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Dear Friends and Supporters: 
  
As some of you may know, Sarah Cogswell, who has been with Sarah SEMAP for seven years, will be leaving us on April 9th.
 
  We are excited for her as she moves on to explore her other passions.  Sarah has been and will continue to be an incredible supporter of local agriculture.  She has earned the trust and respect of the farming community and her knowledge and commitment will be sorely missed. 
 
Sarah, on behalf of the SEMAP Board, staff and all of southeastern Massachusetts, I thank you for what you have done for local food.  We wish you all the best in your future adventures.
 
You can reach Sarah at cogswell.sarah3@gmail.com or 508-542-0434.

Bridget Alexander
SEMAP Executive Director 
Ag Day BAAg Day 2013
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As you can see, we had a great day Tuesday at the State House - where the legislators get to taste and talk with farmers and local food advocates.  SEMAP's table was led by Kristen Irvin and Chef Rosa Galeno, who took the already amazingly delicious, Shy Brothers Cloumage to the next level with local herbs and her preserved tomato pesto, served on fresh baked bread.  "They swing by for a taste, but linger to learn about the triumphs and challenges of the farmers in the southeastern part of our state," said Chef Galeno.

It is so important to have access to our political leaders and legislators - here, with Governor Patrick and Commissioner Watson.  We are fortunate to have legislators is southeastern Mass that are true supporters of local agriculture and we thank them for listening and acting on or behalf.  

I would especially like to thank Rep. Chris Markey for arranging a listening session for the state's Buy Local groups, filling the room with legislators and staff - allowing us to present updates on our continued successes, despite funding cuts.  I would also like to thank Rep. Schmid and Senator Rodrigues for their tremendous support over the years -and all our legislators who have supported local ag in southeastern Mass.  THANK YOU!
SEMAP Member CSA Update
NOW is the time to sign up for the 2013 Season!
Let us introduce you to several farms in Southeastern MA that offer Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.  These growers offer 'shares' of their farm products directly to you and yours through a pre-season membership. 

  

By committing financially at the beginning of the season, you receive the bounty of the farm week by week, sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Each farm is different, no program is exactly alike. What is great about all CSAs is that members have the ability to eat with the seasons, enjoying a wide variety of the freshest produce available while connecting to local farm families and helping to support working agriculture in our region! 
Now is the time!  Sign up while shares are still available!

Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth - Andy Pollock owns and operates Silverbrook Farm, which has been in his family since 1953.  He offers a 19 week CSA with 510 shares and many pick-up locations.  Silverbrook partners with other farms to provide a wonderful diversity of fruits and vegetables offered at the peak of ripeness and freshness.  SIGN UP HERE   
 
Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Millis - Tangerini's Spring Street Farm is a 67 acre working family farm established in 1995 on land that had been in agriculture since the early 1800's. They realize that flexibility is as important to their shareholders as it the farmers, so their CSA offers many great options. CSAs don't have to be one size fits all!  
Apponagansett FarmDartmouth - Susan & Tony Woods operate Appo
nagansett Farm offering 21 wks. of fresh produce with market style pick-up (you choose each week from a farmers' market style display) and a PYO garden including flowers. Early bird discount until March 15th (pay in full and receive one week for free). SIGN UP HERE 

Bay End FarmBuzzards Bay - Kofi & Erin Ingersoll run Bay End Farm offering an organic CSA over 20 wks. of fresh picked, seasonal, certified organic vegetables and herbs. SIGN UP HERE

  

Buckle FarmDighton - Jim Buckle owns and operates Buckle Farm, with CSA shares available in Dighton, Jamaica Plain and Pawtucket RI. Expect to receive a tastes of spring, summer and fall crops in your shares.  New! Egg shares available. SIGN UP HERE
 
Brix Bounty FarmDartmouth - Derek Christianson runs Brix Bounty Farm, growing vegetables for his CSA program 'with respect for the earth and future generation'. Der
ek works with a focus on producing and promoting nutrient dense foods using sustainable growing practices. CSA members in 2013 will also enjoy a PYO garden. Learn more at a Brix Bounty's CSA Info Session & Farm Tour on Saturday May 18th at 2PM.  SIGN UP HERE 

