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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Direct Market Pricing Strategy for Farmers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Montpelier
Description:
These FREE one-day clinics will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about various cost-based pricing techniques using your own production and financial data. Participants will also explore market placement and promotion considerations related to the price points you want to achieve. Follow-up mentoring and technical assistance will be available.
Pre-registration is required! Limited space available. www.uvm.edu/farmpricing/sign-2012-pricing-clinics

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203 or 866-860-1382 (toll free in VT) by October 10, 2012, so we may assist you.

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What's Grain got to do with it?

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Mikes Farm, Addison, VT
Description: NOFA Vermont Technical Assistance Program
As you prepare for the winter ahead, join NOFA-VT Farm Advisor Willie Gibson to explore ideas on feed sources and feeding strategies. Discussion groups will also cover long term strategies to enhance your farm’s feed energy production.

Discussion topics include:

How can we best use the feeds we have on hand this winter?

What are our options for organic supplement feeds?

How can my farm produce more energy from the feeds we grow?

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Hiring Right the First Time

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: Hiring Right The First Time; this workshop provides small business owners and hiring managers with practical tools, including an overview of legal issues, determining employer priorities for skills their business needs, and establishing and sharpening processes for pre-screening, interviewing, and selecting qualified employees.
Led by business advisor and certified business coach Deborah S. Eibner. Sponsored by Addison County Economic Development Corporation & Vermont Small Business Development Center.
WHO should attend: Small business owners, hiring managers, non-profit management
visit www.vtsbdc.org, or call 802-388-7953

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's Grain got to do with it?

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Woodard's Farm, Waterbury Center
Description: NOFA Vermont Technical Assistance Program
As you prepare for the winter ahead, join NOFA-VT Farm Advisor Willie Gibson to explore ideas on feed sources and feeding strategies. Discussion groups will also cover long term strategies to enhance your farm’s feed energy production.

Discussion topics include:

How can we best use the feeds we have on hand this winter?

What are our options for organic supplement feeds?

How can my farm produce more energy from the feeds we grow?

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Direct Market Pricing Strategy for Farmers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: These FREE one-day clinics will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about various cost-based pricing techniques using your own production and financial data. Participants will also explore market placement and promotion considerations related to the price points you want to achieve. Follow-up mentoring and technical assistance will be available.
Pre-registration is required! Limited space available.
Register at www.uvm.edu/farmpricing/sign-2012-pricing-clinics. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203 or 866-860-1382 (toll free in VT) by October 10, 2012, so we may assist you.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Northeast Sustainable Ag Working Group Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: "It Takes A Region" 2012
Link to online registration via www.nefood.org/page/registration. Bring a buddy: Purchase one registration at the early or regular rate. Your "buddy" -- a colleague, board member, constituent, community member — pays only $90!

LODGING: Save 9% on hotel by reserving through NESAWG through October 4th

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

North Country Fruit & Vegetable Seminar and Trade Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Whitefield, NH
Description: We have invited local and regional businesses who market goods and services for farmers to set up a table and display their products. We are fortunate to have some new participants this year along with some familiar faces. This is a great opportunity to meet personally with them.The brochure for registration and the agenda can be found online at extension.unh.edu/Counties/Grafton/Docs/NCFandV12.pdf

At Mountain View Grand Resort

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Rescheduled! Making a Farm Marketing Plan--Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo Due to the approaching storm, Making a Farm Marketing Plan has been postponed until Nov. 13 at 7 pm. See Nov. 13 for a full webinar description.

On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find the latest listing of upcoming webinars at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sustainable Vegetable Production Short Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Marlboro, MA
Description: To assist new vegetable farmers, UMass Extension is offering a course in Sustainable Vegetable Production. This course is designed for beginning farmers wishing to gain an understanding of horticultural fundamentals and strategies and their relation to environmental quality.
Holiday Inn265 Lakeside Ave Marlboro, MA, 07152Cost: $675 includes all materials
Website: UMass Extension Sustainable Vegetable Production Short Course
Contact: UMass Extension
Contact Email: eweeks@umext.umass.edu
Contact Phone: 413-545-0895

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Friday, November 2, 2012

One on One Ag Finance Hour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin UVM Extension Office
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury UVM Extension Office: Fridays: October 5th, November 30th , December 28th

Berlin UVM Extension Office: Fridays: November 2nd; December 7th

There is a $15 registration fee.

Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Paneer, Ricotta, and Chevre Making

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Sudbury, VT
Description: At Trevins Farm:
Troy Peabody will be instructing people on how to make cheese from goats milk. For over three years Rural Vermont has been offering dairy classes to teach the basic skills of cheese making and to connect folks who are looking for a raw source to connect with farmers selling it. Novembers classes mark a slight shift in the format to include an extra hour of instruction and a complementary lunch. guests can look forward to gathering around a farm table to swap stories, ask questions, and enjoy a vegetarian soup, cider, fruit and plenty of cheese! Class fee is $50. All proceeds benefit Rural Vermont. Spots are limited and advance registration is required. To sign up, email shelby@ruralvermont.org or call (802)223-7222.

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Unlocking the Renewable Wealth of Our Soils with Mark Fulford

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Location: McLane Audobon Center
Farming in the age of Global Climate Change requires farmers to have a knowledge and skill set that allows us to grow healthy soil in spite of extreme weather conditions. Mark Fulford will guide us in a discussion on the best practices he has discovered in his world travels on caring for a farm's most important asset - the soil. This is an interactive workshop with Mark, covering the topics of greatest interest to the audience: - Crop Plans - How to choose crops that are best for your existing conditions - Early & Late Ground Options with soil types and access druing extremem weather. - Compost - Different recipes for different crops - Innoculants - Populating soils with teas, drenches and biological products that decompose and transfer elements to plants. - Weed Control Methods - Weed bank reduction with short fallows, stale bed planting, flamers, vinegar clean cultivation practices and timing. - Understanding soil microbes and their relationships with plants. - Biological Applications.

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Leasing Your Land to a Farmer for Non-Farming Land Owners

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Upper Valley - New Hampshire
Description: For more information, contact:
Mike Ghia
Ewetopia Farm
Soil, Crop, Grazing, and Farm Business Consulting
UVM Extension/Intervale Farm Viability Business and Farm Transfer Planner
VT Field Staff for Land for Good www.landforgood.org
Saxtons River, VT 05154
ewetopia@sover.net
mike@landforgood.org
802-869-1214
view our video: www.landforgood.org/LFG_video.html

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Harvest Swap

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Greensboro, VT
Description:

First Annual Harvest Swap, November 4, 2-4pm at the Lakeview Elementary School in Greensboro. Here’s your chance to try someone else’s homegrown handiwork and bring some more variety to your pantry. Bring items that you have grown and/or preserved to swap. Items will be swapped on a one for one basis. Bring items with an estimated value of $5 or $5 increments. For ex-ample: a quart of canned tomatoes, a jar of jelly, a loaf of bread, a large winter squash, a bag of dried vegetables or a tea blend. For this first event we will try to swap with-out too much planned structure and see how it goes. For more information call 755-6336 or email swapsisters@gmail.com. Bring an extra item for sharing a taste at the event if you like.
Lakeview Elementary School in Greensboro, VTGreensboro
Cost: free
Contact Email: swapsisters@gmail.com
Contact Phone: 755-6336

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Addison County Homeopathy for Farm Animals Study Group

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Leicester VT
Description: Meeting on the first Monday of each month, free and open to all levels. Great peer support; learn how other farmers are applying homeopathy on their farms. Our discussions are relaxed and usually include some theory and case analysis. Bring your resources (if you have them) and a current or past case that you would like to discuss or share. More info: Annie Claghorn foxclag@gmavt.net 802-247-3979 or Bay Hammond bkhammond@shoreham.net 897-2121.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SBA Loan Clinics

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online.
Description: After preparing a business plan, the next step for many small business is obtaining financing. Join the VT Small Business Administration to learn about SBA’s lending role and how an SBA loan can benefit your business. The clinics will help you prepare a loan application, learn lender credit requirements for loan approval, find sources of capital to start or grow your business, understand loan interest rates, terms, amounts, and collateral requirements, and how to approach a lender to improve your chances for approval by knowing what they are looking for. You can join from 9;:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. To learn how to participate, go to www.sba.gov/content/montpelier-sba-loan-clinics-0. For more information, call (802) 828-4422 or email Vallerie.Morse@sba.gov or visit www.sba.gov/vt.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Scaling Up for Sales to Institutions

