Workshops, Trainings, Events

Upcoming

UConn Extension’s Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers’ Conference

January 7 at Maneeley’s Conference Center, 65 Rye Street, South Windsor, CT 06074 

The day will include 9 educational sessions, an extensive trade show with over 30 exhibitors, and plenty of time for networking. Session topics range from Farm Labor to High Tunnel Production including Growing Brambles, Growing Strawberries and Tomato Nutrient Management. Other highlights include a Cut Flower Production session that will give us a taste of the following full day workshop on January 8thin East Windsor. A farmer panel that will discuss Marketing, specifically POS (point of sale) Systems will round out the event. Three pesticide re-certification credits will be available for licensed applicators.

Look for the Legal Food Hub table at the exhibitor section!

MORE INFORMATION HERE

32nd NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

January 12 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

Plant nutrition, personal health and soil restoration take a front seat at this year’s annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference as we explore the theme Food As Medicine on January 12, 2019.

We will dig into the deep knowledge and experience of the amazing community of NOFA farmers, gardeners, foodies and health practitioners with three all-day intensives, 60+ workshops and 70 experienced and knowledgeable exhibitors.

This year’s Winter Conference unifies our community with connection and camaraderie, carrying on the tradition of sharing experience, enthusiasm and passion for good food, good soil and good health.

Be sure to check out the Legal Food Hub’s “Food Law 101” Session, where network attorney Rich Cavanaugh will give an overview of entity formation and other legal considerations for farmers.

REGISTER HERE

State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show 

January 15-17 at Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, ME 04330

The State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show takes place every January and serves as a source for agricultural resources and products. Producers and consumers alike visit this three day show to take stock of current programs, new technologies and to gather information on the agriculture industry. This show is sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and provides promotion opportunities for businesses and organizations on the trade show floor, but also houses various lectures, certification courses and annual meetings throughout its duration. The event has activities geared towards promoting industry collaboration and progress.

Keep an eye out at the event for the Farmer Needs Assessment meetings, which are your opportunity to share your knowledge and ideas to shape the future of agriculture in Maine. Attend one of the sessions (titled “Maine Ag Needs – Farmer Input Session”) to share your thoughts about what you need to strengthen your farm business and grow Maine agriculture. And, don’t forget to look for the Legal Food Hub table at the exhibitor section!

MORE INFORMATION HERE

 

2019 Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference and Trade Show

February 27-28 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA

The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show is New England’s premier agricultural marketing conference. Sponsored by the six New England State Departments of Agriculture, this biennial conference began in 2007. This will be the seventh conference. With nearly 30 workshops, about 800 people in attendance, and a trade show of almost 100 exhibitors, this is New England’s largest agricultural conference solely dedicated to agricultural marketing.

Farmers of all types and sizes, new and established, from throughout New England, attend to enhance their marketing and business skills.

Keep an eye out for the Legal Food Hub table at the exhibitor section!

REGISTER HERE

Annual Local Food and Specialty Crop Trade Show, hosted by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN)

March 5 at Northeastern University, Boston, MA

The 2019 Local Food Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts.

The Legal Food Hub will be providing 1:1 Consultations with information on getting access to pro bono legal services through the Hub — be sure to register ahead of time for a slot!

REGISTER HERE


Past

 

2018

  • EVENT: December 7 – Build Your Network Grow Our Future Conference at Auerfarm, Bloomfield, CT
  • EVENT: December 7 – Winter Gathering of the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance, Orange, MA
  • WORKSHOP: December 3 – Cooperative and Commons-Based Strategies for Land Access presented by attorney Carrie Green Yardley, at the Farmland Access and Transfer Conference cohosted by Land for Good & Maine Farmland Trust
  • EVENT: November 15 – Connecticut Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, North Haven, CT
  • WORKSHOP: October 18 – Hope & Main’s Food Resource Business Exchange (FReBE), Warren, Rhode Island
  • WORKSHOP: September 27 – Shared Use & Community Kitchens: Strengthening Communities Through Food Processing at Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Greenfield, MA
  • EVENT: September 21-23 – Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, ME
  • WORKSHOP: July 26 – New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Land Access Workshop for New Farmers, Lowell, MA
  • WEBINAR: May 31 – Employment Law for Massachusetts Farmers: Question and Answer Session
  • TRAINING: May 16 – Continuing Legal Education: Navigating IP Issued Faced by Farm and Food Businesses, Portland, ME
  • WORKSHOP: May 10 – Meet and Greet with Legal Food Hub at Rhode Island Farm Bureau
  • WORKSHOP: March 19 – Assessing Risks & Navigating Legal Issues Facing Farmers, Workshop, AgrAbility National Conference, Portland
  • WEBINAR: March 14 – Employment Law For Farmers
  • WORKSHOP: Feb. 25 – Employment Law for Farmers, SEMAP Annual Conference, Dighton, MA
  • WORKSHOP: Feb. 13 – Agricultural Labor & Employment Law, CISA Winter Workshop, Holyoke, MA
  • WORKSHOP: Jan. 18 – Legal Essentials for New Farmers, Greenbelt Essex County, Topsfield, MA
  • WORKSHOP: Jan. 13 – So You Think Your Apprenticeship is Legal?,  NOFA/Mass Conference, Worcester, MA
  • WORKSHOP: January 11 – Put Down Roots! Start to Plan and Write that Farm or Farmland Lease, Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta, ME

