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Thursday, August 1, 2013

UVM Extension Northwest Annual Crops & Soils Field Day

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Alburgh, VT
Description: Join the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program to learn about the latest research and developments in corn, small-scale grain and hops production, aerial cover crop seeding, pasture irrigation systems and more at our Annual Crops & Soils Field Day at Borderview Research Farm.

This year's theme is "Strategic Farming - Gearing Up for Weather Extremes." Participants will hear about the opportunities and challenges of reduced tillage and vertical tillage and have the chance to view equipment and see demonstrations.

Check out our field day flyer for more details - www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/2013brochure.pdf

Registration starting at 9:15 a.m. Event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Lunch will be provided and CCA credits are available.
$20 per person and free of charge for farmers.

You can register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/fieldday

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NOFA Vermont - Celebrate Your Farmer Social

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Walden, VT
Description: NOFA Vermont - Celebrate Your Farmer Social
For details visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-harvest-hill-farm
$5 donation requested.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops and socials

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fourth Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Westminster West, VT
Description: Fourth Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference - Akaogi Farm, Westminster West, VT

This conference will focus on various aspects of rice farming in the Northeast including seed saving, data collection, wildlife conservation, and small-scale rice processing equipment. Featuring:
David Mackill (Adjunct Professor, Plant Sciences, UCalifornia Davis)
Don Brill (engineer, www.thericeharvester.com)
Conrad Vispo (ecologist, Farmscape Ecology Program, Hawthorne Valley Farm)

Deadline for registration is July 26th.

Registration Fee: $50/person, $60/couple, $40/student
Registration fee includes lunch and copy of the 2012 conference proceedings. Register early, space is limited. To register please provide your name, e-mail address, and a check made out to
Mia Murphy, 351 Longley Road, Groton, MA 01450.
Contact Mia at makaogi@gmail.com.
Additional details about the conference can be found at www.ricenortheasternus.org.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: CSA Farmer Exchange with Equiterre

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: CSA Farmer Exchange with Equiterre & NOFA-VT Social
Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT

For more information and to register:
nofavt.org/events/csa-farmer-exchange-equiterre

Workshops are $10 for NOFA members and $20 for non-members, unless otherwise noted (become a member today!). A $5 donation is requested for socials.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Food Safety Modernization Act Workshop

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Brentwood, NH
Description: Location: UNH Cooperative Extension Office
UNH Extension along with the NH Dept of Agriculture, NH Farm Bureau, the NE Farmers Union and NH VGBA and Fruit Growers Association, will be hosting workshops on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
For more information:
extension.unh.edu/events/files/0BC6EAB9-9E0F-95C0-178F74C2BE51D088.pdf

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Improving Pasture Productivity

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Washington, VT
Description: Improving Pasture Productivity with Intensive Grazing & Silvopasture
Deberville Dairy Farm, Washington, VT
For more information or register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/improving-pasture-productivity-intensive-grazing-silvopasture

Workshops are $10 for NOFA members and $20 for non-members, unless otherwise noted (become a member today!).

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Food Safety Modernization Act Workshop

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Boscawen, NH
Description: Location: UNH Cooperative Extension Office
UNH Extension along with the NH Dept of Agriculture, NH Farm Bureau, the NE Farmers Union and NH VGBA and Fruit Growers Association, will be hosting workshops on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
For more information:
extension.unh.edu/events/files/0BC6EAB9-9E0F-95C0-178F74C2BE51D088.pdf

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Twilight Tour

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Essex, NY
Description: Twilight Tour at Essex Farm
Essex, NY (just one mile from the Charlotte, VT/Essex, NY Ferry)

For more information or to register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/twilight-tour-essex-farm

Workshops are $10 for NOFA members and $20 for non-members, unless otherwise noted (become a member today!).

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Food Safety Modernization Act Workshop

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: North Haverill, NH
Description: Location: UNH Cooperative Extension Office
UNH Extension along with the NH Dept of Agriculture, NH Farm Bureau, the NE Farmers Union and NH VGBA and Fruit Growers Association, will be hosting workshops on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
For more information:
extension.unh.edu/events/files/0BC6EAB9-9E0F-95C0-178F74C2BE51D088.pdf

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Parasite Control of Sheep, Goats & Camelids

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Richford, VT
Description: The Parsons' Farm, Richford, VT
This sixth class of the Master Shepherd Course series will feature instructor Chet Parsons (longtime sheep farmer and UVM Extension sheep specialist, and certified FAMACHA* instructor). Participants will learn: * What parasites are important. * The effect that parasites have on your animals. * How to determine if your animals are affected.* How to treat them.* Management techniques to reduce the use of chemical treatments. * FAMACHA* training, $15 extra for a FAMACHA Card. * How to do fecal egg counts with a microscope. * The FAMACHA system of parasite control is based on the degree of anemia that an animal has based on its parasite load. It is measured with a FAMACHA card and the animal's lower eyelid. CONTACT: Visit vtsheepandgoat.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/01/MasterShepherdBookletWEB.pdf

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Financial Planning for Farmers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: St. Albans, VT
Description: Caring Dairy of Ben & Jerry's and UVM Extension are pleased to present workshops on financial planning for farmers. Free to farmers and includes lunch.
The workshops will be part discussion to focus on individual questions, but also a straightforward background on the resources and basic information participants need for financial strength. The event will cover:
1. Business Plan overview: what is in a plan and how to write one (overview/intro)
2. Financial Education, Literacy: what are the types of analysis and how can you measure for your own business
3. Overall dairy finance analysis and comparison to industry norms
4. Specific elements of dairy management decisions:
- value added planning - diversification - new technology investment - expansion planning
5. Farm transfer/sale or business sell off planning
The event's program is geared toward dairy farming, but is open to others. Also, we want to point out that for all farmers it is important to think about retirement planning, even when that is not imminent. Retiring with only the farm as an asset, and no plan for transition, may mean the farm must be sold, which may make it inaccessible to many aspiring farmers.

