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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

Taking Stock

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Three locations in Vermont

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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

Taking Stock

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Three locations in Vermont

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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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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cultured Dairy Products and Cheese at Home

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cummington, MA
Description:
Cummington Community House , Cummington, MA
$65 NOFA members; $70 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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WORKSHOPS ON BIONUTRIENT RICH CROP PRODUCTION

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Craftsbury Common, VT
Description: The Bionutrient Food Association (www.bionutrient.org) will be hosting two workshops on crop production at Sterling College on March 24.
The first, for experienced and working farmers, is designed to inform participants about how to apply innovative principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops. Discussions will include soil biology, mineralogy, and energy dynamics. The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Sterling College's Simpson Hall, with a ticket price of $75. A scholarship is available for farmers; please contact Gary Neves at gary@bionutrient.org.
The second is an introduction to bionutrient crop production. Presenters will discuss biological inoculation, seed sorting, tilage, and much more. The lecture is free and open to all, and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sterling College's Simpson Hall.
To register for either workshop, please visit bionutrient.org/workshops.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Working Group: Investment Decisions

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hatfield, MA
Description: UVM Extension LogoThis is the sixth workshop in CISA’s seven-workshop series focused on financial management and business decision-making. The “Investment Decisions” topic will focus on the implications of farm investments. Are you considering expansion into a new market requiring an upgrade in your washing, storing and packing facilities or an improved food safety record-keeping system? This group might be for you. Come hear how Ryan Voiland from Red Fire Farm has made investment decisions on his farm and bring your own experience to share with others. A CISA staff person will facilitate the conversation. Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Location: Food Bank of W. MA, 97 N. Hatfield Rd., Hatfield

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Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy-- NFP Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo Presented by Carol Delaney, author of The Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy.

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, March 27, 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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FOREST SOILS IN THE HOGBACK ECOREGION

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bristol, VT
Description: Waterworks, Bristol, VT March 27-April 20
Soil scientist Wendy Sue Harper will teach this Vermont Family Forests 1-credit (16 hour) introductory course on forest soils, especially appropriate for landowners, natural resource professionals, educators, and planners who want to improve their understanding of soils and how they influence our landscape. Students will attend 2 classroom presentations and 4 field trips targeting different soils on the Waterworks in Bristol. During classroom lectures, students will learn about soil properties as indicators of soil formation and land use potential (including the five soil forming factors, soil profiles and horizons, soil texture, structure, color, pH, and organic matter), and how to use NRCS soil information and maps.
CONTACT: Contact: David Brynn at david@familyforests.org or 802 453-7728

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Taking Stock

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Chittenden County
Description: Chittenden County Farms
For farmers with 5 or more years of experience managing an agricultural business. Leads participants through a progress check on the farm business, allowing each individual to assess how their farm is supporting their personal, financial and business goals. Registration deadline: March 1, 2013. Scholarship assistance is available for qualified individuals.
CONTACT: Location will be shared with registrants before the class starts. More information is available at “Classes” at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer, or by email at newfarmer@uvm.edu, or call 802-223-2389 or toll-free in VT 1-866-860-1382

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Selling for Success: Marketing to Local Wholesale Markets

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Tomato Room, Intervale Center, Burlington, VT
Description: Join Sona Desai of the Intervale Food Hub and Mark Fasching of Jericho Settlers’ Farm learn if selling to local wholesale markets is right for you. This workshop for beginning farmers will help you learn the personal, production, financial, and marketing skills needed to sell to local wholesale markets, as well as how to begin and improve sales. Sona will speak as a buyer for the Intervale Food Hub and a market development specialist about what skills farmers need to have to be successful selling to these markets. Mark will speak as a farmer about what ensures his success selling to multiple local wholesale markets. Sponsored by the Intervale Center. Free. Please RSVP to to Maggie at the Intervale Center at maggie@intervale.org or (802) 660-0440 ext 116. We will provide directions on how to get to the Tomato Room at Gardener’s Supply Company.

