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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Vermont Sheep and Goat Assoc.:Master Shepard Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Shoreham, VT
Description: Sheep Health
Location: Doolittle Farm, Shoreham, VT

For more information or to register visit the VSGA website:
vtsheepandgoat.org/2013/01/chet-parsons-vsga-offer-master-shepherd-course/

One can register for individual classes or for the entire course
Individual registration is $60 per class for VSGA members or $75 per class for nonmembers. Registration for the entire course is $500 and $600, respectively.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Deadline for Northeast SARE Farmer Grant proposals

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program awards grants up to $15,000 to farmers, farm service providers, and farm organizations. Go to nesare.org and follow the "get a grant" link for more information.

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Webinar: Survey Basics for Customer Feedback

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Mark Cannella presents this session to get you thinking about the type of questions to ask potential customers and existing customers. We will take a look at online survey programs that can be used. To join the session, use the following link: sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009421&password=M.A3CAF7BD9608FEC623B53E98CCE136 Newcomers to online learning are welcome. Please log on 15 minutes early to check that your system will run Blackboard Collaborate:
-Go to support.blackboardcollaborate.com
-Click on 'First Time Users', click on #1 View iinformation for first time users for 'Blackboard Collaborate Web conferencing'
-Follow the directions under STEP 1
-Enter the 'v12.5 Configuration Room' under STEP 2
-If you haven't used Blackboard Collaborate before, watch the 'Online Orientation' video at STEP 3
If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Mark Cannella at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382, by November 26, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Public EPA meeting

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Albans, VT
Description: Public meetings on phosphorous levels in Lake Champlaign will be held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Six meetings to be moderated by the Lake Champlaign Basin Program will be held in various locations across the state in December. The new plan for phosphorous limits, called Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) will attempt to cap the amount of phosphorous being added to Lake Champlaign from overland runoff. For more information: www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/erp/docs/erp_LC_TMDL_Public_Mtgs_Announcemet.pdf

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lake Champlain Basin Phosphorus Clean Water Act TMDL Public Meetings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Montpelier, VT
Description: 9:30am – 11:30am
Auditorium at the Pavilion Building
109 State Street, Montpelier
The Lake Champlain TMDL public meetings that are being held around Lake Champlain over the next two weeks. USEPA and the State of Vermont are seeking public input on their Lake Champlain Restoration Plan, which will directly impact agricultural producers. The policies and rules being developed through the TMDL process will be implemented state-wide, not just in the Lake Champlain Basin, so everyone should be interested in these meetings.

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Public EPA meeting

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Montpelier, VT
Description: Public meetings on phosphorous levels in Lake Champlaign will be held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Six meetings to be moderated by the Lake Champlaign Basin Program will be held in various locations across the state in December. The new plan for phosphorous limits, called Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) will attempt to cap the amount of phosphorous being added to Lake Champlaign from overland runoff. For more information: www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/erp/docs/erp_LC_TMDL_Public_Mtgs_Announcemet.pdf

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Beyond the Farm: The Art of Farmers Market Selling

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Beyond the Farm: The Art of Farmers Market Selling
Bruce Baker, nationally recognized marketing and merchandising guru, is coming to Rutland! An artist by trade, Baker has focused on merchandising and marketing for the past 16 years. With over 500 workshops under his belt, Baker has helped to boost vendors’ sales and profits at craft fairs and farmers markets across the United States and Canada.

Contact: Garland Mason
Phone number: 802-417-7096
Email: garland@rutlandfarmandfood.org

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Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: "You Are What You Look Like! Preparing the Product" by Marty Butts, Small Potatoes Marketing. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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eOrganic Webinar:Trap Cropping to manage Lygus Bugs

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Join the conversation, "Trap Cropping in Organic Strawberries to Manage Lygus Bugs in California". Diego Nieto of the University of California Santa Cruz will be leading the conversation. Cost: Free. For more information and to register: www.extension.org/pages/69153/trap-cropping-in-organic-strawberries-to-manage-lygus-bugs-in-california#.UlRQvRCGcmQ

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Develop Skills to Better Deal with Conflict