The workshops are meant to be small gatherings, open to groups of about 10. Local accountants, Farm Viability reps, an attorney, and UVM's Farm Transfer Guru Bob Parsons will be presenting.
Space is limited - Please register with Rachel Gilker: 240-441-8044 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com

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Regional Webinar About Food Safety Modernization Act

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: New England Food System Policy Project, Food Solutions New England; Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation; New England Farmers Union; Rhode Island Division of Agriculture; UMass Extension; University of Rhode Island are pleased to host:

A Free Webinar on FSMA for New England Food Producers, Buyers, and Those Working Toward a Resilient New England Food System

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a new federal food safety law that will significantly impact how food in New England and around the country is grown, handled, and processed. Whether you are a farmer, a food buyer or processor, or someone working toward a thriving and resilient New England farm and food system, you have a stake in how FSMA is implemented and can help make it a workable law that improves food safety and supports the type and scale of agriculture we have here in New England.

Join us for a discussion about two rules that have recently been released by the Food and Drug Administration—the “produce” rule, which addresses farm practices, and the “preventive controls” rule, which governs facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food. Learn how these rules may affect your farm, your business, your food purchasing decisions or the region’s farm economy and environment—and how you can take action to be sure your voice is heard.

Register here for this free webinar: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/308684314
Unable to participate on August 13th but want to see the webinar? Register now and we will send you a link to the webinar after it happens so you can watch it at your convenience.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Financial Planning for Farmers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Newport, VT
Description: Caring Dairy of Ben & Jerry's and UVM Extension are pleased to present workshops on financial planning for farmers. Free to farmers and includes lunch.
The workshops will be part discussion to focus on individual questions, but also a straightforward background on the resources and basic information participants need for financial strength. The event will cover:
1. Business Plan overview: what is in a plan and how to write one (overview/intro)
2. Financial Education, Literacy: what are the types of analysis and how can you measure for your own business
3. Overall dairy finance analysis and comparison to industry norms
4. Specific elements of dairy management decisions:
- value added planning - diversification - new technology investment - expansion planning
5. Farm transfer/sale or business sell off planning
The event's program is geared toward dairy farming, but is open to others. Also, we want to point out that for all farmers it is important to think about retirement planning, even when that is not imminent. Retiring with only the farm as an asset, and no plan for transition, may mean the farm must be sold, which may make it inaccessible to many aspiring farmers.

The workshops are meant to be small gatherings, open to groups of about 10. Local accountants, Farm Viability reps, an attorney, and UVM's Farm Transfer Guru Bob Parsons will be presenting.
Space is limited - Please register with Rachel Gilker: 240-441-8044 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com

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NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Beginning Farmer Field Day

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Northfield, VT
Description: Beginning Farmer Field Day for Livestock Producers
Green Mountain Girls Farm, Northfield, VT

For more information or to register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/beginning-farmer-field-day-livestock-producers

Cost: $20 members; $40 non-members

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Financial Planning for Farmers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: Caring Dairy of Ben & Jerry's and UVM Extension are pleased to present workshops on financial planning for farmers. Free to farmers and includes lunch.
The workshops will be part discussion to focus on individual questions, but also a straightforward background on the resources and basic information participants need for financial strength. The event will cover:
1. Business Plan overview: what is in a plan and how to write one (overview/intro)
2. Financial Education, Literacy: what are the types of analysis and how can you measure for your own business
3. Overall dairy finance analysis and comparison to industry norms
4. Specific elements of dairy management decisions:
- value added planning - diversification - new technology investment - expansion planning
5. Farm transfer/sale or business sell off planning
The event's program is geared toward dairy farming, but is open to others. Also, we want to point out that for all farmers it is important to think about retirement planning, even when that is not imminent. Retiring with only the farm as an asset, and no plan for transition, may mean the farm must be sold, which may make it inaccessible to many aspiring farmers.

The workshops are meant to be small gatherings, open to groups of about 10. Local accountants, Farm Viability reps, an attorney, and UVM's Farm Transfer Guru Bob Parsons will be presenting.
Space is limited - Please register with Rachel Gilker: 240-441-8044 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com

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The Dos and Don'ts of Writing Your Business Plan

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Which agri-business operator, educator or farmer doesn't want to learn more about farm business planning? Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete a business plan are six times more likely than others to build a successful business.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering two free, live video webinars on writing business plans and marketing:
To sign up go to bit.Ly/RCEwebinars or contact Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or by emailing carleo@njaes.rutgers.edu for more details.

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Labeling Your Food Product

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Labeling Your Food Product, Center for an Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, VT

Talk with the pros about layout, printing and producing your food product labels

FREE and open to the public, courtesy of VT Small Business Development Center

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The Dos and Don't of Writing Your Business Plan

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Which agri-business operator, educator or farmer doesn't want to learn more about farm business planning? Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete a business plan are six times more likely than others to build a successful business.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering two free, live video webinars on writing business plans and marketing:
To sign up go to bit.Ly/RCEwebinars or contact Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or by emailing carleo@njaes.rutgers.edu for more details.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Identifying and Reaching Your Target Audience

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Which agri-business operator, educator or farmer doesn't want to learn more about farm business planning? Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete a business plan are six times more likely than others to build a successful business.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering two free, live video webinars on writing business plans and marketing:
To sign up go to bit.Ly/RCEwebinars or contact Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or by emailing carleo@njaes.rutgers.edu for more details.

