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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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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Introduction to Ag Financial Management Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Various Vermont Locations
Description: 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.
Dates: Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2013. Locations: Middlebury, Berlin and St. Johnsbury. Times: 1-4 pm.
Early registration deadline: Jan. 16. 2013, Cost: $75
Registration deadline: Jan. 30, 2013, Cost: $100
Register online:
For more questions, email Jessie Schmidt:

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Thursday, January 31, 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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Soil and Nutrition Conference: Putting Principals into Practice

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Northampton, MA
Description: This conference aims to grow the movement for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and society as a whole. The focus of this year’s conference is applying practical management strategies on the farm from principles of biological soil fertility. The lead speaker is John Kempf from Middlefield, OH, with Dan Kittredge and Derek Christianson as co-panelists.

Location: First Churches, 129 Main St, Northampton, MA
Register by January 17, 2013, and pay the early registration fee of $150.
With John Kempf of Advancing Eco-Agriculture; Dan Kittredge of Bionutrient Food Association, and Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm
Sponsored by NOFA/Mass and Bionutrient Food Association

Contact: Ben Grosscup at 413-658-5374 or e-mail

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Johnsbury, VT
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover
a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545-
8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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Raw Milk Meetings

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Several Locations in VT
Description: Rural Vermont is hosting several regional RAW MILK MEETINGS for farmers to:
-Get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections
-Provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law
-Network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers
When & where:
Thurs, Jan 31st – Hinesburg (Burlington area)
Thursday, February 7th – Randolph Center (central VT)
Thursday, February 21st – South Wheelock (Northeast Kingdom)
Wednesday, March 13th – Poultney (Rutland County)
March date TBD – Townshend (southeastern VT)
More details:
All meetings are from 11am – 3pm with potluck lunch
Free for Rural Vermont members; $5 for all else*
RSVP required for exact location & directions: or (802) 223-7222

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Friday, February 1, 2013

QuickBooks at VFVC Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: These sessions are specifically geared towards anyone unfamiliar with using this type of software to track their finances and will be driven by the participants' needs. Great class for small business owners, producers or anyone generating their own revenue!
Contact Heidi Krantz for more information

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Junior Iron Chef

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Description: Join Vermont FEED and the Burlington School Food Project for the most inspiring, fun and wildly alive culinary event of the year! Jr Iron Chef VT is a cooking competition for middle and high school students from all across Vermont that should not be missed. Teams of 3-5 students each have 90 minutes to create a dish using seasonal, local foods that is also delicious, nutritious, AND can be served in school cafeterias.
Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl St
Essex Junction, VT, 05452
Cost: $3-$5 Contact: Libby McDonald Contact Email: Contact Phone: 802-434-4122

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Introduction to Permaculture Design Deadline

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: The UWW Permaculture Course is a three credit semester-long online course that offers students a foundation in permaculture history, ethics, principles, design process, and practical applications. The framework behind the theory and practice of permaculture is rooted in the observation of natural systems. By observing key ecological relationships, we can mimic and apply these beneficial relationships in the design of systems that serve humans while helping to restore the natural world. This course trains students as critical thinkers, observers, and analysts of the world(s) around them, and then goes on to provide students with the tools needed to design for inspired and positive change.
Enrollment open now for UWW 397P Introduction to Permaculture Design, Spring 2013! This course is part of the online Sustainability Studies program at the University Without Walls, housed at UMASS-Amherst. It can be taken by non-degree seeking students and matriculated students. This online format is unique opportunity for people that:
+ work full time
+ live somewhere that permaculture is not being offered
+ have challenging schedules for taking time off to enroll in an in-person 72-hour course
To register click here:

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Monday, February 4, 2013

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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Management for High-Quality Organic Wheat and Ancient Grain Production in the Northeast,

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Presented by David Crowder, Washington State University. This webinar will outline the potential for climate change to affect insect communities, and their interactions with plants, in cropping systems. Topics covered will include the effects of climate change on biodiversity and the functioning of agricultural ecosystems, and the role of organic farming practices in mitigating negative effects of climate change. The webinar will primary be targeted towards researchers and eXtension subscribers. Register at

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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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