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: This one day workshop will help growers, producers and distributors learn the ins and outs of selling local food products to schools, colleges and universities across the state. Sodexo provides food management services to the majority of Vermont’s colleges and universities and oversees school food service and corporate kitchens in every corner of the state. Institutional demand for local foods is increasing across every production category and is not just limited to produce.
To inquire with questions or participate in the pre-attendance interview, please contact:
Annie Harlow at ahhannieahh@yahoo.com or 802-922-7060.
Sponsored by Sodexo, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, NOFA-VT, and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
This farm to institution initiative is supported by the VT Farm to Plate Aggregation and Distribution Working Group.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Whole Diet CSA

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Location: Duncannon, PA
Description: Join PA-WAgN for an entertaining view into a vibrant and creative farm and farm family! Judi Radel and her family operate a diversified 160 acre farm in Dauphin, PA (YeeHaw Farm) with a real zeal for farming. They milk dairy cows from which they make their own butter. They have dairy and meat goats, dairy and meat sheep, broiler chickens, laying hens, hogs, Hereford beef cattle, geese, turkeys, miniature donkeys, farm cats, 3 large farm dogs and a little Boston Terrier.

For more information: agsci.psu.edu/wagn/events/the-whole-diet-csa
Contact: Patty Neinter
Phone: 814-865-7031

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What's Grain got to do with it?

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hill Top Farm, Pownal, VT
Description: NOFA Vermont Technical Assistance Program
As you prepare for the winter ahead, join NOFA-VT Farm Advisor Willie Gibson to explore ideas on feed sources and feeding strategies. Discussion groups will also cover long term strategies to enhance your farm’s feed energy production.

Discussion topics include:

How can we best use the feeds we have on hand this winter?

What are our options for organic supplement feeds?

How can my farm produce more energy from the feeds we grow?

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Business Essentials - Pricing and Marketing your Landscaping Ser

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Rockfall, CT
Description: Join Frank Crandall and Anne DiFrancesco for a half-day advanced workshop focusing on business planning, branding, advertising, and tracking your success along the way. This workshop concludes with a business panel featuring Frank, Anne, and Laurence Coronis of Coronis Consulting, and provides a packet of templates and forms that can be used in your own business. The packet is a $95 value that is included with the registration fee. Learn more and register at organiclandcare.net/education/advanced-workshops
This workshop is worth 4 AOLCP credits.
Connecticut Forest and Park Association
16 Meriden Road Rockfall, CT, 06481
Cost: $80 - AOLCPs and NOFA members; $90 - non-members
Website: Organic Land Care Program Advanced Workshop Page
Contact: Kristiane Huber Contact Email: kristiane@ctnofa.org Contact Phone: 203.888.5146

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Leasing Your Land to a Farmer for Non-Farming Land Owners

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT Area
Description: For more information:

Mike Ghia
Ewetopia Farm
Soil, Crop, Grazing, and Farm Business Consulting
UVM Extension/Intervale Farm Viability Business and Farm Transfer Planner
VT Field Staff for Land for Good www.landforgood.org
Saxtons River, VT 05154
ewetopia@sover.net
mike@landforgood.org
802-869-1214
view our video: www.landforgood.org/LFG_video.html

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bionutrient Rich Crop Production Workshop

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Shelburne Farms, VT
Description: The Bionutrient Rich Crop Production workshops are designed to inform and support participants to grasp and apply innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops that lead to healthier lives. The learning focus of the series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. At the same time, we intend to establish a relational infrastructure among growers that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration between them, and also with the businesses and organizations that supply their needs and buy their products.

Cost: $150, scholarships available
Contact: Gary Neves, Bionutrient Food Association Contact Email: gary@bionutrient.org Contact Phone: 978-257-2627
For more information: www.bionutrient.org/workshops

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Ag Literacy Week

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Vermont-wide
Description: The NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors, and many of their colleagues in the professions of agriculture and related services, are excited to work towards an “agricultural literacy” in our state.
NOFA-VT is partnering with educational professionals and their institutions who are interested in this movement, to join together for “Agricultural Literacy Week”- a dedicated week of activities focused on agriculture. This is the first year for this endeavor and will occur November 12-16, 2012. Many schools, libraries, and community groups may have or will develop their own unique activities for this week, however the regional NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors can provide resources and help develop meaningful activities.