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Identifying and Reaching Your Target Audience

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Which agri-business operator, educator or farmer doesn't want to learn more about farm business planning? Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete a business plan are six times more likely than others to build a successful business.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering two free, live video webinars on writing business plans and marketing:
To sign up go to bit.Ly/RCEwebinars or contact Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or by emailing carleo@njaes.rutgers.edu for more details.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Kingdom Farm and Food Days

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: NEK
Description: SAVE THE DATE August 17 - 18, 2013
For a complete schedule of events visit: kingdomfarmandfooddays.eventbrite.com/
www.kingdomfarmandfood.org/

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Regional Food System Tour

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Regional Food System Tour, Hardwick, VT
Contact organizers for exact tour times.
$35/person or $25/CAE members. Email: www.hardwickagriculture.org/contact or call 802-472-5362, ext 214 to register.

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Bounty of the County

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Starksboro, VT
Description: Horse N Rebel, 4118 VT Route 116, Starksboro, VT
Please join us for our second annual celebration of all things Addison County! This year's Bounty of the County will feature a local pig and corn roast, local salads, local beer and cider kegs, local music, and lawn games with local folks. We'll eat, dance and toss horseshoes over at the beautiful barn on Horse N Rebel farm. Bring your friends and family for a fantastic night!
For more information email: lea@acornvt.org

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Monday, August 19, 2013

NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Learning from 1st Year Pasture Irrigati

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Vernon, VT
Description: Learning from First Year Pasture Irrigation
Miller Farm, Vernon, VT

For more information or to register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/learning-first-year-pasture-irrigation

Cost: Members $10; nonmembers $20

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Meat Marketing: Learn What Cuts of Meat Chefs Want

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Northampton, MA
Description: Potpourri Plaza, 243 King Street in Northampton, Conference Room 234-236

Come hear what local chefs are looking for when it comes to local meat. Daniel Martinez from Bistro Les Gras and Jordan Scott from The Gill Tavern will share their thoughts on how farmers can better serve the restaurant community by providing cuts chefs need. This session will be geared toward educating farmers on the needs of the restaurant industry for local beef, pork, lamb, goat and chicken product. Both chefs use locally raised meat on their menu throughout the year and are excited to talk about the current needs in the industry, what cuts work for them and how to maintain a healthy wholesale relationship. We welcome other chefs to attend and meet the farmers. Dinner will be provided; suggested donation for the workshop is $10. Please RSVP by Friday, August 16th to Devon at (413) 665-7100 x22.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FDA Food Saftey Rules Hearings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hanover, NH
Description: SAVE THE DATE: FDA Holds Hearings on Food Saftey Rules
In Maine and VT/NH
Produce growers and farms that minimally process food items or aggregate the produce of other farms can learn more about the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed food safety rules at two upcoming hearings. The first will be held August 19 at the Augusta (ME) State Armory from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, the second in Hanover, NH www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/event/fda-fsma-hearing-nh/

Visit New England Farmers Union's website for summaries of FSMA rules, talking points, as well as instructions on how to comment (www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/food-safety-modernization-act/). The website will also provide up-to-date and detailed information on the hearings. You can also stay up to date by signing up for our blog at www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/blog/ and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Swede Midge Pest Report

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Swede Midge Pest Report - Trials and Finding at ICF
Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT

For more information or to register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/swede-midge-pest-report-trials-and-findings-intervale-community-farm

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

NOFA Vermont - Celebrate Your Farmer Social

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Dorset, VT
Description: NOFA Vermont - Celebrate Your Farmer Social
For details visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-someday-farm
$5 donation requested.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops and socials

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Greenhouse Energy Efficiency & Full Bloom Greenhouse Tour

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Whately, MA
Description: Full Bloom Market Garden, 216 Long Plain Road in Whately

Looking to reduce your greenhouse fuel costs this winter, or planning a new greenhouse? Join us at Full Bloom Market Garden to learn about greenhouse energy efficiency strategies, practical energy-saving tips, and funding opportunities for greenhouse projects large and small. Come tour Full Bloom's gutter-connect and hoophouse complex with high efficiency lighting, computerized climate control, underbench heat, wood pellet boilers and a conveyor system between houses. John Bartok, agricultural engineer, and representatives from NRCS, MA Farm Energy Program and WMECO will be presenting. Dinner will be provided; suggested donation for the workshop is $10. Please RSVP by Monday, August 19th to Kristen at (413) 665-7100 x12.

