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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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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grow for the Green: CSA School with Michael Kilpatrick

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Claremont, NH
Description: Presenter Michael Kilpatrick will lead you through the elements of designing and maintaining a successful CSA. A panel of local growers will discuss their experiences in running CSAs.

For more information: www.sbfnh.org or beginnerfarmers.org

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

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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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ServSafe

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: $130 for materials, class and test. Class is limited to 8 participants.
Email traci@hardwickagriculture.org

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Holistic Financial Planning: Including Farm Profit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in: balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers.

Target Audience:
This course is intended for farmers with at least one season of management experience and some record of their farm’s income and expenses (even if this information is stored on scraps of paper in a shoebox!). This course will move at an intense pace, with time to catch up at the end.
If you have not yet started farming, you are welcome to take the course, but you will need to do extra legwork to research realistic potential expenses and income for your planned enterprises.
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/holistic-financial-planning-bf-203/

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Skills for New Farmers at NY State Producers Expo

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Syracuse, NY
Description:
Beginning and small-scale farmers interested in improving marketing, management and profitability on the farm should be sure to attend the all-day Beginning Farmer session at the 2013 Empire State Producers Expo on Tuesday, January 22 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY. Moderated by Anu Rangarajan, Director of the Cornell Small Farms Program, the day will feature successful growers, Cooperative Extension educators, and ag business owners sharing their experiences and information on the following topics: Planning for Success, Optimizing Equipment Choice and Management, Planning for Profitability on a Diversified Vegetable Farm.
For more information: www.nysvga.org/expo/info

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Derby, 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 24, 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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New Farmer Mixer hosted by RAFFL

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland VT
Description: A New Farmer Mixer hosted by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) will be held at Cafe Terra, 67 Center Street, in Rutland. The mixer is open to aspiring as well as established farmers. Folks getting into dairy, livestock, veggie, fruit and grain, specialty crops are invited as are farm workers/interns and new ag.-based business owners! This mixer will be a great opportunity for networking with other new farmers and people involved in agriculture in the area. The mixer will be a potluck, BYOB. For more information, contact Garland Mason, Garland@rutlandfarmandfood.org, 802-417-1528.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

NOFA - NY Winter Conference!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: This year's theme is Resiliance! See website for more details-
www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

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WINTER GREEN-UP GRASS-FED GRAZING CONFERENCE

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Century House, Latham, NY
Description: The fifth annual conference will feature learning opportunities around custom grazing, low-cost, frost-free watering, animal and human health, grass-fed beef and dairy, and pasture lambing. Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County.
CONTACT: Gale Kohler at 518-765-3500 or visit www.ccealbany.com.
$160 for both days, lunch included.

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Regulations for Selling Safe Canned Goods

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Description: UVM Extension brings this useful workshop to the Brattleborro office. Registration is $10, and includes materials and lunch.
Presented by Londa Nwadike, PhD, UVM Extension Food Safety Specialist.
Designed for anyone who sells canned goods.
For more information: www.uvm.edu/extension/food/?Page=food_safety.html

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Getting Started in Organic Farming

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: East Hartford, CT
Description: Each year in midwinter, CT NOFA holds a conference intended to help 50-60 aspiring organic farmers develop successful farming careers. The 2013 Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference will feature a variety of excellent presenters with decades of combined farming experience. This conference draws both beginning farmers who choose to farm organically and established farmers who are converting their operations to organic. A limited number of scholarships are available to beginning farmers (less than 10 years of farming experience) who would otherwise have difficulty attending. This event filled up completely last year, so make sure to sign up early!
Goodwin College 1 Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT, 06118
Cost: $40 CT NOFA members; $50 non-members
Website: ctnofa.org/events/Getting%20Started/2013_getting_started_conference_page.html
Contact: Melissa Gabso Contact Email: melissa@ctnofa.org Contact Phone: 203.888.5146

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New Farmer Mixer!

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT

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Monday, January 28, 2013


VERMONT VEGETABLE AND BERRY GROWERS ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL MEETING:

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier
Description: Payment must be received by January 24 at 5 pm, either on-line or by mail (see below) The registration fee includes morning coffee break and a hot lunch buffet. $40 for VVBGA members; $50 for all others (add $10 for walk-in registration)
Register here: vvbgamembership.eventbrite.com/#

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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 29, 2013

Holistic Financial Planning: Including Farm Profit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in: balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers.

Target Audience:
This course is intended for farmers with at least one season of management experience and some record of their farm’s income and expenses (even if this information is stored on scraps of paper in a shoebox!). This course will move at an intense pace, with time to catch up at the end.
If you have not yet started farming, you are welcome to take the course, but you will need to do extra legwork to research realistic potential expenses and income for your planned enterprises.
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/holistic-financial-planning-bf-203/

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Intro to Financial Record Keeping and Good Decision Making

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hatfield, MA
Description: A specialist from USDA FSA will provide an intro to farm business record keeping and financial management. Laura Meister from Farm Girl Farm will speak about her experience adopting QuickBooks as a managemenet tool for her day to day farm work, and the value it has brought to her business. Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Local Food of Western Massachusetts
87 N. Hatfield Rd.
Hatfield, MA

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Managing Vegetable Transplants for Success-- NFP Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo Julie Rubaud, owner and operator of Red Wagon Plants, will share her knowledge and expertise in raising organic vegetable transplants for farms and commercial production. Red Wagon Plants is a wholesale organic plant operation with a retail outlet in Hinesburg, VT. Julie will talk about her management strategies for growing healthy, disease free transplants organically, as well as variety selection and timing of transplant production. Julie has extensive experience as a produce farm owner and operator and has operated Red Wagon Plants since 2005.

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.html&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Introduction to Ag Financial Management Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Various Vermont Locations
Description: 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.
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
Register online: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html
For more questions, email Jessie Schmidt: jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu

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Thursday, January 31, 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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Soil and Nutrition Conference: Putting Principals into Practice

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Northampton, MA
Description: This conference aims to grow the movement for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and society as a whole. The focus of this year’s conference is applying practical management strategies on the farm from principles of biological soil fertility. The lead speaker is John Kempf from Middlefield, OH, with Dan Kittredge and Derek Christianson as co-panelists.

