Field Trips

All field trips are on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Joe Czajkowski's Farm

12:00 - 2:30 PM

Joe Czajkowski Farm specializes in growing and processing organic and conventional fruit and vegetables sold to local institutions, including public schools, UMass Amherst and Cooley Dickinson Hospital. On this 60 minute tour, you will learn about local crop production, processing and aggregation. Depending on the weather, Joe and his workers might be uncovering strawberries, digging parsnips, or thinning asparagus. Joe’s business provides a model for successfully selling and distributing farm products to institutions. Field trip participants will view the on site vegetable processing facility and will observe how Joe processes and packages vegetable noodles, a popular value added product with institutions. It will be mud season so boots or appropriate outdoor footwear is strongly encouraged for this field trip.

Barstow's Longview Dairy Farm

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Join us for a 90-minute wagon ride tour of Barstow’s Longview Farm, a 7th generation, family owned dairy farm in Hadley, MA--to learn and explore the role that cows and dairy farmers play in the farm-to-table food system. Participants will explore milk’s farm to table journey, including milk production, cow care, milk safety and quality and sustainable farming practices and more. The tour will also include explanation of how the farm is working to preserve the environment and help with food waste refuse using the 21st century technology innovation such as robotic milkers and an anaerobic digester. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions for engaging dialogue with the farmers. Tour will conclude with the option to enjoy delicious local dairy products from Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery!

Martins Farm Compost and Mulch

1:00 - 4:30 PM

Martin's Farm, a family-owned business in Greenfield, Massachusetts, has been producing top quality compost and mulch for thirty years. Martin’s Farm is a vital resource in the food system, taking food scraps from local institutions and transforming it into healthy compost. The compost is made up of leaves, manures, grass, recycled food wastes, cardboard and paper. During this 60 minute tour, participants will meet Adam Martin, owner and operator of Martin’s Farm who will showcase the process of collecting commercial food scraps and in three months transforming into rick, dark compost. Boots or appropriate outdoor footwear is strongly encouraged for this field trip.

Western Mass. Food Processing Center

2:00 - 5:00 PM

The Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC) is home of the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center (FPC), a shared use and incubator commercial kitchen space that has supported over 400 farm and food business since 2001. The FPC strives to promote best practices in value added food production and food safety while supporting diverse food entrepreneurs. On this tour, you will learn more about the work of the FCCDC and FPC and how they support farming, agriculture, and entrepreneurship in Western Massachusetts and across New England. Attendees will get a chance to see the commercial kitchen in action, and learn about the history, equipment and operational management of the space. The tour will also include a stop at Artisan Beverage Cooperative, a worker-owned cooperative that was one of the first clients of the FPC in 2001.

UMass Agricultural Learning Center

3:00 - 5:00 PM

On this field trip, participants will tour the UMass Student Farming Enterprise and the UMass Carbon Farming Initiative. The UMass Student Farm manages 10 acres of organic vegetable production every season to service a 100+ member on-campus CSA, UMass Dining Services, two Big Y Supermarkets, and a local farmers market. Participants on this tour will get to view an off-grid greenhouse which helps produce food year-round in New England without using any fossil fuels. Additionally participants may view the the former 1894 campus horse barn which has been rebuilt for student farmers to wash and pack the 75,000 pounds of vegetables they produce each year. The UMass Carbon Farming Initiative is the first temperate climate research silvopasture plot at the University of Massachusetts. Carbon farming is the practice of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere into soil carbon stocks and above ground biomass. Silvopasture, a carbon farming practice is the intentional combination of trees and livestock for increased productivity and biosequestration.

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