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Thursday, September 18, 2014

GAPs Online Produce Safety Course

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606

(Please see 9/3 event for details.)

CONTACT: Register here: portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606. Please contact Betsy Bihn (eab38@cornell.edu or 315–787–2625) if you have any questions or concerns.

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HACCP for Meat & Poultry Processors (Pennsylvania)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: West Chester Cooperative Extension, Government Services Bldg., 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 370, West Chester, PA 19380

COST: $525 ($495 before 8/17)

This course covers the fundamentals of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and the application in meat and poultry processing operations. It provides the participant with hands-on experience in developing a HACCP plan. This course is certified by the International HACCP Alliance and meets USDA requirements for HACCP training.

Who should attend? Plant management, HACCP coordinators, quality assurance/control personnel, sanitation management, line supervisors, and line operators employed by meat and poultry processing plants as well as other professionals looking to increase their knowledge of HACCP.

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/events/hazard-analysis-critical-control-point-programs-for-meat-and-poultry-processors-haccp-/registration-84e0e2ad47014e7ea9212a6955d4b7d8.aspx, or contact 814-865-8301 or toll-free 877-778-2937 or csco@psu.edu with any questions.

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2014 Master Composter Course (New!)

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Interactive Technology sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. (Some sites fill quickly so early registration is recommended!)

COST: $40 fee, includes an online course guide and additional materials. A printed guide and materials will be available for an additional $10.

With Vermont's mandatory "Universal Recycling" law starting to be phased in, this is a great time to learn how to turn food scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials into something useful that stays out of our landfills. This course will meet for four consecutive Thursday evenings (9/19 - 10/9) to provide training to anyone interested in becoming a backyard composter by learning how to turn yard trimmings and vegetable scraps into "black gold." It is sponsored by the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program with funding from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Participants will learn about the biology of composting, worm composting, "recipe" design, compost use for disease control, site and container selection, the new Vermont Universal Recycling Law and how to manage the compost process including troubleshooting tips. Although the course is designed to provide instruction on composting in one's own backyard, individuals are encouraged to share their knowledge with others through talks, hands-on workshops and displays at fairs and field days, farmers' markets and other venues.

CONTACT: More information and registration at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=MasterComposterCourseInfo.htm, or contact Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

GAPs Online Produce Safety Course

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606

(Please see 9/3 event for details.)

CONTACT: Register here: portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606. Please contact Betsy Bihn (eab38@cornell.edu or 315–787–2625) if you have any questions or concerns.

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Grazing, Raw Milk & Organic Certification (MASS-NOFA event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Sidehill Farm, 59 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA

COST: $12 for NOFA members, $15 for non-members (includes lunch)

This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm’s dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including:

- Host farmers Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski, who will lead the tour and talk about their grazing practices, their commitment to organic management, their yogurt business, and raw milk sales. More information about their farm can be found athttp://www.sidehillfarm.net/.

- Grazier Ridge Shinn, a pioneer in the modern grass-farming movement, who farms in Hardwick. He has written extensively on how raising livestock on grass can lead to improved human health, energy savings, and an increase in carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and biodiversity. More information about Ridge can be found at ridgeshinn.com/.

- NRCS Agronomist Tom Akin, who will talk about federal programs available to assist farmers with grazing.

- Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network, who will discuss the regulatory, economic and management issues around producing and selling raw milk in Massachusetts. More information about the Network can be found athttp://www.nofamass.org/programs/raw-milk-network.

- Don Persons from Baystate Organics, who will be on hand to discuss the process of organic transition and certification

- Representatives of organic dairy cooperatives will be available to answer questions about their contract and marketing processes.

CONTACT: Register at www.nofamass.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Mail_in_Registration_Form.pdf. Or call Registration Coordinator Christine Rainville at 508-572-0816 with any questions.

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Alternative Feed Production on Marginal Soils (NY)

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Wild Geese Farm; 8499 Agett Rd., Rushford, NY

COST: $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm.

Join Lynn Bliven of Wild Geese Farm and tour her small grain demonstration plots that can be useful feedstuffs for swine and chickens. Learn about Lynn manages her layer hen co-grazing (sheep) system. Aaron Santangelo, Field Crops educator, will lead discussion on growing, harvest, expected yields, testing and storage of grains. We will discuss economics for growing on small scale and how to create a balanced ration. This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program.

Lynn Bliven’s 52 acre farm is home to a small herd of beef cattle and a handful of Quarter Horses, a small flock of chickens, along with a growing flock of Shetland Sheep.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 9/16 (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register). Register at nofa.wufoo.com/forms/zlyc0pf01u0ecf/ or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509,

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UVM PSS Seminar: Investigations at the UVM Bioretention Lab

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Jeffords Building, Rm. 112, UVM Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Investigating Nutrient, Hydraulic and Sediment Transport Dynamics at the UVM Bioretention Laboratory: Amanda Cording, Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont, Ph.D candidate. Part of the UVM Plant & Soil Science Fall 2014 Seminar Series.