Location: First Churches, 129 Main St, Northampton, MA
Register by January 17, 2013, and pay the early registration fee of $150.
With John Kempf of Advancing Eco-Agriculture; Dan Kittredge of Bionutrient Food Association, and Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm
Sponsored by NOFA/Mass and Bionutrient Food Association

Contact: Ben Grosscup at 413-658-5374 or e-mail ben.grosscup@nofamass.org.
www.nofamass.org/events/soil-and-nutrition-conference-putting-principles-practice

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Johnsbury, 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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Raw Milk Meetings

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Several Locations in VT
Description: Rural Vermont is hosting several regional RAW MILK MEETINGS for farmers to:
-Get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections
-Provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law
-Network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers
When & where:
Thurs, Jan 31st – Hinesburg (Burlington area)
Thursday, February 7th – Randolph Center (central VT)
Thursday, February 21st – South Wheelock (Northeast Kingdom)
Wednesday, March 13th – Poultney (Rutland County)
March date TBD – Townshend (southeastern VT)
More details:
All meetings are from 11am – 3pm with potluck lunch
Free for Rural Vermont members; $5 for all else*
RSVP required for exact location & directions:
shelby@ruralvermont.org or (802) 223-7222

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Friday, February 1, 2013

QuickBooks at VFVC Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: These sessions are specifically geared towards anyone unfamiliar with using this type of software to track their finances and will be driven by the participants' needs. Great class for small business owners, producers or anyone generating their own revenue!
Contact Heidi Krantz for more information hkrantz@vtsbdc.org

Register here: vermontfoodventurecenter.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fa77052207f8760bb6414d07a&id=0b5ae2652e&e=c015fb76bb

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Junior Iron Chef

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Description: Join Vermont FEED and the Burlington School Food Project for the most inspiring, fun and wildly alive culinary event of the year! Jr Iron Chef VT is a cooking competition for middle and high school students from all across Vermont that should not be missed. Teams of 3-5 students each have 90 minutes to create a dish using seasonal, local foods that is also delicious, nutritious, AND can be served in school cafeterias.
Website: www.jrironchefvt.org/
Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl St
Essex Junction, VT, 05452
Cost: $3-$5 Contact: Libby McDonald Contact Email: libby@nofavt.org Contact Phone: 802-434-4122

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Introduction to Permaculture Design Deadline

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: The UWW Permaculture Course is a three credit semester-long online course that offers students a foundation in permaculture history, ethics, principles, design process, and practical applications. The framework behind the theory and practice of permaculture is rooted in the observation of natural systems. By observing key ecological relationships, we can mimic and apply these beneficial relationships in the design of systems that serve humans while helping to restore the natural world. This course trains students as critical thinkers, observers, and analysts of the world(s) around them, and then goes on to provide students with the tools needed to design for inspired and positive change.
Enrollment open now for UWW 397P Introduction to Permaculture Design, Spring 2013! This course is part of the online Sustainability Studies program at the University Without Walls, housed at UMASS-Amherst. It can be taken by non-degree seeking students and matriculated students. This online format is unique opportunity for people that:
+ work full time
+ live somewhere that permaculture is not being offered
+ have challenging schedules for taking time off to enroll in an in-person 72-hour course
To register click here:
www.umassulearn.net/classes/spring-2013?view=class&clid=10739

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Monday, February 4, 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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Management for High-Quality Organic Wheat and Ancient Grain Production in the Northeast,

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Presented by David Crowder, Washington State University. This webinar will outline the potential for climate change to affect insect communities, and their interactions with plants, in cropping systems. Topics covered will include the effects of climate change on biodiversity and the functioning of agricultural ecosystems, and the role of organic farming practices in mitigating negative effects of climate change. The webinar will primary be targeted towards researchers and eXtension subscribers. Register at www.extension.org/pages/66899

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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, February 5, 2013

Holistic Financial Planning: Including Farm Profit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in: balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers.

Target Audience:
This course is intended for farmers with at least one season of management experience and some record of their farm’s income and expenses (even if this information is stored on scraps of paper in a shoebox!). This course will move at an intense pace, with time to catch up at the end.
If you have not yet started farming, you are welcome to take the course, but you will need to do extra legwork to research realistic potential expenses and income for your planned enterprises.
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/holistic-financial-planning-bf-203/

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Manchester, NH
Description: This two-day meeting that precedes the 2013 New Hampshire Grazing Conference will be filled with workshops, discussions, and speakers on topics ranging from the economics of confinement vs. grazing operations, bedded pack, current research, and much more.
CONTACT: Jim Cropper at jbcropper@yahoo.com
Radisson Hotel- Manchester, VT

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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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Vermont Entrepreneurship Week Celebration

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier
Description: A day of events throughout Montpelier's capital district! From speakers to opportunities to speak to legislators to exhibitions. For more information, vermontentrepreneur.org/entrepreneur-week-events

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Continuous and Efficient Production through Winter

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Natick, MA
Description: February 7, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick, MA
Instructor: Jean-Claude Bourrut and Jill Shea
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/type/winter

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RAW MILK MEETING FOR RAW MILK PRODUCERS WITH RURAL VERMONT

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph Ctr, VT
Description: Regional raw milk meetings for raw milk producers of all sizes to get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections; provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law; and to network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers. Bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch. (If you're not already a member of Rural Vermont, you can join in advance at www.ruralvermont.org or by calling 802-223-7222.)

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Raw Milk Meetings

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Several Locations in VT
Description: Rural Vermont is hosting several regional RAW MILK MEETINGS for farmers to:
-Get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections
-Provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law
-Network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers
When & where:
Thurs, Jan 31st – Hinesburg (Burlington area)
Thursday, February 7th – Randolph Center (central VT)
Thursday, February 21st – South Wheelock (Northeast Kingdom)
Wednesday, March 13th – Poultney (Rutland County)
March date TBD – Townshend (southeastern VT)
More details:
All meetings are from 11am – 3pm with potluck lunch
Free for Rural Vermont members; $5 for all else*
RSVP required for exact location & directions:
shelby@ruralvermont.org or (802) 223-7222

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Using QuickBooks Reports Training plus One-on-One Coaching

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Holyoke, MA
Description: Amy Grabowski of Fiscal Training Solutions will teach this Quickbooks reporting workshop that will enable users to get more comfortable with Quickbooks reporting so that you can get the most information out fo your data. Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Holyoke Community College. Kittredge Center 303 Homestead Ave. Room KC222

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Farm Systems for Harvesting Food Every Season

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Amherst, MA
Description: NOFA-MA
Simple Gifts Farm, North Amherst, MA
Instructor: Jeremy Barker-Plotkin
For more info: www.nofamass.org/events/farm-systems-harvesting-food-every-season

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

NESAWG's It Takes a Region Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga, NY
Description: This conference takes on the 12-state Northeast region from Maine to West Virginia. By taking a regional approach, we can grow our thinking and our work to develop a truly sustainable and resilient food system. We can build upon our "thousand points of local" to achieve optimal scale, location, variety and supply for all communities and all supply chain participants.