Contact Email: abbie@nofavt.org Contact Phone: 802-434-4122
Website: nofavt.org/programs/farm-community-mentors#mentors

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ag Literacy Week

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Vermont-wide
Description: The NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors, and many of their colleagues in the professions of agriculture and related services, are excited to work towards an “agricultural literacy” in our state.
NOFA-VT is partnering with educational professionals and their institutions who are interested in this movement, to join together for “Agricultural Literacy Week”- a dedicated week of activities focused on agriculture. This is the first year for this endeavor and will occur November 12-16, 2012. Many schools, libraries, and community groups may have or will develop their own unique activities for this week, however the regional NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors can provide resources and help develop meaningful activities.

Contact Email: abbie@nofavt.org Contact Phone: 802-434-4122
Website: nofavt.org/programs/farm-community-mentors#mentors

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Ground Work: A series on cultivating a sustainable future throug

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Vermont Technical College
Description: Ground Work
A series on cultivating a sustainable future through education, applied research and innovation
Conference one of a four part series:
Entrepreneurship
November 13, 2012 9:30-2:30
With keynote speaker Richard Waybright, world-renowned farmer, innovator and operator of Mason-Dixon Farms.
Cost: $25 Contact: Ingrid Van Steamburg
Contact Email: Ivansteamburg@vtc.edu
Contact Phone: 802-728-1339

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Making a Farm Marketing Plan Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo Have you ever wondered what a marketing plan is and if you should have one? Are you good at growing things but not as confident selling them? Are you considering entering new markets or selling a new product? Are you trying to figure out which promotional tools are the best use of your time and money? If marketing is on your mind, join us for the next Vermont New Farmer Project webinar. Rose Wilson, consultant in marketing, business planning, and business development for farms, will lead you through the steps for creating a marketing plan for your farm. While walking through the marketing plan Rose will share tips on how to begin market research, choose your markets, develop marketing goals and prioritize marketing efforts. Bring your questions and plan for an interactive and engaged hour all about marketing!

Plan to join the webinar about 15 minutes before it begins. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html and click on the webinar title to join.

On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find hte latest listing of upcoming webinars at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.html&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ag Literacy Week

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Vermont-wide
Description: The NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors, and many of their colleagues in the professions of agriculture and related services, are excited to work towards an “agricultural literacy” in our state.
NOFA-VT is partnering with educational professionals and their institutions who are interested in this movement, to join together for “Agricultural Literacy Week”- a dedicated week of activities focused on agriculture. This is the first year for this endeavor and will occur November 12-16, 2012. Many schools, libraries, and community groups may have or will develop their own unique activities for this week, however the regional NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors can provide resources and help develop meaningful activities.

Contact Email: abbie@nofavt.org Contact Phone: 802-434-4122
Website: nofavt.org/programs/farm-community-mentors#mentors

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Butter, Mozzarella and Camembert Cheese Making

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Shrewsbury, VT
Description: For over three years Rural Vermont has been offering dairy classes to teach the basic skills of cheese making and to connect folks who are looking for a raw source to connect with farmers selling it. Novembers classes mark a slight shift in the format to include an extra hour of instruction and a complementary lunch. guests can look forward to gathering around a farm table to swap stories, ask questions, and enjoy a vegetarian soup, cider, fruit and plenty of cheese!
Class fee is $50. All proceeds benefit Rural Vermont. Spots are limited and advance registration is required. To sign up, email shelby@ruralvermont.org or call (802)223-7222.