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Predator management with small and backyard poultry flocks

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Predator managment with small and backyard poultry flocks
A common problem with small and backyard poultry flocks is predator control. Dr. Thomas Barnes will discuss predator identification and means to minimize their impact. Dr. Barnes is the Kentucky state extension wildlife specialist and a full professor in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky.
Event Location: connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Learning From The Stokers: Homeopathic Herd Health

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cazanovia, NY
Description: Learning From the Stokers: Homeopathic Herd Health & Smart Grain Marketing
4955 Nelson Rd., Cazanovia, NY
Join Henry Stoker of Sto Farm and John Stoker of Stolor Organics to learn how their farm business structure supports their dairy and grain businesses. During the morning program Henry will discuss the use of homeopathy for treating his dairy herd, provide a farm tour and answer herd health questions. The afternoon will will focus on the grain operation of the business, highlighting how John provides quality grains to the dairy and how he has diversified his grain production. Robert Perry of NOFA-NY will demonstrate the OREI mobile grain cleaning unit.
CONTACT: Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email atregister@nofany.org, or online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents

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Movement for a Healthy Farming Body

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Farmers/yoga instructors Stephanie Jones, Galen Miller and farmer/massage therapist Lindsay Arbuckle
Rutland Public Library Fox Room, Rutland
Learn techniques and simple movements that can help increase your comfort and flexibility in everyday tasks. Learn how to relax your body after a long day of hard work and to let go of tension and stress. Practice self-massage and movements to address acute issues common to farmers. This workshop is for any farmer or aspiring farmer who wants to keep their body healthy and moving ! $10/participant
info@rutlandfarmandfood.org

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

NOFA-MA: 100% Grass-Fed Seasonal Raw Milk Dairy

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Great Barrington, MA
Description: The workshop will cover the basics of raw milk production, seasonal dairy management, and intensive rotational grazing, as well as fencing options and water systems for cows and calves. Participants will meet at Blue Hill Farm and view all aspects of milk production from the milking machines to the pastures. (Be aware that the farm has two locations; do not go to the location on North Plain Rd.)

Instructor: Sean Stanton has been farming for 10 years and the dairy has been licensed a raw milk dairy for three years. Blue Hill Farm 398 Blue Hill Road Great Barrington, MA

For more info: www.nofamass.org/events/100-grass-fed-seasonal-raw-milk-dairy#.UTTnm2fm55c

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Monday, August 26, 2013

VT Pig & Pork Field Day

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Greensboro & Hyde Park, VT
Description: Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT and Applecheek Farm, Hyde Park, VT
Please come join us for full day of pork production and processing. Dale Rozeboom, Swine Nutrition & Production Management specialist from Michigan State University Extension, will be joining us as we visit two different pork farms. We will be touring Jasper Hill and Applecheek’s farm systems and looking at the innovative ways they are raising and finishing pigs. At each farm Dale will present on a number of topics including swine nutrition, the use of alternative feed sources, nutrient management, animal health and outdoor management. Dale has worked with a range of hog producers and will be sharing his experience with different farm models he has worked with in Michigan. This will be followed by processing demonstration and pork celebration.
CONTACT: Please pre-registrar at www.nofavt.org/sws. Questions please call 802-434-4122 or email info@nofavt.org
Cost:$30 VGFA or NOFA members, $50 non-members

You can also set up an individual on-farm consultation with Dale. These visits will be 1.5 hours. Thanks to grant support, we are able to offer these visits at a reduced cost of $100 for NOFA-VT and VGFA members, and $150 for non-members. Slots are limited, so please contact Sam Fuller at NOFA-VT to request an individual on-farm consultation. Sam@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 x14

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Servsafe

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: ServSafe is a Food Service Sanitation Course developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is a national standard for restaurant kitchens and processing facilities. Cost: $130
To register go to:
www.eventbrite.com/event/6413381597 call us at 472-5362 or email traci@hardwickagriculture.org

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Beginning Farmer Field Day

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Pownal, VT
Description: Beginning Farmer Field Day for Diversified Vegetable Producers
Mighty Food Farm, Pownal, VT

For more information or to register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/beginning-farmer-field-day-diversified-vegetable-producers

Cost: $20 members, $40 non-members

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Budding and Grafting Fruit Varieties

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Bud and Graft Fruit Trees for Organic Production
Free upcoming webinar will explore regionally and locally adapted crops
Regionally and locally adapted fruit crops aren’t just a treat for the palate. Developing them can fill a number of needs – from providing a boon to organic fruit growers to helping detail-oriented farmers and nurserymen make a decent on-farm income.

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames will present a webinar addressing what it takes to develop fruit that’s adapted locally and regionally – and he’ll get hands-on with a discussion of grafting, budding, cuttings, and other forms of asexual fruit propagation.

The webinar, which is being offered by NCAT free of charge, will have plenty of time for participants to ask questions – general or about their own operations. And Guy will respond to any questions that aren’t answered during the webinar in the days following via email. To Register go to: attra.ncat.org/grafting_fruit

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NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Farm and Homestead Resiliency

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Moretown, VT
Description: Farm and Homestead Resiliency Strategies
Whole Systems Research Farm, Moretown, VT

For more information or to register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/farm-and-homestead-resiliency-strategies

Cost: Members $10; nonmembers $20

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Increase Your Sales

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Increase Your Sales with nationally-recognized marketing expert Bruce Baker
RAFFL office & Depot Park, Rutland

Learn how to maximize farmers market and farmstand sales. Learn what works and what doesn’t from one of the best! Bruce will discuss the importance of strategic booth design and how to attract more customers to your booth or farmstand through your display and messaging. After a classroom session we’ll take a tour of the farmers market to apply what we’ve just learned. $15/participant, one-on-one 15 minute booth coaching is an additional $15, attendance to the full workshop is not required for coaching.
info@rutlandfarmandfood.org