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Develop your greatest asset- yourself and your people! This one day workshop uses Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument to teach participants about how they deal with others and uses these tools to help them assess the best ways to function on a farm or in a community. Sponsored by the Vermont Agricultural Producers and the AG Industry Service Providers and the American Farm Bureau Federation. Cost: $40. To register: 802-828-6900, Louise.Waterman@state.vt.us. View event flier: www.vtfoodatlas.com/assets/events/files/Rev%20confilict%20resol%2010-7.pdf

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Webinar: Farm Rental Rates- Setting Them and Paying Them

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Mark Cannella will present on learning about the different ways to set rental rates for your own property or to evaluate the rates that are offered to you as a tenant. We can't get into the details of each negotiation, but, we can at least learn about the basic methods that can be used when setting rates or paying them. To join the session, use the following link: sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009421&password=M.DE76094666D2C142E5B997E24AAE5A Newcomers to online learning are welcome. Please log on 15 minutes early to check that your system will run Blackboard Collaborate:
-Go to support.blackboardcollaborate.com
-Click on 'First Time Users', click on #1 View iinformation for first time users for 'Blackboard Collaborate Web conferencing'
-Follow the directions under STEP 1
-Enter the 'v12.5 Configuration Room' under STEP 2
-If you haven't used Blackboard Collaborate before, watch the 'Online Orientation' video at STEP 3
If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Mark Cannella at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382, by December 03, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Batavia, NY
Description: Two day workshop (Dec. 10-11) addressing Food Safety and Good Agricultural Practices. This is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority. For more information and to register: cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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Lake Champlain Basin Phosphorus Clean Water Act TMDL Public Meetings,

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
1 College Street, Burlington
the Lake Champlain TMDL public meetings that are being held around Lake Champlain over the next two weeks. USEPA and the State of Vermont are seeking public input on their Lake Champlain Restoration Plan, which will directly impact agricultural producers. The policies and rules being developed through the TMDL process will be implemented state-wide, not just in the Lake Champlain Basin, so everyone should be interested in these meetings.

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Public EPA meeting

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Public meetings on phosphorous levels in Lake Champlaign will be held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Six meetings to be moderated by the Lake Champlaign Basin Program will be held in various locations across the state in December. The new plan for phosphorous limits, called Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) will attempt to cap the amount of phosphorous being added to Lake Champlaign from overland runoff. For more information: www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/erp/docs/erp_LC_TMDL_Public_Mtgs_Announcemet.pdf

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Lake Champlain Basin Phosphorus Clean Water Act TMDL Public Meetings,

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Founders Room, Middlebury Inn
14 Court Square, Middlebury

The Lake Champlain TMDL public meetings are being held around Lake Champlain over the next two weeks. USEPA and the State of Vermont are seeking public input on their Lake Champlain Restoration Plan, which will directly impact agricultural producers. The policies and rules being developed through the TMDL process will be implemented state-wide, not just in the Lake Champlain Basin, so everyone should be interested in these meetings.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bedded Pack Manure Management Trainings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: UVM Extension Office, St. Johnsbury, VT
Description: Cost: $25 per person (payable online by credit card, check or at the door)
**Pre-registration required**
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? Are you trying to figure out whether a bedded pack would be right for you and your farm system?
Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose, UVM Extension, and NRCS partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include background on how bedded packs and composting systems function; calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and Q&A with a dairy farmer experienced in managing a pack.
To register: www.eventbrite.com/e/december-11-st-johnsbury-bedded-pack-training-tickets-9476910695
Jenn Colby, (802) 656-0858

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Lake Champlain Basin Phosphorus Clean Water Act TMDL Public Meetings,

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Fox Room, Rutland Free Library
10 Court Street, Rutland
the Lake Champlain TMDL public meetings are being held around Lake Champlain over the next two weeks. USEPA and the State of Vermont are seeking public input on their Lake Champlain Restoration Plan, which will directly impact agricultural producers. The policies and rules being developed through the TMDL process will be implemented state-wide, not just in the Lake Champlain Basin, so everyone should be interested in these meetings.