Billingsgate Farm, Plympton - Lynn and Peter Reading grow vegetables known to be #1 in quality on their 75-acre farm. Their CS
A includes their own organic produce and cut flowers, picked every morning. Family fun on the farm all season long including corn maze, train rides, live music and more! SIGN UP HERE
 
Coonamessett Farm, E. Falmouth - Ron Smolowitz operates Coonamessett Farm a certified organic farm with farm membership and CSA options.  CSA shares now include local cheese and meat shares and are eligible for PYO passes throughout the farm. Visit their website for the many special events and educational offerings. 
 
Dufort Farms Meat CSARehoboth - John Dufort is known for his high quality meat.  Experience it for yourself with this flexible meat CSA.  Join anytime of year for a 3-mos. share that include ground beef, roast, sausage, and steaks plus farmers' choice cuts. SIGN UP HERE

The Farmers Garden, Rehoboth - Tammy & Steve Noons run The Farmer Garden. The farm continues its long time tradition and passion for producing the highest quality and best tasting vegetables in the community. SIGN UP HERE
 
Kettle Pond Farm, Berkley - Steve Murray operates Kettle Pond Farm's CSA with their motto of "Nutrition from the Soil up!" Unique to this certified organic farm is their Spring, Summer and Fall CSA options. Also, be sure to look for their new farm stand this season. SIGN UP HERE
 
Miss Scarlett's Blue Ribbon Farm, Yarmouth Port - Susan and Jim Knieriem own and operate Miss Scarlett's, Cape Cod's larget pork and poultry producers. The Knieriem's offer four sizes of shares, three of which include their own vegetables AND meat! SIGN UP HERE

Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth - The Pray and Smith families are in their fifth generation of farming at Oakdale Farms.  Their CSA offers a wide variety of produce as well as pick up locations. Members who pick up at farmers markets get a PYO option on the market table!  Two sign up sheets: pick-up locations A and pick-up locations B.
 
Round the Bend Farm Meat CSA, S. Dartmouth - Geoff Kinder operates this new meat CSA at the gorgeous Round the Bend Farm. There are 5 picks up planned April-Nov., consisting of pork, lamb, beef and whole chicken.  SIGN UP HERE

  

The Silverbrook Farm, Acushnet - JJ Pereira and his family own and operate this multifaceted farm.  Their CSA programs start with vegetables and has the add
itional options of meat, bread and even your own christmas tree! View all their CSA options, farm events and more on the farm.  SIGN UP HERE
 
Runaway Farm, Westport - Adrian Falk and his family operate Runaway Farm in Westport a small, diversified farm committed to sustainable practices.  They love introducing families to new food including their favorit heirloom vegetable varieties. SIGN UP HERE

Souza Family Farm, Rehoboth - John Souza operates a 18-wk CSA from his family farm in Rehoboth Ma.  Enjoy fresh picked vegetables and fruits including their own apples and peaches, in each week's share. The farm also boast a spring time greenhouse
bursting with flowers and bedding plants. Yearly container workshop is sche
dule for May - view more details online. SIGN UP HERE

A Summer Place Farm, Rehoboth - Jeffrey and Susan Olson run A Summer Place Farm, specializing in farm fresh eggs, fresh vegetables, fruits, scrumptious assortment of cookies, breads and cupcakes. All fruits in breads are grown here on our farm! CSA shares are available for summer and winter - email Sue for more information.

  

Urban Acre Farm, Fall River - Brad Dean and his family operate Urban Acre Farm a hydroponic operation utilizing mill space in Fall River. This unique set up allows for out of season treasures like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.  SIGN UP HERE

White Barn Farm, Wrentham - Chris Kantlehner and Christy Raymond operate White Barn Farm on their historic family property in Wrentham Ma. White Barn Farms offers a 22 week CSA with distribution starting in late May. SIGN UP HERE
Save the Date!
F2T 2012 tent
 SEMAP's 6th Annual
Farm to Table Dinner
Friday, June 28th
Alderbrook Farm, South Dartmouth
COMMUNITY FOOD & FARM EVENTS
BCCD's ANNUAL TREE & SHRUB SALE!