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

NOFA-VT: Celebrate Your Farmer Social

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: North Ferrisburgh, VT
Description: Celebrate Your Farmer Social at Kimball Brook Farm. Meet the farmers and celebrate with fresh pizza. Cost: $5 For more information visit: nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-kimball-brook-farm?utm_source=SWS+update+8%2F20&utm_campaign=SWS13&utm_medium=email

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Introduction to Biodiesel

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: September 6 & 7, 8:30 to 5pm
Any diesel engine on the road today can use biodiesel fuel. This two-day course, designed for those seriously interested about biodiesel fuel, will describe engine systems, biodiesel blends, and biodiesel production. The ASTM D6751 standards will be discussed in great detail, as will the benefits and drawbacks of biodiesel technology. This course includes a demonstration of fuel-making equipment. It is designed for professional technicians, automotive and farming students, instructors, farmers, fleet drivers and managers.
To register visit the Vermont Tech: greentrainings.vtc.edu/biodiesel.html?utm_source=GRT+ENote+GIS%2FBiodiesel%2FNatGas%2FWetlands+7.11.2013&utm_campaign=7.16.13&utm_medium=email

Cost: Free

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Growing Places Early Registration Deadline

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: White River Jct & Burlington, VT
Description: New Farmer LogoGrowing Places for aspiring and start-up farmers

Where: White River Junction & Burlington, VT
When: 5:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2013
Cost: $110-$150. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

This four session course introduces new farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Early Registration deadline is September 8, 2013. Registration is open through September 22, 2013. Growing Places is also offered as an online course in January, 2014. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer and click on "Classes" for more information, or contact Jessie Schmidt at newfarmer@uvm.edu or (802) 223-2389 x203.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by Sept. 22 for the fall offering.

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CSA Learning Journey to Quebec

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Quebec, Canada
Description: Learn about Quebec's CSA networking organization, Equiterre. Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members. For more information: nofavt.org/events/csa-learning-journey-quebec

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Webinar: Mastitis Management on Your Organic Farm

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: eOrganic webinar on mastitis by Dr. Guy Jordarski. To register: www.extension.org/pages/68969/mastitis-management-on-your-organic-dairy#.Ui4_Mj_Bx2k

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cooking Class - Mother Sauces

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Cooking Class - Mother Sauces
To Register go to: mothersauces101.eventbrite.com/

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Late Summer Wild Plant Walk

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Woodbury, VT
Description: This plant walk with Annie McCleary will leave from Wisdom of the Herbs School. Cost: $0-$10. Pre-registration with phone number requested. For directions and more information: www.wisdomoftheherbsschool.com/location.html

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

UVM Food Systems Fall Speaker Series

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM Campus
Farmers Markets, Food Justice and the Green Economy
Alison Alkon, Sociology, University of the Pacific
Alison Alkon is a sociologist interested in food, environmental issues and inequalities of race, class and gender. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Pacific. She has published numerous articles on food, race and environmental justice. She has also published two books: Cultivating Food Justice and her newest, Black, White and Green: Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy, which examines the environmental and racial politics of farmers markets.

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Building Your Food Brand

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Center for an Agricultural Economy & Vermont Food Ventrue Center Present:
4 focused sessions Presented by Nicole Fenton and Steve Redmond of Skillet Design
Session 1 Who is your market? Before you launch your food product or a line extension you need to determine who will buy it and for how much they'll pay! 5 tips for simple market research to help you launch your product.



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Saturday, September 14, 2013

NOFA-VT: Hands-on Seed Saving with Tom Stearns

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Wolcott, VT
Description: Workshop with founder and owner of High Mowing Organic Seeds. Cost: $20 for members, $40 non-members. Get more information here: nofavt.org/events/hands-seed-saving-tom-stearns?utm_source=SWS+update+8%2F20&utm_campaign=SWS13&utm_medium=email

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Vermont Beef Producers Summer Social

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hero, VT
Description: Join the discussion about Soil Health and Mineralization for Herd Health at Eric Noel's New Farm. This event is free for members. Non-members will be asked to join Vermont Beef Producers Association upon arrival. CONTACT: Vermont Beef Producers Association, Chip Morgan, President, 70 South Winooski Ave Box 200, Burlington, Vermont 05401, (802) 758-5000 or Chip AT WoodCreekFarmBeef.com

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sheep Reproduction & Breeding (Master Shepherd Course)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, VT
Description: This is the seventh class in the series, featuring Ruth Shepherd. Cost: $60 per class for Vermont Goat and Sheep Association Members. $75 per class for non-members. For more information: vtsheepandgoat.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/01/MasterShepherdBookletWEB.pdf

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RAFFL 5th Annual Local Farms and Foods Celebration

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Brandon, VT
Description: The RAFFL Local Farm and Foods Celebration is a chance to sample dishes from some of Vermont's finest caterers. Purchase of a $75 ticket or donation of time goes to this fundraiser celebration to benefit the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL). Get more information and purchase a ticket here: www.rutlandfarmandfood.org/twilight/

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Permaculture Presentations at Willow Crossing Farm

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Johnson, VT
Description: Urban Permaculture Slideshow by Lisa DePiano of Pedal Pushers. Keith moon will talk about Permaculture for Renters. Cost: Free and open to the public. All local organic Farm-sourced dinner is served at 6 pm, $12-15, must RSVP to earthsurfing@yahoo.com in advance for dinner.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Four-Season High Tunnel Production Tour

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: East Dummerston, VT
Description: This workshop is part of the NOFA-VT summer series. Join Lynda Prim and Jack Manix for a tour of greenhouses and high tunnel structures. Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members. For more information visit: nofavt.org/events/four-season-high-tunnel-production-jack-manix

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Permaculture Presentation

Time: 5:10 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Presentation at UVM by Starhawk, permaculture designer and author of 'The Spiral Dance', 'The Fifth Sacred Thing', and the children's book 'The Last Wild Witch'. RSVP to earthsurfing@yahoo.com for more information.

