SEMAP's Winter Farmer Potluck Series
Join SEMAPat our final Farmer Winter Potluck at Bridgewater State University. Share a warm meal, network with friends and new acquaintances; plus learn more about upcoming SEMAP events for farmers and MA specific loan programs through The Carrot Project. This is a great networking opportunity for all!
SEMAP has partnered with The Carrot Project
to increase their programmatic outreach, offering financial opportunities for farms through loan programs specific to Southeastern MA. Information on The Carrot Project will be on hand at all Winter Potluck events.
Municipal Local Food Seminar
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:30-1 pm
Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center Fall River
With droughts and increasingly uncertain food supplies and prices, food security is becoming an important issue for all regions of the globe. Luckily, Southeastern Massachusetts has an abundance of fertile soils, though not all available plots are being cultivated and many that once were lost their markets to large industrial farming and international produce trade. Join us as we discuss how to bring food production back to local plots by encouraging the growth of community and urban gardens, edible schoolyards, and neighborhood mini-farms.
12:15 Lunch Provided by Not Your Average Joe's
|8:30||Welcome and Introductions|
|8:45-9:30||Keynote Address: Greg Watson, MA Commissioner of Agriculture|
Rep Paul Schmid & Bridget Alexander Director of SEMAP:
Legislative Agenda for Local Food
Department of Environmenal Protection
Upcoming Organic Waste Ban
Sarah Kelley, Program Officer, Island Foundation
Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network
Panel Presentation and Discussion
Sue Guiducci, Dartmouth Agricultural Commission
Stephanie Danielson, Land Use Planner, Easton
Bill Napolitano, SRPEDD
INVASIVE SPECIES ANNOUNCEMENT
Pest Alert: Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine in Berkshire County
Following the discovery of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis, "EAB") this past summer in the town of Dalton, MA, Officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) have announced that a quarantine will be established in Berkshire County beginning March 1, 2013.
Emerald ash borer is an invasive wood-boring pest that attacks ash trees. It is responsible for the death and decline of tens of millions of ash throughout the US, from the mid-west to New York State and south to Tennessee. Federal authorities have determined that while eradication of EAB is not feasible, quarantine is an important step in slowing the spread of this pest, allowing communities to prepare in advance and make the best decisions about how to manage ash trees before they are impacted.