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The Vine March 2017 - Spring Has Sprung!
Speedwell Coffee
It was about a year ago that I met Andrew Todoroff for the first time. After reading a previous article I had composed, Andrew challenged my statement that you could not grow coffee in Massachusetts.  We met up at Rendevous Cafe & Creperie in Hyannis, where he showed me a coffee tree that he was growing. Although it doesn't make sense to grow coffee on a large scale here, it can be done, and it is a fun project. When Andrew isn't tending to his own trees, he's busy at Speedwell Coffee in Plymouth. Our director Karen Schwalbe and I headed over to Speedwell last week to talk a little further about the business and tour the facility.   
Freedom Food Farm

Summer Vegetable, Egg and Meat CSA Shares available! 
Flexible pick ups, free-choice shares at the farm in Raynham and other pick up options in MA & RI. All food is holistically grown and animals are pasture-raised and grass-fed. CSA shares include free access to our pick-your-own produce, culinary & medicinal herbs, and cut flowers!

Also offering workshops, farm events free for CSA members and open to the public in the summer.

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Seed & Soil Inoculation Part 2
March has been full on chilly, while fieldwork has been put on hold for most growers, greenhouses are filling up, and spring projects are getting a bit more attention than typical.  Trading a bit of fieldwork, for off-season training I was able to attend a well designed 
Produce Safety Alliance   workshop last Friday.  Attendance at a similar training will be required for most farms under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and if you missed the trainings this go round, I would recommend keeping an eye out for training sessions next fall and winter. 
A group of concerned citizens in Franklin Mass have decided to protect and promote the small farms that are left in the town by creating an agricultural commission.  The steering committee consists of residents involved in a range of agricultural pursuits. Fruit, vegetable, flower, milk, egg and honey production as well as horseback riding and agriculture support and supplies are represented. The Franklin Town council will have to vote to make the commission real and now the group is collecting supporters. If you live in Franklin or would like to show your support visit the Franklin Ag Com Facebook Page  and sign the petition there. Keep track of what is going on at the farms in Franklin and check out the photos and video sections.

Franklin Ag Com Supporters
Franklin AgCom Supporters Marian Syzmanski and Nick Hoffman, Mel Hamblen and Ed Syzmanski, and Pam Gianetti, Linda Noel, and Carly Fisher
Pre-order delicious, pastured lamb from Weatherlow Farms for Easter and other special spring meals. Respectfully raised lamb chops, roasts, shanks, and many other cuts. Either call or email us to place your order: or 508-938-9398.
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Winter Farmers' Market Guide

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2017 Hands on Workshops

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Heart Beets Farm is looking for 2-3 people to work-share with them! Trade five hours a week, either Monday or Friday morning, for 21 weeks in exchange for a full summer share. Contact for more details.

There is also still space in their Spring CSA which starts Monday April 24th!
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C_C Reading Farm Stand
The NEW Farmstand is coming along!
Our friends at C&C Reading Farm (formerly Billingsgate Farm in Plympton) have been hard at work building their new farmstand. Make sure to swing by their West Bridgewater location this upcoming season for the same great veggies and family fun you've grown to love!

C _ C Reading Farm
C&C Reading is Hiring!
Several Positions open including:
  • General Farm Worker(April - October) 
  • Delivery Driver(July - October) 
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  • 4/1 + 4/2 - Coffee for a Cause, Whole Foods Hingham & S. Weymouth
  • 4/8 - All Things Compost Workshop, Part 3
  • 4/18, 19, 20 - April Vacation Spring Farm Fun 
  • 4/22 + 4/23 - Early Plant Sale
  • Farm to Food Pantry Community Service for Teens (13-18 y/o)
  • School field trips to Holly Hill Farm
  • School Partnerships
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Kave Rock Alpaca Farm

Welcoming Kave Rock Alpaca Farm as one of our newest SEMAP Members!

Find Kave Rock with beautiful hats, scarves, socks, and other accessories:

On their farm: 12 Reservoir Ave, Rehoboth, Sundays 12-4 and on Saturdays at the Easton Farmers Market!

Lounging Alpaca
We are a small alpaca farm in West Newbury, MA. We are reducing our herd and are looking for loving, animal-centered homes. Our animals are healthy and well-cared for. They produce lovely fleece (some of them are descended from champion lines). I am a handspinner; their fiber is a dream to spin. Our girls are open and ready for breeding. Our males have been gelded.

Click here to learn more 
and contact Kathy for detail s
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3/29 --
How to get Started Raising Hogs , Dighton, MA 
4/1 -- Food Tank Summit, Boston, MA 
4/1 -- Seed Starting to Transplant Workshop, Marshfield, MA
4/2 -- Infrastructure Development, Cranston, RI
4/19  -- EPA WPS & Train the Trainer, Taunton, MA
4/26 -- Pasture Management Basics, Dighton, MA
4/28 - 4/29 -- New England Meat Conference, Manchester, NH

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

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Register now for an informative succulent workshop_
Saturday, April 22nd
Learn the secret tricks of working with plants inside of small spaces! In this workshop, Phoebe Poole floral farmer and designer at Weatherlow Farms, teaches you how to create your own miniature world of succulent gardens. 

Make Beautiful Arrangements
Saturday, May 13th
Nothing announces the arrival of spring like fresh flowers. Celebrate this Mother's Day with colorful seasonal blooms at Weatherlow Farms in Westport, MA. In a hands-on class filled with the best from spring's garden Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals &  Joye Whitney of the Floral CoLab will show you how to care for delicate seasonal blooms and guide you in creating natural looking arrangement. 
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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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Araujo Farms

Pakeen Farm

Simcock Farm

Borderbay Junction Farm

The Bayside Restaurant

Dry Swamp Bog Farm

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