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Permaculture Presentations at Willow Crossing Farm

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Johnson, VT
Description: Natural building slideshow by Charles Williams, focusing on passive solar energy and designs for efficiency. Cost: Free and open to the public. All local organic Farm-sourced dinner is served at 6 pm, $12-15, must RSVP to earthsurfing@yahoo.com in advance for dinner.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cold Storage Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Description: Five Cold Storage Workshops will be offered by the UVM Extension throughout the state of Vermont in September and October. Workshop includes instruction on various important aspects of long-term crop storage, group discussion, hands-on activities, and individual work time. Cost: $20, includes breakfast and lunch, workbook, and materials. To register call the Rutland Extension Office at 802-773-3349. More information can be found here: blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/storageworkshop/

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Cover Crops to Cope with the Effects of Flooding

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Description: Learn about soil fertility as it relates to flooding and see experimental cover crop plots in the Intervale. Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members. For more information visit: nofavt.org/events/cover-crops-cope-effects-flooding-soil-fertility

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

An Introduction to Desktop Publishing Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hyde Park, VT
Description: The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation presents a workshop on desktop publishing of business cards, stationary, brochures, newspaper ads, and other media. It will be held at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center. Pre-registration is necessary. Cost: $49 For more information follow this link: vtsbdc.centerdynamics.com/workshop.aspx?ekey=15330019

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Permaculture Presentation

Time: 5:10 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Presentation by Scott Kellogg, founder of the Rhizome Collective, the Radix Center, and author of the book 'Toolbox for Sustainable City Living'. RSVP to earthsurfing@yahoo for more information.Cost: Free and open to the public.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cold Storage Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Five Cold Storage Workshops will be offered by the UVM Extension throughout the state of Vermont in September and October. Workshop includes instruction on various important aspects of long-term crop storage, group discussion, hands-on activities, and individual work time. Cost: $20, includes breakfast and lunch, workbook, and materials. To register call the Rutland Extension Office at 802-773-3349. More information can be found here: blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/storageworkshop/

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VT ANR Compost Operator Certification Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Wolcott, VT
Description: Highfields Research and Education Facility- Wolcott, VT
The Vermont ANR Compost Operator Certification Course is a required Certificate Course for current or future compost site operators who must obtain solid waste approval for handling food scraps or animal mortalities. This daylong workshop is focused on operator competency in compost management and regulatory compliance, and includes a dynamic combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises designed to ensure an effective combination of operator understanding and application. To Register: www.eventbrite.com/event/7770254039

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Southern New England Pasture Walk

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hawley, MA
Description: The Pasture Walk is a public forum where pasture managers observe a farm's management practices, ask questions & learn from other farmers, all while standing in a field. Cost: Free. Must RSVP to skoullias@larp.umass.edu by September 16.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Rotstar Bootcamp

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Wolcott, VT
Description: Highfields Research and Education Facility- Wolcott, VT
The Rotstar Bootcamp is for community-based and small scale food scrap composters. Come take a crash course in topics such as implementation of small/community scale compost systems; innovative compost system designs, tools, and management practices; how to collect food scraps from local businesses and schools; and how to capture heat from your compost pile.
To Register: www.eventbrite.com/event/7772095547





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Harvesting Heat from Compost

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Maidstone, VT
Description: On Day One you will learn the theory behind compost heating and anaerobic digestion and the practical building skills you will need to construct a working unit. On Day Two you will help build an anaerobic compost heap, using a carefully designed system of internal piping and layering of high lignin materials. Cost: $75 members of Small & Beginner Farmers of NH, $100 non-members. For more information and to register: www.beginnerfarmers.org/

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Growing Places Registration Deadline

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Location: White River Jct & Burlington, VT
Description: New Farmer Logo Growing Places for aspiring and start-up farmers

Where: White River Junction & Burlington, VT
When: 5:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2013
Cost: $110-$150. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

This four session course introduces new farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Early Registration deadline is September 8, 2013. Registration is open through September 22, 2013. Growing Places is also offered as an online course in January, 2014. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer and click on "Classes" for more information, or contact Jessie Schmidt at newfarmer@uvm.edu or (802) 223-2389 x203.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by Sept. 22 for the fall offering.

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Harvesting Heat from Compost

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Maidstone, VT

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Diverse, Innovative Small Farm Practices w/ Holistic Management

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Deruyter, NY
Description: Learn to monitor for soil health and inventory forage for better grazing practices. Cost: $20 in advance, $30 day-of. For the full agenda and speaker information, see: holisticmanagement.org/creekside/.

