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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

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Break

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Break

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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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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

AGRONOMY PLUS FOR FARMERS & SERVICE PROVIDERS

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Morrisville, VT
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful
implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545- 8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Poultry Production: Profiting- Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, Ducks

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The course is for aspiring or beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production, marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. You do not necessarily need to be raising poultry in NYS to benefit from this course.Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help!
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful
implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545-8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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Getting Action from Website Landing Pages!

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Thursday, January 10, 2013 The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series hosts a free presentation on Getting Action from Website Landing Pages! with Jay Jenkins, UNL Extension. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); at connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop .

Ever wonder why some online businesses seem to have all the luck - well it may not be luck after all! Their content marketing payoff may be because their 'landing pages' encourage the customer to take 'action'. Your landing pages can mean the difference between profit and loss! Learn how to send your customers to the right page and create the appropriate call to action!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Direct Marketing Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Royalton, VT - VT Law
Description: NOFA-VT's Annual Direct Marketing Conference provides networking and educational opportunities for farmers’ market managers and vendors, and farmers marketing through Community Supported Agriculture and farm stands.
Keep an eye out for more info on NOFA's website: nofavt.org/

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Intro to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Three Vermont Locations
Description: Make this the year you bravely step into the world of farm finances! With three top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances fearlessly. 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 multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location.

Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Jessie Schmidt at newfarmer@uvm.edu, 802-223-2389 x 203.

Dates: Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2013
Locations: Middlebury, Berlin and St. Johnsbury
Times: 1-4 pm.

Early registration deadline: Jan. 16. 2013, Cost: $75
Registration deadline: Jan. 30, 2013, Cost: $100

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Vegetable Farming: From Season-Long Care to Harvest

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This course is for serious aspiring farmers or those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have a basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting. This course is focused specifically on production systems used in the Northeast, so is targeted to people farming in that region.This 5-week course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course. Weekly homework will focus on preparing you to make good decisions in the coming growing season.
For more info:
nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-121-veggie-farming-part-2/

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Financial Records: Setting up Systems to Track Your Profitabilit

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: For new farmers with 1-5 years of experience who are seeking to set up or improve their financial record-keeping systems and learn to read their farm’s fiscal health through financial statements.What do you need to do to prepare for operating your business with sound financial information? Every business creates a great number of records in a variety of media. This course will concentrate on financial record-keeping systems. Records can help determine the absolute and relative profitability of the farm business by identifying the strengths and weakness of the business. Only with these records can you see strong points to capitalize on and weak points requiring corrective action, taking decisive action to ensure the long-term success of your farm.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Land Access Info Session

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Peterborough, NH
Description: An educational session to inform people interested in buying, leasing or selling land for the purpose of agriculture in New Hampshire. Designed for all kinds of seekers- good for those who want to start a large-scale commercial farm to simple residentail small-plot homesteaders.

The Mill at Noone Falls. 50 Jaffrey Rd. Peterborough, NH
For more information, contact Land for Good: www.landforgood.org/

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Winter Care of Poultry

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Most poultry can handle cold weather very well as long as they are sheltered from wind and kept dry. To keep hens laying, however, requires light supplementation. In this 60-minute webinar we will be discussing what is involved in keeping poultry productive through the cold weather of winter. The lead instructor is Dr. Jacquie Jacob, an Extension Poultry Specialist for the University of Kentucky.

To connect to the webinar go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry just before 7PM (Eastern) on January 15, 2013.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

FARMER INPUT ON REQUIRED WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: White River, VT
Description: Join the conversation and provide input on a federally-required water pollution reduction plan that Vermont must undertake, as well as learn about the practices that Vermont already requires of farmers. Join representatives from Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources and Agency of Agriculture to learn about the current situation and discuss the development of new regulations that will apply to ALL farmers in Vermont.

Contact: Dana Ruppert, WCNRCD Project Director at: dana.ruppert@vt.nacdnet.net or
(802) 254-5323/9766 ex. 104

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poultry Production: Profiting- Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, Ducks

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The course is for aspiring or beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production, marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. You do not necessarily need to be raising poultry in NYS to benefit from this course.Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help!
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Deerfield, MA
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St.
Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545-8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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Early Registration Deadline for UVM Ext Master Gardener Course

Time: 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Description: **Registration after this date will have a $25 late fee.** On Tuesday evenings from Feb. 4- April 29 (May 6 is a make-up date) UVM Extension will be offering Master Gardener Courses across the state at the following locations: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon. Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston and viz Vermont Interactive Television. It is a non-credit course that covers the basics of home horticulture and topics of Botany, Entomoogy, Plant Diseases, Soil Fertility, Perennials and Annuals, Sustainable Landscaping, Rain Gardens, Turf and Weeds, Invasive Plant Control, and others. Cost: $395. For more information and to register: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

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Preparing for Tax Season

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Please join the Vermont Small Business Development Center's Heidi Krantz and our staff in welcoming Donna Sherburne of Northridge Business Solutions as she guides us through a free workshop at the Vermont Food Venture Center. Learn tips from a pro on how to organize your info, and help your tax professional do an accurate and efficient job with your tax preparation in an interactive format.
For questions, contact us via email at hkrantz@vtsbdc.org or via phone at 802-472-5362.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

17TH ANNUAL VT GRAZING & LIVESTOCK CONFERENCE: GLOBAL GRAZING

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
Description: 17TH ANNUAL VT GRAZING & LIVESTOCK CONFERENCE: GLOBAL GRAZING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
Featuring keynote speaker Abdon Schmitt, professor at the University of Santa Catarina, Brazil and many local and regional experts including sales coach Fred Ashforth, animal behavior expert Kathy Voth, nutritionist Jeff Mattocks, research results, super networking and much more. Two day-long intensive workshops on Friday and 24 workshops Saturday to choose from.
Discounted attendance for Vermont Grass Farmers Assn. or Vermont Beef Producers Assn. membership. Details at www.uvm.edu/pasture. Sponsorship, advertising and tradeshow opportunities still available.
CONTACT: Jenn Colby at jcolby@uvm.edu to learn more.

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Springfield, VT
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover
a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545-8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to themeeting date.

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