 

2017

  • WORKSHOP: December 4 – Farm Transfer and Succession: Getting Started Right, Workshop, Maine Farmland Trust Farmland Access Annual Conference, Augusta
  • WEBINAR: October 25 – Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Rule
  • WEBINAR: October 18 – Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls Rule
  • WEBINAR: September 14 – Navigating the Legal Challenges Faced by Farmers
  • WORKSHOP: June 22- Business Structures for Food Businesses, Salem Enterprise Center, Salem, MA
  • WORKSHOP: May 30 – Trademarks Workshop at Hope & Main
  • WORKSHOP: May 6 – Business Bootcamp at Hope & Main
  • TRAINING: May 5- CLE: Farm-to-Table & Food Safety, 2.5 CLE credits. Location: Preti Flaherty, One City Center, Portland, ME. Time: 1:00-3:30PM. Free for Legal Food Hub network attorneys, others $25. Please contact Phelps Turner at pturner@clf.org to register.
  • TRAINING: May 3-4- Professional Training for Farm Succession Advisors, The Falls Center, Manchester, NH. 12.5 CLE credits approved in Vermont and Maine, self-certification available in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Agenda is found here and registration is found here.
  • TRAINING: March 29- CLE on Labor and Employment Issues for Farm and Food Enterprises, Portland, ME. Space is limited- pre-register by March 27 by emailing rprice@clf.org with “March 29 CLE” in subject line.
  • WORKSHOP: March 11- Entrepreneur Bootcamp, Hope & Main, Warren, RI
  • WORKSHOP: March 9- Business Structures for Farms and Farmers’ Markets, Northeast Harvest Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trades Show, Sturbridge, MA
  • WORKSHOP: February 13, 6-8PM- Succession Workshop, hosted by Land For Good and American Farmland Trust, Kingston, RI
  • WORKSHOP: February 6, 6-9PM- Business Structures for Urban Farmers, Carrot Project’s Urban Agriculture Training Program, Roxbury, MA
  • WORKSHOP: February 8- Intellectual Property and Estate Planning for Farmers, Grafton, MA
  • WORKSHOP: March 4- Intellectual Property for Urban Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs, Urban Farming Conference, Boston, MA
  • WORKSHOP: January 4- Regulations Related to Your Farmer Operation, UMaine Regional Learning Center
  • WORKSHOP: January 11-12- Two days of programming at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta

2016

  • WORKSHOP: October 27, 8:30am-10:30am- Protecting Intellectual Property in the Food Business, Enterprise Center at Salem State, Salem, MA
  • WORKSHOP: November 6 (afternoon)- Employment Law, MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference, Northport, ME
  • TRAINING: May 6 – Luncheon at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson (invitation only).
  • TRAINING: May 23 – Luncheon at Drummond, Woodsum (invitation only).
  • WORKSHOP CLE: May 10 – Presentation at Gignoux Inn of Court (invitation only).
  • TRAINING: May 12 – Perkins, Thompson (invitation only).
  • TRAINING: March 21 – Luncheon at Pierce Atwood (invitation only).
  • WORKSHOP: March 12 – One on one sessions with Legal Food Hub attorneys. Urban Farming Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • WORKSHOP: January 31 – Employment Law, Maine Federation of Farmers Markets, Maple Farm Inn, Hallowell, ME
  • WORKSHOP: January 13-14 – Two-day legal workshop for farmers, Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME
  • Wednesday, January 13
    • 10-10:55 a.m. – Legal Considerations Essential for Running a Successful Farm Business
    • 11-11:55 a.m. – Food Safety
    • 12-1 p.m. – One-on-one sessions
    • 1-1:55 p.m. – Intellectual Property
    • 2-2:55 p.m. – Legal Structure for Your Farm
    • 3-3:55 p.m. – Land Leasing and Purchasing
    • 4-4:55 p.m. – Employment Law
  • Thursday, January 14
    • 9-9:55 a.m. – Farm Protection and Transition
    • 10-10:55 a.m. – Employment Law
    • 11-11:55 a.m. – Legal Structure for Your Farm
    • 12-1 p.m. – One-on-one sessions
    • 1-1:55 p.m. – Legal Considerations Essential for Running a Successful Farm Business

2015

  • EVENT: December 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Hub Attorney Appreciation and Networking, Maine Mead Works, Portland, ME
  • EVENT: November 21-22 – Farm, Fish, and Food Innovation Challenge, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  • WORKSHOP: November 8 – Choosing the Right Business Entity for Your Farm, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Farmer to Farmer Conference, Point Lookout Resort, Northport, ME
  • EVENT: October 22 – Pierce Atwood attorney networking, Portland, ME
  • WORKSHOP: October 6 – How To Choose a Business Structure, Purdue Extension, Webinar
  • WORKSHOP: September 26 – Farm Labor Law, Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, ME
  • WORKSHOP: August 20 – Commercial Leases and Entity Formation, Commonwealth Kitchen, Boston, MA

 

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