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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Guilford, VT
Description: Learn how to plan winter feeding strategy for high quality forage at the Franklin Farm. Cost: $10 NOFA members, $20 nonmembers. For more information: nofavt.org/events/strategic-forage-planning-organic-dairy-farm-franklin-farm

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Grow It! Garden Leader Workshops

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: For community and school garden leaders, the workshops will talk bout building gardens and gardening programs. Cost: $30 (sliding scale). For more information and to register: vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit/

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Open Forum on Vermont's Current Use Program

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Ferrisburgh, VT
Description: This is one of many forums on this topic, and will be held at Ferrisburgh Central School. The Vermont Senate Committee is soliciting public input into the effectiveness, efficiencies, and fairness of the law. Current Use, also called the Use Value Appraisal program, was adopted in 1978 by the Vermont legislature. The purpose of the law was to allow the valuation and taxation of farm and forest land based on its remaining in agricultural or forest use instead of its value in the market place. The primary objectives of the program were to keep Vermont's agricultural and forest land in production, to help slow the development of these lands, and to achieve greater equity in property taxation on undeveloped land. About 1/3 of Vermont’s land is enrolled in the program.All citizens are invited to share their experiences with the program.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cold Storage Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: White River Junction, VT
Description: Five Cold Storage Workshops will be offered by the UVM Extension throughout the state of Vermont in September and October. Workshop includes instruction on various important aspects of long-term crop storage, group discussion, hands-on activities, and individual work time. Cost: $20, includes breakfast and lunch, workbook, and materials. To register call the Rutland Extension Office at 802-773-3349. More information can be found here: blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/storageworkshop/

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Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Swanton, VT
Description: Learn how to plan winter feeding strategy for high quality forage at De La Bruere Farm. Cost: $10 NOFA members, $20 nonmembers. For more information: nofavt.org/events/strategic-forage-planning-organic-dairy-farm-franklin-farm

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Native Tree Nut Workshop

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: South Burlington, VT
Description: Class by Tyler Durkel of Elmore Roots Farm will be held at Friends of the Hort Farm. Cost: $10-20. To register email: info@friendsofthehortfarm.org

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cold Storage Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Johnsbury, VT
Description: Five Cold Storage Workshops will be offered by the UVM Extension throughout the state of Vermont in September and October. Workshop includes instruction on various important aspects of long-term crop storage, group discussion, hands-on activities, and individual work time. Cost: $20, includes breakfast and lunch, workbook, and materials. To register call the Rutland Extension Office at 802-773-3349. More information can be found here: blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/storageworkshop/

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Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph Center, VT
Description: Learn how to plan winter feeding strategy for high quality forage at Pineville Farm. Cost: $10 NOFA members, $20 nonmembers. For more information: nofavt.org/events/strategic-forage-planning-organic-dairy-farm-franklin-farm

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Building Your Food Brand

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Center for an Agricultural Economy & Vermont Food Ventrue Center Present:
4 focused sessions Presented by Nicole Fenton and Steve Redmond of Skillet Design
Session 3 Using Effective Design and Information Heirarchy for Effective Brand Messaging. Poorly executed packaging design can let you down, right when you need it most! Great packaging looks easy, but that's a response to how well it works! We'll review a case study in branding to illustrate how design can convert underperforming packaging into a valuable asset at retail.



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Friday, October 11, 2013

Farm Energy Field Days

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Schoharie, NY
Description: This farmer-led tour will give a first-hand look at what it takes to integrate renewable energy technologies into farms and/or homesteads. Join proprietor/producer Richard Ball for a tour of one of the premier diversified vegetable farms and retail outlets in the region. Located off a high volume state highway (SR 30) a short distance from I-88, Schoharie Valley Farms draws consistently heavy customer traffic seeking locally sourced farm products. Learn how the energy derived from a large solar array installation benefits farm production, processing, cold storage, food service, and retail. Cost: Free. Pre-register by emailing Ryan Maher at ryan.maher@cornell.edu. For more information: smallfarms.cornell.edu/2013/09/09/the-power-of-on-farm-sustainable-energy/

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Registration Closes for Farm-based Education Forum

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Join farmers, farm-based educators and service providers in a two-day exploration of open farms in Vermont and the Northeast. Workshops will discuss the opportunities and challenges that visitors bring to farms, and will share tools for offering memorable, authentic on-farm experiences to your guests. Learn how to use your farm as a classroom, expand opportunities for direct sales, and discover the impact of farm-based education and agritourism on your farm, family, community and beyond. Farm-Based Education Forum is on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM (EDT) at Shelburne Farm, VT. Register: vtfarmedforum2013.eventbrite.com/

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Taking Stock: Early Registration Deadline

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: New Farmer LogoTaking Stock is designed for farmers with 5 or more years of production experience. The class will be held from 9:30-3:30 pm on Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2013 & January 13, 2014. For more information or to register visit the New Farmer website: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/taking_stock.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html.

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