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Food Regulations for Food Producers and Processors

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Location: Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT
Registration fee: $10/ participant. Includes course materials and light refreshments
Selling value-added or processed foods can be very rewarding, but it also requires a great deal of planning and attention to details, including meeting food safety regulations. This workshop will provide information to help small-scale food processors understand how to meet current Federal (FDA and USDA) and State of Vermont food regulations, as well as some of the key food safety-related steps to starting a food business in Vermont. This workshop will also help clarify state and FDA regulations regarding low acid, acidified, and high acid foods; explain the process of getting a scheduled process; and provide information on filling out the necessary forms for approval.
Handouts outlining the information covered in the presentation will be provided.
Registration: Register online by March 26 at http:// foodregulations.eventbrite.com

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One Page Risk Management Plan

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This webinar will give you three powerful, yet simple tools to begin the planning process for your farm. Each tool is just one page, but employing them will clarify your vision of your business, enable you to make well-considered financial decisions, and cut through confusion of what to do next when presented with day-to-day challenges.
This webinar will explain both theory and take you through how one farm might use these tools to focus and succeed in farming.
Register here: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/909541770

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Working Group: Market Opportunities

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hatfield, CT
Description: This is the final workshop in CISA’s seven-workshop series focused on financial management and business decision-making. In the “Market Opportunities” group farmers will discuss the trade-offs of different markets, how to assess costs and returns, and how to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of serving a more diverse market mix. Ben James and Oona Coy from Town Farm will share recent decisions they made with regard to their farm. Bring your questions and experience to share with others as well. A CISA staff person will facilitate the conversation. Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Location: Food Bank of W. MA, 97 N. Hatfield Rd., Hatfield

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Raising poultry on pasture

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: There has been an increased demand for pasture-raised meat, including poultry. The March 28, 2013 webinar will cover a variety of issues related to raising poultry on pasture. Brought to you by e-Extension

To connect to the webinar go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry just before 7PM (Eastern) on March 28, 2013.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson, VT
Description: We’ll contextualize our work in briefly telling some history of our farm and touring our incredibly diverse collection of nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen-fixing plants, and regenerative DIY farm infrastructure. We’ll also explore the incredible history of grafting, the range of grafting possibilities, and practice with professional grafting tools which make for more successful grafts by novices and experts alike.
Each attendant will leave with an apple or pear variety of their choosing on semi-dwarf or standard rootstock, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on native american plum rootstock.
$40 suggested donation sliding scale includes cider and tea, and your own grafted fruit tree to take home. No one will be refused for lack of funds, but everyone must pre-register.
Please RSVP by sending an email to Keith@ProspectRock.org

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Grazing Symposium

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: UVM Extension's Champlain Valley Crops, Soils, and Pasture Team (CVCSP) is hosting a Grazing Symposium on Monday, April 1 from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
It will take place at the American Legion Hall in Vergennes, VT. The fee is $20 per person and includes lunch.
Speakers include grazing consultant Sarah Flack, farmers Guy Choiniere and Brent Beidler, and members of the CVCSP team including Cheryl Cesario and Kirsten Workman.
Looks like a fun day! For more information and/or to register, visit the event website at: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=grazingsymposium.html

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Farmers' Market Manager Forum

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Holyoke, MA
Description: Kittredge Center, Room 302, Holyoke Community College
Would you like to talk to other market managers about how their markets are run and managed? Want to trade tips with your peers? Farmers' market managers and steering committee members are invited to join CISA for this meeting to discuss farmers' market structure, management, challenges, marketing, and anything else of interest to the group. Come with questions for other managers, and be willing to share your thoughts and experiences. The workshop is free and light dinner will be served. RSVP is required by Friday, March 29th to devon@buylocalfood.org or 413-665-7100, ext. 22.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Discussion: scaling up for schools & institutions

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Please join RAFFL & NOFA-VT for a lunch hour discussion on scaling up for schools & institutions
April 2nd 12:30-1:30 pm, lunch provided!
RAFFL Office Conference Room on the third floor of The Opera House 67 Merchants Row, Rutland
We’ll talk about:

Getting your foot in the door with school & institutions
Making it make sense for your business
Identifying the services available to help you
Still interested? Please email Garland (garland@rutlandfarmandfood.org) to RSVP for the session.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Agricultural Biomass Heating Seminar

