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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Small Scale Self-Sufficiency

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Westminster, 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.
Rachel Ware will return with a Small Scale Self-Sufficiency workshop at her AlpineGlo Farm in Westminster, on Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM. Again, this workshop is free. Her focus will be on gardening and raising chickens for both eggs and meat.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Myer Farm Distillers: From Field to Flask

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ovid, NY
Description: Join us at the legendary Organic John Myer Farm for a field tour, spring weed and winter grains assessment, rotations, and corn culture discussion. A growing-for-a-distiller conversation will be followed by an open discussion with Joe Myer and a tour of the distillery.
Location: 7350 State Route 89, Ovid, NY 14521
Directions: Directions can be found at myerfarmdistillers.com/map/

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Birdsfoot Trefoil as a Forage on Organic Dairy Farms

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: eOrganic Webinar Online
Description: The inclusion of highly digestible legumes like birdsfoot trefoil (BFT) in pasture plantings can increase the productivity of grazing livestock. Because forage legumes produce their own nitrogen, they can meet their own fertility needs. In this webinar, Dr. Jennifer MacAdam will describe a multiple year research project, funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), that is partnering with established organic dairy producers in the Mountain West to determine the impact of supplementing and/or replacing grass pasture with birdsfoot trefoil (BFT) on milk production and milk quality.

The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker. Register at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/805632008

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Rural Vermont's Annual Celebration

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Chester, VT
Description: Rural Vermont invites ALL Vermonters who care about the food they eat and the people raising it to their 29th Annual Celebration. It’s on Thursday, May 15th from 6-9pm at the American Legion Hall, Route 103 South in Chester. This special evening will get underway with an old fashioned potluck supper, cash bar, and social hour. Following the brief annual meeting, farmers tell their stories! Personal and compelling stories about real food will lead into a dynamic conversation about the barriers and misguided beliefs that are suppressing food freedom and rallying Vermonters to action. This FREE event is open to all – contributions support Rural Vermont. For more info and to RSVP, www.ruralvermont.org or call (802) 223-7222.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Spring Cooperators Training

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Northfield, VT
Description: Vermont Coverts
PO Box 81, Middlebury, VT, 05753
802-388-3880
May 16-18, 2014
Www.vtcoverts.org/education.php
"Vermont Coverts Woodlands for Wildlife announces its spring landowner training. Designed for woodland owners who want to learn how a healthy forest can enhance wildlife habitat, provide recreational and other benefits. This class features expert instructors like Mary Sisock (UVM Extension), Kim Royar (VT Fish and Wildlife Biologist), Steve Hagenbuch (Audubon VT) and more."

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Selling to Regional Markets Webinar

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Are you a farmer interested in selling regionally? Have you thought about driving to Boston or New York to sell your products? Do you want to learn about a few different options for accessing regional markets through direct sales? Learn from two farmers about selling directly meat, vegetables, and value added products to New York City. We’ll help you learn the personal, production, financial, and marketing skills needed to sell to access regional markets. Amanda Andrews, co-owner of Tamarack Hollow Farm in Burlington, VT, will talk about selling vegetables and meat in New York City through a farmers market and small CSA and Diane St. Clair, owner of Animal Farm, in Orwell, VT will discuss selling value added dairy products to regional markets.

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 10:45 a.m EDT on May 16, 2014 and click on the webinar title. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x204. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Beth Holtzman know by May 9, 2014 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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Monday, May 19, 2014

Vermont Sheep and Goat Assoc.:Master Shepard Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Pittsford, VT
Description: Pasture Management and Handling Sheep with Dogs
Location: Green Acres Farm, Pittsford, 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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Focus on Farmers Mixer

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Bath NH
Description: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire and Vital Communities’ Valley Food & Farm program are coming together to celebrate farmers as Grafton County gears up for the 2014 growing season. Local farmers are invited to the beautiful Farm at Woods Hill in Bath, N.H., for local food and beverage, live music, a farm tour, and lively discussions on the topic of marketing farm products and your farm. Danielle Allen from Your Farm in Fairlee, Vt., and Julie Moran from the North Country Farmers Co-op will help guide the discussion. The event is informal, and conversations will both enhance attendees’ marketing strategies and expand their networks of collaborators. For more information and to RSVP go to nofanh.org/nofa-event/grafton-county-farmer-mixer/ or contact the NOFA-NH Office at (603) 224-5022.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Drip Irrigation Workshop

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hollis NH
Description: These workshops will be led by Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm; he has advised many growers on the design and installation of drip irrigation systems. He will cover the basics of drip irrigation components, layout, operation and maintenance. More information, extension.unh.edu/events/index.cfm?e=app.event&event_id=37173 .