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Michael Phillips lecture on Orchard Management

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Plymouth, NH
Description: The presentation will focus on growing healthy fruit. The primary role as orchardists is to build system health. Come learn about fungal allies, root relationships, and the biodiversity that makes good fruit possible. Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear, we can have beautiful apples, peaches and the like, all grown without chemical intervention. This presentation will touch on a broad range of alternative approaches to meet the challenges of any site. He will be presenting at Boyd 144 on the Plymouth State Campus at 7pm on November 14th. Apples have a long cherished history in New England. For generations we have delighted in the spring flowers and delicious fall fruit. The preservation of cider and sauce nourishes us through the long winter months. The challenge of producing an unblemished consistent high quality organic fruit is immense.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

2nd Annual Financing the Working Landscape Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: American Legion, Middlebury, Ver
Description: Great Information and Networking Opportunities for Local Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Capital and Service Providers
Presented by:
Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN)
Addison County Economic Development Corporation
Addison County Regional Planning Commission

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Ag Literacy Week

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Vermont-wide
Description: The NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors, and many of their colleagues in the professions of agriculture and related services, are excited to work towards an “agricultural literacy” in our state.
NOFA-VT is partnering with educational professionals and their institutions who are interested in this movement, to join together for “Agricultural Literacy Week”- a dedicated week of activities focused on agriculture. This is the first year for this endeavor and will occur November 12-16, 2012. Many schools, libraries, and community groups may have or will develop their own unique activities for this week, however the regional NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors can provide resources and help develop meaningful activities.

Contact Email: abbie@nofavt.org Contact Phone: 802-434-4122
Website: nofavt.org/programs/farm-community-mentors#mentors

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Hiring Right The First Time

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: NOTE: This event was scheduled for 10/30/12 but has been RESCHEDULED for 11/15 due to storm.
Hiring Right The First Time; this workshop provides small business owners and hiring managers with practical tools, including an overview of legal issues, determining employer priorities for skills their business needs, and establishing and sharpening processes for pre-screening, interviewing, and selecting qualified employees.
Led by business advisor and certified business coach Deborah S. Eibner. Sponsored by Addison County Economic Development Corporation & Vermont Small Business Development Center.
WHO should attend: Small business owners, hiring managers, non-profit management
visit www.vtsbdc.org, or call 802-388-7953
ACEDC/SBDC Conference Room 1590 Route 7 Southv Suite #8 Middlebury, VT, 05753
Cost: $49/person (2nd attendee from the same business: only $20)
Contact: Addison County Economic Development Corporation Contact Email: info@addisoncountyedc.org
Contact Phone: 802-388-7953
Cost: $49/person (2nd attendee from the same business: only $20)

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Ag Literacy Week

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Vermont-wide
Description: The NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors, and many of their colleagues in the professions of agriculture and related services, are excited to work towards an “agricultural literacy” in our state.
NOFA-VT is partnering with educational professionals and their institutions who are interested in this movement, to join together for “Agricultural Literacy Week”- a dedicated week of activities focused on agriculture. This is the first year for this endeavor and will occur November 12-16, 2012. Many schools, libraries, and community groups may have or will develop their own unique activities for this week, however the regional NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors can provide resources and help develop meaningful activities.

Contact Email: abbie@nofavt.org Contact Phone: 802-434-4122
Website: nofavt.org/programs/farm-community-mentors#mentors

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Capital City's Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers Market

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier High School, VT
Description: It's the largest market of the year for the Capital City Farmers market - 49 vendors. Get all your ingredients for your localvore Thanksgiving meal, plus prepared foods and crafts for the holidays. Door prizes every half hour.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Agriculture Supported Community

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: Josh Slotnick is a farmer and professor at the University of Montana's PEAS Farm. Josh will speak on the intersections of food, farming, community, environment, and education, and how they all work together to create a better world. He will discuss both the nitty gritty of how the PEAS farm model might help the Middlebury college farm grow, and also how he has seen the PEAS farm become more than just a space for agriculture. After farming for 15 years, and managing the UM PEAS farm as a community space, he has much to share on how agriculture can support community! The PEAS farm has become one of Missoula's community spaces and icons-- come hear Josh share his lessons!
Middlebury College BiCentennial Hall ROOM 104Middlebury, VT, 05753
Cost: Free
Contact: Katie Michels
Contact Email:
kmichels@middlebury.edu

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Barley Fodder Feeding for Organic Dairies

