The official start to spring is just a few days away! Enjoy these extended hours of daylight and get ready to enjoy a new season of local food.
Want a head start? Take moment to review the
Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) programs in your town - see the list below of SEMAP member farms offering shares. This is the perfect time to sign up and secure your share of healthy, fresh picked vegetables (and meat!)!
Looking to grow your own fruit trees or need some help attracting pollinators? Check out
BCCD's Annual Tree & Shrub Sale
Don't forget to check the On-line Farm Guide for more CSAs, farm stands and winter farmers markets. The On-line Farm Guide is free for farms, markets, local food artisans, restaurants, caterers, and more, to list themselves - just create an account.
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!
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 Farm, Buzzards 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
, Dighton - 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 Farm, Dartmouth - 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 CSA, Rehoboth - 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
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!
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 available is Cape American Beach Grass for shoreline stabilization projects.
The deadline for orders is Tues., April 2th, 2013. - 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 email@example.com.
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.
America's Test Kitchen $10,000 Garden to Table Sweepstakes
Win one of four incredible prize packages selected to help you make the most of fresh ingredients from your own garden, market, or CSA. Our grand prize package, valued at over $7,000, includes your choice of gardening, baking, and food storage products plus a one year premium membership to America's Test Kitchen's Online Cooking School and $4,200 in cash. Read more!
NEW MUSHROOM GROUP in SE Mass! South Coast Schroom Group (of MA)
Announcing a new formation a local mushroom group. Meetings will be held at mutually convenient times starting this spring.(Pot-lucks featuring mushroom dishes are possible!) Meeting topics will include mushroom biology, identification, foraging, cultivation and uses. Be prepared to contribute actively to our accumulation of information! If you plan to attend, please arrive with a (verbal) list of mushrooms you have seen growing on your property, plus any interesting ones you have seen elsewhere. If you have pictures, all the better!
LAND ACCESS MEETING - TOOLS for SUSTAINING YOUR FARM:
An information Session on Land Leasing and Land Protection Tools.
Monday March 25th, 2013
6:00pm at Southworth Library, 732 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth, MA
Making land available for farming is essential for the future of agriculture in our communities. Whether you are a farmer or a non-farming landowner, this information is for you! We will review the basics of farmland leasing, lease examples and important considerations from the farmer and landowner perspective. We will also cover Chapter 61A and farmland protection tools. Presenters include staff from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, The Trustees of Reservations and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust.
SEMAP SURVEY OF FARMERS & EATERS
Closing end of March
Please give us your feedback today!
Should SEMAP change its name?
What workshops do you want?
What role should SEMAP play in our region's food system?
We have received 187 responses...our goal is 250
Takes 5 minutes for eaters and 10 for farmers.
Farmer Announcements & Opportunities
NEW ENGLAND MEAT CONFERENCE - March 22-23rd, 2013
Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH
The goal of the New England Meat Conference is to enhance the production, processing, and marketing of sustainable, nutritious, humanely-raised, and delicious meat from New England farms
by providing educational and networking opportunities for meat producers, processors and industry stakeholders.
As the first conference ever to focus specifically on meat production in New England, it will bring together those involved in meat production from field to table, including farmers, processors, distributors, chefs, technical assistance providers, members of our state and federal governments, and many others. REGISTER NOW! http://www.newenglandmeatconference.org/
YR-ROUND GRASS FED WORKSHOP - WINTER HEAVY USE AREAS & NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF BEEF ANIMALS
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 - Briar Ridge Farm 215 Kinney Rd., Amston, CT
Briar Ridge Farm is a second generation farm where the Baribaults raise beef cattle, Boer goats and harvest 180 acres of hay. James Hyde, NRCS, will demonstrate the winter heavy use area housing beef animals. Professor Thomas Hoagland, UCONN Animal Science, will discuss nutritional needs for winter feeding.
Register by contacting Rich Meinert, 860-626-6240, firstname.lastname@example.org
TOWN OF DARTMOUTH - RFP for SCHOFIELD FARM (22 acres)
155 Old Fall River Rd., Dartmouth MA
The Town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts is selling the Schofield Farm property located at 155 Old Fall River Road. The property is comprised of a 22-acre parcel with a main residence and attached accessory apartment and nearby barn. All proposals must be submitted by April 3rd, 2013. Full RFP here.
YOUNG FARMER NIGHTS - 2013
Its time for YFN 2013! Our first event will be Tuesday, April 23 at 6pm. Since it's not quite spring yet, we will be indoors at the new Urban Food Lab, hosted by New Urban Farmers at 110 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket, RI. Please bring your bowl, your farming friends, and a dish to share while we learn all about New Urban Farmers' latest project! Contact: email@example.com
BEGINNER FARMER NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE!
A new website aimed at beginner farmers throughout MA has been launched by The Beginner Farmer Network of MA. This website is the product of a collaborative process with beginning farmers and farm service providers (including SEMAP!) throughout the state who want the information and services for beginning farmers to be coordinated and easy to find. Visit the new site at www.BFNMass.org.
NEW ONLINE FARM PROPERTY CLEARING HOUSE - New England Farm Finder
This new website, www.newenglandfarmlandfinder.org offers landowners a place to post available farms and farmland. With links to informational resources and complementary programs, this service fills an urgent need identified by task force research.
LAND JOBS STUFF
Visit this online bulletin board for jobs, equipment, housing, etc.
SEMAP Staff - Bridget, Sarah, Kristen