Sustainable Agriculture Farmer Workshops in Massachusetts

CISA (Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture) invites all Massachusetts farmers to attend the following 2012 summer workshops: 1) Protecting Your Working Body from Injury: Is your body working hard on the farm this summer? If so, you should attend this workshop. Come join CISA and Lydia Irons, owner of The Flexible Farmer, for this opportunity to learn how to prevent injury to your body.  Your body is what powers your farm, from the first seeding to the last harvest. Protect your hard working body this year by learning how to prepare, maintain and restore it with this interactive workshop. Learn the basics of anatomy and body mechanics as they relate to the physical challenges of farm work. With the knowledge of how the body works and the skills to stay safe, flexible and pain free, you and your crew will be more efficient and productive. Invest in understanding the mechanics of the working body and enjoy the rest of the growing season. Light refreshments will be served and a suggested donation of $5.00 will be collected. Thursday, August 23rd, 6:00-9:00pm Bramble Hill, 593 S. Pleasant Street, Amherst Please RSVP by Monday, August 20th to Devon at 413-665-7100 x 22 or devon@buylocalfood.org This session is funded in part by the USDA/Risk Management Agency, and by individual contributors and Local Hero members.  2) Two-part Farm Equipment Maintenance & Troubleshooting: CISA’s Local Hero Program invites you to two workshops on have you considered ditching your temperamental weedwacker for a goat? Would you like to refine your mechanical skills to reduce equipment downtime?    This two-part workshop series will help you build your understanding of – and reduce frustrations with – farm equipment, both large and small.  In the first workshop, Jon Magee, farmer and author of Small Farm Equipment, will teach you the ins and outs of small farm equipment maintenance and trouble-shooting.  For the second workshop, Jon will be joined by farmer Kyle Bostrom to teach mechanical skills for keeping your tractor in good running condition and working around large farm equipment with ease.  There is a $15 fee per workshop, and dinner will be provided. Thursday, September 6th, 6:00-9:00pm -Small Farm Equipment Workshop Thursday, September 13th, 6:00-9:00pm – Tractor Workshop UMASS Research Farm, 89-91 River Road in South Deerfield. Please RSVP by Monday, September 3rd to Devon at 413-665-7100 x22 or devon@buylocalfood.org.

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