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Organic dairy farmer John Stoltzfus has worked over the past few years to perfect his method of growing barley fodder on his New York farm. In this webinar, he and Fay Benson of Cornell University will discuss the benefits and challenges of growing and feeding fodder to dairy animals. Other animals (from horses to chickens) also have benefited from the practice and their owners may be able to adopt the principals addressed in this webinar.
Register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/292906473

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Where are the Grants? NFP Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo As a new farmer, accessing the money you need to get your farm started and to keep it operating can be a big challenge. The idea of finding a grant to help fund your farm operation is an alluring proposition. However, while opportunities for grant funding do exist, as the saying goes, there is no such thing as free money. Mary Peabody, director of the UVM Ext New Farmer Project, will talk about some common grants available to farmers, the benefits and drawbacks of pursuing grant funding for your farm, and how to think strategically about using conventional and alternative financing to support your operation through the start-up phase. Where are the Grants? Funding Strategies for the New Farm with Mary Peabody, Community Resources & Economic Development Specialist, UVM Extension.

Plan to join the webinar about 15 minutes before it begins. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html and click on the webinar title to join.

On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find the latest listing of upcoming webinars at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Building a Sustainable Business Registration Deadline

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: For start-ups to five years in business
Upcoming sessions: Dec. 5, 12, & 19 and January 9, 16, & 23 (January 30 reserved for snowdate) from 1-4 pm in Berlin, Middlebury, Morrisville, and White River Junction.
Sessions will be held simultaneously in all three locations using a combination of distance technology and on-site instructors.

The Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farm businesses. Most useful for people who have completed Growing Places and/or who have at least one year of production/financial records of their own. Offered at multiple locations in Vermont. More Building a Sustainable Business course information and registration materials: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/basb.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

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No Kid Left Behind Symposium

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier, VT
Description: Noble Hall - Vermont College
It's no secret that value-added agricultural processing is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Northeast Kingdom's economy. That's why NVDA is one of the proud sponsors of "NO KID LEFT BEHIND" a symposium on the challenges and solutions for bringing more value to Vermont's dairy goat farms. On a typical dairy goat farm, 80% of all kids are sold as a commodity, adding very little to the farm's bottom line.This symposium provides a structured and strategic conversation with producers, processors, distributors, funders, chefs, and the agricultural community in general.
Chevon (goat meat) presents a critical opportunity to bring more value to Vermont's dairy farms. The event will spend a good deal of time discussing this opportunity.
There is no fee to attend, but reservations are recommended. Contact Shirley Richardson Shirley@vermontchevon.com (802) 535-4110. Feel free to forward this information to others who may be interested in the future of dairy goat farming in Vermont. www.vermontchevon.com

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

CLOSING THE LOCAL CAPITAL LOOP: Financing the working landscape

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Middlebury American Legion
Description: On Nov. 29, 2012, businesses connected to the working landscape will have the opportunity to meet with service providers, capital providers, and their fellow entrepreneurs for a day of networking, discussion, and education. Maple syrup producers, farmers, food manufacturers, woodworkers, and other regional business owners can explore ways to energize their plans and grow their businesses.
Advance registration runs through Nov. 8 at $25 ($15 for students), and increases to $30/$20 on Nov. 9. To register by mail, please make your check payable to “ACORN” with your name, business and contact information and mail it to: PO Box 65, Middlebury, VT 05753.
For more information: acornvt.org/2012/10/fwl-2012/

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ag Finance Hour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury Extension Office
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury UVM Extension Office: Fridays: October 5th, November 30th , December 28th

Berlin UVM Extension Office: Fridays: November 2nd; December 7th

There is a $15 registration fee.

Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cheese, Butter, Yogurt-Making Class

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: Learn how to make soft cheeses, butter and yogurt in your own kitchen using farm fresh milk. Get acquainted with using butter molds and adding herbs or other flavors to our final product. The class will include a handout with instructions. Products such as cheese and yogurt culture, cheese cloth, citric acid, and farm fresh milk will be for sale.
Where: Earthwise Farm and Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Bethel, VT (Randolph mailing address)
Cost: $40 per person
Pre-Registration required: space limited to 15 people.
For more information: Contact Lisa McCrory, Phone: 234-5524 or Email: lmccrory@hughes.net
visit our website: www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/raw_dairy_processing.html

