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Thursday, November 29, 2012

CLOSING THE LOCAL CAPITAL LOOP: Financing the working landscape

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Middlebury American Legion
Description: On Nov. 29, 2012, businesses connected to the working landscape will have the opportunity to meet with service providers, capital providers, and their fellow entrepreneurs for a day of networking, discussion, and education. Maple syrup producers, farmers, food manufacturers, woodworkers, and other regional business owners can explore ways to energize their plans and grow their businesses.
Advance registration runs through Nov. 8 at $25 ($15 for students), and increases to $30/$20 on Nov. 9. To register by mail, please make your check payable to “ACORN” with your name, business and contact information and mail it to: PO Box 65, Middlebury, VT 05753.
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ag Finance Hour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury Extension Office
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury UVM Extension Office: Fridays: October 5th, November 30th , December 28th

Berlin UVM Extension Office: Fridays: November 2nd; December 7th

There is a $15 registration fee.

Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cheese, Butter, Yogurt-Making Class

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: Learn how to make soft cheeses, butter and yogurt in your own kitchen using farm fresh milk. Get acquainted with using butter molds and adding herbs or other flavors to our final product. The class will include a handout with instructions. Products such as cheese and yogurt culture, cheese cloth, citric acid, and farm fresh milk will be for sale.
Where: Earthwise Farm and Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Bethel, VT (Randolph mailing address)
Cost: $40 per person
Pre-Registration required: space limited to 15 people.
For more information: Contact Lisa McCrory, Phone: 234-5524 or Email:
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SBA Loan Clinics

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online.
Description: After preparing a business plan, the next step for many small business is obtaining financing. Join the VT Small Business Administration to learn about SBA’s lending role and how an SBA loan can benefit your business. The clinics will help you prepare a loan application, learn lender credit requirements for loan approval, find sources of capital to start or grow your business, understand loan interest rates, terms, amounts, and collateral requirements, and how to approach a lender to improve your chances for approval by knowing what they are looking for. You can join from 9;:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. To learn how to participate, go to For more information, call (802) 828-4422 or email or visit

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Farmer to Farmer Advanced Conference on High Tunnel Growing

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT
Description: University of Vermont Extension, NOFA Vermont and the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association are presenting a two day conference on high tunnel growing on December 5-6, 2012. This program is intended for commercial growers, with lots of opportunity to interact and learn from each other over two days.
Program agenda can be found at
The registration fee is $150 and includes meals and breaks, but not lodging. This fee covers the two days of the conference, - there is no single day or other pricing option. Contact Lake Morey Inn to make lodging reservations (802) 333-4311 and mention the conference. Questions? Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension, (802) 257-7967 x303 or
Register here:

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