If you were previously registered for the conference (originally scheduled for Oct. 28th-30th, and rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy), you can re-register by contacting Betsy Johnson by email or phone -- 413-301-5387.

For more information- www.nefood.org/

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Leasing Your Land to a Farmer

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Burlington, VT
Description: There is a growing need for affordable land for new and expanding farmers in Vermont. Farming on land held by non-farmers can be a win-win opportunity for owners and farmers. This informational session will help private landowners better understand how to make their land available for farming and maintain positive arrangements with farmer-tenants. It will also help community groups to better understand how they can support farmland leasing in their communities.
Please contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 to register, or for more information. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu by February 4, 2013 so we may assist you. UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work.
A panel will discuss these topics:

* Assessing your land and understanding farmer-tenants’ needs,
* Crafting a suitable lease for both parties,
* Legal, financial, tax, insurance, liability and other considerations,
* How community organizations and neighbors work together,
* Finding a farmer and maintaining good communications,
* And provide resources for landowners including a new handbook, “Leasing to a Farmer.”

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Monday, February 11, 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.
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-104-financial-records/

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Practical Produce Safety: Write a Produce Safety Plan for Your Farm

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Weathersfield, VT
Description: PRACTICAL FOOD SAFETY WORKSHOP
Feb. 12, 8:30-4, Martin Memorial Hall and Deep Meadow Farm, Weathersfield VT.
More and more produce buyers are asking the farms they buy from if they have a farm food safety plan. UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture is offering a day-long hands-on workshop on writing a farm safety for small and diversified fruit and vegetable farmers who market directly and locally. This is a great chance to get your farm manager/crew leaders trained in on-farm produce safety practices.
You will leave this workshop with a concise plan for you, your customers, and your employees. Cost: $30 or $15 per person if more than one person is coming from one farm.
Registration deadline: Feb. 5. Call Cheryl with a credit card at 802-656-5459, or on-line: vermontpracticalfoodsafetyplan.eventbrite.com/# or print and mail: www.uvm.edu/sustainableagriculture/Documents/PFSRegistrationFeb13.pdf
To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu, by February 1 so we may assist you.

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Filing a Schedule F: Tax Preparation for Farmers Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo Learn what you need to know about filing taxes for your farm business. Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension Agriculture & Farm Business Management Specialist delves into the federal tax code as it applies to farm businesses. Wondering about depreciation, deductions, and Schedule F forms? Do you know where to go to learn more, get the right forms, and find help? This webinar will answer common questions about filing federal income taxes for farmers and help you find the resources you need to file accurately and on time. Dennis Kauppila worked on Vermont farms in the 1970s before earning BS and MS degrees in agriculture at UVM. He started working with UVM Extension in 1983 and now works with farmers on financial management and business planning.

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.html&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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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Thursday, February 14, 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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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: University of Vermont - BTV
Description: Save the Date! The 31st Annual Winter Conference, "Generations of Innovations" will take place February 16 & 17, 2013.
For more information: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/

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Planning for Profit with Richard Wiswall!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Plymouth, NH
Description: Vermont grower and author Richard Wiswall teaches planning, office management and financial tips for success. You will leave with a comprehensive road map for planning your farm's production; systems to determine profit centers on your farm; budgets for different farm enterprises; simple, effective office management skills and tips to address common business mistakes.
For more information: sbfnh.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ea72f6b71384912ad8f245a95&id=3a5141251d&e=b39cb6783a

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Ten Month Salad Greens on a Small Piece of Land

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: North Brookfield, MA
Description: Sponsored by NOFA-MA
Kittredge Farm , North Brookfield, MA
Instructor: Dan Kittredge
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/ten-month-salad-greens-small-piece-land

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Taking Stock Early Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: For people with five or more years in business.
Upcoming Sessions: March 6, 3, & 20 2013 from 10 am to 3:30 pm in Berlin.
Taking Stock addresses issues that tend to arise in businesses that have been up and running for awhile and could benefit from a progress check. More Taking Stock course information.
Time: 10 am - 3:30 pm. Early registration deadline: February 20, 2013, Cost: $100. Registration deadline: March 1, Cost: $135.
Register or get more information: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/taking_stock.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

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Winter Northeast Hops Conference

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Description: WINTER HOPS CONFERENCE
The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, VT.
Interested in growing hops or purchasing local hops? Join the annual hops conference to learn about hop fertility and irrigation management as well as important handling principles from proper harvest timing and drying to quality preservation techniques. Local brewers will teach about how hop quality preservation impacts beer quality and taste. Learn about the current UVM Extension hopyard research results including varietal differences, yields, hop pests, and brewing quality.
CONTACT: Heather Darby or Rosalie Madden at 802-524-6501 or register at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=hopsconference.html by Feb. 8.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

RAW MILK MEETING FOR RAW MILK PRODUCERS WITH RURAL VERMONT

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: South Wheelock, VT
Description: Regional raw milk meetings for raw milk producers of all sizes to get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections; provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law; and to network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers. Bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch. (If you're not already a member of Rural Vermont, you can join in advance at www.ruralvermont.org or by calling 802-223-7222.)
CONTACT: RSVP required for location & directions: shelby@ruralvermont.org or 802-223-7222.

