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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whole Farm Planning Classes

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington County
Description: For people with two to 10 years in business.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

For more information: Heidi Krantz, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or heidi.krantz@uvm.edu

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 so we may assist you.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BF 120 - Vegetable Farming, Part 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

email: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu

This event is sponsored by Cornell, and this listing is provided for informational purposes only.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dairy Farmers' Appreciation Banquet

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Champlain Valley Exposition
Description: The Vermont Dairy Industry Association, in cooperation with the Vermont Farm Show and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, invites you to the Dairy Farmers' Appreciation Banquet - Champlain Valley Exposition

Vermont's Highest-Quality-Milk award winners, Finley Award recipient, and Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year will be recognized at this mid-day celebration.

Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved in advance by contacting Alan Curler at 802-498-5711 or lilotter@gmavt.net. A number of tickets will be available for sale at the Farm Show. Payment at the door accepted by cash or check only.

Doors open at 11:30 am. Program starts promptly at noon. Buffet dinner is provided by The Abbey.

The Board of VDIA, looks forward to seeing you there!

This event is sponsored by VT Dairy Industry Association, the Vermont Farm Show and the VT Agency of Agriculture and this listing is provided for informational purposes only.

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Introduction to Understanding Financial Statements

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ctr. for Ag. Economy, Hardwick
Description: Introduction to Understanding Financial Statements

CAE/SBDC Workshop Series

For more information: Contact Daniel Keeney
Daniel@hardwickagriculture.org, 802-462-5362 or visit www.vtsbdc.org to register

Free and Open to the Public

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Friday, January 30, 2015

7th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Latham, NY
Description: 7th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference at Century House, 997 Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, NY 12110.

Featured speakers will include: Neil Dennis of Sunnybrae Farms, Saskatchewan, Canada and Allan Nation, Editor, Stockman Grass Farmer, based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, Thomas Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems, Kinderhook, NY and Jim and Deborah Taylor of Sunny Acres Farm, Athens, NY

Once again this year will will have a Friday evening banquet with local grass-fed beef, pork and lamb. Two scholarships will once again be available through the David Huse Education Scholarship Fund. Thanks to our sponsors and vendors for supporting our conference to help keep registration costs at a reasonable rate. Registration materials will be available in October 2014. Contact Gale Kohler at 518-765-3500 or gek4@cornell.edu or visit our website at www.ccealbany.com for details.

This event is not sponsored by UVM Extension and this listing is provided for informational purposes only.


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Saturday, January 31, 2015

NOFA-NH 13th Annual Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: The conference will be jam-packed with over 35 workshops, farmer intensive programs, and a keynote address by Janisse Ray. It will also include the NOFA-NH Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, ample opportunities for networking local farmers and consumers, and a robust Green Market Fair. The day’s lineup includes workshops on organic certification, legal issues for vegetable and fruit producers, balancing farming and family, scale-appropriate farm equipment, wild edibles, cultivating and landscaping with mushrooms, sheet-mulching, cultivating healthy soils, writing winning Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG), working with land trusts, seed farming, agricultural policy, selling to cooperatives, developing school gardens, gleaning, launching a value-added product, and much more! Join nearly 500 supporters of the local, organic movement as we welcome Janisse Ray whose keynote address will focus on one of farming’s most valuable crops: seed.

Conference registration includes excellent organic and locally-sourced meals and snacks catered by The Crust and Crumb Baking Company. Beginning farmer scholarships applications are available on the Winter Conference webpage. Applications are due January 20th.

For details go to: nofanh.org/nofa-event/winter-conference-2015/
Contact: winterconference@nofanh.org

Location: Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord, NH 03301

Tickets: $68 for NOFA/MOFGA, $85 for non-members, $35 for children

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Introduction to Sustainable Vegetable Production

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: UVM Extension, Berlin, VT
Description: Mondays, February 2 - March 30, 2015

Cost: $75 VVBGA Members/$125 Non Members

This course will explore management practices at Crossroad Farm, and the practices of other farmers who give guest lectures. The course is aimed at beginning and intermediate farmers. Each week a different farming practice will be disucssed and how it applies to a specific crop.

