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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Value-Added Food Safety 101 for Produce Growers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Description: Location: Vermont Food Venture Center, 140 Junction Road, Hardwick, VT

COST: $5/ participant, Free to Members of CAE/VFVC

Do you do value-added processing on your farm? Are you wondering what you should be doing in terms of food safety, or how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) might affect you?

While we are still a long way from the Food Safety Modernization Act being implemented, some farms that do light processing or buy-in product from other farms will need to write a Preventative Controls Plan (Hazard Analysis and Critical Risk Plan-HACRP), and make some infrastructure changes in order to comply with the Act. In addition, buyers may require value-added products to have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan or other food safety plan. This two and a half hour workshop will be an introductory overview to basic information on the Food Safety Modernization Act and Vermont food safety regulations for produce growers who do on-farm value-added processing. There will be many handouts with detailed information about each of the issues covered.

CONTACT: Please call 802-472-5362 for more information or to register: www.eventbrite.com/event/6770786605 To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please let Rose Crossley in UVM Extension (802-223-2389) know by June 6, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Growing Places

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: White River Jct, VT
Description: This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

The in-person classes are scheduled for Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning June 24. The course fee is $100 if received by May 31, and then $135 until June 10. Course information and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu. Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project in collaboration with Vital Communities and co-sponsored by the Women's Ag Network.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HACCP for Meat and Poultry Processors

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Detail to come. Please check back!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

HACCP for Meat and Poultry Processors

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Detail to come. Please check back!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

HACCP for Meat and Poultry Processors

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Detail to come. Please check back!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Growing Places

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: White River Jct, VT
Description: This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

The in-person classes are scheduled for Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning June 24. The course fee is $100 if received by May 31, and then $135 until June 10. Course information and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu. Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project in collaboration with Vital Communities and co-sponsored by the Women's Ag Network.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

On-Farm Energy, Vegetable and Fruit Enterprises, Pest Control

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Youth Ag IDA program summer workshop series. Borderview Farm and Darby Farm in Alburgh, VT. Free for youth participating in the Youth Ag IDA Program. RSVP by July 5. Information and registration: Ali Zipparo, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 106 Highpoint Center, Suite 300, Colchester, VT 05446; 802-656-9139; azipparo@uvm.edu. All participants in the Youth Ag IDA program are strongly encouraged to attend this on-farm workshop series. This first event will feature Chris Callahan, Vern Grubinger and Ann Hazelrigg from UVM Extension. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ali Zipparo at 802-656-9139 by July 1, 2013 so we may assist you.

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