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Red Fire Farm: OPENING MEETING WITH PERENNIAL CROP & FARM YARD TOUR & POT LUCK DINNER - BODY MECHANICS

184 Meadow Road, Montague MA 01351. Meet near the long barn that is parallel to the road and that has a map of the fields on it. (DO NOT GO TO THE RED FIRE FARM GRANBY LOCATION!)

 (3 – 4:30) The meeting will open with a tour of the Red Fire farm yard area with a focus on looking at and discussing some of the perennial food crops that are situated on the home farm fields.  We have patches of blueberries, asparagus, raspberries & strawberries that we have established over the last few years and are now coming into full production.  We will also tour the packing barn that is used for washing & packing 100 acres of crops, and if time we may also have a look at the shiitake mushroom area that is in our hemlock forest.

(4:30-5:30) Protecting your Working Body, Injury Prevention and Body Mechanics for the long haul

In this workshop participants will learn about how to take care of the most important tool they have, their body! Starting with functional anatomy so we understand the basics of ergonomics. We will also cover the Four Rules for good body mechanics and injury prevention tips (how to warm up, maintain and restore from the work you do) Ending with how to maintain the overall health of the working body and care tips for the specific needs of the group. Lots of time for Q&A and handouts provided!

 (5:30- approx. 7 P.M.)  Opening Meeting and Potluck

Get an overview of the CRAFT program, along with a chance to meet your fellow farmers and apprentices from other farms.  Potluck & meeting will be held in our head house building which is part of our large seedling greenhouse.  Bring food!