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Movement for a Healthy Farming Body

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: The intention of the workshop is to help beginning farmers take care of their bodies before they become tired old farmers with perpetually sore backs, arthritic hands, or worse. The workshop will be led by three farming women who make it a priority to take care of their bodies, and to educate others about how best to care for their own. It will be held in the Fox Room of the Rutland Public Library. Cost: $10 donation to RAFFL New Farmer Initiative is encouraged. For more information: raffl.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/upcoming-workshop-movement-for-a-healthy-farming-body-september-23rd/

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Building Farmland Flood Resiliency

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Intervale Center, Burlington, VT
Description: Join NOFA-VT and the Intervale Center for a field day to learn how to integrate streamside buffer plantings into viable farming systems. Free, including light fare. For more inforamtion, contact NOFA-VT at 802-434-4122 or email lynda@nofavt.org

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Open Forum on Vermont's Current Use Program

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Barton, VT
Description: This is one of many forums on this topic, and will be held at Lake Regions Union High School. The Vermont Senate Committee is soliciting public input into the effectiveness, efficiencies, and fairness of the law. Current Use, also called the Use Value Appraisal program, was adopted in 1978 by the Vermont legislature. The purpose of the law was to allow the valuation and taxation of farm and forest land based on its remaining in agricultural or forest use instead of its value in the market place. The primary objectives of the program were to keep Vermont's agricultural and forest land in production, to help slow the development of these lands, and to achieve greater equity in property taxation on undeveloped land. About 1/3 of Vermont’s land is enrolled in the program.All citizens are invited to share their experiences with the program.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Webinar- Act 148: Research Needs and Opportunities in Food Waste

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: Last year, Vermont became the first state in the nation to ban mandated recyclables and organic
materials from being landfilled by all generators under Act 148. Significant infrastructure development
and education is needed to manage the change in flow of these materials away from landfills. The webinar will be an overview of research needs under three general research categories of food rescue, recyclables, and organic matter. Registration is limited to 100 participants. Reserve your webinar seat here: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2981319534471367680

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Vermont Grass Farmers Assn. Annual Meeting & Pasture Discussion

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Colchester, VT
Description: As federal funding shifts and the goals of environmental and agricultural organizations evolve, it’s time for the Vermont Grass Farmers Association (now in its 17th year) to evaluate its existing priorities through a strategic planning process. Farmers, service providers and statewide partners are invited to attend this public meeting in person or via a conference line. Cost: Free. RSVP: 2013vgfa.eventbrite.com/

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Diversified High Tunnels: Balancing Animal, Crop, and Soil Needs

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jericho, VT
Description: Learn about the high tunnel operation at Jericho Settlers Farm. Cost: $10 NOFA members, $20 non-members. For more information visit: nofavt.org/events/diversified-high-tunnels-balancing-animal-crop-and-soil-needs

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Grow It! Garden Leader Workshops

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Winooski, VT
Description: For community and school garden leaders, the workshops will talk bout building gardens and gardening programs. Cost: $30 (sliding scale). For more information and to register: vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit/

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Producing and Processing Oilseed Crops for Biofuels

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: North Bennington, VT
Description: The UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program is co-hosting a field day with John Williamson on "Producing and Processing Oilseed Crops for Biofuel" at State Line Bio-Fuels in North Bennington, VT. Cost: $15. For more information: www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/2013-Oilseed-Biofuel-Flyer.pdf. To register: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=stateline.html. Please register by September 23.

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Grow It! Garden Leader Workshops

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Barre, VT
Description: For community and school garden leaders, the workshops will talk bout building gardens and gardening programs. Cost: $30 (sliding scale). For more information and to register: vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit/

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Building Your Food Brand

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Center for an Agricultural Economy & Vermont Food Ventrue Center Present:
4 focused sessions Presented by Nicole Fenton and Steve Redmond of Skillet Design
Session 2 Branding 101: How to Develop a Strong Brand If you think your logo is your brand, think again. Branding is about both the subjective associations and emotions you conjure in your customer's mind as it is about assets like your product, website and packaging. Learn how all of this weaves together to create a strong brand.




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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Draft Animal-Power Field Days

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Barton, VT
Description: Equipment & Training Demonstrations; Yoke & Harness Fitting, Making & Styles; Considerations for Animal Powered Forestry & Vegetable Operations; Haying, Plowing & Fieldwork Demonstrations; ... and so much MORE! You don't want to miss this event.
For more information,
draftanimalpower.com/dap-field-days/

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25th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Tunbridge, VT
Description: An animal barn, marketplace vendors, shepherd workshops, fiber arts classes, contests, a cashmere goat show and more will make up this year's event. Cost: $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $1 children under 1.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Draft Animal-Power Field Days

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Barton, VT
Description: Equipment & Training Demonstrations; Yoke & Harness Fitting, Making & Styles; Considerations for Animal Powered Forestry & Vegetable Operations; Haying, Plowing & Fieldwork Demonstrations; ... and so much MORE! You don't want to miss this event.
For more information,
draftanimalpower.com/dap-field-days/

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25th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Tunbridge, VT
Description: An animal barn, marketplace vendors, shepherd workshops, fiber arts classes, contests, a cashmere goat show and more will make up this year's event. Cost: $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $1 children under 1.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Grow It! Garden Leader Workshops

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Bellows Falls, VT
Description: For community and school garden leaders, the workshops will talk bout building gardens and gardening programs. Cost: $30 (sliding scale). For more information and to register: vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit/

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Open Forum on Vermont's Current Use Program

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: St. Albans, VT
Description: This is one of many forums on this topic, and will be held at Bellows Free Academy. The Vermont Senate Committee is soliciting public input into the effectiveness, efficiencies, and fairness of the law. Current Use, also called the Use Value Appraisal program, was adopted in 1978 by the Vermont legislature. The purpose of the law was to allow the valuation and taxation of farm and forest land based on its remaining in agricultural or forest use instead of its value in the market place. The primary objectives of the program were to keep Vermont's agricultural and forest land in production, to help slow the development of these lands, and to achieve greater equity in property taxation on undeveloped land. About 1/3 of Vermont’s land is enrolled in the program.All citizens are invited to share their experiences with the program.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Soil Resilience & Nutrition

