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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Servsafe for Meat and Poultry Processors

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: SERVSAFE FOR MEAT AND POULTRY PROCESSORS
Vermont Technical College, Randolph Ctr. Campus, Randolph, VT Students will learn about food safety requirements for handling meat and poultry in a slaughter and processing facility. Principles of sanitation, meat plant inspection, pest control, worker hygiene, waste disposal and use of chemicals will be discussed. The course will be offered the week before the poultry processing course, and therefore will focus on poultry processing. Upon successful completion of the course, including passing a comprehensive exam, students will earn ServSafe certification. CONTACT: Londa Nwadike at londa.nwadike@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389, x 216. Register online at vtcc-events.vtc.edu/register.html?id=153.
Cost: $300

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Starting a Food Hub Webinar

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Hosted by: National Good Food Network. This webinar brings together the stories of the formation and first year of three different, successful food hubs. Our presenters are all founders of their hubs. They will share some of the best decisions they made … and some of the worst. What types of contacts did they feel really helped their business to thrive? How much money did they need, and how did they get it? Why did they choose their incorporation status? And more...
If you are an emerging hub - in the planning stages - or work with groups who are considering forming a food hub, please join us for inspiration and instruction.

This webinar is free. For more information visit www2.gotomeeting.com/register/351542458

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Servsafe for Meat and Poultry Processors

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: SERVSAFE FOR MEAT AND POULTRY PROCESSORS
Vermont Technical College, Randolph Ctr. Campus, Randolph, VT Students will learn about food safety requirements for handling meat and poultry in a slaughter and processing facility. Principles of sanitation, meat plant inspection, pest control, worker hygiene, waste disposal and use of chemicals will be discussed. The course will be offered the week before the poultry processing course, and therefore will focus on poultry processing. Upon successful completion of the course, including passing a comprehensive exam, students will earn ServSafe certification. CONTACT: Londa Nwadike at londa.nwadike@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389, x 216. Register online at vtcc-events.vtc.edu/register.html?id=153.
Cost: $300

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Northeast Kingdom Farm to Yarn Tour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations in Northeast Kingdom, VT
Description: Farms all over the Northeast Kingdom, including refreshments and additional demonstrations at Mountain Fiber Folk in Montgomery. Visit NEK fiber producing farms and learn about where local fiber originates and how the animals are lovingly raised and cared for. Farm activities include tours, meeting the critters, knitting and spinning demos and more. Visit one or several farms as you choose.Refreshments and additional demonstrations will be available at Mountain Fiber Folk in Montgomery on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: Free

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Two days of Michael Phillips

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: New Hampshire
Description: Michael Phillips is a living encyclopedia of apple knowledge. He is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire where he practices the holistic approach to orcharding. He is the author of The Apple Grower, the definitive guide to New England organic apple production published by Chelsea Green in White River Jct, Vermont. Michael’s newest book, The Holistic Orchard, recently received garden book of the year honors from the American Horticultural Society. Fortunately for us, this outstanding resource will be available to share his knowledge in person on May 18 & 19th .

For more information contact D Acres at 603-786-2366 or info@dacres.org

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BQA in a Day, Beef Quality Assurance Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Macedon, NY
Description: Log Cabin Restaurant, 2445 W. Walworth Rd, Macedon, NY. Classroom portion will be in the morning with chute side portion at a nearby farm. Cost is $30 for the first person from the farm/family, $20 for each additional members from the same farm/family. To register call Judy Glann at 315.331.8415 or email her atjmg358@cornell.edu. For more information contact Nancy Glazier at585.315.7746 or nig3@cornell.edu. With attending this workshop, a beef producer will become Level 1 certified. With a signed VCPR (Veterinary Client Patient Relationship) form, producers will be Level 2 certified, and have the opportunity to purchase a BQA farm sign. Youth over 14 may participate and become fully certified. This workshop is sponsored by the Beef Checkoff.

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Nut and Rice Farming- an introduction

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Tinmouth, VT
Description: Breezy Meadow Orchards & Nursery, Tinmouth
Breezy Meadows is a organically and biodynamically inspired farm filled with innovative and exciting projects. Come learn all about Josh and Meadow’s process for starting a nut orchard and one of Vermont’s first rice farms. You will meet their goats, pigs and chickens while learning how they are striving to cut down on plastics and conserve wood with the use of a rocket stove to heat their green house.
Registration required & transportation is available. Please register at www.rutlandfarmandfood.org/realrutland

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@rutlandfarmandfood.org
or 417-1528

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Northeast Kingdom Farm to Yarn Tour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations in Northeast Kingdom, VT
Description: Farms all over the Northeast Kingdom, including refreshments and additional demonstrations at Mountain Fiber Folk in Montgomery. Visit NEK fiber producing farms and learn about where local fiber originates and how the animals are lovingly raised and cared for. Farm activities include tours, meeting the critters, knitting and spinning demos and more. Visit one or several farms as you choose.Refreshments and additional demonstrations will be available at Mountain Fiber Folk in Montgomery on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: Free

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PASTURE MANAGEMENT AND HANDLING SHEEP WITH DOGS (PART OF MASTER SHEPHERD COURSE)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Pittsford, VT
Description: Green Acres Farm, Pittsford, VT Instructors Chet Parson and Jim McRae will offer training in the benefits of pasture management, pros and cons of intensively rotated pasture, how to set up paddocks on your farm, condition scoring sheep, parasite control, and using dogs to handle sheep.
CONTACT: Visit vtsheepandgoat.org/ 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
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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Two days of Michael Phillips

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: New Hampshire
Description: Michael Phillips is a living encyclopedia of apple knowledge. He is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire where he practices the holistic approach to orcharding. He is the author of The Apple Grower, the definitive guide to New England organic apple production published by Chelsea Green in White River Jct, Vermont. Michael’s newest book, The Holistic Orchard, recently received garden book of the year honors from the American Horticultural Society. Fortunately for us, this outstanding resource will be available to share his knowledge in person on May 18 & 19th .

For more information contact D Acres at 603-786-2366 or info@dacres.org

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Cheese, Butter, Yogurt-Making Class

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: Learn how to make soft cheeses, butter and yogurt in your own kitchen using farm fresh milk. Get acquainted with using butter molds and adding herbs or other flavors to our final product. The class will include a handout with instructions. Products such as cheese and yogurt culture, cheese cloth, citric acid, and farm fresh milk will be for sale. (along with any of our other seasonal on-farm products!)
Cost: $40 per person
Pre-Registration required: space limited to 15 people.
For more information: Contact Lisa McCrory, Phone: 234-5524 or Email: lmccrory@hughes.net
Or, go to the website: www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/raw_dairy_processing.html

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