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: With its emphasis on "local production for local use”, the Seminar will tackle how to establish energy crops on marginal lands and the issues pertaining to the densification, combustion, emissions and economics of crop biomass at residential and commercial scales. The seminar is organized in collaboration with the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo, and joint registration is available.
For more information, contact Alice Brumbach (abrumbach@newyorkbiomass.org / 607-316-3437) or Netaka White (netaka@vsjf.org / 802-828-0040)

For more details: nebiomassheat.com/events.php

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Thursday, April 4, 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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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Advanced Organic Beekeeping

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Lincoln, VT
Description: ADVANCED ORGANIC BEEKEEPING
Metta Earth Institute. Geary Rd., South, Lincoln, VT
This course will cover the ins and outs of swarms and working with swarms, Apitherapy: Health and healing with products from the hive (Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Bees Wax, Royal Jelly, and Bee Venom), and Developing a personal/spiritual connection with the honey bee.
CONTACT: Ross Conrad at dancingbhoney@gmail.com or 802-349-4279.

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Growing Nut Tree Meeting

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Hamden, CT
Description: Lockwood Farm, 890 Evergreen Ave., Hamden, CT. The Torrey Botanical Society and the New York Nut Growers Association are co-hosting this meeting, covering Tree Crops and Pastures in Organic Farming; Starting a Nut Tree Planting as Part of a Tree Farm; Biogeography and Evolution of the Pecan Genus (Carya, Juglandaceae) in North America; and the New York Nut Growers Association's CSA Black Walnut Distribution Program. There will be guided tours of the experimental plots of food-bearing and landscape trees on the farm's 74 acres. For more info: contact Jerry Henkin, Program Coordinator, 501 Riverdale Avenue (4J), Yonkers, NY 10705, sproutnut@aol.com,(914) 282 - 1371.

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Lease Your Land to a Farmer Workshop

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Burlington, VT
Description: Lease Your Land to a Farmer Workshop
Saturday, April 6, 2013
2:00 pm— 5:00 pm
S. Burlington Town Offices
575 Dorset St. S. Burlington, Vermont
A free workshop for landowners who are considering or curious about leasing land to a farmer. A panel will discuss: 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.”
Please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu or 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 as soon as possible so we may assist you.
Presented by UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Land for Good, and the South Burlington City Council Sustainable Agriculture Task Force.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rural Vermont's Annual Celebration

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: Rural Vermont hosts its 2013 Annual Celebration, Wednesday, April 10th from 6:30-9 pm at the Vergennes Opera House, Vergennes. Rural Vermont supporters from all over the state gather for a special evening featuring keynote speaker Philip Ackerman-Leist of Green Mountain College, finger food potluck, wine & beer cash bar, unique raffle prizes, and best of all – great company and conversation! Free! Donations welcome - contribute $100 or more between now and the event, and receive a Vermont Compost Company gift! Thanks to sponsors Healthy Living, NOFA-VT, Vermont Compost Company, and media sponsors Edible Green Mountains and Local Banquet. For more info or to RSVP, (802) 223-7222, www.ruralvermont.org, or find us on Facebook.

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Learn About Low-interest Microloans of up to $35,000 Now Available for Farmers
Learn About Low-interest Microloans of up to $35,000 Now Available for Farmers
Learn About Low-interest Microloans of up to $35,000 Now Available for Farmers

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Learn About Low-interest Microloans of up to $35,000 Now Available for Farmers: Free Webinar April 10, 7-8pm EST
Join the Cornell Small Farms Program and FSA Senior Loan Specialist Carrie Novak for this One-Time Opportunity
Small farmers spoke up and the Farm Services Agency (FSA) listened! In January 2013 the FSA launched a new Microloan Program that offers very low-interest loans of up to $35,000, with an abbreviated application process. On Wed. April 10 from 7-8pm EST, come learn about the details of the program, including loan terms and application process, and have the opportunity to type questions to the FSA's Senior Loan Specialist, Carrie Novak via chat pod. Carrie will also present basic FSA loan eligibility criteria and review the application form.
Register now to attend this free webinar. All you need is a computer with speakers and a high-speed internet connection. The Cornell Small Farms Program uses WebEx software for webinars, and if this is your first time joining a WebEx meeting, you will also be prompted automatically to download a small add-in software program in order to view the webinar on your computer. We'll send you a reminder and the link to join--along with a Webinar Participants' Guide with information about what to expect from a webinar--about a day before the presentation.
Can't join? No problem; we'll record the webinar and post it for viewing on the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project website, nebeginningfarmers.org.
This free program is hosted by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Visit us online at smallfarms.cornell.edu or nebeginningfarmers.org.