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Public EPA meeting

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Public meetings on phosphorous levels in Lake Champlaign will be held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Six meetings to be moderated by the Lake Champlaign Basin Program will be held in various locations across the state in December. The new plan for phosphorous limits, called Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) will attempt to cap the amount of phosphorous being added to Lake Champlaign from overland runoff. For more information: www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/erp/docs/erp_LC_TMDL_Public_Mtgs_Announcemet.pdf

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bedded Pack Manure Management Trainings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, Vt
Description: Cost: $25 per person (payable online by credit card, check or at the door)
**Pre-registration required**
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? Are you trying to figure out whether a bedded pack would be right for you and your farm system?
Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose, UVM Extension, and NRCS partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include background on how bedded packs and composting systems function; calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and Q&A with a dairy farmer experienced in managing a pack.
To register: www.eventbrite.com/e/december-12-rutland-bedded-pack-training-tickets-9477508483
For more information contact Jenn Colby

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Capturing Money Using Quickbooks- A Basic Course

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hudson Falls, NY
Description: This hands-on workshop will provide some good background, basic info and use a computer lab for inputting info. A case farm will be used throughout the class as an example to provide valuable info and examples. Space is LIMITED. Cost: $50 per farm for up to 2 people. To register: reg.cce.cornell.edu/FarmerQuickbooksWorkshop_201 or call Gale Kohler at 518-765-3579 – and confirm which location (Hudson Falls or Voorheesville)

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Capturing Money Using Quickbooks- A Basic Course

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Voorheesville, NY
Description: This hands-on workshop will provide some good background, basic info and use a computer lab for inputting info. A case farm will be used throughout the class as an example to provide valuable info and examples. Space is LIMITED. Cost: $50 per farm for up to 2 people. To register: reg.cce.cornell.edu/FarmerQuickbooksWorkshop_201 or call Gale Kohler at 518-765-3579 – and confirm which location (Hudson Falls or Voorheesville)

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Webinar: Introduction to Enterprise Analysis

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Take a look at how to isolate your income and expenses records to analyze the different enterprises you operate. Learn how to determine which enterprises are making or losing money. For more information: www.uvm.edu/extension/magicscript.php?Page=Calendar&agenda=extension,UVM,4-H,,COPE,seminar,vermont,OMK&label=Extension+Programs&intro=calendarintro.html&period=week&start=2013-1...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Manchester, NH
Description: A premier meeting of 25 educational sessions and substantial tradeshow at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. Cost: $105 for first member and $75 for each additional member. Register: www.newenglandvfc.org or calle Kristen Castratoro 401-874-2967.

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The Future of Vermont's Working Landscape Summit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: Save the date! The summit is designed designed to bring all parties and partners together, build unity and momentum, and advance the next steps needed for public policy and investment for Vermont’s Working Lands. Will take place at the Vermont Technical College. More information coming soon.

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Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: "You Are What They Think You Are! Selling the Product" by Dave Bellso, DesignWorks Advertising. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: "You Are What They Think You Are! Selling the Product" by Dave Bellso, DesignWorks Advertising. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bedded Pack Manure Management Trainings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sheldon, VT
Description: Cost: $25 per person (payable online by credit card, check or at the door)
**Pre-registration required**
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? Are you trying to figure out whether a bedded pack would be right for you and your farm system?
Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose, UVM Extension, and NRCS partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include background on how bedded packs and composting systems function; calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and Q&A with a dairy farmer experienced in managing a pack.
To register: www.eventbrite.com/e/december-19-sheldon-bedded-pack-training-tickets-9478116301
For more information contact Jenn Colby 802-656-0858

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Reg deadline : Effective Strategies for Teaching Tractor Skills and Farm Mechanization Decision Making

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: On-line & Essex, VT
Description: Ground Work Effective Strategies for Teaching Tractor Skills and Farm Mechanization Decision Making
What: A new professional development (train-the-trainer) program to prepare and support agricultural educators, farmers, and farm service providers to deliver farm mechanization and tractor education to beginning farmers, farm workers, and apprentices throughout the Northeast.
Where: On-line (5 sessions) and Essex Junction, Vermont (one day)
Dates: On-line sessions are January 23rd, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, and May 29th
. The hands-on training is May 21st or 22nd (trainee choice).
Time: On-line sessions 11:00 – 12:00 / Hands-on days are full days.
Registration Deadline: December 20th, 2013
Cost: Thanks to a grant from the Northeast SARE Professional Development Program, there is no tuition cost to participate. However, participants are expected to cover travel expenses to attend the hands-on, in-person training day in Essex Junction, Vermont. Lodging will be provided as needed.
On-line application: tinyurl.com/tractor-ed
For more Information: click here for the Program Description or
contact Kristen Mullins at kristen.mullins@uvm.edu or 802.656.2034.

