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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Servsafe

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: ServSafe is a Food Service Sanitation Course developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is a national standard for restaurant kitchens and processing facilities. To register go to:
www.eventbrite.com/event/6413381597 or call call us at 472-5362 or email traci@hardwickagriculture.org

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VT Farm-Based Education Forum:

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne, VT
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.

Hands-on full day workshops and field trips will be offered on October 22. October 23 will follow a "conference" format with workshops, networking, lunch and more. Attendees can register to attend one or both days. Additional information and pricing coming soon!

Registration will open early September. Contact Vera Simon-Nobes: vera@farmbasededucation.org; (802) 985 0382 with questions.

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eOrganic Webinar: Integrating Livestock into Dryland Rotations

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Join the conversation, "Integrating Livestock into Dryland Organic Crop Rotations" Organic Farming Webinar. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs and Jonathan Wachter of Washington State University will be leading the conversation. Cost: Free. For more information and to register: www.extension.org/pages/69040/integrating-livestock-into-dryland-organic-crop-rotations#.UlROoBCGcmQ

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

VT Farm-Based Education Forum:

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne, VT
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.

Hands-on full day workshops and field trips will be offered on October 22. October 23 will follow a "conference" format with workshops, networking, lunch and more. Attendees can register to attend one or both days. Additional information and pricing coming soon!

Registration will open early September. Contact Vera Simon-Nobes: vera@farmbasededucation.org; (802) 985 0382 with questions.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Grow It! Garden Leader Workshops

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Benningtoni, 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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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 4 Beyond Packaging; Creating Relationships with Consumers Customer engagement takes many forms - face-to-face at tastings to providing content for social media thatyou hope will generate feedback. Finding the right strategy to build a relationship with your customers takes commitment rather than a campaign. We'll review strategies for relationship building for your brand.




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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tractor Safety & Operation Class for Adults

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballston Spa, NY
Description: For new farmers, old farmers, and future farmers with an interest in tractor and machinery safety and operation. The program includes video presentations and hands on instruction. You will be driving a tractor and operating a piece of equipment. There will be a safety presentation by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health. The class will be held at the 4-H Training Center (556 Middle Line Road, Ballston Spa) and lunch is provided. Please register by October 18. Cost: $15. Please make checks payable to: CCE of Saratoga County. Mail form and payment to: CCE of Saratoga County, Attn: Dave Leggett; 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Taking Stock - Registration Deadline

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: New Farmer Logo
Dates: Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2013 & January 13, 2014
Time: 10 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: $150 (after early registration deadline)
Registrations received after Oct. 27 will be subject to a $25 late fee
Online Registration Form: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html
Taking Stock is designed for farmers with 5 or more years of production experience.
At some point every farmer has to acknowledge that the business has undergone some unexpected changes. Those changes may be the result of new learning, family obligations, changes in land tenure, emerging market opportunities or increased competition. Whatever the catalyst, your business will likely need some reframing and re-strategizing to get back in sync with your life. Taking Stock leads participants through a process of re-envisioning the business—looking back and planning forward. This class will prepare you for the challenges of the next phase of business development.
Topics covered will include:
•Does your farm business vision still fit your life;
•The role of policies & procedures in the maturing business;
•Approaches to cash management and what the numbers can tell you;
•Incorporating employees into the farm business.

Participants will be encouraged to select a project that will help them achieve a goal within their business to work on during the course. Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.

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Rural Vermont's Raw Milk Summit

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: Rural Vermont hosts a Raw Milk Summit for past, current, and aspiring raw dairy producers at the Town Hall in Bethel. Special guest Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures keynotes this event where farmers from all over Vermont gather to share information, network, and make plans for the introduction of an improved raw milk bill in 2014. Following its Raw Milk Summit, Rural Vermont hosts a "Milk Mixer" with homemade ice cream and apple pie on Sunday, October 27th from 4-5pm at the Town Hall in Bethel. All are welcome to this free Ice Cream Social where folks can meet and mingle with farmers, neighbors, and other raw milk enthusiasts. Cost: Free. Pre-registration is required - sign up online at www.ruralvermont.org or call (802) 223-7222.

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FSMA Letter Writing Party

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Come out to the Intervale Center to write letters to the FDA with comments about the Food Safety Modernization Act. This is also a good opportunity for farmers to learn about the rules included in the FSMA that may affect them and to express their opinions on the proposed rules.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

RAFFL: Learn about new health care options

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: At the RAFFL office, 67 Merchants Row, learn about how the new healthcare policy and how it applies to you. Tim Davis, Health Care Navigator with Vermont Business for Social Responsibility will be speaking. For questions or to RSVP: Garland@ rutlandfarmandfood.org.

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