Workshops, Trainings, Events


All webinars run from 12-1PM


FEB. 6: Farmers Market Contracts: An Attorney’s Perspective
Presenters: Stephen W. Wagner Esq. & Katelynn J. Ronan Esq., Rudman Winchell

FEB 11: What to Expect During your On-Farm Food Safety Inspection
Presenters: Mary Rose Scozzafava, Esq. & Sara Dewey, Esq., CLF

FEB 18: Protecting your Recipes: Trade Secrets for Food Entrepreneurs
Presenter: Mary Rose Scozzafava, Esq., CLF

FEB 27: Co-op Law 101 (12-1:15EST)
Presenter: David P. Swanson, Esq., Dorsey & Whitney LLP

MARCH 3: Legal Basics for Connecticut Food Businesses
Presenters: Paul Healy & Bessie Bauman, Yale Law School

MARCH 5: Managing Risk for Connecticut Food Businesses: Food Safety and Insurance Presenter: Paul Healy & Bessie Bauman, Yale Law School
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Farmland Protection: The Ins & Outs of Agricultural & Conservation Easements for Maine Attorneys

November 7 at Hope & Main Warren, Rhode Island Thursday, November 7 from 10 to 11:30 am at Verrill Dana, One Portland Square, Portland 

With more Maine farmers retiring and more Maine farms closing every year, law- yers practicing real estate, land use, tax, estate, municipal, environmental, and other areas of law should be equipped to advise new and existing clients who are seeking to add, modify, challenge, or otherwise respond to efforts to protect Maine’s farmland through agricultural and conservation easements. Please see more information here.


Hope & Main Food Business Resource Exchange

November 7 at Hope & Main Warren, Rhode Island

Hope & Main’s Food Resource Business Exchange (FReBE) is designed to bring food entrepreneurs and food industry professionals supporting food-related businesses together under one roof. Legal Food Hub staff will be on hand to discuss our services. More information at




  • EVENT: February 27-28 – Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference and Trade Show, Sturbridge, MA
  • EVENT:  March 5 – Annual Local Food and Specialty Crop Trade Show, hosted by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN), Boston, MA
  • EVENT: January 15-17 – State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta, ME
  • WORKSHOP: January 12 – Food Law 101 presented by attorney Rich Cavanaugh, at the 32nd NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worcester, MA
  • EVENT: January 11 – Rhode Island Food System Summit, University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI
  • EVENT: January 7 – UConn Extension’s Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers’ Conference, South Windsor, CT


  • 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: September 8 – Intellectual Property for Business Entrepreneurs presented by attorney Lucy Lovrien, Hope & Main’s Business Bootcamp, Warren, Rhode Island
  • 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



  • 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 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 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


  • 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


  • 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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