Feb. 2 - Soil Fertility Management, Clotilde Hryshko, Camp Merrishko
Feb. 9 - Greenhouse Tomatoes and Transplant Growing, Pooh Sprague, Edgewater Farm
Feb. 16 - Crop Rotation, Disease Management of Brassicas, Andy Jones, Intervale Community Farm
Feb. 23 - Growing Greens: Crop Scheduling, Organization and Weed Control, Danielle Allen, Your Farm
March 2 - Sustainable Sweet Corn Production, TBD
March 9 - Season Extension, Melons, Squash and Cucumbers, Benner Dana, Your Farm
March 16 - Potatoes, Root Crops, Weed Management and Limited Insect Control, Hank Bissell, Lewis Creek Farm
March 23 - Class Choice Topic
March 30 - Farm visit

Registration: Please sign up online at vegcourse.eventbrite.com or mail in the registration form to VVBGA, PO Box 2091, South Burlington, VT 05407.

Questions? Contact Tim Taylor, 802-333-4455 or tim@crossroadfarm.com.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Vern Grubinger at Vernon.Grubinger@uvm.edu or call 802-380-2035.

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Sales Contracts for Farm Produce: Why and How

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Everyone loves local food! Consumers, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and child care facilities are buying more and more product. No matter the size of the buyer, a good relationship between buyer and farmer is key to making these sales profitable over the long-term. The right sales agreement- a written one that addresses ordering, cancellation, and payment terms- can help keep everyone happy. Learn how and why farmers should pay attention to the "terms" of their sales and strongly consider writing down sales agreements.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Whole Farm Planning Classes

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington County
Description: For people with two to 10 years in business.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

For more information: Heidi Krantz, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or heidi.krantz@uvm.edu

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 so we may assist you.

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Making Employment Law Work for your Farm

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Employment law is probably the single most complex legal concern for farmers. Especially for the diversified farm, navigating farm and non-farm employment law is no walk in the park. This webinar will break down federal minimum wage, workers’ compensation and overtime, plus migrant worker laws. (They apply to more than just migrant workers!) Worker-exchange programs, independent contractors, employment manuals, injury liability, discrimination and a host of other concerns round out the discussion. Checklists and flowcharts will help make the process easy.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Introduction to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin or Rutland
Description: February 4, 11 and 18 - Snow Date February 25th.

Make this the year you bravely step into the world of farm finances! With two top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances with confidence. This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge. Classes will be offered simultaneously in Rutland and Berlin, Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location.

Course fee: $150. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and for two or more people attending from the same farm/business. Scholarships are also available. For more information and to register visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Heidi Krantz at newfarmer@uvm.edu, 802-223-2389 x 203.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 or 866-860-1382 by January 23, 2015, so we may assist you.

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

"UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work."

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BF 120 - Vegetable Farming, Part 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

email: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu

This event is sponsored by Cornell, and this listing is provided for informational purposes only.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

2014-2015 Bedded Pack Manure Management Trainings

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Middlebury Ext. Office
Description: $25 per person includes lunch and materials. Pre-registration required

If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.

Contact: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture - (802) 656-5459 - jcolby@uvm.edu

If you have suggested dates to rescheduling, please call # above.

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Milk Quality/Mastitis Management Webinars

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Milk Quality/Mastitis Management webinars (daytime) in CCE Ballston Spa - One program, sessions build up what was previously covered in earlier session. For more information Contact CCE - Herkimer (315) 866-7920, or to register.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Whole Farm Planning Classes

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington County
Description: For people with two to 10 years in business.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

For more information: Heidi Krantz, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or heidi.krantz@uvm.edu

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 so we may assist you.

