The Vine - October 2020
A Message from our Executive Director:
Join SEMAP for our 2020 Annual Meeting to celebrate local food and farming! Thursday November 19 from 7 to 8 pm. We will highlight our work from the past year and outline our upcoming plans. While much of this year has been difficult, there are many successes to share. We will focus on our work with the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) to identify and protect farmland in the Southcoast Rail Corridor, and we will share highlights in our region with the annual SEMAP Awards. We hope to see you there!
SEMAP's Latest News
Legislator Farmers Market Visits
Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan and State Representatives Carole Fiola, Paul Schmid and Alan Silvia visited the three SEMAP-produced farmer's markets in Fall River throughout October. We were excited to get them up to speed on the Healthy Incentives Program and eating local in the city!
SEMAP, Chelsie Stephenson of Fall River WIC, and Laura Smith of Lane Gardens with Representative Carole Fiola at the HealthFirst market
(L-R) Reps Alan Silvia and Paul Schmid, SEMAP's Karen Schwalbe, Mass in Motion Fall River's Sarah Labossiere (front), Mayor Paul Coogan at Doolan Apartments
(L-R) Chelsie Stephenson, Olivia Hart, Laura Smith, Rep. Carole Fiola at Cardinal Medeiros Towers
SEMAP in Fall River News
Director Karen Schwalbe spoke with Fall River Community Media's Keith Thibault about SEMAP's role in the community throughout the pandemic.
The Fall River Herald covered the farmer's market at Doolan Apartments on Oct. 6th.
News For Farmers
Beginning Farmers
Do you have 10 years or less running a farm? Are you aspiring to start your own farm? SEMAP offers specialized support through our Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, from technical assistance to networking opportunities. Take our survey to let us know how we can help!
QuickBooks Intensive
Food consultant Julia Shanks is offering a four-week course on QuickBooks accounting software for farm financials. Enroll now!
2020 MOFGA Conference
The Maine Organic Farming Association will host its Farmer to Farmer Conference online early next month. Learn about farm crew communication, effective marketing, social justice in agriculture, and more.
Exploring the Small Farm Dream
Westport farmer Deanna Levanti (of Ivory Silo Farm) and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will host a five-session course in Jan-Feb 2021 on the first stages of launching a farm business. Apply by November 23rd!
2020 National FIELD School
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is hosting its 2020 FIELD School Conference online this year, in partnership with the Carolina Farm Stewardship's 35th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference. Attend workshops, keynote speeches, virtual networking sessions, and more to learn about farming today and for the future.
CFAP Round 2
The USDA is accepting applications for an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through December 11, 2020. CFAP Round 2 will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. CFAP 2 follows the first round of CFAP, which had an application period of May 26 through September 11.
Hope's Harvest RI
Seeking Donations
Food rescue organization Hope's Harvest is looking for opportunities to collect surplus crops from local farms. They'll take care of harvesting, transport, volunteers, and product distribution. Email, call (203) 273-0896, or visit the Hope's Harvest web site for more.
For more farmer-facing news, check out our latest Farmer Newsletter. Didn't get it in your inbox last week? Sign up now!
Buy Local News
Farmers Markets Season Ending
This year, farmers markets have overcome many obstacles to connect the community with local food. As the 2020 season draws to an end, support your local market before its closing date!
Freedom Food Farm Shares
Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA is offering farm shares of meat, winter crops, and a variety of grains like polenta corn, rye, and wheat. Find all CSA options on their web site!
Braintree Holiday Market
Save the date for Saturday, November 21—the Braintree Farmers Market's Thanksgiving Holiday Market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by for local Thanksgiving staples, live music and a horse-drawn hayride!
Oakdale Farms Delivery
Oakdale Farms in Rehoboth is offering ordering and delivery services throughout Norfolk, Plymouth, and Bristol counties, plus surrounding areas. SNAP/HIP accepted. Check out their online store to order!
Order Local Thanksgiving Boxes
FarmFreshRI's Market Mobile service is offering locally-sourced Thanksgiving kit boxes—a Produce & Pie box, and a Charcuterie & Cheese Board Kit. Pre-order now!
Turkey Workshop @
Rosasharn Farm
Rosasharn Farm in Rehoboth is offering turkey processing workshops! Choose and learn to process your own bird to take home and cook. Please email with "Turkey Time" in the subject, or text 508-397-3487 with questions.
More Ordering and Delivery
During these strange times, SEMAP is maintaining a resource list of farms and local food producers offering accessible options throughout the pandemic. View the list on our web site.
National Seafood Month
At SEMAP, we’re always encouraging our community to choose locally-produced protein sources. But how much do we know about what’s in the waters nearby? In celebration of National Seafood Month, we’re diving into the seafood industry in Southeastern Massachusetts to help celebrate local fish on our plates.
Rhode Island Commerce
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Cooperative Fund of New England
Member Announcements
Lane Gardens
Thanks to Lane Gardens in Dighton, MA for renewing their SEMAP membership for the coming year! This multi-generation farm provides a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to the Southeastern Massachusetts region. Farmer and educator Laura Smith is passionate about promoting the HIP program!
Renew Your SEMAP Membership or Become a Member Today!
PO Box 80625
S. Dartmouth, MA 02748 
Executive Director:
(508) 524-2601