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Enterprise Analysis

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Northampton, MA
Description: Learn how to evaluate different profit centers in your farm business. You will be able to determine if the carrots or lettuce are making more of a profit, etc. Richard Wiswall of Cate Farm in VT, also author of the Organic Farmers Business Handbook will be presenting.
Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Friends Meeting HOuse, 43 Center St. Northampton, MA

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Food Labeling for Food Producers and Processors

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Register online: foodlabeling2013.eventbrite.com/

Location: Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT
Registration fee: $10/ participant. Includes course materials and light refreshments
State and federal food labeling requirements can be very confusing for food producers and processors. This seminar will help to clarify regulations for the food products most commonly sold by Vermont food producers and processors. The information required by law to be on food labels will be explained, as well as other items such as UPC codes and label claims. A brief overview of nutritional labeling will also be provided.
Handouts outlining the information covered in the presentation will be provided. In addition to the presenter, Department of Health officials will be available for questions.

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Listen Sessions with VT Agency of Agriculture

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont? Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers? Here is you opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. He will be holding a series of listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers. Each session will include a brief presentation on the agricultural sectors recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and steps we can each take to be better prepared for the next event. After the presentation, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms today. The sessions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon at the following locations:
Vergennes: Friday, February 22nd at the Vergennes Opera House
Poultney: Thursday, February 28th at Green Mountain College, Withy Hall
Morrisville: Friday, March 8th at the Morristown Town Offices
Randolph: Wednesday, March 20th at Vermont Technical College Red Schoolhouse
Springfield: Friday, March 22nd at the state office building conference room

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802 272 0822or via email at ken.hafner@state.vt.us .

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Producing Greens for Winter CSA

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hamilton, MA
Description: First Light Farm, Hamilton, MA
Instructor: Mike Raymond
Presented by NOFA-VT
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/producing-greens-winter-csa

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2013 VERMONT DAIRY PRODUCERS' CONFERENCE

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: South Burlington, VT
Description: Sheraton Burlington Conference Center 870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT
Speakers include Mike Hutgens and Norm St. Pierre, and the day will feature talks on prices, trends and ways to improve the bottom line for Vermont’s dairy producers.
CONTACT: To register, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/dairyconference , or contact Peggy Manahan at Peggy.manahan@uvm.edu or 1-800-639-2130 with any questions.
COST: $25 by Feb. 8, $45 after Feb. 8, $65 at the door

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Harvest New England Conference and Trade Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sturbridge, MA
Description: This conference and trade show will include twenty-six workshops, covering agri-tourism, strategic marketing, using social media, financial planning, and lots more, will provide growers with tools to increase their sales in today’s competitive marketplace. Keynote speakers include Roberta MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cabot Creamery who will share some marketing tips and ways to grow customers when you have little time and money. Retail marketing expert Bob Burke will speak on “The Dynamics of Food Trends in the Northeast.” A general session will feature a facilitated discussion with the agricultural chiefs/commissioners from New England, including DAR Commissioner Gregory Watson. Registration is $90 and $75 for additional representatives from the same farm. Click here for more information and to register.
Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St, Sturbridge MA

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Financial Training: Managing for Profit

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to increase the profitability of local farmers and producers who supply Intervale Food Hub and other food hubs in Vermont. The training will include new tools and resources that will show farmers how to benchmark their operations against others with similar operations. Producers who are improving their financial record keeping skills as well as those who already have good records will benefit from this hands-on workshop that will demonstrate:

· Effective benchmarking – a new tool that will provide a comparison to “best in class” producers to learn how they maintain profitability year after year, in particular when they supply new markets such as Food Hubs

· The One Page Financial Plan – using an innovative five-line income statement to focus on how to achieve economic efficiency, lower overhead costs, and increase profits

· Managing from Your Financials – goal-based planning that establishes a mindset of working towards sustainable profit rather than taking whatever is left when the season is done

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Listen Sessions with VT Agency of Agriculture

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont? Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers? Here is you opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. He will be holding a series of listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers. Each session will include a brief presentation on the agricultural sectors recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and steps we can each take to be better prepared for the next event. After the presentation, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms today. The sessions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon at the following locations:
Vergennes: Friday, February 22nd at the Vergennes Opera House
Poultney: Thursday, February 28th at Green Mountain College, Withy Hall
Morrisville: Friday, March 8th at the Morristown Town Offices
Randolph: Wednesday, March 20th at Vermont Technical College Red Schoolhouse
Springfield: Friday, March 22nd at the state office building conference room

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802 272 0822or via email at ken.hafner@state.vt.us .

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Friday, March 1, 2013

NOFA-NH’s WINTER CONFERENCE

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Laconia, NH

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Taking Stock Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: For people with five or more years in business, taking Stock addresses issues that tend to arise in businesses that have been up and running for awhile and could benefit from a progress check.
Upcoming Sessions: March 6, 3, & 20 2013 from 10 am to 3:30 pm in Berlin.
Early registration deadline: February 20, 2013, Cost: $100.
Registration deadline: March 1, Cost: $135

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VERMONT ORGANIC DAIRY PRODUCERS CONFERENCE

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: VERMONT ORGANIC DAIRY PRODUCERS CONFERENCE Judd Gymnasium, Vermont Technical College. UVM Extension and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) are teaming up to offer this conference which will focus on managing organic dairies in the face of feed cost and weather extremes. Keynote addresses will include experiences with transitioning the farm to certified organic production, building soil fertility, pasture irrigation, and other drought management techniques, as well as on managing dairy nutrition under feeding cost and weather extremes. The conference will also include updates on recent organic dairy research and farmer panels on feeding molasses, and growing and feeding annual forages to enhance and extend the grazing season.
CONTACT: To register, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/organicdairy , or contact Peggy Manahan at Peggy.manahan@uvm.edu or 1-800-639-2130 with any questions.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

NOFA-NH’s WINTER CONFERENCE

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Laconia, NH
Description: Laconia Middle School, Laconia, NH
NOFA-NH is using this year’s conference to cultivate the resilience and health of New Hampshire’s local food system, under the theme Resilience/Growing a Resilient Community. Fri. 3/1 features intensive farmer workshops, keynote, and a beginning farmer mixer. Sat. 3/2 will offer a workshops, a “green market fair,” book signings & a potluck.
CONTACT: Jo Russavage, Conference Coordinator at (508) 330-1034
or winterconference@nofanh.org

