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Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide business and technical education to agricultural enterprises in Southeastern Massachusetts, and to educate the public about the importance of local agriculture, thereby enabling local growers to achieve economic success.
SEMAP works towards its mission through two main program areas:
1) Market Development. The goal of this program area is to increase demand locally for locally-produced agricultural products. Our three main programs are:
a) Buy Local Campaign: promoting local farms and farm products to the public through signage, media, and other promotional efforts, including our Harvest Handbook listing of over 200 local farms.
b) Business-to-Business Network: connecting local growers/producers with food buyers from restaurants, schools, colleges, food processors, and other food businesses interested in purchasing local products.
c) Farmers? market support: participation in founding and providing steering committee oversight for the Clasky Common Farmers? Market in New Bedford and the Mid-Cape Farmers? Market in Hyannis MA.
2) Business/Technical Assistance. The goal of this program area is to facilitate access to business, marketing, and technical assistance for Southeastern Massachusetts farms and to work to address unmet technical assistance needs. Programs are:
a) Service Providers Directory: A comprehensive guide to local service providers, including federal, state, town, educational, non-profit, and community agencies.
b) Courses and Workshops on farm business and marketing topics. Upcoming offerings include Economics of Wholesale, Negotiation Skills, farm tax issues, and more.
c) Powering Farms with Wind Energy. Our newest program, working to help farms address energy costs and produce more local food year-round through wind-powered greenhouse systems.
We are a small organization with 1 full-time and 1 part-time staff members, a volunteer Board and Advisory Council, and three active committees that carry out much of our program and service work. Individual volunteers are greatly needed and warmly welcomed!
- Sarah Kelley
- 508-295-2212 x 50
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