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Business Wisdom Circle

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Barre VT
Description: Join the VT Women's Business Center for a conversation about Pricing: getting to what works. Cost: Just $10.00! Light refreshments provided. And if this is one of "those months" where a f*r*e*e* or reduced coupon will make all the difference, please email us and we'll hook you up. For more information and to register, vwbc.org/upcoming-events/.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Intervale Incubator Land Applications Due

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington VT
Description: The Intervale Center manages 350 acres of farmland, trails, and wildlife corridors in the heart of Burlington, Vermont. Through the Farms Program they lease land, equipment, greenhouses, irrigation and storage facilities to small independent farms. Find out more about available land and infrastructure at www.intervale.org/what-we-do/farms-program/ or email Maggie Donin at maggie@intervale.org.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Drip Irrigation Workshop

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Dummerston VT
Description: Registration: Free. www.eventbrite.com/e/micro-irrigation-workshop-tickets-11647787847
Want information on how to install or improve a drip irrigation system? Such highly efficient systems are becoming increasingly important given more frequent drought and food safety concerns. Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH, one of New England’s largest irrigation suppliers and designers, will walk us through the basics of drip irrigation in the field and greenhouses. Specific topics will include:
· Design, layout, and component selection
· Determining water requirements and irrigation scheduling
· Operation and maintenance of the system
· Fertigation for efficient nutrient applications
Ginger Nickerson, UVM Extension Produce Safety and GAPs Coordinator, will discuss source water sampling protocol and how drip irrigation fits into a produce safety plan.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Farmstead Cheesemaker Food Safety Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: UConn, Storrs CT
Description: With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, HACCP-based food safety plans and related pre-requisite programs will become a regulatory requirement. Proactive implementation of a risk reduction program now will better prepare producers for forthcoming regulation. The Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemaker Food Safety Workshop course builds upon core knowledge of dairy hygiene, essential good manufacturing and hygiene practices, sanitation standard operating procedures and other pre-requisite programs to help producers improve their operations and achieve food safety by preventing, monitoring and reducing food safety risks in critical areas of food safety before they become regulatory or affect the consumer. The main focal points of this class include the discussion of bacteriostatic and bactericidal control points in the manufacture of cheese, validating and verifying the efficacy of said preventative controls, environmental pathogen control and monitoring as well as raw ingredient and product pathogen testing.

For more information contact Jennifer Lee Shea, jshea@newenglanddairy.com, 508-278-7380.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fiber Procuders Symposium

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Binghamton NY
Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is hosting renowned Ruminant nutrition speaker – Dr. Robert Van Saun (Penn State University) will be speaking on Saturday with two workshops focused on basic ruminant nutrition and nutrition for fiber production, growth and reproduction. There will also be facilitated roundtable discussions.Sunday will focus on marketing topics as well as choosing the best products for fiber quality. A fiber will also be available for pick up that day. $35/one day; $60 for the weekend. Visit: reg.cce.cornell.edu/fiberproducerssymposium_203 for more information and to register.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fiber Procuders Symposium

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Binghamton NY
Description: See June 7 for full description. reg.cce.cornell.edu/fiberproducerssymposium_203

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Vermont Sheep and Goat Assoc.:Master Shepard Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Putney, VT
Description: Sheep and Goat Nutrition
Location: Crooked Fence Farm, Putney, 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, June 30, 2014

What’s the Buzz on Pollinators? Habitat Enhancement on Your Land

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fairfax & Jeffersonville VT
Description: Pollinators are essential for most of the fruits and vegetables that fill our plate. Learn from farmers with backgrounds in landscape design and entomology how you can boost native pollinator populations and increase fruit and berry production on your land. Demonstrations and discussions will include choosing plants and cover crops for season-long production of nectar and pollen, and providing nesting and overwintering habitat. $10 members/$20 non-members. Register at www.vlt.org/news-publications/events/pollinator-event.

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