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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.

2019 Mass Aggie Seminars Scheduled

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

2019 Mass Aggie flyer

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Series 2019

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.

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Series 2019

 

Each program can also be accessed from the UMass website:

 

International Fruit Tree Association 2019 Conference

International Fruit Tree Association Welcome to 2019 IFTA Annual Conference and Tours. February 25-29, 2019. Holiday Inn, Rochester, NY.

We are excited to bring you a top notch program featuring leaders in the Fruit Tree Industry and informative orchard tours. 

Your 2019 registration includes:

  • Two Full Days of speakers/presentations       
  • Two Full Days of Orchard Tours with 14 stops