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Capturing Money Using Quickbooks- A Basic Course

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hudson Falls, NY
Description: This hands-on workshop will provide some good background, basic info and use a computer lab for inputting info. A case farm will be used throughout the class as an example to provide valuable info and examples. Space is LIMITED. Cost: $50 per farm for up to 2 people. To register: reg.cce.cornell.edu/FarmerQuickbooksWorkshop_201 or call Gale Kohler at 518-765-3579 – and confirm which location (Hudson Falls or Voorheesville)

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Capturing Money Using Quickbooks- A Basic Course

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Voorheesville, NY
Description: This hands-on workshop will provide some good background, basic info and use a computer lab for inputting info. A case farm will be used throughout the class as an example to provide valuable info and examples. Space is LIMITED. Cost: $50 per farm for up to 2 people. To register: reg.cce.cornell.edu/FarmerQuickbooksWorkshop_201 or call Gale Kohler at 518-765-3579 – and confirm which location (Hudson Falls or Voorheesville)

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Capturing Money Using Quickbooks- A Basic Course

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hudson Falls, NY
Description: This hands-on workshop will provide some good background, basic info and use a computer lab for inputting info. A case farm will be used throughout the class as an example to provide valuable info and examples. Space is LIMITED. Cost: $50 per farm for up to 2 people. To register: reg.cce.cornell.edu/FarmerQuickbooksWorkshop_201 or call Gale Kohler at 518-765-3579 – and confirm which location (Hudson Falls or Voorheesville)

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Capturing Money Using Quickbooks- A Basic Course

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Voorheesville, NY
Description: This hands-on workshop will provide some good background, basic info and use a computer lab for inputting info. A case farm will be used throughout the class as an example to provide valuable info and examples. Space is LIMITED. Cost: $50 per farm for up to 2 people. To register: reg.cce.cornell.edu/FarmerQuickbooksWorkshop_201 or call Gale Kohler at 518-765-3579 – and confirm which location (Hudson Falls or Voorheesville)

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BF 102: Markets and Profits - Exploring the Feasibility of Your Farming Ideas

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar Course
Description: Identify farm goals and timelines for an enterprise
Begin to develop enterprise budgets and understand the potential for profitability with selected agricultural products
Explore marketing outlets and concepts important for successfully branding and selling your product
Understand that everything in farming is interconnected
The course runs Thurs. Jan. 16 - Feb 20, with webinars once weekly on Thurs. evenings from 7-8:30pm EST. The cost is $200, and multiple people from the same farm may participate without paying extra.
For more information: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/register-for-upcoming-courses/

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Intro to Ag Financial Management: Early Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Burligton, St. J, White Rvr
Description: For all farmers interested in financial management basics.

Where: Burlington, St. Johnsbury & White River Junction
Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 2014 (snow date Feb 26)
Time: 1-4 pm
Cost: $80
Registration deadline: Jan. 20, Cost: $120
Registrations received after Jan. 20 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

Online registration form: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

For more information: jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu

This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge.

Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline.

Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

GAPs on-line Produce Safety Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: on-line
Description: The next GAPs Online Produce Safety Course will be offered beginning January 8 and ending January 28, 2014. For more information, please contact eab38@cornell.edu or 315 787 2625.To register for the course, please visit www.ecornell.com/gaps.

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Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition Annual Mtg

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: CVFC Annual Meeting
January 8, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Vergennes American Legion
All farms in Vermont will be impacted by environmental regulations around water quality. Join the discussion to find out how to work together as farmers and take the initiative to be proactive and be part of the solution.

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Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: "Keeping and Eye on Your Customers: Long-Term Assessment" by Lindsay Ott Wilcox of Clear Channel Communications. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: "You Are What They Think You Are! Selling the Product" by Dave Bellso, DesignWorks Advertising. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Crafting A Consistent Marketing Message!