Register here: docs.google.com/forms/d/1v9_wiYFkGdXIs9GXurIB6yWBJfDb9vNe-JDu9c6DZTk/viewform

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Farm Finance Office Hour - UVM Extension

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 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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PRACTICAL PRODUCE SAFETY AND STORAGE QUALITY WORKSHOP
PRACTICAL PRODUCE SAFETY AND STORAGE QUALITY WORKSHOP

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Monkton, VT
Description: PRACTICAL PRODUCE SAFETY AND STORAGE QUALITY WORKSHOP
April 11, 8:30-4, St Peter's Church, Vergennes, VT and Bella Farm, Monkton, VT.
UVM Extension's Produce Safety Program, Farm-to-Institution Program, and Agricultural Engineer, Chris Callahan, in partnership with Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN), are 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. The workshop will focus on infrastructure fixes related to produce safety and will include a special presentation by ag engineer Chris Callahan on cooler and storage design for produce safety and quality. 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: $35 or $25 per person if more than one person is coming from one farm. Registration deadline: April 5. Call Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 to register, or register on-line at: www.eventbrite.com/event/5968324419# 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 April 1 so we may assist you. Please register as soon as possible if you are interested, as there is homework to do prior to the workshop.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Making Hard Cheeses

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

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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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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Apple Tree Pruning and Maintenance

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Morrisville, VT
Description: Dave Wilcox, State Forester, will discuss apple tree release, pruning and maintenance. The workshop is free, and all are welcome. Located at the Lamoille County Nature Center in Morrisville

Call Lamoille County Conservation District for more information:
802-888-9218 ext. 113

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VT Beef Producers Annual Meeting

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier VT
Description: Please join us for this interesting and informative program and enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon with fellow beef producers at the Capitol Plazas’ Ethan Allen Room. This is an opportunity to learn what our association has accomplished to date, our plans moving forward and how you can get involved. There is room on the Board for one member. If you are interested in serving, please contact President Chip Morgan.
The buffet style luncheon will cost $32 per person and includes sliced sirloin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, maple ginger glazed salmon with couscous, tossed green salad, warm homemade rolls and warm bread pudding topped with Vermont maple cream.
Please RSVP to Chip Morgan at 802.758.5000 or email chip@woodcreekfarmbeef.com by Wednesday April, 10th. For directions and parking information contact www.capitolplaza.com

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Vermont Young Farmers' Coalition Meeting

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier, VT
Description: Meeting at the Two Rivers Center in Montpelier.
For more details, email psweatt@sterlingcollege.edu
Or go to: www.youngfarmers.org/

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Making Semi-Firm Farmstead Cheese

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Williamstown, MA
Description:
Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown
$65 NOFA members; $70 non-members
Go to NOFA-MA for more information

This workshop will take participants through the entire cheese-making process. Participants will begin with pumping the milk into the cheese room, heating the milk, adding cultures, adding rennet, cutting the curds, hooping, and flipping the cheeses. Registrants will take home a one lb wheel of cheese with instructions for home-aging. Everyone will have a chance to taste the different cheesesmade at Cricket Creek and tour the farm. Clean clothing and an apron are strongly advised.