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Shelburne, VT
Description: Learn about practical ways to manage for soil fertility on your farm. Workshop covers management strategies like rock dust, compost, cover-cropping, and fallowing and various fertilizer methods. Cost: $10 for NOFA and Shelburne Farm members, $20 nonmembers. For more information: nofavt.org/events/soil-resilience-and-nutrition-practical-management-strategies-soil-fertility

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Heirloom Apple Taste Test

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Cuttingsville, VT
Description: At the Shrewsbury Library, Scott Bolotin of Morning Star Perennials & Nursery will share his experiences as an orchardist and provide a wide range of apples for tasting. Cost: Free

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Guilford, VT
Description: Learn how to plan winter feeding strategy for high quality forage at the Franklin Farm. Cost: $10 NOFA members, $20 nonmembers. For more information: nofavt.org/events/strategic-forage-planning-organic-dairy-farm-franklin-farm

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Grow It! Garden Leader Workshops

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: For community and school garden leaders, the workshops will talk bout building gardens and gardening programs. Cost: $30 (sliding scale). For more information and to register: vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit/

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Open Forum on Vermont's Current Use Program

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Ferrisburgh, VT
Description: This is one of many forums on this topic, and will be held at Ferrisburgh Central School. The Vermont Senate Committee is soliciting public input into the effectiveness, efficiencies, and fairness of the law. Current Use, also called the Use Value Appraisal program, was adopted in 1978 by the Vermont legislature. The purpose of the law was to allow the valuation and taxation of farm and forest land based on its remaining in agricultural or forest use instead of its value in the market place. The primary objectives of the program were to keep Vermont's agricultural and forest land in production, to help slow the development of these lands, and to achieve greater equity in property taxation on undeveloped land. About 1/3 of Vermont’s land is enrolled in the program.All citizens are invited to share their experiences with the program.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cold Storage Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: White River Junction, VT
Description: Five Cold Storage Workshops will be offered by the UVM Extension throughout the state of Vermont in September and October. Workshop includes instruction on various important aspects of long-term crop storage, group discussion, hands-on activities, and individual work time. Cost: $20, includes breakfast and lunch, workbook, and materials. To register call the Rutland Extension Office at 802-773-3349. More information can be found here: blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/storageworkshop/

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Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Swanton, VT
Description: Learn how to plan winter feeding strategy for high quality forage at De La Bruere Farm. Cost: $10 NOFA members, $20 nonmembers. For more information: nofavt.org/events/strategic-forage-planning-organic-dairy-farm-franklin-farm

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Native Tree Nut Workshop

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: South Burlington, VT
Description: Class by Tyler Durkel of Elmore Roots Farm will be held at Friends of the Hort Farm. Cost: $10-20. To register email: info@friendsofthehortfarm.org

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cold Storage Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Johnsbury, VT
Description: Five Cold Storage Workshops will be offered by the UVM Extension throughout the state of Vermont in September and October. Workshop includes instruction on various important aspects of long-term crop storage, group discussion, hands-on activities, and individual work time. Cost: $20, includes breakfast and lunch, workbook, and materials. To register call the Rutland Extension Office at 802-773-3349. More information can be found here: blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/storageworkshop/

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Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph Center, VT
Description: Learn how to plan winter feeding strategy for high quality forage at Pineville Farm. Cost: $10 NOFA members, $20 nonmembers. For more information: nofavt.org/events/strategic-forage-planning-organic-dairy-farm-franklin-farm

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Building Your Food Brand

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Center for an Agricultural Economy & Vermont Food Ventrue Center Present:
4 focused sessions Presented by Nicole Fenton and Steve Redmond of Skillet Design
Session 3 Using Effective Design and Information Heirarchy for Effective Brand Messaging. Poorly executed packaging design can let you down, right when you need it most! Great packaging looks easy, but that's a response to how well it works! We'll review a case study in branding to illustrate how design can convert underperforming packaging into a valuable asset at retail.



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Friday, October 11, 2013

Farm Energy Field Days

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Schoharie, NY
Description: This farmer-led tour will give a first-hand look at what it takes to integrate renewable energy technologies into farms and/or homesteads. Join proprietor/producer Richard Ball for a tour of one of the premier diversified vegetable farms and retail outlets in the region. Located off a high volume state highway (SR 30) a short distance from I-88, Schoharie Valley Farms draws consistently heavy customer traffic seeking locally sourced farm products. Learn how the energy derived from a large solar array installation benefits farm production, processing, cold storage, food service, and retail. Cost: Free. Pre-register by emailing Ryan Maher at ryan.maher@cornell.edu. For more information: smallfarms.cornell.edu/2013/09/09/the-power-of-on-farm-sustainable-energy/

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Registration Closes for Farm-based Education Forum

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Join farmers, farm-based educators and service providers in a two-day exploration of open farms in Vermont and the Northeast. Workshops will discuss the opportunities and challenges that visitors bring to farms, and will share tools for offering memorable, authentic on-farm experiences to your guests. Learn how to use your farm as a classroom, expand opportunities for direct sales, and discover the impact of farm-based education and agritourism on your farm, family, community and beyond. Farm-Based Education Forum is on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM (EDT) at Shelburne Farm, VT. Register: vtfarmedforum2013.eventbrite.com/

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