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NOFA-CT Winter Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wilton, CT
Description: The 2013 Winter Conference brings into focus the challenges for farmers, gardeners and consumers of adjusting to climate change. Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming and celebrate local food.
This year's keynote, David W. Wolfe Ph.D., is the Faculty Fellow and Chair of the Climate Change Focus Group, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology, Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.
www.ctnofa.org/2013winterconference/index.html

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Producing for Various Winter Greens Markets

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: South Egremont, MA
Description: Indian Line Farm, South Egremont, MA
Instructors: Elizabeth Keen and Pete Salinetti
Sponsored by NOFA-MA
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/producing-various-winter-greens-markets

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TRACTOR AND MACHINERY SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE FOR 14-19YOS

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: Randolph Technical Career Center, Randolph, VT
This course is designed to prevent farm injury and fatality, show prospective employers you take safety seriously, build your program portfolio, and increase your legal work opportunities. It will include hands-on instruction for tractors and farm machinery
operation, hazard recognition and correction, general farm safety knowledge , and help to cultivate a strong safety attitude At the end of the program, participants will take a written test and a driving test for National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation certification.
While the certification is a legal requirement for 14- and 15-year-olds who are employed on a farm other than that of their parents or guardians, the training is recommended for all youths, ages 14-19, working in agriculture.
CONTACT: Kristen Mullins at (802) 656-2034 or email at: kristen.mullins@uvm.edu. To register, visit www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents.

MAR. 2, 9, 23, APR. 13
(participants must attend all sessions to test for certification)
9am-2:30pm
COST: $60, which includes all sessions, lunches, materials, and the testing fee.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

BALANCING NUTRIENT USE FROM FEED TO MANURE TO FIELD
AMENDMENT: AWORKSHOP FROM BEN & JERRY’S CARING DAIRY

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd, Middlebury
Connect feed and manure and production for the best use of nutrients and inputs. Dan Hudson and Tony Kitsos of UVM Extension will cover balancing nutrient use for optimal production in the field and in the bulk tank, and for the best economic returns on investments. Jeff Sanders will share an app that is under production to manage nutrient use. Lunch will be served.
CONTACT: Pre-registration required. Please contact Rachel Gilker: at
rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com or 518-765-4158.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

BALANCING NUTRIENT USE FROM FEED TO MANURE TO FIELD
AMENDMENT: AWORKSHOP FROM BEN & JERRY’S CARING DAIRY

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Derby, VT
Description: BALANCING NUTRIENT USE FROM FEED TO MANURE TO FIELD
AMENDMENT: A WORKSHOP FROM BEN & JERRY’S CARING DAIRY
Vermont Pie & Pasta, 4278 US 5, Derby
Connect feed and manure and production for the best use of nutrients and inputs. Dan
Hudson and Tony Kitsos of UVM Extension will cover balancing nutrient use for optimal
production in the field and in the bulk tank, and for the best economic returns on
investments. Jeff Sanders will share an app that is under production to manage nutrient
use. Lunch will be served.
CONTACT: Pre-registration required. Please contact Rachel Gilker: at
rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com or 518-765-4158.

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Investment Decisions and Partial Budgeting

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hatfield, MA
Description: Have trouble weighing the costs and benefits of new opportunities? This workshop will provide you with a framework for informed decision making, showing you how to evaluate an investment's projected returns. Food Bank of Western Massachusetts 97 N. Hatfield Rd., Hatfield, MA
Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

BEDDED PACK TRAINING

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Sheldon, VT
Description: BEDDED PACK TRAINING
The Abbey Restaurant, Sheldon, VT
Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works? Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose and other partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and a Q&A with a farmer experienced in managing a pack. If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.
CONTACT: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at www.uvm.edu/pasture Pre-registration required.
Cost: $20

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Friday, March 8, 2013

UVM EXTENSION “AG FINANCE HOUR”

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: UVM EXTENSION “AG FINANCE HOUR”
VT Small Business Development Center, Randolph, VT
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.
CONTACT: Call now for more information or to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Bedded Pack Training

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works? Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose and other partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and a Q&A with a farmer experienced in managing a pack. If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.
CONTACT: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at www.uvm.edu/pasture Pre-registration required.
Cost: $20

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BALANCING NUTRIENT USE FROM FEED TO MANURE TO FIELD
AMENDMENT: AWORKSHOP FROM BEN & JERRY’S CARING DAIRY

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: St. Albans, VT
Description: BALANCING NUTRIENT USE FROM FEED TO MANURE TO FIELD
AMENDMENT: A WORKSHOP FROM BEN & JERRY’S CARING DAIRY
Mimmo’s, 22 S. Main St., St. Albans
Connect feed and manure and production for the best use of nutrients and inputs. Dan
Hudson and Tony Kitsos of UVM Extension will cover balancing nutrient use for optimal
production in the field and in the bulk tank, and for the best economic returns on
investments. Jeff Sanders will share an app that is under production to manage nutrient
use. Lunch will be served.
CONTACT: Pre-registration required. Please contact Rachel Gilker: at
rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com or 518-765-4158.

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Listen Sessions with VT Agency of Agriculture

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont? Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers? Here is you opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. He will be holding a series of listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers. Each session will include a brief presentation on the agricultural sectors recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and steps we can each take to be better prepared for the next event. After the presentation, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms today. The sessions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon at the following locations:
Vergennes: Friday, February 22nd at the Vergennes Opera House
Poultney: Thursday, February 28th at Green Mountain College, Withy Hall
Morrisville: Friday, March 8th at the Morristown Town Offices
Randolph: Wednesday, March 20th at Vermont Technical College Red Schoolhouse
Springfield: Friday, March 22nd at the state office building conference room

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802 272 0822or via email at ken.hafner@state.vt.us .

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Making Soft Cheeses

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Gill, MA
Description:
Upinngil Farm, Gill
$75 NOFA members; $80 non-members

Participants will learn to select the right quality milk, discern what kinds of milk are appropriate for each type of cheese, and choose what kind of bacteria to use as a starter. Workshops cover as many cheeses as possible during each period. Participants in Making Soft Cheeses will be given samples of cheese to take home and practice aging. This may or may not be possible for Making Hard Cheeses because of production size limitations in the cheese room. Cliff invites participants wanting to learn more about working with the milk of their own animals to bring two gallons of milk to make into cheese.