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Tangled Roots Mushroom Tour

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Shrewsbury, VT
Description: Come take a tour of Tangled Roots Farm, learn how woodland mushrooms are grown, why they are so good for us and how they are different from what you find in the super market.
What the day might look like:
A tour of Tangled Roots Farm (they raise heritage breed, grass and forest fed meats, shiitake mushrooms, and goats milk) also learn about some of their new projects such as planting an orchard.
An introduction to mushrooms including a demonstration on how to grow your own and in-depth information about the nutritional benefits of shiitakes and wild grown mushrooms.
Enjoy Maeve and Lucas' favorite mushroom soup with recipes to take home!
Admissions: Adults on a sliding scale $5-15
Kids under 12 are FREE
REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
FREE transportation offered through registration.
Register by going to this link : raffl.wufoo.com/forms/tangled-roots-mushroom-tour/
Or contact Elizabeth at RAFFL: elizabeth@rutlandfarmandfood.org or 417-1528

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Cheese, Butter, Yogurt-Making Class

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

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Monday, April 15, 2013

All About Energy: Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy for Farmers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sheldon & Middlebury, VT
Description: Hear from Jennifer Osgood of Efficiency Vermont, Alex DePillis of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Sid Bosworth of University of Vermont, and Kevin Hackett of Native Energy. A trade show of vendors will present different energy-related products and tools before and during the day. Lunch will be served.

Two Dates:
Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Abbey, in Sheldon
Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Middlebury Inn, in Middlebury
Cost: $20 at the door, or $15 if you pre-register.

Pre-register for the Sheldon event by Monday, April 15th, or for the Middlebury event by Friday, April 19th.
Contact Rachel Gilker at 518-765-4158 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com
to pre-register or if you are interested in having a table at the trade show.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Central Vermont Food System Forum

Time: 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Location: Plainfield, VT
Description: For more details: mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=a891e624a3&view=att&th=13dcaac0e973b372&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9MZkGpWff-00k0E-0F...

RSVP to sarah@vsjf.org.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Intro to HACCP

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Location: Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT
Registration fee: $15/ participant. Includes course materials and light refreshments
A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan is a regulatory requirement for processing of some food products (meat and poultry, juice, seafood). However, more food buyers are now requiring food producers to have a HACCP plan in place. Developing and implementing a HACCP plan can also help food processors to produce food with a systematic and pro-active approach to food safety.
This workshop will provide an introduction to HACCP, including information on prerequisite programs, conducting a Hazard Analysis, identifying Critical Control Points and Monitoring Procedures, establishment of Critical Limits and Corrective Actions, and Verification and Record Keeping Procedures.
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.

Registration: Register online by April 15 at haccp2013.eventbrite.com
Questions: For more information on the course, please contact Londa Nwadike at londa.nwadike@uvm.edu or 802 223 2389.

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Small Business Administration 101

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Designed for those who are not familiar with the SBA and its services, this introduction will cover information on the most commonly used resources provided by the SBA in Maine. Topics include: counseling resources, basic loan program information, and information on government contracting.
Contact Name: Keith Lind
Contact Email: keith.lind@sba.gov
Contact Phone: (207) 622-8551

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Thursday, April 18, 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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FARM SOILS PRIMER

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Poultney, VT
Description: The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District is hosting a workshop for small, large, beginner, and experienced farmers to increase the economic viability of farming and local food systems in our area. The workshop is free and refreshments will be served. RSVP’s are requested, please contact a staff person listed below for more information.
Location: East Room, Withey Hall & Cerridwen Farm
Cyd Groff, PMNRCD District Manager (802) 287-8339
Jennifer Alexander, Agricultural Resource Specialist (802) 558-6470

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A Dollar and A Dream: Hands On Funding Workshop For Farmers

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Morrisville, NY
Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville, NY. Free!
Please register by Monday, April 12 or by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County at (315) 684-3001 x 100.
For more information: cornellcentral.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/april-18-a-dollar-and-a-dream-hands-on-funding-workshop-for-farmers/?utm_source=April+2nd+Update&utm_campaign=

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Supplementing the Organic Dairy Cow Diet: Results of Molasses andFlaxseed Feeding Trials Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: eOrganic is hosting a webinar with Kathy Soder
As certified organic grain prices continue to increase, dairy farmers are interested in finding ways to maintain or improve milk production while reducing feed costs. In the quest to find lower-cost alternatives, there has been increased interest in supplementing pasture-based livestock diets with products like molasses and flaxseed. Molasses can be a source of energy and trace minerals. Flaxseed can also be a source of energy; in addition it is high in omega-3 fatty acids, a plus for animals and humans alike. In this webinar, Dr. Kathy Soder will present results of recent research she and her team have conducted on molasses and flaxseed feeding.
Find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at:
www.extension.org/pages/25242
The webinar is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/122799089
Learn more about the webinar (this is the url where the recording will be posted too) at: www.extension.org/pages/67505