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2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wholesale Market Production

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Wholesale Market Production: Join Annie Rowell, Program Manager at the Vermont Food Venture Center to learn about wholesale markets (product specs, delivery container types and more). We’ll review food safety requirements, learn about how farm agreements work and share resources available to farms, including sample enterprise budgets and a resource guide.

For more information visit: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer, email newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802.2389 X203

This event is sponsored by the Vermont Food Centure and this listing is provided for informational purposes only.

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BF 120 - Vegetable Farming, Part 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

email: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu

This event is sponsored by Cornell, and this listing is provided for informational purposes only.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

NOFA Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Please save the date for the 33rd Annual NOFA - VT Winter Conference, February 14-15, 2015, at the University of Vermont in Burlington! info@nofavt.org

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

NOFA Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Please save the date for the 33rd Annual NOFA - VT Winter Conference, February 14-15, 2015, at the University of Vermont in Burlington! info@nofavt.org

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Help Writing a Produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Johnsbury Ext. Office
Description: HELP WRITING A PRODUCE SAFETY PLAN!

A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information: Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7 - On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent Passut at (802)751-8307 x 351 by February 1, 2015 so we may assist you.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Help Writing a produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Yankee Farm Credit, WRJ
Description: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information: Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7

On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il

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Marketing your Local Product: Meeting Customer Needs

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ctr. for Ag. Economy, Hardwick
Description: CAE/SBDC Workshop Series

For more information: Contact Daniel Keeney
Daniel@hardwickagriculture.org, 802-462-5362 or visit www.vtsbdc.org to register

Free and Open to the Public

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Help Writing a Produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Swanton
Description: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information: Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7

On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il




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Monday, February 23, 2015

Writing a produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Poultney - Gr. Mt. College
Description: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information:
Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7

On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il




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Farm Sole Proprietorships, LLCs, S Corps, C Corps, and Coops

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Farm Sole Proprietorships, LLCs, S Corps, C Corps, and Coops: Which? Why? How? (Advanced)

Many farms operate as a sole proprietorship but growing numbers of farmers are choosing an LLC instead. Learn what an LLC or corporation can and cannot do to protect the farm business. A any solid business entity also needs managing paperwork. Learn what an operating agreement or bylaws can do for the farm and what to write into them. We’ll also discuss options for cooperative ventures, entity structures to pass on the farm business, and some tax aspects of business entities.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Help Writing a Produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Middlebury Ext. Office
Description: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information: Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7

On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il

To request a scholarship or disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 at least three weeks before the workshop you wish to attend so we may assist you.

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Going In-Depth with CSA Farm Law (Advanced)

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Going In-Depth With CSA Farm Law (Advanced)

In this webinar, farmers will get in-depth tools to move forward on managing sales, drop-site, volunteer, and worker share matters. We’ll also discuss some of the more unique CSA programs like farmers’ market pre-pay programs and multi-farm cooperative CSAs. Farmers who’ve already attended one of Farm Commons’ basic CSA law programs will get a lot out of this advanced session.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference & Trade Show

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sturbridge, MA
Description: Direct Marketing to Diversified Whole - Registration is now OPEN!

Conference Highlights:
Keynote Speaker: Johnathan Raduns from Merchandise Food!
General Session Speaker: Nancy Clark from Drive Brand Studios
Tracks sponsored by the MA Association of Ag Commissions and the Food to Institution New England
The SNAP Resource Center where you can become authorized to accept SNAP
The New England Farmers' Market Mangers Professional Development Seminar
25 Breakout Sessions
An Industry Trade Show!

To registeronline: HarvestNewEngland.org/event

Early registration closes on February 3, 2015 so don't wait - there's less than a month to get the early registration price!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Farm Work Done Legally with Interns, Apprentices & Volunteers

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Advanced Webinar
Description: CSA is an incredibly unique relationship between farmer and customer. But, this means it also has unique legal dynamics. CSA farmers who critically analyze their membership agreement, drop sites, and farm event programs beforehand set themselves up for success. Learn how an attorney sees CSA and what you can do to protect your farm. This webinar will also discuss risks with farm volunteer programs and buying the right insurance.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Whole Farm Planning Classes

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington County
Description: For people with two to 10 years in business.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

For more information: Heidi Krantz, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or heidi.krantz@uvm.edu

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 so we may assist you.

