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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 hkrantz@vtsbdc.org

Register here: vermontfoodventurecenter.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fa77052207f8760bb6414d07a&id=0b5ae2652e&e=c015fb76bb

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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.
Website: www.jrironchefvt.org/
Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl St
Essex Junction, VT, 05452
Cost: $3-$5 Contact: Libby McDonald Contact Email: libby@nofavt.org 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:
www.umassulearn.net/classes/spring-2013?view=class&clid=10739

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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.
For more info:
nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-121-veggie-farming-part-2/

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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 www.extension.org/pages/66899

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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, February 5, 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.
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/holistic-financial-planning-bf-203/

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Intro to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Three Vermont Locations
Description: Make this the year you bravely step into the world of farm finances! With three top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances fearlessly. 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. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Jessie Schmidt at newfarmer@uvm.edu, 802-223-2389 x 203.

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

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Manchester, NH
Description: This two-day meeting that precedes the 2013 New Hampshire Grazing Conference will be filled with workshops, discussions, and speakers on topics ranging from the economics of confinement vs. grazing operations, bedded pack, current research, and much more.
CONTACT: Jim Cropper at jbcropper@yahoo.com
Radisson Hotel- Manchester, VT

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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!
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

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Vermont Entrepreneurship Week Celebration

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier
Description: A day of events throughout Montpelier's capital district! From speakers to opportunities to speak to legislators to exhibitions. For more information, vermontentrepreneur.org/entrepreneur-week-events

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Continuous and Efficient Production through Winter

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Natick, MA
Description: February 7, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick, MA
Instructor: Jean-Claude Bourrut and Jill Shea
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/type/winter

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RAW MILK MEETING FOR RAW MILK PRODUCERS WITH RURAL VERMONT

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph Ctr, VT
Description: Regional raw milk meetings for raw milk producers of all sizes 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; and to network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers. Bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch. (If you're not already a member of Rural Vermont, you can join in advance at www.ruralvermont.org or by calling 802-223-7222.)

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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:
shelby@ruralvermont.org or (802) 223-7222

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Using QuickBooks Reports Training plus One-on-One Coaching

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Holyoke, MA
Description: Amy Grabowski of Fiscal Training Solutions will teach this Quickbooks reporting workshop that will enable users to get more comfortable with Quickbooks reporting so that you can get the most information out fo your data. Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Holyoke Community College. Kittredge Center 303 Homestead Ave. Room KC222

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