Bristol County Conservation District is pleased to announce its 2013 Tree & Shrub Sale. In

addition to our usual selection of evergreens and ornamental shrubs, 'new' this year we have apples,hazelnuts, elderberries, paw paws and a great selection of flowering shrubs and perennials which are ideal for attracting pollinators, wildlife or for an edible landscape. Also availablis Cape American Beach Grass for shoreline stabilization projects. 

 DOWNLOAD HERE 

To get a copy of the brochure or for any additional information, please feel free to contact Sue Guiducci at 508-990-2854 or sguiducci@earthlink.net.  

The Bristol County Conservation District is a subdivision of state government and is responsible for the wise use and conservation of the County's natural resources. 
 
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2013 FARM TO TABLE MOTHER DAUGHTER BRUNCH on MAY 19, 2013, which will be offered in two seatings at 11AM and 12 NOON so that you can have an enjoyable crowd free experience. 
 
You can either go to our website and purchase tickets online or to pay by check, you can email us at thesilverbrookfarm@gmail.com
 
The cost for admission includes a buffet style meal with the traditional FARM TO TABLE community seating following the menu made by our renowned resident CHEF ROSA GALENO and also a complimentary gift of SILVERBROOK FREE RANGE EGGS and exclusive access to the FARM's SPRING LANDSCAPE. If you have any questions please contact us at 617 834 5567 as we will be happy to help you at any time.
 
 
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Genetic Roulette
, Film Screening and Panel Discussion
 
Please join with local safe food advocates for this free movie screening, followed by a panel discussion with local food nutritionists, chefs and farmers. Come to learn about this major problemwith our food supply, and connect with your community to help protect our food and our health. 
Friday, April 26th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Waldorf School of Cape Cod, 140 Old Oyster Road, Cotuit, Massachusetts.


Special Event!

Farmer Advocacy Night and Potluck! 
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Beyond a typical Young Farmer Night

 

Thursday, May 2nd, 6PM (to 8:30)

Anawan Grange, 118 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth, MA

 

YFN and the Beginning Farmer Network of Mass are co-hosting a potluck and panel discussion on being a farmer and farm advocate. This will be a great chance to network and learn from some local and regional experts. Panelists will include folks involved with the National Young Farmer Coalition, New England Farmers' Union, Farm Bureau, and the RI Agricultural Partnership.

Free! All ages and experience levels are welcome! Please tell and bring friends. Bring a potluck dish to share and we hope to see you there!

 

Email or call with any questions, or to arrange carpooling

401.330.7153 youngfarmernight@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/events/536561009728233/ 

 

 
Come join in the fun! South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge is proud to announce, in conjunction with Coast of Maine Organics, the School vs. School grant program. This grant is open to the South Shore of Massachusetts. This includes the following counties; Bristol, Norfolk, pumpkins Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Any school or educational organization with in the counties listed is welcome to take part in the Challenge. The school must grow a giant pumpkin on school grounds with staff, students, and parents of that school. The school with the heaviest pumpkin will win a grant for an agricultural based program or project.

 

For more information, you can find us on Facebook or email us at SSGreatPumpkinChallenge@gmail.com 


FIRST TWILIGHT OF 2013!

SEMAP's 2013 Twilight Grower Education Series Kick-Off Workshop
Herb Touch n' Taste with Eva Sommaripa & Chef Didi Emmons
Monday, May 6th - 6:00pm-7:30pm
Eva's Garden, 105 Jordan Rd., S. Dartmouth Ma.
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SEMAP's 2013 Twilight Grower Education Series kicks off with an exciting Potluck event at Eva's Garden, South Dartmouth, Ma. Eva and Chef Didi will lead a discussion where participants taste, touch and smell several herbs easily found or cultivated in Southeastern MA. Learn to use these herbs in everyday cooking with examples from the duo's local foods cookbook, 'Wild Flavors'.
 
Contact Kristen Irvin for more information at kirvin@semaponline.org