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February 2013   

Reminder! 
SEMAP's Winter Farmer Potluck Series

 
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Be sure to RSVP for this event and let us know what you're bringing!
 
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. 

 

AGENDA

8:30Welcome and Introductions
8:45-9:30Keynote Address:  Greg Watson, MA Commissioner of Agriculture
9:30-10
Rep Paul Schmid & Bridget Alexander Director of SEMAP:
Legislative Agenda for Local Food
10-10:30
Department of Environmenal Protection
Upcoming Organic Waste Ban

10:30-10:45Break
10:45-11:15
Sarah Kelley, Program Officer, Island Foundation
Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network

11:15-12:15


Panel Presentation and Discussion

Sue Guiducci, Dartmouth Agricultural Commission
Stephanie Danielson, Land Use Planner, Easton
Bill Napolitano, SRPEDD

12:15             Lunch Provided by Not Your Average Joe's

 
 
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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.

For more information about the quarantine, please see the official DCR press release:
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/2013/feb21PR.pdf

Helpful Resources:
- General EAB info: http://www.emeraldashborer.info
- To report a possible EAB Sighting in Massachusetts: http://massnrc.org/pests/report.aspx
- Mass. Wasp Watchers Project: http://bit.ly/waspwatchma
Sincerely,

Sarah Cogswell
SEMAP Program Director