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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 or visit our website at 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: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH’s 13th Annual Winter Conference will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Concord, NH.

The conference will be jam-packed with over 35 workshops and a keynote address by Janisse Ray. It will also include the NOFA-NH Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, ample opportunities for networking with local farmers, gardeners and presenters, and a robust Green Market Fair.

Conference registration includes excellent organic and locally-sourced meals and snacks catered by The Crust and Crumb Baking Company.

For details go to


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

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

This event is posted by UVM as informational only. If you need handicapped related accommodations please contact NOFA NH.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 Agronomy Plus Workshops

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Registration fee: $25.00 per person

• Exciting and practical innovations in forage quality with David Combs (University of Wisconsin Dairy Nutritionist), John Goeser (Rock River Labs) , and Tony Kitsos (UVM)
• Low-cost options to modernize your facilities with UNH Dairy Specialist John Porter and Stanley Weeks
• Cropping system innovations for the Northeast that could increase your forage yield by 30% with UVM Agrnomists Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby and Daniel Hudson.
• The true costs of crop production with Daniel Hudson and UVM Farm Financial Management Specialist Dennis Kauppila
• Elements of the 2014 Farm Bill relevant to your farm with Dennis Kauppila and Tony Kitsos.

February 2 St. Johnsbury, VT, UVM Extension, 374 Emerson Falls Road
February 9 Springfield, VT, Holiday In Express, 818 Charlestown Road
February 10 Hyde Park, VT, Green Mountain Teach & Career Center, 738 VT 15 West
February 13 Enosburg Falls, VT, The Abbey Restaurant, 6212 Vermont 105
February 17 Middlebury VT, Middlebury Inn, 14 Court Square
February 18 Newport, VT, Poulin Grain Conference Room, 24 Railroad Square

Two ways to register:
1. On-line to use your Visa or Mastercard:; or
2. Mail registration form with your check payable to: University of Vermont, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent Passut, at UVM Extension office St.Johnsbury or call 802-751-8307.

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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 or mail in the registration form to VVBGA, PO Box 2091, South Burlington, VT 05407.

Questions? Contact Tim Taylor, 802-333-4455 or

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Vern Grubinger at 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:

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

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:

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, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:

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.

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.

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 and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Heidi Krantz at, 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.

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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.


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 5:00 p.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 -

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

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Jenn Colby at

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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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