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Crafting A Consistent Marketing Message!
Glenn Muske, NDSU Small Business Specialist and Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educator
connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop
Getting the attention of customers is harder today than ever before. Learning how to craft a marketing message that draws customers to your website where the information you provide benefits them personally. Crafting the message involves understanding landing pages, call to action, and relating that to your marketing goals. Glenn Muske and Connie Hancock will provide tips on how to Craft that Marketing Message.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

NOFA MA Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Worcester, MA
Description: January 11, 2014, Worcester, MA
Keynote: Mark Shepard, Restoration Agriculturalist
www.nofamass.org/winterconference#.UrDy-su9KSN

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

NOFA VT Direct Marketing Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: S. Royalton, VT
Description: NOFA VT Direct Marketing Conference
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
Registration opens December 6
nofavt.org/annual-events/direct-marketing-conference

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Cooking and Freezing Local Food

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bellows Falls, VT
Description: The Food Security Collaborative (formerly the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative) is pleased to announce its Winter 2014 series of workshops designed to help participants become more local food sufficient.
All workshops are free (except those where a modest materials fee is required). Because space is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, call Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141.
Cooking and Freezing Local Food workshop - 1:00 PM at the Immanuel Episcopal Church in Bellows Falls. Featuring carrots and broccoli, Westminster farmer, Rachel Ware, will demonstrate to attendees how to first freeze vegetables from blanching through the freezing process, then to take the blanched vegetables and add them to three different recipes, and finally the best packaging and reheating techniques for the three different prepared meals.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Late Blight of Tomato and Potato: Occurrences and Managemt Experiences,

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The webinar is free and open to the public, and advanced registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker. A live chat session will follow the webinar.
Register now at www.extension.org/pages/70122

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Farmer Project Webinar: Farm-Scale Permaculture

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: New Farmer Logo
"Farm-Scale Permaculture: Techniques, practices and philosophies for permanent agricultural systems," a UVM Extension New Farmer Project webinar. Presented by Keith Morris, permaculture farmer, consultant and founder of Prospect Rock Permaculture. The webinar is tailored for new and aspiring farmers and will be based the longer workshops currently being offered around Vermont. For more information: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EST on October 17, 2013 and click on the webinar title. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by October 14, 2013 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or newfarmer@uvm.edu so we may assist you. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck.

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Food Labeling for Food Producers Workshop

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Vermont Food Venture Center
140 Junction Rd.
Hardwick, VT 05843
Food Labeling for Food Producers 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 and NH food producers and processors. To Register:
www.eventbrite.com/e/food-labeling-for-food-producers-workshop-tickets-9655143795?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NDc1NjU2My9iZXRoLmhvbHR6bWFuQHV2bS5lZHUvMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Early Registration Deadline for UVM Ext Master Gardener Course

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: **Registration after this date will have an added $25 fee.** On Tuesday evenings from 6:15-9:00 pm from Feb. 4- April 29 (May 6 is a make-up date) UVM Extension will be offering Master Gardener Courses across the state at the following locations: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon. Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston and viz Vermont Interactive Television. It is a non-credit course that covers the basics of home horticulture and topics of Botany, Entomoogy, Plant Diseases, Soil Fertility, Perennials and Annuals, Sustainable Landscaping, Rain Gardens, Turf and Weeds, Invasive Plant Control, and others. Cost: $395. For more information and to register: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Getting Started With Organic Farming

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Goodwin College, E. Hartford, CT
Description: 9th Annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference at
Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT on January 18, 2014
CT NOFA's annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference provides information about agricultural practices, marketing, planning and management for those who are establishing a new form or are transitioning to organic.
Registration for the conference is $40 for CT NOFA Members and $50 for Non-Members. To register, apply for a scholarship or for more information, visit:
ctnofa.org/events/Getting%20Started/2014_getting_started_conference_page.html,
or call the CT NOFA office

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Intro to Ag Financial Management:Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Burligton, St. J, White Rvr
Description: For all farmers interested in financial management basics.

Where: Burlington, St. Johnsbury & White River Junction
Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 2014 (snow date Feb 26)
Time: 1-4 pm
Cost: $80
Cost: $120
Registrations received after Jan. 20 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

Online registration form: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

For more information: jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu

This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge.

Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline.

Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 Crop, Soil & Dairy Meeting

Time: 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Albans, VT
Description: Learn about growing winter forages, corn and soybean diseases in the Northeast, reintroducing meadow fescue, getting the most from Nitrogen, recycling of agricultural plastics, improving soil health and maximizing homegrown feed in the ration, as well as receive updates from the 2013 cropping system.
Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.
Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch.
You can register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoildairy or by calling Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 (toll-free in Vt. only). If paying with a check, please make payable "UVM".