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SBA Loan Clinics

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online.
Description: After preparing a business plan, the next step for many small business is obtaining financing. Join the VT Small Business Administration to learn about SBA’s lending role and how an SBA loan can benefit your business. The clinics will help you prepare a loan application, learn lender credit requirements for loan approval, find sources of capital to start or grow your business, understand loan interest rates, terms, amounts, and collateral requirements, and how to approach a lender to improve your chances for approval by knowing what they are looking for. You can join from 9;:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. To learn how to participate, go to www.sba.gov/content/montpelier-sba-loan-clinics-0. For more information, call (802) 828-4422 or email Vallerie.Morse@sba.gov or visit www.sba.gov/vt.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Farmer to Farmer Advanced Conference on High Tunnel Growing

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT
Description: University of Vermont Extension, NOFA Vermont and the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association are presenting a two day conference on high tunnel growing on December 5-6, 2012. This program is intended for commercial growers, with lots of opportunity to interact and learn from each other over two days.
Program agenda can be found at www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/Tunnel_Conference_Dec12.pdf.
The registration fee is $150 and includes meals and breaks, but not lodging. This fee covers the two days of the conference, - there is no single day or other pricing option. Contact Lake Morey Inn to make lodging reservations (802) 333-4311 and mention the conference. Questions? Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension, (802) 257-7967 x303 or vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu.
Register here: vthightunnelcconference.eventbrite.com/#

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Friday, December 7, 2012

One on One Ag Finance Hour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin UVM Extension Office
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury UVM Extension Office: Fridays: October 5th, November 30th , December 28th

Berlin UVM Extension Office: Fridays: November 2nd; December 7th

There is a $15 registration fee.

Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

National Young Farmers Conference 2012

Time: 1:39 p.m. to 2:39 p.m.
Location: Pocantico Hills, NY
Description: Every December, over 250 young farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations at the National Young Farmers Conference: Reviving the Culture of Agriculture. On December 12-14, 2012, Stone Barns Center will host the fifth National Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and more than 50 unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, marketing, and more.
For more information: www.stonebarnscenter.org/our-work/young-farmers-initiative/young-farmers-conference/

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Best Practices for Food Safety in Value-Added Foods

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Value-added food producers and processors of all sizes want to produce the safest food possible for their customers and consumers. While not all food producers and processors are legally required to follow specific regulatory requirements due to their size of operation or the type of products they produce, all can and should utilize some basic Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which are the basic sanitary and processing requirements necessary to ensure the production of safe food. GMPs are also essential to meeting current and future FDA and USDA food safety requirements, and are a key prerequisite for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs, which are required for certain food products, including meat and poultry, juice, seafood, and some vacuum packed products, and by some food buyers. This webinar will provide an overview of these Good Manufacturing Practices and other related food safety best practices for value-added food producers and processors.
Register: learn.extension.org/events/793
Our presenter will be Dr. Londa Nwadike, University of Vermont Extension Food Safety Specialist

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bovine Milk Fats: A look at Organic Milk

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: eOrgranic has invited Gillian Butler, Newcastle University (UK), to share her research results on fat composition of organic and conventional retail milk in England. In this webinar, she will share some of her results and how they may affect the organic dairy community. Generally organic milk has a ‘better’ fat profile but not in all cases, and there is scope for further improvement.

This program is free, but space is limited. Advanced registration is required: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/439305856

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Reaping the Rewards of Farm Financial Records-- NFP Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo Record keeping on the farm is a chore that many of us put off. With the new year around the corner, make better record keeping your resolution! Join the Vermont New Farmer Project to learn strategies for farm financial record keeping that work. Mark Cannella, agricultural financial management specialist at UVM Extension, will help you prioritize your financial record keeping efforts, share tips for developing an effective record keeping system and show you how to use your records to make savvy farm management decisions. This introductory webinar will get your new fiscal year started off right.

Plan to join the webinar about 15 minutes before it begins. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html and click on the webinar title to join.

On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find the latest listing of upcoming webinars at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Break

Day Event

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Break

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Break

Day Event

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Ag Finance Hour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury Extension Office
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury UVM Extension Office: Fridays: October 5th, November 30th , December 28th

Berlin UVM Extension Office: Fridays: November 2nd; December 7th

There is a $15 registration fee.

Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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