Twilight Meetings

Twilight meetings are informal evening meetings for farmers—a designated time to learn about another farm’s operation and socialize with growers in the community. Here’s a few twilight meetings happening during the rest of this growing season. Contact your local extension agency to learn about additional twilight meetings.

NOFA-NJ hosts a series of twilight meetings for farms of all sizes. These meetings highlight unique and innovative production and marketing methods happening in New Jersey. July’s twilight meeting will be held at Ralston Farm, in Mendham. The farm tour will showcase this farm’s open-pollinated, heirloom veggies, as well as hogs, chickens and bamboo! The event is Tuesday, July 23 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at Ralston Farms (327 Route 24 West/Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945). Like most twilight meetings, the evening would not be complete without food to share. So bring a dish for the potluck dinner. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

UMass Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Massachusetts Association of Roadside Stands sponsors twilight meetings throughout the growing season. Each meeting includes a farm tour, a discussion about the farm’s production practices, and highlights how the farm is marketing their products. All sorts of farms will be included from those with vegetables, berries, cut flowers, and greenhouses, to farms with livestock, and those creating value-added products. Refreshments are offered at each meeting. Click here to learn more.

The Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin are partnering to sponsor on-farm Agriculture Community Engagement Twilight Meetings around Wisconsin. Upcoming meetings will be held August 20, 21, 22 and 23. The meetings are open to all and are specifically for community leaders, elected officials, conservation officials, and dairy and livestock producers. The meeting will start with an hour tour of the host dairy, followed by a relaxed discussion. During the discussion ice cream will be served! Farm tours begin at 6:00 p.m. and the discussion goes from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Click here for specific details about each upcoming farm tour and meeting.

The NH Fruit Grower’s Association holds twilight meetings throughout the summer in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension. During the meetings growers can collaborate, learn about pests, and ask questions of extension agents. These meetings also provide an opportunity to earn continuing education credits so that growers can keep their pesticide licenses current. Upcoming twilight meetings include a tree fruit meeting on Wednesday July 10th from 5:30-7:30pm at Apple Hill Farm in Concord; and a vegetable and berry twilight meeting on an organic farm. This meeting will be held on Wednesday July 17th from 5-7pm at Blue Ox Farm in Enfield. For more information about these meetings call Suzanne or Pat at 603-862-3200 or click here.

The University of Maryland Extension hosts Carroll County twilight meetings. The meetings are held monthly each third Monday. July’s meeting will be about pollinators and herbs; August’s will focus on cover crops; and the September meeting will focus on putting the garden to bed and productive garden maintenance. Click here for more information.