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eOrganic Webinar: Using Contans for White Mold Mgmt

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Join the conversation, "Using Contans (Coniothyrium minitans) for White Mold Management on Organic Farms Webinar." Alex Stone of Oregon State University will be leading the conversation. Cost: Free. For more information and to register: www.extension.org/pages/69132/using-contans-coniothyrium-minitans-for-white-mold-management-on-organic-farms-webinar#.UlRRIRCGcmQ

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

New USDA Cover Crop Termination Policy

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will host an important national webinar on January 23, 2014, to discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recent efforts to assure greater uniformity and clarity on its policy related to farmers who currently grow cover crops or may grow them in the future.
PREREGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED
The webinar is free and accessible by visiting: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/789127970
A copy of the cover crop policy can be found at this link: www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1167871.pdf

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Friday, January 24, 2014

NOFA NY Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: January 24 - 26, 2014, Saratoga Springs, NY
"Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future"
Keynote: Gary Paul Nabhan
www.nofany.org/?q=events/winter-conference

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

NOFA NJ Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Lincroft, NJ
Description: January 25 - 26, 2014, Lincroft, NJ
"Organic: A better way to feed communities"
Keynote: Fred Kirschenmann and John Ikerd
www.nofanj.org/winterconference.htm

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Extreme Home Composting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Morisville, VT
Description: Log on or walk in with little to no knowledge of compost and come out a Rot Star! We'd love to have you join us at one of our upcoming "Extreme Home Composting" presentations. These free classes, sponsored by the USDA, will help us reduce the amount of organic waste that is sent to the landfills. Friendly staff of the Highfields Center for Composting will show you about the benefits of compost, compost system options, and how to maintain your pile to produce high-quality, nutrient-rich compost.
Morristown Centennial Library
7 Richmond St., Morrisville, VT

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Local Herbal Remedies

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bellows Falls, VT
Description: The Food Security Collaborative (formerly the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative) is pleased to announce its Winter 2014 series of workshops designed to help participants become more local food sufficient.
All workshops are free (except those where a modest materials fee is required). Because space is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, call Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141.
Community herbalist and educator, as well as founder of Earth Angel Herbals, Rebecca Golden, will lead a workshop on Local Herbal Remedies - 1:00 PM, United Church of Bellows Falls This hands-on workshop will feature making elderberry syrup for participants to take home with them, as well as a discussion (and tasting) of other easy to grow and harvest herbs. There is a $5.00 materials fee for this workshop.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Workshop on Autoconstructeur Rhône-Alpes

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Saint Hyacinthe, QC
Description: Agriformation and Vocational School Saint-Hyacinthe will involve in January 2014 Joseph Templar vegetable Autoconstructeur Rhône-Alpes representative ADABio Self-construction, for both formations to autoconstruction equipment adapted to the practice of permanent beds in organic gardening.
Information and registration:
Vocational School Saint-Hyacinthe 450 773-8400, ext 6605.
Stage 1: 5 days from 27 to 31 January 2014 Stage 2: 5 days from 3 to 7 February 2014

The cost of training will be around $ 450 for 40 hours of lessons. Add to this $ 200 (optional) if the producers want to have the guide to self-build .
During the training, participants will have the opportunity to build their own machine and keep it afterwards. The cost of equipment is $ 2000. It is possible for participants to share these costs and build equipment to exchange them later. Details are in the attached form . More information on the practice of permanent beds in organic gardening .

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: "Putting a Handle on the Tomato: Reinventing the Product" by Bob Buccieri, former President of the Famers Market Federation of NY. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Author Gary Paul Nabhan to Speak at Sterling College

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Craftsbury Common, VT
Description: Sterling College is proud to announce that noted author Gary Paul Nabhan will be presenting on campus. His talk, “Tapping Into the Wisdom of Traditional Farmers: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Uncertainty,” will be given on Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Simpson Hall, Classroom 3. This talk is free and open to the public as part of the Vermont’s Table Speaker Series.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Hampshire Small Family Farm Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Finding the best source of funds for financing a farm requires a clear understanding of the options available. Join us this January 29th to learn about financing options for NH family farms. Financial industry experts and advisors will discuss type of funds available, evaluation of a business proposal, grants and other sources of financial assistance. In addition you'll have an opportunity to meet with lenders face-to-face to ask individual questions. Follow link for conference brochure.
extension.unh.edu/events/files/4B82AB7B-D547-1F41-7DCE3FABCEE73770.pdf