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2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NOFA NY Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Holiday Inn, Syracuse/Liverpool
Description: Save the Date for the NOFA-NY Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference!

NOFA-NY is excited to announce Keynote speaker Neal Kinsey, of Kinsey Agricultural Services, to the 2015 NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference.

Know Your Soils: You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure

Neal Kinsey is one of the foremost practitioners of the Albrecht - style soil fertility balancing, and is the author of the book "Hands on Agronomy." You will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from soil examples taken from NY State organic farms. Neal will outline good soil sampling practices, reading soil test results and what to do next unraveling soil mysteries one element at a time. Hear how you can improve nutritional value of crops by prioritizing your soil needs. Neal will discuss the use of applied amendments and how they affect nutrient use in soils and crops.

This event is being sponsored by NOFA NY and this listing is provided for informational purposes only.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Milk Quality/Mastitis Management Webinars

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Milk Quality/Mastitis Management webinars (daytime) in CCE Ballston Spa - One program, sessions build up what was previously covered in earlier session. For more information Contact CCE - Herkimer (315) 866-7920, or to register.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CNY Dairy Day - East

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: CCE, Ballston Spa, NY
Description: March 10th 2015 - CNY Dairy Day – East – at CCE, 50 West High St, Ballston Spa – For more info, contact CCE – Herkimer (315) 866-7920 or to register.

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Whole Farm Planning Classes - Snow Date

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington County
Description: For people with two to 10 years in business.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

For more information: Heidi Krantz, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or heidi.krantz@uvm.edu

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 so we may assist you.

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2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

VT Organic Dairy Producers Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: VTC, Randolph Ctr., VT
Description: Save-the-date note for the 2015 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference. It will be held on March 11 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vermont.

We are excited about the line up of speakers including our two keynote presenters: Dr. Roger Moon, a veterinary entomologist from the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Guy Jodarski, staff veterinarian at Organic Valley / CROPP.

We're putting the final touches on the conference brochure but if you are interested in registering now, you can do so on the conference site at: www.uvm.edu/extension/organicdairy
Thanks!

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What Stage is your Business in and What's Next for You?

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: What Stage is Your Business in and What’s Next for You? Steve Paddock, VT Small Business Development Center Advisor will discuss the characteristics of various stages of business growth and the challenges people face during these stages. We will also identify resources and look at preparing for unplanned events.

For more information visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer, email newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802.223.2389 x203

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Human Resources: Matching Labor with Business Objectives

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Ctr. for Ag. Economy, Hardwick
Description: CAE/SBDC Workshop Series

For more information: Contact Daniel Keeney
Daniel@hardwickagriculture.org, 802-462-5362 or visit www.vtsbdc.org to register

Free and Open to the Public

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Friday, March 13, 2015

ABC's of Farm Based Education Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne Farms
Description: Registration is open for the ABC's of Farm-Based Education Workshop, March 13-15 at Shelburne Farms.

$250 includes materials, meals & tax (scholarships available); optional accommodations $65/person/night, includes tax (double occupancy) Vermont farmers can come for free!

Please see a workshop description below, the website to register, and contact Vera if you have questions:
www.shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/abcs-of-farm-based-education

Discover easy and fun ways to develop agricultural education programs with engaging, kid-tested, educator approved activities! If you are looking for new ideas for an existing program, or are starting to explore the opportunities of farm-based education, this workshop is for you! Spend three days of hands-on, discussion and activity based learning and exploration of the Shelburne Farms campus, including the dairy, farmyard, garden, and forest classrooms. Experience activities from Shelburne Farms’ publications Project Seasons and Cultivating Joy and Wonder as we discuss ways to engage school groups and farm visitors. Workshop topics include: creating a safe learning environment, developing programs, resource sharing and networking among participants, and more!

