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The Vine - December 2018
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A Message from the Director 
As the year comes to a close and we are getting ready for the holidays, buying gifts, planning menus and shopping for ingredients we hope you will keep local food and our farmers in your plans.  Keep our farmers in mind when you are making your holiday decisions - there are a wide variety of winter veggies and greenhouse greens available now, plus baked goods, jams & jellies, beer, and wine.  And don't forget cheese! Whether shopping at a local farmers market or at a farm stand, our region offers so much.

We also hope that you will support SEMAP in your year-end giving.  Please help us keep healthy local food at the core of our community and donate to SEMAP's Annual Fund.  We need everyone's support and collective effort, to keep our impact strong! Thank you for your support.

At the time I am writing this, the Farm Bill is waiting for the President's signature after surprisingly positive and very rapid votes by both the House and Senate. Continue reading.

With thanks,
Karen Schwalbe
Executive Director
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SEMAP Workshop: Create a Speed Marketing Plan for Your Farm or Food Business, January 7th
Want to increase sales for your farm or food business? Get more accounts? Attract more CSA subscribers? Do you have a plan for how to achieve your goals? A marketing plan works like a GPS to keep you headed in the right direction. Learn the four steps for creating a speed marketing plan. This interactive workshop led by Myrna Greenfield, founder of Good Egg Marketing, will help you outline your plan and get feedback from other farmers and food entrepreneurs. Good Egg Marketing helps farms and food-related businesses increase sales and build customer loyalty. Good Egg provides market research, brand development, sales and marketing strategies, websites, and social media.

The event will be Monday, January 7th, 7-9PM.  Snow Date: Wednesday January 9th. Located at Groundwork New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA. 
Please RSVP at the link below.
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Winter Farmers Market Updates

New Saturday Winter Farmers Market in New Bedford
The New Bedford Farmers Market has a new market at Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm. This market is in addition to their existing Thursday Market.  Learn more or apply to be a vendor.
Original Easton Winter Farmers Market Location Change
The Original Easton Farmer's Market wintertime location will now be at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 143 Lincoln St. North Easton, MA.  Learn more.
Looking for locally sourced holiday gifts? View our updated Winter Farmers Market Guide.

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Tickets now on sale for SEMAP's 12th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference, February 24th
Farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, advocates, foodies, and anyone interested in local  agriculture: join us for our 12th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference!

We will be having 20+ workshops, a resource fair, keynote address, and an always tasty locally-sourced lunch.

Hosted at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, MA.

Our early bird discount is available until January 31st!  Register today. Workshops and keynote to be announced soon.

Have product you'd like to donate or wholesale for the conference lunch? Let us know! 
Email Jon at Your farm or business will be recognized.
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Applications Open for MA Food Trust Program

The Massachusetts Food Trust Program (MFTP) provides loans, grants, and business assistance for increasing access to healthy, affordable food in low-income, underserved areas in the state. Started with seed funding from the Baker-Polito Administration in 2018 and in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the MFTP is committed to improving food security and access throughout the Commonwealth.

Applications are now being accepted for projects.  This website includes information on how to apply for funding, eligibility requirements, and important information.

You can find out if your project is eligible here, and you can also view a recording of a previously held webinar that may answer some of your remaining questions.

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SEMAP Member Announcements:
Round The Bend Open Farm Day,  December 15th, 10AM-5PM
Paradox Acres Now Selling Goat Meat
Workshop on Psychedelic Medicine
Round the Bend Farm is located at 92 Allens Neck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA 02748
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2019 SNE Livestock Conference, January 26th
This full day event will bring together some of the most knowledgable farmers, consultants and experts in Southern New England on the business and care of livestock. Workshop tracks include Marketing & Management Skills, Butchering & Cooking, Soil & Pasture Health, Insight Into Buyers, Animal Basics, Advanced Animal Care, and Meatworks Information.  Learn more.
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