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Local Meats Processing: Successes and Innovations

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: National Good Food Network Presents: What makes successful meat processors tick? On this webinar, we’ll profile processors around the U.S. and share lessons learned about their success, offering background on why the processing business can be so challenging. We’ll also hear from several regional, collaborative efforts to improve access to local processing.
Register here: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/211399546

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Friday, April 19, 2013

How to Qualify for a Business Loan Webinar

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Presented by the Small Business Administration
Learn from a financial expert, Carla Ulloa from CDC Small Business Finance
Contact Name: Nicole Kinney
Contact Email: nkinney@iewc.org
Contact Phone: (909) 890-1242

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New Generation Energy: Sustainable Power for Your Farm or Homestead Webinar Series

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This four-part lunchtime webinar series will provide examples of energy conservation measures, solar arrays, wind turbines, compost heat, and a variety of other ecological production techniques and introduce you to farmers and professionals who are successfully harnessing the power of renewable resources to produce affordable, sustainable energy. Tune in to learn if solar, wind, geothermal, and even compost power are right for you!

For more information: smallfarms.cornell.edu/2013/03/18/new-generation-energy-sustainable-power-for-your-farm-or-homestead/

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

MA-NOFA: Raising Chickens in the Backyard

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hubbardston, MA
Description: Learn to raise chicks from day-old until slaughter. Participants will visit the chicken coop where laying hens are housed in winter and where baby chicks get started in the spring. There will be a demonstration of the chicken tractors where meat birds and layers are kept from April to December. Other topics include breeds, predator control, and electric and non-electric fencing. This workshop is geared to beginners and will show how fun and easy it is to produce your own delicious eggs and succulent, juicy chicken.

Instructors: Tom and Jassy Bratko keep a small flock of laying hens and raise 100 meat birds each year.
For more details: www.nofamass.org/events/raising-chickens-backyard#.UTTkmmfm55c

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Quality Fleece Management Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Greenwich, NY
Description: Please pre-register: 518 692 2700
Morning program at Ensign Brook Farm, 1930 Co. Rte 113, Greenwich, NY 12834.
Afternoon program at Battenkill Fibers, 2532 State Rte 40, Greenwich, NY 12834
Join sponsors Battenkill Fibers, Southern Adirondack Fiber Producers Cooperative, and Cornell Cooperative Extension for an informative 1/2 day program on animal nutrition, pasture management, shearing, fiber care, skirting, and processing options. Based on the positive evaluations we received after holding this session in 2012, we will be offering the same general program again this year. Agenda includes an in-depth, on-farm visit complete with shearing and skirting demos; and also a hands-on fiber mill tour. Please bring your own lunch; and dress for the weather.
For more info: raffl.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/calling-all-fiber-fans-for-this-quality-fleece-management-workshop/

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Small Business Funding Webinar

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Training by a SBA Lender Relations Specialist. Topics include: the 6 C’s of credit, how to obtain capital (the traditional and non-traditional way), and the loan application.
Register here: Gia.Vu@sba.gov
For more events: www.sba.gov/events

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Post Oil Solutions Community Meeting

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Location: Brooks Library, Brattleboro
Description: This meeting, which happens the 4th Tuesday of every month, will have a special focus on food security, and growing a community of gardeners in the greater Brattleboro region. The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for Post Oil to engage with members of the larger community around how we can, together, help make our region more resilient and sustainable, collaborative and socially just for the post petroleum world we’ve entered. We will focus on how we can successfully involve our families and neighbors, local businesses and public officials, our churches and schools—how we can engage all members of our community--in this transition.

For further information: Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org.

