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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unlocking the Secrets of Soil Health

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: Jim Hoorman, from Ohio State University, who works in the areas of cover crops, no-till, manure management and water quality, will share strategies to improve soil structure, retain nutrients and increase crop yield on farm fields. The Soil Health Workshop and Field Day, also includes a visit to a local dairy farm.

The event is free for farmers and $30 for others. A hot lunch is included.

Registration is requested by April 17. To register go to Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend, should contact Kirsten Workman at (802) 388-4969, ext. 347, or (800) 956-1125 by April 14.

The day gets underway at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Vergennes. Following lunch, participants will travel to Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh to hear from the Vander Wey family about how they manage their fields to avoid soil compaction, use cover cropping and other soil health practices.

For more information, call (802) 388-4969 or e-mail

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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.

For more information: Beth Holtzman, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or

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.

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 Beth Holtzman for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Beth Holtzman at 802-223-2389 x204 so we may assist you.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

VT Forest Grown Shitake Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Norwich, VT
Description: Join us in Norwich, VT to discuss our ongoing research on Northeast Forest Grown Shiitake Mushroom networking.

We would like to hear from as many shiitake producers in the area as we can, so please consider attending and inviting other shiitake producers and/or customers to join us.

Meeting followed by light lunch and farm stops for those interested

Where: Nick Laskowski’s offices, 258 Farrell Farm Rd., Norwich, VT 05055


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