Read about the participants of our March 2014 ABCs workshop.

This event is sponsored by Shelburne Farms and this listing is provided by UVM Extension for informationional purposes.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

ABC's of Farm-Based Education Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne Farms
Description: Registration is open for the ABC's of Farm-Based Education Workshop, March 13-15 at Shelburne Farms.

$250 includes materials, meals & tax (scholarships available); optional accommodations $65/person/night, includes tax (double occupancy) Vermont farmers can come for free!

Please see a workshop description below, the website to register, and contact Vera if you have questions:
www.shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/abcs-of-farm-based-education

Discover easy and fun ways to develop agricultural education programs with engaging, kid-tested, educator approved activities! If you are looking for new ideas for an existing program, or are starting to explore the opportunities of farm-based education, this workshop is for you! Spend three days of hands-on, discussion and activity based learning and exploration of the Shelburne Farms campus, including the dairy, farmyard, garden, and forest classrooms. Experience activities from Shelburne Farms’ publications Project Seasons and Cultivating Joy and Wonder as we discuss ways to engage school groups and farm visitors. Workshop topics include: creating a safe learning environment, developing programs, resource sharing and networking among participants, and more!

Read about the participants of our March 2014 ABCs workshop.

This event is sponsored by Shelburne Farms and this listing is provided by UVM Extension for informationional purposes.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

ABC's of Farm-Based Education Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne Farms
Description: Registration is open for the ABC's of Farm-Based Education Workshop, March 13-15 at Shelburne Farms.

$250 includes materials, meals & tax (scholarships available); optional accommodations $65/person/night, includes tax (double occupancy) Vermont farmers can come for free!

Please see a workshop description below, the website to register, and contact Vera if you have questions:
www.shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/abcs-of-farm-based-education

Discover easy and fun ways to develop agricultural education programs with engaging, kid-tested, educator approved activities! If you are looking for new ideas for an existing program, or are starting to explore the opportunities of farm-based education, this workshop is for you! Spend three days of hands-on, discussion and activity based learning and exploration of the Shelburne Farms campus, including the dairy, farmyard, garden, and forest classrooms. Experience activities from Shelburne Farms’ publications Project Seasons and Cultivating Joy and Wonder as we discuss ways to engage school groups and farm visitors. Workshop topics include: creating a safe learning environment, developing programs, resource sharing and networking among participants, and more!

Read about the participants of our March 2014 ABCs workshop.

This event is sponsored by Shelburne Farms and this listing is provided by UVM Extension for informationional purposes.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Introduction to Sustainable Vegetable Production

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: UVM Extension, Berlin
Description:
This course will explore management practices at Crossroad Farm, and the practices of other farmers who give guest lectures. The course is aimed at beginning and itermediate farmers.
Potatoes, Root Crops, Weed Management and Limited Insect Control Hank Bissell, Lewis Creek Farm

Mondays February 2 - March 30

Cost: $75 VVBGA members/$125 Non members

Registration: please sign up online at vegcourse.eventbrite.com or mail in registration form to VVBGA, PO Box 2091, South Burlington, VT 05407.

Questions: Contact Tim Taylor, 802-333-4455 or tim@crossroadfarm.com

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Vern Grubinger at Vernon.Grubinger@uvm.edu or 802-380-6389.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Financing a Farmland Purchase: Legal Basics

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Advanced Webinar
Description: Financing A Farmland Purchase: Legal basics for traditional and non-traditional farmland purchases (Advanced)

Finding money to purchase land and capital is a huge issue for many farmers. Bank loans, land contracts (aka contracts for deed), and family financing offer some solutions. The legal language behind promissory notes, security agreements, land contracts, and mortgages isn’t just “boilerplate.” Farmers will learn the basics behind these documents. Farmers are also exploring new opportunities such as crowdsourcing funds from farm customers, friends, and members. To avoid costly fines, farmers must pay attention to the state and federal securities laws that affect these opportunities. This webinar will give farmers knowledge of the legal basics when financing farmland.