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Growing Greens on Homestead Scale

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Winchendon Springs, MA
Description: Noonday Farm, Winchendon Springs, MA
Instructors: Bob Jennings and Beth Ingham
Sponsored by NOFA-MA
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/growing-greens-homestead-scale

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

SMALL RUMINANT FIBER: 1ST CLASS in the MASTER SHEPHERD COURSE

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Richford, VT
Description: SMALL RUMINANT FIBER: 1ST CLASS in the MASTER SHEPHERD COURSE
The Parsons’ Farm, Richford, VT
This first class in the Master Shepherd Course will feature instructors Chet Parsons and Jessica Dilner, who will help participants learn: “Wool 1010,” Matching Wool with Products, Goat and other fibers, Setting up equipment and preparing sheep for shearing, shearing instruction and demonstration and wool skirting and packing. This class could be a prerequisite for selling wool through the VGSA wool pool, or taking one of VSGA’s shearing classes. This class is the first in a series of 10 that will be taught by recently retired UVM Extension Livestock Specialist Chet Parsons of Parsons’ Farm in Richford, Vermont, and with members of the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association. Classes will cover primary aspects of sheep husbandry and will include selected aspects of the goat and camelid husbandry.
CONTACT: Visit vtsheepandgoat.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/MasterShepherdBookletWEB.pdf to download the brochure and registration form and mail with payment to Master Shepherd Course Reg., Parsons’ Farm, 463 Hardwood Hill Rd., Richford, VT 05476
MAR. 12
10:30am-3:30am
COST: Free
NORTHWEST CROP, SOIL, AND DAIRY WORKSHOP
COST: For VGSA members: $60 for this class, $500 for entire 10-class series. For non-VGSA members, $75 and $600, respectively.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

NORTHWEST CROP, SOIL, AND DAIRY WORKSHOP

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Albans, VT
Description: NORTHWEST CROP, SOIL, AND DAIRY WORKSHOP
American Legion, St. Albans, VT
Guest speakers include dairy nutritionist Dr. Randy Shaver from the University of Wisconsin and agronomist Dr. Greg Roth from Pennsylvania State University. Topics to be discussed include latest research in growing and feeding corn silage, earlage, and snaplage. Hear about a new cover crop interseeder developed at Penn State. Shawn Bossard from SUNY Morrisville will discuss strategies for alleviating and reducing soil compaction. UVM will provide updates on using cover crops for winter feed, perennial grass variety trial results, and cover cropping projects.
CONTACT: Call the NW Crop & Soils team office with any questions at 1-800-639-2130

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NOFA-VT Tunnel Tour!

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Join NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Advisor Lynda Prim and Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer, UVM Extension, for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations, and how they made decisions about energy efficiency the construction and use of these structures.

March 13: Gildrien Farm, Leicester and Woods Market Garden, Brandon
March 20: Walker Farm, E. Dummerston and Old Athens Farm, Putney
March 27: Waterman's Berry Farm, Johnson and Pete's Greens, S. Craftsbury (to be confirmed)
April 3: Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne (to be confirmed) and Riverberry Farm, Fairfax
Go to NOFA-VT for more details: nofavt.org

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Transferring the Farm Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: South Station Restaurant, Rutland, VT
This UVM Extension Workshop will present information on topics that will help in a successful transfer of the farm: Starting the farm transfer process, Succession & Estate Planning, Legal Issues (including wills, probate, necessary documents and more). Also: Other alternatives such as conservation easements, assisting new entrants to farming and other alternatives. A farmer panel will present an opportunity to learn what other farmers have done to secure their business and to plan for succession. Speakers include UVM Extension Specialist Bob Parsons, attorney Jonathan Bump a representative from RAFFL, Vermont Land Trust, and a farmer panel explaining how they went about developing a plan for their farm.
CONTACT: Request a registration form from Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109
bob.parsons@uvm.edu by March 8, or contact Bob for more information or to request a disability- related accommodation to participate in this program.

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BEDDED PACK TRAINING

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: White River Jct, VT
Description: Hotel Coolidge
Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works? Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose and other partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and a Q&A with a farmer experienced in managing a pack. If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.
CONTACT: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at www.uvm.edu/pasture Pre-registration required.
Cost: $20

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Raw Milk Meetings

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Several Locations in VT
Description: Rural Vermont is hosting several regional RAW MILK MEETINGS for farmers to:
-Get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections
-Provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law
-Network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers
When & where:
Thurs, Jan 31st – Hinesburg (Burlington area)
Thursday, February 7th – Randolph Center (central VT)
Thursday, February 21st – South Wheelock (Northeast Kingdom)
Wednesday, March 13th – Poultney (Rutland County)
March date TBD – Townshend (southeastern VT)
More details:
All meetings are from 11am – 3pm with potluck lunch
Free for Rural Vermont members; $5 for all else*
RSVP required for exact location & directions:
shelby@ruralvermont.org or (802) 223-7222

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Farm Financial Analysis

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin, VT
Description: UVM Extension Office, Comstock Rd., Berlin, VT
Farm Financial Analysis is a 2 session class designed to help farm managers begin to analyze the financial situation on their farm. This class is designed for farms that have been recording their finances for at least one year and now want to understand how they can get valuable management information from analyzing these records. Farms should have a farm balance sheet and actual farm cash flow report or Profit and Loss to get the most value out
of this class. The class will teach about basic financial ratios that you can calculate to understand your business better. It will also cover analysis techniques that you can use to plan for or monitor the performance of a specific farm enterprise. We'll teach you the calculations to address important issues like: solvency, borrowing capacity, profitability and enterprise analysis.
CONTACT: For more information or to register please contact Christi Sherlock or Erin
Clark at 802-223-2389.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

9TH ANNUAL GRAINS CONFERENCE

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Description: 9TH ANNUAL GRAINS CONFERENCE
The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, VT
Come to the annual grain conference and learn about growing and processing a variety of grains. This year our keynote addresses will highlight the challenges and successes of bringing small grains production back to regions like the Northeast. Guest speakers Klaas and Peter Martens from Lakeview Organic grain will discuss building soil health with cover crops and soil amendments. Local farmers will teach about growing grains and building rations for livestock feed, small scale grain production and processing, and much, much, more. Bakers from the region will provide instruction on making crackers and waffles from local grains.
CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=grainconference.html or for more information or questions call 1-802-524-6501 or email Heather Darby, heather.darby@uvm.edu or Erica Cummings, erica.cummings@uvm.edu.
COST: $40 NGGA members, $45 non-members. Includes lunch.

