UMass Extension Fruit Program
The UMass Extension Fruit Program's mission is to assist fruit growers with all aspects of horticultural and pest management. It is part of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment within the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.
Mass Aggie is for You
Each year the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the UMass Extension offer one or more workshop series on topics of general interest to homeowners and small scale farmers. In the past workshops have been offered in fruit tree grafting, pruning, wildflower identification, and cider making. All workshops have a hands-on component that will help participants gain new skills that they can use in their own gardens or landscapes.
See the link(s) below for the latest offerings:
Click here for the Mass Aggie Seminar Spring 2019 schedule
Wondering where to begin with food safety? Start here! The PSA Grower Training is currently the only official FDA-recognized produce safety training to help growers implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and understand their responsibilities under new Federal regulations. Whether you have a farm that is fully covered by the law or a small, exempt farm and you’re just looking for information, this training is for you.
The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ The training is also required for participation in Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Quality Program.
Each program can also be accessed from the UMass website:
- Plymouth: https://ag.umass.edu/
vegetable/events/produce- safety-alliance-grower- training-plymouth-ma
- Holyoke: https://ag.umass.edu/
vegetable/events/produce- safety-alliance-grower- training-holyoke-ma
- Westborough: https://ag.umass.edu/
vegetable/events/produce- safety-alliance-grower- training-westborough-ma
- Beverly: https://ag.umass.edu/
vegetable/events/produce- safety-alliance-grower- training-beverly
- Stockbridge: https://ag.umass.edu/
vegetable/events/produce- safety-alliance-grower- training-stockbridge-ma
Feb159:00am to 5:00pmHolyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Kittredge Center Room 203, Holyoke, MA 01040
Feb208:00am to 4:00pmMassachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd., Westborough, MA 01581
Feb25(All day)Holiday Inn Rochester NY
Mar019:00am to 5:00pmWylie Inn & Conference Center, 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915
Mar149:00am to 5:00pmStockbridge Town Hall Senior Center, 50 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262