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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Making Soft Cheeses

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Gill, MA
Upinngil Farm, Gill
$75 NOFA members; $80 non-members

Participants will learn to select the right quality milk, discern what kinds of milk are appropriate for each type of cheese, and choose what kind of bacteria to use as a starter. Workshops cover as many cheeses as possible during each period. Participants in Making Soft Cheeses will be given samples of cheese to take home and practice aging. This may or may not be possible for Making Hard Cheeses because of production size limitations in the cheese room. Cliff invites participants wanting to learn more about working with the milk of their own animals to bring two gallons of milk to make into cheese.

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Growing Greens on Homestead Scale

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Winchendon Springs, MA
Description: Noonday Farm, Winchendon Springs, MA
Instructors: Bob Jennings and Beth Ingham
Sponsored by NOFA-MA
For more information:

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Sunday, March 10, 2013


Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Richford, VT
The Parsons’ Farm, Richford, VT
This first class in the Master Shepherd Course will feature instructors Chet Parsons and Jessica Dilner, who will help participants learn: “Wool 1010,” Matching Wool with Products, Goat and other fibers, Setting up equipment and preparing sheep for shearing, shearing instruction and demonstration and wool skirting and packing. This class could be a prerequisite for selling wool through the VGSA wool pool, or taking one of VSGA’s shearing classes. This class is the first in a series of 10 that will be taught by recently retired UVM Extension Livestock Specialist Chet Parsons of Parsons’ Farm in Richford, Vermont, and with members of the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association. Classes will cover primary aspects of sheep husbandry and will include selected aspects of the goat and camelid husbandry.
CONTACT: Visit to download the brochure and registration form and mail with payment to Master Shepherd Course Reg., Parsons’ Farm, 463 Hardwood Hill Rd., Richford, VT 05476
MAR. 12
COST: Free
COST: For VGSA members: $60 for this class, $500 for entire 10-class series. For non-VGSA members, $75 and $600, respectively.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Albans, VT
American Legion, St. Albans, VT
Guest speakers include dairy nutritionist Dr. Randy Shaver from the University of Wisconsin and agronomist Dr. Greg Roth from Pennsylvania State University. Topics to be discussed include latest research in growing and feeding corn silage, earlage, and snaplage. Hear about a new cover crop interseeder developed at Penn State. Shawn Bossard from SUNY Morrisville will discuss strategies for alleviating and reducing soil compaction. UVM will provide updates on using cover crops for winter feed, perennial grass variety trial results, and cover cropping projects.
CONTACT: Call the NW Crop & Soils team office with any questions at 1-800-639-2130

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NOFA-VT Tunnel Tour!

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Join NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Advisor Lynda Prim and Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer, UVM Extension, for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations, and how they made decisions about energy efficiency the construction and use of these structures.

March 13: Gildrien Farm, Leicester and Woods Market Garden, Brandon
March 20: Walker Farm, E. Dummerston and Old Athens Farm, Putney
March 27: Waterman's Berry Farm, Johnson and Pete's Greens, S. Craftsbury (to be confirmed)
April 3: Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne (to be confirmed) and Riverberry Farm, Fairfax
Go to NOFA-VT for more details:

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Transferring the Farm Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: South Station Restaurant, Rutland, VT
This UVM Extension Workshop will present information on topics that will help in a successful transfer of the farm: Starting the farm transfer process, Succession & Estate Planning, Legal Issues (including wills, probate, necessary documents and more). Also: Other alternatives such as conservation easements, assisting new entrants to farming and other alternatives. A farmer panel will present an opportunity to learn what other farmers have done to secure their business and to plan for succession. Speakers include UVM Extension Specialist Bob Parsons, attorney Jonathan Bump a representative from RAFFL, Vermont Land Trust, and a farmer panel explaining how they went about developing a plan for their farm.
CONTACT: Request a registration form from Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 by March 8, or contact Bob for more information or to request a disability- related accommodation to participate in this program.

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Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: White River Jct, VT
Description: Hotel Coolidge
Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works? Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose and other partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and a Q&A with a farmer experienced in managing a pack. If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.
CONTACT: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0858 or Online registration at Pre-registration required.
Cost: $20

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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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Farm Financial Analysis

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin, VT
Description: UVM Extension Office, Comstock Rd., Berlin, VT
Farm Financial Analysis is a 2 session class designed to help farm managers begin to analyze the financial situation on their farm. This class is designed for farms that have been recording their finances for at least one year and now want to understand how they can get valuable management information from analyzing these records. Farms should have a farm balance sheet and actual farm cash flow report or Profit and Loss to get the most value out
of this class. The class will teach about basic financial ratios that you can calculate to understand your business better. It will also cover analysis techniques that you can use to plan for or monitor the performance of a specific farm enterprise. We'll teach you the calculations to address important issues like: solvency, borrowing capacity, profitability and enterprise analysis.
CONTACT: For more information or to register please contact Christi Sherlock or Erin
Clark at 802-223-2389.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013


Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Essex, VT
The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, VT
Come to the annual grain conference and learn about growing and processing a variety of grains. This year our keynote addresses will highlight the challenges and successes of bringing small grains production back to regions like the Northeast. Guest speakers Klaas and Peter Martens from Lakeview Organic grain will discuss building soil health with cover crops and soil amendments. Local farmers will teach about growing grains and building rations for livestock feed, small scale grain production and processing, and much, much, more. Bakers from the region will provide instruction on making crackers and waffles from local grains.
CONTACT: Register at or for more information or questions call 1-802-524-6501 or email Heather Darby, or Erica Cummings,
COST: $40 NGGA members, $45 non-members. Includes lunch.

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Pinterest for Your Business!`

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Thursday, March 14, 2013 The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series hosts a free presentation on Pinterest for Your Business! Tara Gross, owner of Country Drawers and Connie Hancock of University of Nebraska Extension. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); at

Learn how to better utilize Pinterest for your business/ Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by giving Facebook and maybe Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind only Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian’s Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report. Presenters will introduce what Pinterest is and why you should use it for your business. They will also discuss setting up a Pinterest account, how to interact, and how to create pin boards. Gross is a young entrepreneur and owner of Country Drawers in Cambridge, Nebraska and Hancock is an Extension Educator from UNL Extension.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

CSA Expert Exchange

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference that can be accessed with any web browser anywhere in the world. You will be able to see video of the presenters, view slides and participate in the discussion in real time.
Topics include community involvement, strategies for increasing member retention, certifications, equipment, finding the right scale for your CSA operation, and legal issues.

The cost is $45. Purchase tickets and learn more, go to

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