Register at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Food Safety: ServSafe Certification Class

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ctr. for Ag. Economy, Hardwick
Description: To register: Contact Daniel Keeney

Daniel@hardwickagriculture.org, 802-462-5362

$130 Entry Fee

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Whole Farm Planning Classes

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington County
Description: For people with two to 10 years in business.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

For more information: Heidi Krantz, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or heidi.krantz@uvm.edu

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 so we may assist you.

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Efficiently Manage Your Farm;s Risks with Insurance (Advanced)

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Finding money to purchase land and capital is a huge issue for many farmers. Bank loans, land contracts (aka contracts for deed), and family financing offer some solutions. The legal language behind promissory notes, security agreements, land contracts, and mortgages isn’t just “boilerplate.” Farmers will learn the basics behind these documents. Farmers are also exploring new opportunities such as crowdsourcing funds from farm customers, friends, and members. To avoid costly fines, farmers must pay attention to the state and federal securities laws that affect these opportunities. This webinar will give farmers knowledge of the legal basics when financing farmland.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Welcoming Customers on your Farm

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Welcoming Customers on Your Farm Using Agritourism, Education, and Direct Sales to Increase Farm Profits
April 7-8, 2015 - Rutland, Vermont

Spend Tuesday, April 7 touring a variety of farms in the Rutland region.
On Wednesday, April 8, learn from experts in agritourism, on-farm education, and direct sales -- and share your experiences! Downtown Rutland's Paramount Theater and Community College of Vermont will be the venues for speakers and hands-on workshops.
Registration info coming soon, including an option for one-day registration. Keep an eye out for more information after the holidays. For now, mark your calendars and start thinking of workshops you want to pull together.

Promote, empower, network and share the many ways you are successfully hosting visitors on your farms in the Rutland area and beyond. This conference will rely heavily on a peer-to-peer educational model. See the attached Call for Workshops to let us know how you would like to share your stories, strategies, and ideas. Workshop proposals are due January 31, 2015.

Sponsored by USDA Rural Development and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission with additional support from Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, University of Vermont Extension, Farm-Based Education Network, Vermont Farms! Association, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lisa Chase at 802-257-7967 or 1-800-571-0668 (toll-free in VT) by February 28, 2015 so we may assist you.

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.



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Whole Farm Planning Classes

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington County
Description: For people with two to 10 years in business.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

For more information: Heidi Krantz, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or heidi.krantz@uvm.edu

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 so we may assist you.

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2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Welcoming Customers on your Farm

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Welcoming Customers on Your Farm Using Agritourism, Education, and Direct Sales to Increase Farm Profits
April 7-8, 2015 - Rutland, Vermont

Spend Tuesday, April 7 touring a variety of farms in the Rutland region.
On Wednesday, April 8, learn from experts in agritourism, on-farm education, and direct sales -- and share your experiences! Downtown Rutland's Paramount Theater and Community College of Vermont will be the venues for speakers and hands-on workshops.
Registration info coming soon, including an option for one-day registration. Keep an eye out for more information after the holidays. For now, mark your calendars and start thinking of workshops you want to pull together.

Promote, empower, network and share the many ways you are successfully hosting visitors on your farms in the Rutland area and beyond. This conference will rely heavily on a peer-to-peer educational model. See the attached Call for Workshops to let us know how you would like to share your stories, strategies, and ideas. Workshop proposals are due January 31, 2015.

Sponsored by USDA Rural Development and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission with additional support from Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, University of Vermont Extension, Farm-Based Education Network, Vermont Farms! Association, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lisa Chase at 802-257-7967 or 1-800-571-0668 (toll-free in VT) by February 28, 2015 so we may assist you.

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.



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