Run brings runners and walkers together to participate in physical activity and a local food celebration, in partnership with AD Makepeace. Our Buy Fresh Buy Local� Southeastern Massachusetts campaign connects consumers with our region's growers and producers. Our monthly e-newsletter, the Vine, includes local food and farm listings, events, jobs, grant opportunities, and other resources for growers and eaters. And our Local Food Guide is coming back in 2014! The Guide lists SEMAP member farms and businesses, as well as farmers markets and service providers. Look for the Local Food Guide at farms, local food businesses, and events this year. For more information, visit www.SEMAPonline.org.   ###