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Friday, May 3, 2013

Introduction to Working Horses

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: The day-long session will provide a small group of individuals with hands-on experience and intensive exposure to the fundamentals of the work of logging with horses. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the work, and the effective application of draft-horses to that work.
At Earthwise Farm and Forest www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Building Traction for Small Farms while Reducing Traction on Vegetable farms: Current and Future Efforts

Time: 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.
Location: Ithaca, NY
Description: Cornell Plant Sciences Building, room 404, Ithaca. Anu Rangarajan, Senior Extension Associate, Department of Horticulture. Also available via Polycom in A134 Barton Hall, NYSAES, Geneva, N.Y. Learn more or contact Neil Mattson at nsm47@cornell.edu.

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Growing to Scale: Panel and discussion at the Vermont Food Venture Center

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Featuring:
Liz Gleason, Vermont Farm Viability Program
Sarah Isham, Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation
Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm
Annie Rowell, Vermont Food Venture Center

Are you a produce grower looking for new markets or are otherwise interested in scaling up your operation? Have you heard about the Vermont Food Venture Center but want to learn more about its role in increasing your access to new markets?
Come to the Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick, VT to discuss these questions with our four panelists and other Vermont growers. The Vermont Food Venture Center, a program of the Center for an Agricultural Economy, is a multi-use commercial kitchen facility for specialty food products and also offers minimal processing services for fresh cut and frozen fruit and vegetable markets. The VFVC processing facility introduces a new scale of food processing to Vermont, with capacity to process, aggregate, co-pack, and store large quantities of fresh cut and frozen products. Come with questions and ideas surrounding how this model could work with your farm business.
Vermont Food Venture Center
140 Junction Road, Hardwick, VT 05843

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats FAMACHA Workshop

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Cold Sring, NY
Description: Glynwood Center. 362 Glynwood Rd, Cold Spring, NY 10516. This workshop is designed to help sheep and goat farmers develop integrated parasite management (IPM) programs. Dr. tatiana Stanton of Cornell University will cover the basics of internal parasite control (parasite life cycles, effects of nutritional and pasture management) and then move on to serious discussions of dewormer resistance, judicial use of dewormers, and progress on deworming alternatives. The workshop will provide lots of hands-on training in doing fecal egg analyses (bring a refrigerated sample from one animal/farm) and on monitoring techniques such as the FAMACHA© Anemia Guide. To register contact: Anita Barber: abarber@glynwood.org, (845) 256-3338 (x101) OR (x129 to leave voicemail).

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