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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Poultry Production: Profiting- Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, Ducks

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The course is for aspiring or beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production, marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. You do not necessarily need to be raising poultry in NYS to benefit from this course.Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help!
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New Farmer Mixer hosted by RAFFL

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland VT
Description: A New Farmer Mixer hosted by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) will be held at Cafe Terra, 67 Center Street, in Rutland. The mixer is open to aspiring as well as established farmers. Folks getting into dairy, livestock, veggie, fruit and grain, specialty crops are invited as are farm workers/interns and new ag.-based business owners! This mixer will be a great opportunity for networking with other new farmers and people involved in agriculture in the area. The mixer will be a potluck, BYOB. For more information, contact Garland Mason,, 802-417-1528.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

NOFA - NY Winter Conference!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: This year's theme is Resiliance! See website for more details-

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Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Century House, Latham, NY
Description: The fifth annual conference will feature learning opportunities around custom grazing, low-cost, frost-free watering, animal and human health, grass-fed beef and dairy, and pasture lambing. Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County.
CONTACT: Gale Kohler at 518-765-3500 or visit
$160 for both days, lunch included.

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Regulations for Selling Safe Canned Goods

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Description: UVM Extension brings this useful workshop to the Brattleborro office. Registration is $10, and includes materials and lunch.
Presented by Londa Nwadike, PhD, UVM Extension Food Safety Specialist.
Designed for anyone who sells canned goods.
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Getting Started in Organic Farming

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: East Hartford, CT
Description: Each year in midwinter, CT NOFA holds a conference intended to help 50-60 aspiring organic farmers develop successful farming careers. The 2013 Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference will feature a variety of excellent presenters with decades of combined farming experience. This conference draws both beginning farmers who choose to farm organically and established farmers who are converting their operations to organic. A limited number of scholarships are available to beginning farmers (less than 10 years of farming experience) who would otherwise have difficulty attending. This event filled up completely last year, so make sure to sign up early!
Goodwin College 1 Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT, 06118
Cost: $40 CT NOFA members; $50 non-members
Contact: Melissa Gabso Contact Email: Contact Phone: 203.888.5146

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New Farmer Mixer!

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT

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Monday, January 28, 2013


Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier
Description: Payment must be received by January 24 at 5 pm, either on-line or by mail (see below) The registration fee includes morning coffee break and a hot lunch buffet. $40 for VVBGA members; $50 for all others (add $10 for walk-in registration)
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Vegetable Farming: From Season-Long Care to Harvest

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This course is for serious aspiring farmers or those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have a basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting. This course is focused specifically on production systems used in the Northeast, so is targeted to people farming in that region.This 5-week course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course. Weekly homework will focus on preparing you to make good decisions in the coming growing season.
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Financial Records: Setting up Systems to Track Your Profitabilit

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: For new farmers with 1-5 years of experience who are seeking to set up or improve their financial record-keeping systems and learn to read their farm’s fiscal health through financial statements.What do you need to do to prepare for operating your business with sound financial information? Every business creates a great number of records in a variety of media. This course will concentrate on financial record-keeping systems. Records can help determine the absolute and relative profitability of the farm business by identifying the strengths and weakness of the business. Only with these records can you see strong points to capitalize on and weak points requiring corrective action, taking decisive action to ensure the long-term success of your farm.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Holistic Financial Planning: Including Farm Profit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in: balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers.

Target Audience:
This course is intended for farmers with at least one season of management experience and some record of their farm’s income and expenses (even if this information is stored on scraps of paper in a shoebox!). This course will move at an intense pace, with time to catch up at the end.
If you have not yet started farming, you are welcome to take the course, but you will need to do extra legwork to research realistic potential expenses and income for your planned enterprises.
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Intro to Financial Record Keeping and Good Decision Making

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hatfield, MA
Description: A specialist from USDA FSA will provide an intro to farm business record keeping and financial management. Laura Meister from Farm Girl Farm will speak about her experience adopting QuickBooks as a managemenet tool for her day to day farm work, and the value it has brought to her business. Sponsored by CISA
Local Food of Western Massachusetts
87 N. Hatfield Rd.
Hatfield, MA

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Managing Vegetable Transplants for Success-- NFP Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo Julie Rubaud, owner and operator of Red Wagon Plants, will share her knowledge and expertise in raising organic vegetable transplants for farms and commercial production. Red Wagon Plants is a wholesale organic plant operation with a retail outlet in Hinesburg, VT. Julie will talk about her management strategies for growing healthy, disease free transplants organically, as well as variety selection and timing of transplant production. Julie has extensive experience as a produce farm owner and operator and has operated Red Wagon Plants since 2005.

Plan to join the webinar about 15 minutes before it begins. Visit and click on the webinar title to join.

On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find the latest listing of upcoming webinars at

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