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The Vine April 2017

DTA, MDAR, and USDA   will be holding several sign up events so farmers and farmers market managers can easily get their farm or market ready to accept SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits. At these drop-in information sessions you can get your farm, farm stand, or farmers' market authorized for SNAP and receive your USDA FNS number the very same day! USDA staff will be on site to walk you through the process and assist with your application. You will also learn about equipment options and about processing SNAP and the new Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) benefit. 

  • Northampton Senior Center, Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 67 Conz Street, Northampton
  • Taunton YMCA, Thursday, April 27, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, 71 Cohannet St., Taunton, MA
  • Mass Farmers Markets Annual Meeting, Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 240 Beaver Street, Waltham
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Consider an advertisement in our  Local Food Guide!

We print over 20,000 copies of our Local Food Guide and distribute them throughout Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties through farms, farmers markets, Chambers of Commerce, Visitor Information Centers, restaurants, B&Bs, health food stores, retail markets, as well as regional county fairs and community events.
Discounted rates available to SEMAP members.
Raising Chickens Workshop
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Rate: $12/hr
Hours: 8-12  weeks, 10-15 hour/week, flexible
Reports to: Program Director and Executive Director
Description: The Outreach Intern will assist with disseminating SEMAP materials and setting up informational tables at events throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.
Tabling for SEMAP

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Vegetable, Herb, and Flower Plants Organically Grown

May 20-21, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
May 27-28, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

At this plant sale you will find all the standard vegetables and are sure to come across some new varieties that you've never heard of before, with a special attention paid to the selection of tomato varieties.  In the herb department, the farm is focusing mostly on annuals but offer some perennials and unique culinary varieties.  Also growing flowers that are perfect for cutting and perennials for your permanent beds.  

Soule Homestead Education Center is seeking a person with a passion for agriculture, spending time outside and connecting children and families to these values. This person will be an important part of a small but enthusiastic staff team. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Education Coordinator will play a key role at Soule Homestead Education Center.


Weatherlow Farms is now offering a 6-month summer meat CSA for $630. By subscribing to the meat CSA, you will save 20% off of regular retail pricing and get a variety of desirable cuts. From May through October, you will receive a monthly share of 10-15 pounds of meat plus one dozen eggs. Prorated shares are available!

A share is a combination of grass-fed beef and lamb, along with pastured chicken and pork (you may opt out of a protein if you so choose and will receive more of another). Shares include a variety of premium and economical cuts such as whole chicken, sausages, ground beef, beef steaks, beef roasts, lamb chops, ground pork, pork chops and eggs.

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Spring Season Extension
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Make Beautiful Arrangements
Saturday, May 13th
Celebrate Mother's Day with local flowers! Join us for a tour of the greenhouses and flower fields, and then learn how to design a large centerpiece arrangement with the best of our spring flowers, including icelandic poppies, tulips, and ranunculus.

Spring Tonic Workshop
Thursday, May 18th
Join Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals & Willa Van Nostrand of Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails in the barn at Weatherlow Farms for our first workshop of the season. We'll tour the greenhouses and make bouquets with farm-grown materials including anemones, ranunculus, flowering branches, and foraged foliage. Then, learn how to make 2 new spring tonics including nettles, sorrel & early season edibles. All materials, cocktails & bites included.
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4/27 -- SNAP Retailer Signup, Taunton, MA 
4/28-29 -- New England Meat Conference, Manchester, NH
5/6 -- Raising Chickens Workshop, Marshfield, MA
5/11  -- Spring Season Extension in the Field, Easton, MA
5/13 -- Mushroom Gardening Workshop, Marshfield, MA

That's not even half of the great events going on! Click below for even more!                                     
Agriculture _ Food Events

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Chickens and an imposter at Kave Rock Farm
Chickens (and an imposter) at Kave Rock Alpaca Farm
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Executive Director

Kendra Murray
Program & Marketing Director 

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Find land to farm, service providers, farmer education, farm funding, information on land transfer, and more!

The Online Farm Guide 
Farmers: Keep your listing up-to-date! The online farm guide,, is a go-to for anyone looking for local foods, beverages and farm fun. 

The Beginning Farmers Network of MA has many resources for beginning farmers See links to Young Farmer Nights and New Entry's publication, An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts.
SEMAP Local Food Guide
This online version of our Local Food Guide contains SEMAP member farms and local food businesses, as well as a list of farmers markets in our region.

Don't let the cold weather keep you from buying local!

Jobs & Opportunities
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Marshfield Farmers Market

AD Makepeace

Ivory Silo Farm

Hidden Hollow Alpacas

Cranberry Vine Catering _ Events

Chatham Jam _ Jelly

Jonathan_s Sprouts

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