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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Practical Produce Safety: Write a Produce Safety Plan for Your Farm

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Weathersfield, VT
Feb. 12, 8:30-4, Martin Memorial Hall and Deep Meadow Farm, Weathersfield VT.
More and more produce buyers are asking the farms they buy from if they have a farm food safety plan. UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture is offering a day-long hands-on workshop on writing a farm safety for small and diversified fruit and vegetable farmers who market directly and locally. This is a great chance to get your farm manager/crew leaders trained in on-farm produce safety practices.
You will leave this workshop with a concise plan for you, your customers, and your employees. Cost: $30 or $15 per person if more than one person is coming from one farm.
Registration deadline: Feb. 5. Call Cheryl with a credit card at 802-656-5459, or on-line: or print and mail:
To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 or, by February 1 so we may assist you.

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Filing a Schedule F: Tax Preparation for Farmers Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo Learn what you need to know about filing taxes for your farm business. Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension Agriculture & Farm Business Management Specialist delves into the federal tax code as it applies to farm businesses. Wondering about depreciation, deductions, and Schedule F forms? Do you know where to go to learn more, get the right forms, and find help? This webinar will answer common questions about filing federal income taxes for farmers and help you find the resources you need to file accurately and on time. Dennis Kauppila worked on Vermont farms in the 1970s before earning BS and MS degrees in agriculture at UVM. He started working with UVM Extension in 1983 and now works with farmers on financial management and business planning.

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, February 13, 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 and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Jessie Schmidt at, 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 14, 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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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: University of Vermont - BTV
Description: Save the Date! The 31st Annual Winter Conference, "Generations of Innovations" will take place February 16 & 17, 2013.
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Planning for Profit with Richard Wiswall!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Plymouth, NH
Description: Vermont grower and author Richard Wiswall teaches planning, office management and financial tips for success. You will leave with a comprehensive road map for planning your farm's production; systems to determine profit centers on your farm; budgets for different farm enterprises; simple, effective office management skills and tips to address common business mistakes.
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Ten Month Salad Greens on a Small Piece of Land

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: North Brookfield, MA
Description: Sponsored by NOFA-MA
Kittredge Farm , North Brookfield, MA
Instructor: Dan Kittredge
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