CMG Events

2018 Festival Season

We attended the Sterling Fair, Hardwick Fair, stART on the Street (Worcester), and Farm Fresh Fest (Wachusett Mtn. Princeton) where we offered CMG publications including the 2018 Local Farm & Food Guide and Map as well as brochures and informational pamphlets from our member producers! Staffed by our Board of Directors and Director, Central Mass Grown always appreciated spending time with farmers and consumers across the County!

Central Mass Grown – July 2018 Farm Tour

July 20th we visited three Central MA farms to learn more about their business operations. Joined by Commissioner of Agriculture John Lebeaux, Senator Anne Gobi, Representative Whipps, Representative Higgins, Representative Keefe and staffers from Congressman McGovern’s office as well as Representative Berthiaume’s office we addressed successes and struggles of regionalized agriculture in Worcester County. We were hosted by Valley View Farm (Templeton), Ladybug Farm Produce (Hubbardston) and Red Apple Farm (Phillipston). Thank you for taking time out of your busy days to share you experience and insights into local agriculture.

Worcester’s Best Chef – Mechanics Hall, Worcester – January 2018

WBC 2018 Central Mass Grown Table Consumer Event

WBC Farmers 2018
WBC Farmers 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forgotten Farms Documentary Screening & Dairy Farm Tour
August 21, 2017

Tour: Whittier Farm, Sutton 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Film: Elm Draught House, Millbury 5:30 – 8:00 pm

TICKETS: $5 per person available here
FARM TOUR: Free! RSVP at ticket checkout

 

Join us for a screening of the New England focused dairy film Forgotten Farms and enjoy conversation with regional farms and community members over a craft brew and appetizers!

Before the film, spend an afternoon at Whittier Farm hearing from a fifth generation Dairy family, meeting their cows and seeing a milking demonstration of their Holstein cows.

 Summer Workshop Series 

Quickbooks Overview Workshops

Monday July 10th & 17th
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Union Hall- Union Station
2 Washington Sq., Worcester, 01604

Presented by Central Mass Grown and Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation.

This two part hands on workshop will provide an introduction to QuickBooks financial software for you to implement in your new farm business operation. Whether you are a computer whiz or proficient enough to only send an email, this workshop will benefit you. Monday July 10th will provide an overview on how to manage your finances and how to create Schedule F forms, which are necessary for farm businesses when applying for grants. The follow up class on July 17th will wrap up the overview and allow for Q&A where you can bring forward specific issues you encountered over the week while setting up your own QuickBooks reports at home.

Attendance will be $10 for Central Mass Grown members, $15 for non-members, snacks and refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Mackenzie at Mackenzie@centralmassgrown.org or by phone at 508-523-3463

 

Organic Certification and Pricing Workshop

Wednesday July 12th
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Union Hall – Union Station
2 Washington Sq., Worcester 01604

Presented by Central Mass Grown and NOFA

This workshop will delve into organic certification, how to get it and how to pay for it. Are you producing organically but cannot budget for the certification costs? Would you like to transition your new farm to organic practices with the goal of certification but are unsure how to do it? The NOFA team will talk about the in’s and out’s of these topics. We will also discuss how to price your organic products and talk to consumers about price differentials between organic and not organic local foods.

Attendance will be $10 for Central Mass Grown members, $15 for non-members, snacks and refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Mackenzie at Mackenzie@centralmassgrown.org or by phone at 508-523-3463

 

Value Added Production and Commercial Kitchens Workshop

Thursday July 20th
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Union Hall- Union Station
2 Washington Sq., Worcester, 01604

Speakers: Neil Rodgers, REC Incubator Kitchen and Whittier Farm, Sutton

Have you wondered about adding value to the products you grow or produce in order to reach more consumers and diversify your product offerings? We will hear from the Whittier Family of Whittier Farm in Sutton who produces value added goods and prepared meals in their kitchen to sell in their farm store and as caterers. The Whittier’s have diversified in part to insulate their farm income from seasonal ups and downs as well as to fill out the offerings in their farm store. Neil Rogers of the REC’s Incubator Kitchen will discuss the operations and uses of their facility and how you can get involved to process your own fruits and vegetables into value added products. Just as the harvest season ramps up, this workshop will come in handy to help you deal with your bumper crops!

Attendance will be $10 for Central Mass Grown members, $15 for non-members, snacks and refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Mackenzie at Mackenzie@centralmassgrown.org or by phone at 508-523-3463

 

Website & Media Marketing Workshop

Wednesday July 26th
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Union Hall- Union Station
2 Washington Sq., Worcester, 01604

Speakers: Rick LeBlanc, MDAR and Laura Tangerini of Tangerini Spring Street Farm, Millis

Your farm website and social media is a powerful tool that should be utilized and invested in to communicate with your customer base. Between Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, MailChimp, WordPress, and others it may seem daunting or like a demanding chore. When done effectively, it can be impactful and spread the word of your business far and wide. Rick will discuss basic level management and tools to increase consumer awareness of your farm business. Laura is a self taught Facebook user who utilizes the social media platform to draw consumer attention to each aspect of her farm business. She will discuss how much time she chooses to allocate to updating social media and what types of outreach yield the best response.

Attendance will be $10 for Central Mass Grown members, $15 for non-members, snacks and refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Mackenzie at Mackenzie@centralmassgrown.org or by phone at 508-523-3463

 

 

 

Worcester’s Best Chef – Mechanics Hall Worcester – January 2017