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Pinterest for Your Business!`

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Thursday, March 14, 2013 The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series hosts a free presentation on Pinterest for Your Business! Tara Gross, owner of Country Drawers and Connie Hancock of University of Nebraska Extension. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); at connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop.

Learn how to better utilize Pinterest for your business/ Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by giving Facebook and maybe Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind only Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian’s Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report. Presenters will introduce what Pinterest is and why you should use it for your business. They will also discuss setting up a Pinterest account, how to interact, and how to create pin boards. Gross is a young entrepreneur and owner of Country Drawers in Cambridge, Nebraska and Hancock is an Extension Educator from UNL Extension.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

CSA Expert Exchange

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference that can be accessed with any web browser anywhere in the world. You will be able to see video of the presenters, view slides and participate in the discussion in real time.
Topics include community involvement, strategies for increasing member retention, certifications, equipment, finding the right scale for your CSA operation, and legal issues.

The cost is $45. Purchase tickets and learn more, go to www.csafarmconference.com/

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Calf Clinic

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Description: The Vermont Beef Producers’ Association will hold its annual Calf Clinic on Saturday, March 16th from 10 to 1PM at the Gaylord Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont. Dr. Kent Anderson, the VBPA Consulting Veterinarian, will conduct the clinic.
This annual clinic has been very popular over the years for its informative and lively discussion covering all areas of calving: including cow herd management, calving difficulties and assistance techniques, to post calving and complete herd health. It is a complete course in the Art of Calving and a must for both new and experienced producers.
The clinic is free to all present members and open to others for the cost of a $40 membership. Please register early to aid in the planning for this event.
To register, contact Hadley Gaylord at 802.793.5166.
Directions to Gaylord Farm in Waitsfield: One mile South of the Junction of Routes 17 and 100 on Rte. 100.

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High Tunnels for Winter and Spring Production

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Dartmouth, MA
Description: Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA
Instructor: Derek Christianson
Sponsored by NOFA-MA
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/high-tunnels-winter-and-spring-greens-production

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High Mowing Seeds Spring Social

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wolcott, VT
Description: Join High Mowing Organic Seeds for the 5th annual HMS Spring Social.
Participate in educational workshops for farmers and gardeners, tour the High
Mowing Seeds warehouse and hoop house, enjoy the potluck dinner, and
network with fellow growers.

For more information: www.highmowingseeds.com

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Permaculture Design Certification

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Description: This course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum including applications of Permaculture in diverse settings, and techniques for meeting human needs that harmonize with ecological patterns. Lectures and hands-on work will also explore: bioregional designs, natural history of Eastern woodlands and designs that cooperate with their regeneration, evolution of agriculture, energy and nutrient cycling, watershed health, gravity spring-fed water systems, tree paste for fruit trees, selective firewood and pole harvesting to encourage maples, apples, shitake and ginseng, and the integration of animals into cultivated ecosystems. Local experts on organic beekeeping and biodynamics will make guest appearances. The course will conclude with students doing their own Permaculture site design. Permaculture design benefits community leaders and professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology and education.
Competency Level: All Levels.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School 7865 Main Street Waitsfield, VT, 05673
Cost: $1520
Website: www.yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification
Contact: Abby Martin Contact Email: outreach@yestermorrow.org Contact Phone: 802 496 5545

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

OILSEED PRODUCERS MEETING

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin, VT
Description: OILSEED PRODUCERS MEETING Comfort Inn & Suites, Maplewood, Berlin, VT Interested in producing oilseeds, biodiesel, or culinary oil products on your farm? Come to the annual meeting of oilseed producers and learn about growing and processing these specialty crops. Topics for the day will include a farmer roundtable discussion, using oilseed meal as livestock feed, bird control methods, different small scale oil presses, and updates of crop production, pest management, and food-grade oil research.
CONTACT: Call the NW Crop & Soils team office with any questions at 1-800-639-2130

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Business Decisions You Can Live With

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Amherst, MA
Description:
This is the fifth workshop in CISA’s seven-workshop series focused on financial management and business decision-making. What should you consider when assessing new opportunities? When farms assess new enterprises, investments, markets, or products, they need to consider many factors, including how the new activity will impact personal needs, family life, seasonal schedule, and existing enterprises. In addition, new risks might arise as a result of the new activity and those need to be planned for, too. Missy Bahret, from Old Friends Farm, will discuss the broad implications of business decisions and give you tools for identifying and weighing these risks, challenges, and opportunities. Paul Lacinski from Sidehill Farm will share his experience with making business decisions and Dan Kaplan from Brookfield Farm will share his practice with regard to quality of life issues. Cost to attend the series is $60 for Local Hero Members, or $12 per workshop. The non-member fee is $75 for the series, $15 per workshops. To register, contact Devon Whitney-Deal or 413-665-7100 x 22.

Location: Bramble Hill, 593 S. Pleasant Street, Amherst

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NOFA-VT Tunnel Tour!

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Join NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Advisor Lynda Prim and Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer, UVM Extension, for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations, and how they made decisions about energy efficiency the construction and use of these structures.

March 13: Gildrien Farm, Leicester and Woods Market Garden, Brandon
March 20: Walker Farm, E. Dummerston and Old Athens Farm, Putney
March 27: Waterman's Berry Farm, Johnson and Pete's Greens, S. Craftsbury (to be confirmed)
April 3: Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne (to be confirmed) and Riverberry Farm, Fairfax
Go to NOFA-VT for more details: nofavt.org

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Listen Sessions with VT Agency of Agriculture

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont? Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers? Here is you opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. He will be holding a series of listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers. Each session will include a brief presentation on the agricultural sectors recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and steps we can each take to be better prepared for the next event. After the presentation, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms today. The sessions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon at the following locations:
Vergennes: Friday, February 22nd at the Vergennes Opera House
Poultney: Thursday, February 28th at Green Mountain College, Withy Hall
Morrisville: Friday, March 8th at the Morristown Town Offices
Randolph: Wednesday, March 20th at Vermont Technical College Red Schoolhouse
Springfield: Friday, March 22nd at the state office building conference room

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802 272 0822or via email at ken.hafner@state.vt.us .