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Creating Products from Farm Produce: Best Practices for Food Safety and Regulations for Value Added Food Production in Vermont

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Are you considering adding value added products to your mix at the farmers market, your farm stand or CSA pick-up? As you make plans to add diversity to what you offer, join this webinar to learn the rules and regulations, as well as the best practices for food safety when creating value-added products from your farm produce. Presenter Londa Nwadike, is the Food Safety Specialist for UVM Extension. She works with value-added producers of all sizes on food safety and complying with state and federal regulations. The presentation will touch specifically on Vermont state regulations, but the food safety best practices and information on federal regulations will be applicable across state lines.
To log on: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Adding Value When Marketing Your Livestock

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hudson Fall, NY
Description: April 24, 2013 Adding Value When Marketing Your Livestock from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. At

CCE-Washington County Office Annex II Meeting Room, 411 Lower Main Street, Hudson Fall, New York 12839. There will be a $5.00 charge per farm at the door to cover mailing and handout costs. Please contact Gale Kohler @ 518-765-3500 or gek4@cornell.edu if you plan on attending this meeting.

Topics for discussion will include:
* Where and how you are currently marketing your livestock

* How satisfied are you with your current markets
* Ways to analyze potential new markets
* How to seek out new markets and how to determine the needs of those markets
* Market trends
* Advertising your product

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Thursday, April 25, 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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Scouting for Vegetable and Fruit Pests on Organic Farms.

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar - eOrganic
Description: Crop consultant, Doug O’Brien, and organic farmer, Helen Atthowe share their pest monitoring and decision making tips and shortcuts. Learn how to look for insect, disease, and crop quality problems on organic vegetable and fruit farms. They will also touch on some ideas about how to maintain records that will help you better understand pest problems and what to do about them.
Log on here: www.extension.org/pages/67843/scouting-for-vegetable-and-fruit-pests-on-organic-farms

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Opportunities in Local Food: Two Underutilized USDA Programs

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Location: Webinars
Description: Are you a for-profit business, a nonprofit, or a state, local or tribal government looking to finance a local or regional food system project? Join this webinar to learn about two USDA programs you may never have heard of: the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee program and the Community Facilities Loan and Grant program. USDA Rural Development can provide significant funding and technical assistance for local and regional food system infrastructure – and applications are being accepted now. Learn from USDA program experts and recipients who have successfully used these programs on this webinar.

Special guest: Kathleen Merrigan, outgoing Deputy Secretary of USDA and a champion of local and regional food systems.
Register here: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/801234498

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Farming Transplants: The Basics of Greenhouse Production for Sales and Farm Use

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lodi, NY
Description: Farming Transplants: The Basics of Greenhouse Production for Sales and Farm Use. 4:30 PM-7:00 PM. Blue Heron Farm, 1641 Shaw Rd, Lodi, NY. Robin Ostfeld of Blue Heron Farm will teach participants how to anticipate one's market and plan accordingly. Learn how to determine how much to plant, how to time plantings, how to market transplants and the best strategies for finding a balance between risk and reliability with the plant varieties you choose. Pre-Registration Deadline: by noon on April 22. To register call 585-271-1979 x511. Registration Fee: $5/person, $10/two or more people.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Introduction to Dowsing and Its Use in Agriculture

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: This workshop will cover how dowsing works, and will introduce you to some commonly used dowsing tools. We will then show you how you can use dowsing in your farming and gardening endeavors: from garden layout and design, determining soil nutrient levels, calculating soil amendments needed, and much more – including working with garden devas and nature spirits. You will come away with not only a sense of the vast potential of dowsing for agriculture, but for all aspects of you life.
At Earthwise Farm and Forest www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/

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Making Fresh Goat Cheese

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sterling, MA
Description: Go to NOFA-MA for more information
Crystal Brook Farm, Sterling
$55 NOFA members; $60 non-members

This workshop starts by discussing how to discern milk quality and cleanliness. Participants will carry out each of the key stages of the cheese-making process: pasteurization, setting the culture, and adding the rennet; hanging the curd; forming the cheese and adding herbs to make the end product. Include tips on food safety and storing the cheese.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

