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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Intro to HACCP

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Location: Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT
Registration fee: $15/ participant. Includes course materials and light refreshments
A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan is a regulatory requirement for processing of some food products (meat and poultry, juice, seafood). However, more food buyers are now requiring food producers to have a HACCP plan in place. Developing and implementing a HACCP plan can also help food processors to produce food with a systematic and pro-active approach to food safety.
This workshop will provide an introduction to HACCP, including information on prerequisite programs, conducting a Hazard Analysis, identifying Critical Control Points and Monitoring Procedures, establishment of Critical Limits and Corrective Actions, and Verification and Record Keeping Procedures.
Handouts outlining the information covered in the presentation will be provided. In addition to the presenter, Department of Health officials will be available for questions.

Registration: Register online by April 15 at
Questions: For more information on the course, please contact Londa Nwadike at or 802 223 2389.

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Small Business Administration 101

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Designed for those who are not familiar with the SBA and its services, this introduction will cover information on the most commonly used resources provided by the SBA in Maine. Topics include: counseling resources, basic loan program information, and information on government contracting.
Contact Name: Keith Lind
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (207) 622-8551

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Farm Finance Office Hour - UVM Extension

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Farm Finance Office Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury – March 22 - 8-5pm
Bennington – April 4 - 9-4pm
Rutland – April 11 - 10-4pm
Middlebury – Apirl 18 - 10-4pm
Colchester – April 25 - 10-4pm
There is a $15 registration fee.
Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock 802-223-2389
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at 802-223-2389 a week prior to meeting date so we may assist you.

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Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Poultney, VT
Description: The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District is hosting a workshop for small, large, beginner, and experienced farmers to increase the economic viability of farming and local food systems in our area. The workshop is free and refreshments will be served. RSVP’s are requested, please contact a staff person listed below for more information.
Location: East Room, Withey Hall & Cerridwen Farm
Cyd Groff, PMNRCD District Manager (802) 287-8339
Jennifer Alexander, Agricultural Resource Specialist (802) 558-6470

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A Dollar and A Dream: Hands On Funding Workshop For Farmers

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Morrisville, NY
Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville, NY. Free!
Please register by Monday, April 12 or by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County at (315) 684-3001 x 100.
For more information:

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Supplementing the Organic Dairy Cow Diet: Results of Molasses andFlaxseed Feeding Trials Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: eOrganic is hosting a webinar with Kathy Soder
As certified organic grain prices continue to increase, dairy farmers are interested in finding ways to maintain or improve milk production while reducing feed costs. In the quest to find lower-cost alternatives, there has been increased interest in supplementing pasture-based livestock diets with products like molasses and flaxseed. Molasses can be a source of energy and trace minerals. Flaxseed can also be a source of energy; in addition it is high in omega-3 fatty acids, a plus for animals and humans alike. In this webinar, Dr. Kathy Soder will present results of recent research she and her team have conducted on molasses and flaxseed feeding.
Find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at:
The webinar is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required at:
Learn more about the webinar (this is the url where the recording will be posted too) at:

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Local Meats Processing: Successes and Innovations

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: National Good Food Network Presents: What makes successful meat processors tick? On this webinar, we’ll profile processors around the U.S. and share lessons learned about their success, offering background on why the processing business can be so challenging. We’ll also hear from several regional, collaborative efforts to improve access to local processing.
Register here:

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Friday, April 19, 2013

How to Qualify for a Business Loan Webinar

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Presented by the Small Business Administration
Learn from a financial expert, Carla Ulloa from CDC Small Business Finance
Contact Name: Nicole Kinney
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (909) 890-1242

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New Generation Energy: Sustainable Power for Your Farm or Homestead Webinar Series

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This four-part lunchtime webinar series will provide examples of energy conservation measures, solar arrays, wind turbines, compost heat, and a variety of other ecological production techniques and introduce you to farmers and professionals who are successfully harnessing the power of renewable resources to produce affordable, sustainable energy. Tune in to learn if solar, wind, geothermal, and even compost power are right for you!

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

MA-NOFA: Raising Chickens in the Backyard

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hubbardston, MA
Description: Learn to raise chicks from day-old until slaughter. Participants will visit the chicken coop where laying hens are housed in winter and where baby chicks get started in the spring. There will be a demonstration of the chicken tractors where meat birds and layers are kept from April to December. Other topics include breeds, predator control, and electric and non-electric fencing. This workshop is geared to beginners and will show how fun and easy it is to produce your own delicious eggs and succulent, juicy chicken.

Instructors: Tom and Jassy Bratko keep a small flock of laying hens and raise 100 meat birds each year.
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Quality Fleece Management Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Greenwich, NY
Description: Please pre-register: 518 692 2700
Morning program at Ensign Brook Farm, 1930 Co. Rte 113, Greenwich, NY 12834.
Afternoon program at Battenkill Fibers, 2532 State Rte 40, Greenwich, NY 12834
Join sponsors Battenkill Fibers, Southern Adirondack Fiber Producers Cooperative, and Cornell Cooperative Extension for an informative 1/2 day program on animal nutrition, pasture management, shearing, fiber care, skirting, and processing options. Based on the positive evaluations we received after holding this session in 2012, we will be offering the same general program again this year. Agenda includes an in-depth, on-farm visit complete with shearing and skirting demos; and also a hands-on fiber mill tour. Please bring your own lunch; and dress for the weather.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Small Business Funding Webinar

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Training by a SBA Lender Relations Specialist. Topics include: the 6 C’s of credit, how to obtain capital (the traditional and non-traditional way), and the loan application.
Register here:
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Post Oil Solutions Community Meeting

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Location: Brooks Library, Brattleboro
Description: This meeting, which happens the 4th Tuesday of every month, will have a special focus on food security, and growing a community of gardeners in the greater Brattleboro region. The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for Post Oil to engage with members of the larger community around how we can, together, help make our region more resilient and sustainable, collaborative and socially just for the post petroleum world we’ve entered. We will focus on how we can successfully involve our families and neighbors, local businesses and public officials, our churches and schools—how we can engage all members of our community--in this transition.

For further information: Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141 or

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Creating Products from Farm Produce: Best Practices for Food Safety and Regulations for Value Added Food Production in Vermont

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Are you considering adding value added products to your mix at the farmers market, your farm stand or CSA pick-up? As you make plans to add diversity to what you offer, join this webinar to learn the rules and regulations, as well as the best practices for food safety when creating value-added products from your farm produce. Presenter Londa Nwadike, is the Food Safety Specialist for UVM Extension. She works with value-added producers of all sizes on food safety and complying with state and federal regulations. The presentation will touch specifically on Vermont state regulations, but the food safety best practices and information on federal regulations will be applicable across state lines.
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