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Policy Advocacy & Networking Session

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Florence, MA
Description: Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street in Florence
As a farmer, what policies matter most and how can you make a difference? This session will give you the opportunity to network with other farmers and start to work together to make your voices heard. Annette Higby and Kate Snyder from the New England Farmers Union will give an overview of federal policies that are relevant to your farm, and ways that you can affect policy. Wes Hannah of the National Young Farmers' Coalition will discuss policy geared toward beginning farmers, and ways for young farmers to work together to influence policy and offer mutual aid. Nathan L'Etoile, farmer at Four Star Farms and Former Asst. Commissioner of Ag, will discuss policy work at state and local levels. This session is geared toward beginning farmers who have been farming for ten years or less, but all those excited to learn more about and engage in policy advocacy are welcome. The session is co-hosted by CISA and the Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts. Suggested donation is $10 and dinner will be provided. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 19th to kristen@buylocalfood.org or 413-665-7100, ext. 12.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

CSA Farmer's Guide to Accepting SNAP/EBT Payments Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: About the Webinar
Trying to figure out how to accept SNAP/EBT payments (formerly food stamps) has been a challenge for trailblazing CSA farmers and their partner organizations because of a general lack of information on the topic. In this webinar, we will demystify the process by explaining how SNAP rules apply to CSA farms, showing you ways to easily integrate SNAP payments, providing tools to find and retain SNAP members, walking you through a hassle-free application to become SNAP-authorized, and describing how to get the technology to accept EBT cards.
About the Presenter
Bryan Allan is assistant farm manager at Zenger Farm, a nonprofit educational urban farm in Portland, OR. For the past two years, Zenger Farm has run a pilot SNAP CSA project to learn and now share the tips and tricks that will make the process easy for you!

Find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at www.extension.org/pages/25242

Register here: www.extension.org/pages/67390/csa-farmers-guide-to-accepting-snapebt-payments-webinar

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Energy Efficient Refrigeration and Cooling

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Deerfield, MA
Description: Clarkdale Fruit Farm, 303 Upper Road in Deerfield
Want to make your farm's refrigeration more efficient? Planning to install a new walk-in cooler or expand your existing cooling capacity for farm products? Join us for a tour of Clarkdale Fruit Farms' retrofitted apple storage facility, followed by a discussion of energy efficiency strategies for farm refrigeration and facilities, public utility programs, and funding opportunities. Presenters from the MA Dept. of Ag., MA Farm Energy Program, UVM Extension, RCS Energy Services, and Old Friends Farm will discuss technology and equipment options, based on farmer experiences across the state. Suggested donation is $10 and dinner will be served. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 19th to kristen@buylocalfood.org or 413-665-7100, ext. 12.

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Food Labeling for Food Producers

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: For more information: www.uvm.edu/extension/food/pdfs/food_labeling_vfvc_workshop_march2013.pdf
Vermont Food Venture Center
140 Junction Road, Hardwick, VT 05483
Registration fee: $5/ participant
State and federal food labeling requirements can be very confusing for food producers and processors. This seminar will help to clarify regulations for the food products most commonly sold by Vermont food producers and processors. The information required by law to be on food labels will be explained, as well as other items such as UPC codes and label claims. A brief overview of nutritional labeling will also be provided.
About the presenter: Londa Nwadike, PhD is the Food Safety Specialist with the University of Vermont Extension service. She works with food processors throughout Vermont to improve the safety of their products, particularly meats and other value-added processed food products.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Farm Finance Office Hour - UVM Extension

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Farm Finance Office 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 – March 22 - 8-5pm
Bennington – April 4 - 9-4pm
Rutland – April 11 - 10-4pm
Middlebury – Apirl 18 - 10-4pm
Colchester – April 25 - 10-4pm
There is a $15 registration fee.
Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock 802-223-2389
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at 802-223-2389 a week prior to meeting date so we may assist you.

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New England Meat Conference and Meat Ball!

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: The goal of the New England Meat Conference is to enhance the production, processing, and marketing of sustainable, nutritious, humanely-raised, and delicious meat from New England farms by providing educational and networking opportunities for meat producers, processors, and consumers. Location: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH 03301. For more information: www.newenglandmeatconference.org/home.html

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Deadline- Selling Meat From Your Farm: The Regulations

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Morrisville, VT
Description: ~~~ Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at the Stone Grill Banquet Hall in Morrisville from 9a.m. to Noon ~~~

Vermont leads the nation in direct sales of local and specialty foods production on a per capita basis. Selling value-added or processed foods can be very rewarding, but it also requires a great deal of planning and attention to the rules and regulations.

Want to take advantage of the increasing opportunities to sell meats locally and nationally? Come join the Lamoille County USDA Service Center for a FREE workshop about producing, processing, and selling your farm raised meats. Michael Mitchell from the Vermont Department of Agriculture Meat Inspection Division will be the guest speaker.

*** Please RSVP by Friday, March 22nd.

* Information will be available for NRCS, FSA, and District programs.

Lamoille County USDA
109 Professional Dr, Suite 2
Morrisville, VT 05661

Phone: (802) 888-4935
FSA - Heather Mateja x111, Ashley Beaudoin x100
NRCS - Nancy Allen x115
LCCD - Kim Komer x113, Carrie Riker x117

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Listen Sessions with VT Agency of Agriculture

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont? Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers? Here is you opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. He will be holding a series of listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers. Each session will include a brief presentation on the agricultural sectors recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and steps we can each take to be better prepared for the next event. After the presentation, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms today. The sessions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon at the following locations:
Vergennes: Friday, February 22nd at the Vergennes Opera House
Poultney: Thursday, February 28th at Green Mountain College, Withy Hall
Morrisville: Friday, March 8th at the Morristown Town Offices
Randolph: Wednesday, March 20th at Vermont Technical College Red Schoolhouse
Springfield: Friday, March 22nd at the state office building conference room

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802 272 0822or via email at ken.hafner@state.vt.us .

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