FARM DESIGN: CREATING WORKING BUILDINGS & FARMSCAPES

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: We will cover the wide range of topics that relate to the many systems involved in the local food production. This class is an opportunity to take a first hand, in depth, look at some of the most avant-garde, pioneering farms, farmers and value added food producers in this country. This class will spend much of its time touring these farms and giving attendees the chance to chronicle the farm operations, observe how they are organized and constructed, and to ask questions of the farmers and owners. In our experience, nothing educates as well as successful models.The studio experience will be an opportunity to imagine, prioritize, and plan a farm infrastructure and system of your own, whether an actual farm you plan to develop or a dream farm you might imagine. Students are encouraged to bring a design project to the class to workshop through the weeks. In the event you have no concrete project to work on the instructors will help you to design a theoretical farm project.
Farm visits, presentations, and guest lectures will provide first hand opportunities to see how others have taken on the noble challenge of building a farm. Farms featured in previous classes have included, Butterworks Farm, Essex Farm, Green Mountain Girls Farm, Vermont Compost Company, and many more.

Cost: $1520 + $50 material
For more information: www.yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/farm-design-creating-working-buildings-and-farmscapes

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Financial Management for Small Business

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This training will provide an overview of business financial management and is designed to help participants to understand how financial management can benefit their business.
Register: William.Hardin@sba.gov
For more events: www.sba.gov/events

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Introduction to Working Horses

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: The day-long session will provide a small group of individuals with hands-on experience and intensive exposure to the fundamentals of the work of logging with horses. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the work, and the effective application of draft-horses to that work.
At Earthwise Farm and Forest www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Building Traction for Small Farms while Reducing Traction on Vegetable farms: Current and Future Efforts

Time: 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.
Location: Ithaca, NY
Description: Cornell Plant Sciences Building, room 404, Ithaca. Anu Rangarajan, Senior Extension Associate, Department of Horticulture. Also available via Polycom in A134 Barton Hall, NYSAES, Geneva, N.Y. Learn more or contact Neil Mattson at nsm47@cornell.edu.

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Growing to Scale: Panel and discussion at the Vermont Food Venture Center

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Featuring:
Liz Gleason, Vermont Farm Viability Program
Sarah Isham, Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation
Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm
Annie Rowell, Vermont Food Venture Center

Are you a produce grower looking for new markets or are otherwise interested in scaling up your operation? Have you heard about the Vermont Food Venture Center but want to learn more about its role in increasing your access to new markets?
Come to the Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick, VT to discuss these questions with our four panelists and other Vermont growers. The Vermont Food Venture Center, a program of the Center for an Agricultural Economy, is a multi-use commercial kitchen facility for specialty food products and also offers minimal processing services for fresh cut and frozen fruit and vegetable markets. The VFVC processing facility introduces a new scale of food processing to Vermont, with capacity to process, aggregate, co-pack, and store large quantities of fresh cut and frozen products. Come with questions and ideas surrounding how this model could work with your farm business.
Vermont Food Venture Center
140 Junction Road, Hardwick, VT 05843

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats FAMACHA Workshop

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Cold Sring, NY
Description: Glynwood Center. 362 Glynwood Rd, Cold Spring, NY 10516. This workshop is designed to help sheep and goat farmers develop integrated parasite management (IPM) programs. Dr. tatiana Stanton of Cornell University will cover the basics of internal parasite control (parasite life cycles, effects of nutritional and pasture management) and then move on to serious discussions of dewormer resistance, judicial use of dewormers, and progress on deworming alternatives. The workshop will provide lots of hands-on training in doing fecal egg analyses (bring a refrigerated sample from one animal/farm) and on monitoring techniques such as the FAMACHA© Anemia Guide. To register contact: Anita Barber: abarber@glynwood.org, (845) 256-3338 (x101) OR (x129 to leave voicemail).

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Soil Building Boot Camp

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Litchfield, NH
Description: Eight inches of subsoil transformed to topsoil in one year? It can be done. This two-day, hands-on, intensive and entertaining training will reveal how. Farmers Eric Noel and Abe Collins will share the secrets to revealing deep, highly active, nutrient rich soil on your farm to help you grow more high energy forage and get improved livestock gains. The teachers will go step by step through: * Planned Grazing * Infrastructure and fencing strategies * Keyline plowing, Subsoiling * Soil boosting amendments * Cocktail cover cropping + more CONTACT: Eric Noel at ericRnoel@hotmail.com and 802-868-5083

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Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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