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Berkshire Grown Winter Workshops 2017

Posted on November 18, 2016 // view all News // Workshops

We’re excited to announce our 2017 series of winter workshops and farmer events! Thanks to your input and the farmer surveys many of you filled out last winter, we’ve put together a terrific line-up of workshops to address your most requested topics.

Unless noted otherwise, all workshops will take place at the Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA from 5:30-8:30pm. Supper will be provided at all evening workshops.

Please note: the cost for each workshop is $10 for Berkshire Grown members and $20 for non-members. Attend all five farmer workshops for $40. A limited number of scholarships are available; please email us to request a scholarship.

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Sourcing Local, a Brainstorm for Restaurants & Buyers

Monday, January 23, 2:00-4:00 PM
Eat on North private dining room, 273 North Street, Pittsfield MA
Free attendance
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Berkshire Grown Annual Networking Event

Monday, January 30, 3:00-5:30 PM
Colonial Theater, 111 South Street, Pittsfield MA
Free attendance; Berkshire Grown membership required
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Grant Opportunities for Farmers

Tuesday, February 7, 5:30-8:30 PM
Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA
$10 for Berkshire Grown members; $20 for non-members.

Looking for funds to expand or improve your farm operation? This workshop will breakdown the most accessible grants for small and mid-sized farmers in the Berkshire region. Our panel will cover state-specific (MA & NY) and federal funding opportunities for farmers at all levels of production and experience.

Panel presenters include Melissa Adams (MDAR), Laura McDermott (Cornell Cooperative Extension), Dan Tighe (USDA/NRCS), and Alex Sava (USDA-RD).
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Taking Your Farm to the Cloud: Record Keeping and QuickBooks

Thursday, February 16, 5:30-8:30 PM
Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA
$10 for Berkshire Grown members; $20 for non-members.

Like most other small business owners, farmers are often overwhelmed by the additional time it takes to keep track of their finances. Setting up consistent, easy to use methods for tracking income and expenses is a huge step toward relieving that stress. Go from tearing your hair out while balancing your checkbook and wondering how much money you really have in the bank to confidently checking your cash and profitability over a quick cup of coffee.

Presented by Lucy Pavalock, Owner & General Manager of Custom Business Solutions.
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Strategic Marketing for a Stronger Farm Business

Tuesday, February 28, 5:30-8:30 PM
Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA
$10 for Berkshire Grown members; $20 for non-members.

Is your marketing strategy “we sell whatever we have to anyone that will buy it”?  Learn how a focused strategy and specific efforts can reduce your marketing labor needs and make every step count.  If you want to sharpen and focus your marketing skills or just don’t know where to begin developing a marketing plan, we can help!

Presented by Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
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FSMA: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-8:30 PM
Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA
$10 for Berkshire Grown members; $20 for non-members.

Have questions about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and what it means for your farm? This workshop will provide an overview of the requirements of FSMA, including exemptions and the compliance timeline for small and medium-sized farms. We’ll also discuss general good practices for produce safety and why recognizing contamination risks and making food safety improvements on your farm is good business even if you are exempt from the law. There will be plenty of time for questions!

Presented by Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Vegetable Production and Food Safety Specialist.
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Unpacking the Farm Labor Puzzle: An Intro to Labor Management

Thursday, March 16, 5:30-8:30 PM
Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA
$10 for Berkshire Grown members; $20 for non-members.

One of the biggest challenges in reaching your farm goals is likely related to employees—finding, training, and retaining them. Without employees your growth is limited. Choose the wrong employees and your dreams turn to nightmares. Managing the transition from farmer to boss requires skill, practice and patience. In this workshop we’ll look at best practices in recruiting, training, and retaining farm employees, and strategies for making better decisions.

Presented by Mary Peabody, Community Economic Development Specialist, UVM Extension.
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