SEMAP announces new local food educational offerings
The Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) offers community education and technical assistance covering a variety of local food topics for eaters and growers. Between next Tuesday, July 31st, and Wednesday, October 24th there are six distinct opportunities to grow your local food knowledge. For workshop & event details and to signup online go to SEMAPonline.org/semap/classes-events/. Have an idea for a class? You can e-mail your workshop and technical assistance course requests and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 31st: Local Food 101 with Bob Bailey, at the Old Methodist Meeting House in Wareham, MA – covering the Why, Where, & How of local food in southeastern Massachusetts. At this seminar, learn about the benefits of local food (health, environment, local economy), where to find local food, and what to do with it once you’ve got it! Free! This educational seminar is funded through a grant from the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund.
August 2nd: Organic Cranberries with Fred Bottomley & Bonnie Kavanagh, at Fairland Farm in Dartmouth. Part of the Growers’ Twilight Series, this workshop covers basic cranberry production and the challenges and opportunities attributed to organic production. Learn more about organic weed/pest management, harvesting, marketing and the global business of cranberries. $20 per person, $15 for SEMAP and/or NOFA/Mass members. This course is presented in partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association and is supported by a grant through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ Massachusetts Grown…and Fresher! program.
August 11th: Tomato Canning Adventure with Rosa Galeno, at the First Congregational Church of Wareham, Fellowship Hall. Part of SEMAP’s Sustainable Table Workshop Series, students will visually see the method of cooking jars properly and how to time properly. Each student will receive: a packet explaining in full detail the method and process of heirloom canning with recipes, and three jars of tomatoes to take home and process. Lunch is included: Showcasing ‘Pizza Rustica’ using heirloom canned tomatoes, lemon water and fresh piped cannoli’s for desert. $25 per student, $20 SEMAP members. This course is supported by a grant from the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund.
August 18th: Growing Heirloom Tomatoes with Bob Feingold, at his 8 acre property in South Dartmouth.
Part of SEMAP’s Sustainable Table Workshop Series, this course will cover why Bob loves and grows heirlooms, how to select varieties of heirlooms to grow, and tips for successfully growing your own heirloom tomatoes. $25 per student, $20 SEMAP members.
September 15th: 2nd Annual Bog Jog & Veggie Stampede – Connecting Local Food & Healthy Activity! Learn about local food and meet local farmers during and after this 5k trail run through the A.D. Makepeace Company’s property and bogs in Wareham. Run through wooded trails, break in and out of the dense forest into the sunshine, around a bog and then back into the tree-covered trail. Walkers welcome! New this year: The Veggie Stampede for kids! A short-distance run on the grass for children ages 4 to 9. Everyone gets a super cool tee and tote. All children receive awards. Celebrate with local food and drink at the finish!
October 24th: Local Food Day! SEMAP will be joining the commonwealth and the country in celebrating the nation’s 2nd annual Local Food Day with events in both Plymouth and New Bedford. Attendees can plan on viewing a local food documentary, enjoying local food tastings, and learning more about the work of supporting organizations. Stay tuned for details.
Established in 1998, SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in Southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.
SEMAP believes that local agriculture is essential to the health and vitality of our community and our economy. Sustaining farmers and farm businesses, and expanding access to local food are at the core
of our mission. We provide technical assistance to farmers, educate the community on the importance of local agriculture, work to increase the functionality of our region’s food system, and connect all people to local food.
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