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VT Beef Producers Assoc Annual Mtg

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: VT Farm Show - Essex Jct, VT
Description: The Vermont Beef Producers’ Association (VBPA) will be having their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at the Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction. The meeting, to be held in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion of the Champlain Valley Expo Center, will commence at 1:30 pm. There will be two programs presented to the membership. Jake Claro of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will discuss the Farm to Plate Network Program and its impact on Vermont beef producers and Joe Emenheiser, our new UVM Extension Diversified Agriculture Specialist, will share his vision for the continued growth of diversified agriculture in our state. Both gentlemen will field questions from the audience. For further information contact Bill Emmons at 802.457.1520 .

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Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: "Putting a Handle on the Tomato: Reinventing the Product" by Bob Buccieri, former President of the Famers Market Federation of NY. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Extreme Home Composting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Log on or walk in with little to no knowledge of compost and come out a Rot Star! We'd love to have you join us at one of our upcoming "Extreme Home Composting" presentations. These free classes, sponsored by the USDA, will help us reduce the amount of organic waste that is sent to the landfills. Friendly staff of the Highfields Center for Composting will show you about the benefits of compost, compost system options, and how to maintain your pile to produce high-quality, nutrient-rich compost. (Participants must register in advance for the online webinars at the Highfields website.)

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

NOFA NH Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: February 1 - 2, 2014, Concord, NH
“We Are All Farmers: Seeding a Common Soil”
Farmer Intensive Day, Feb.1
nofanh.org/events/winter-conference/

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Soil and Nutrition Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Location: Somerville, MA
Description: Soil and Nutrition Conference:With Graeme Sait and Joel Williams
February 2 - 4, 2014 (Starts Sunday at 9:00am; ends Tuesday at 5:30pm)
Anthonys, 156 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA
Graeme SaitGraeme Sait is author of “Nutrition Rules”, and founder of Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS) – a world leader in biological agriculture. Through his internationally acclaimed four-day Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, he has trained over 20,000 farmers and consultants globally. His presentations, often described as "life changing", offer a fusion of entertainment, education and inspiration. Joel Williams will be his co-presenter.
Cost: Register by January 18: $195 for NOFA or BFA members; $244 non-members. By January 29: $210 for NOFA or BFA members; $263 non-members.
For more information: contact Ben Grosscup, NOFA/Mass Education Events Coordinator, at ben.grosscup@nofamass.org or 413-658-5374.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: "Drudgery That Pays Well! Maintaining Database and Information" by Laura Biasillo, Ag Economic Development Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Food Safety in Organic Poultry Production

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Join eOrganic for a new webinar on Food Safety in Organic Poultry Production by Irene Hanning-Jarquin and Sandra Diaz Lopez. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Audience members will be able to type in questions which will be read to the speaker.

Register now at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/509810353

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UVM Ext Master Gardener Course

Time: 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Description: On Tuesday evenings from 6:15-9:00 pm from Feb. 4- April 29 (May 6 is a make-up date) UVM Extension will be offering Master Gardener Courses across the state at the following locations: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon. Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston and viz Vermont Interactive Television. It is a non-credit course that covers the basics of home horticulture and topics of Botany, Entomoogy, Plant Diseases, Soil Fertility, Perennials and Annuals, Sustainable Landscaping, Rain Gardens, Turf and Weeds, Invasive Plant Control, and others. Cost: $395. For more information and to register: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: St. Johnsbury, VT
Description: UVM Extension Office, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., St. Johnsbury, VT
CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.
Cost:$25

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Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: "Drudgery That Pays Well! Maintaining Database and Information" by Laura Biasillo, Ag Economic Development Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: VT Small Business Development Center, 1540 VT Route 66, Randolph, VT
CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you
Cost:$25

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Food Safety in Organic Leafy Greens

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Join eOrganic for a webinar on Improving the Safety and Quality of Organic Leafy Greens by Sadhana Ravishankar of the University of Arizona. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Audience members will be able to type in questions which will be read to the speaker.

Register now at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/639453584

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