CONTACT: For full list of seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

GAPs Online Produce Safety Course

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606

(Please see 9/3 event for details.)

CONTACT: Register here: portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606. Please contact Betsy Bihn (eab38@cornell.edu or 315–787–2625) if you have any questions or concerns.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

GAPs Online Produce Safety Course

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606

(Please see 9/3 event for details.)

CONTACT: Register here: portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606. Please contact Betsy Bihn (eab38@cornell.edu or 315–787–2625) if you have any questions or concerns.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

GAPs Online Produce Safety Course

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606

(Please see 9/3 event for details.)

CONTACT: Register here: portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606. Please contact Betsy Bihn (eab38@cornell.edu or 315–787–2625) if you have any questions or concerns.

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Making It Work: Efficient Poultry Production & Processing

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Maple Wind Farm, 1147 East Main St., Richmond, VT

COST: $25 NOFA & VGFA members, $50 for non-members

Join NOFA and the Vermong Grass Farmers Association for a look at a diversified pasture-based operation. Maple Wind Farm is a diversified pasture-based farm raising and processing more than 8,000 certified organic and non-organic broiler chickens, 1200 laying hens, and 500 certified organic turkeys. The group will tour the farm and new processing facility and discuss their production system, equipment and infrastructure; challenges to profitable poultry management; and how to improve efficiency. The workshop will be followed by a cooking demo and tasting.

CONTACT: www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD or contact info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 with any questions.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GAPs Online Produce Safety Course

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606

(Please see 9/3 event for details.)

CONTACT: Register here: portal.ecornell.com/corporate/landingPage.do?method=load&corporateGroupId=15606. Please contact Betsy Bihn (eab38@cornell.edu or 315–787–2625) if you have any questions or concerns.

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Fall Grow It! Garden Leader Workshop: Burlington

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Ethan Allen Homestead, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT

COST: $30 with a sliding scale based on ability to pay the full fee. Includes a light dinner.

Join Vermont Community Garden Network, Charlie Nardozzi, and fellow community and school garden leaders from your region for a timely training and networking opportunity.

In its second year, VCGN will be touring the state to bring people, ideas and resources together around community and school garden leadership. The fall workshops will take a closer look at what’s working in your garden and what you can do this winter to take it to the next level. Learn more about strategies to boost your garden program, share ideas, problem-solve, and gain garden tips for the season.

CONTACT: Please pre-register with Libby Weiland at libby@vcgn.org or 802-861-4769.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Policy Gaps & Needs in Meat, Poultry & Seafood Processing

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=sqi6MrgZppdgWpCLNcRskg

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=sqi6MrgZppdgWpCLNcRskg

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

2014 Master Composter Course (New!)

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Interactive Technology sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. (Some sites fill quickly so early registration is recommended!)

COST: $40 fee, includes an online course guide and additional materials. A printed guide and materials will be available for an additional $10.

With Vermont's mandatory "Universal Recycling" law starting to be phased in, this is a great time to learn how to turn food scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials into something useful that stays out of our landfills. This course will meet for four consecutive Thursday evenings (9/19 - 10/9) to provide training to anyone interested in becoming a backyard composter by learning how to turn yard trimmings and vegetable scraps into "black gold." It is sponsored by the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program with funding from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Participants will learn about the biology of composting, worm composting, "recipe" design, compost use for disease control, site and container selection, the new Vermont Universal Recycling Law and how to manage the compost process including troubleshooting tips. Although the course is designed to provide instruction on composting in one's own backyard, individuals are encouraged to share their knowledge with others through talks, hands-on workshops and displays at fairs and field days, farmers' markets and other venues.

CONTACT: More information and registration at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=MasterComposterCourseInfo.htm, or contact Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

UVM PSS Seminar: Ecological Design Collaboratory

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Jeffords Building, Rm. 112, UVM Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Ecological Design Collaboratory and Burlington Geographic: Walter Poleman, Senior Lecturer in the Rubenstein School, Director Green-House Residential Learning Community, University of Vermont

CONTACT: For full list of seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Season Extension & Winter Storage

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: Luna Bleu Farm, 96 Boles Rd., S. Royalton, VT

COST: $10 NOFA & VVBGA members, $20 non-members

Extending the season with row covers and high tunnels can provide significant increases in crop yields and income. Join organic farmers Tim Sanford and Suzanne Long as they share experiences and methods for supplying their winter CSA and farmers’ markets. We’ll also tour their recently expanded storage facilities and learn tips for maximizing the storage life of fall-harvested crops. Vern Grubinger of UVM Extension will join this workshop. Luna Bleu Farm hosts 5 acres of mixed vegetables and fruit, poultry for meat and eggs, beef, and pork - all certified organic.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD, or contact NOFA at info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 for more information.

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Hike for Hunger

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Catamount Outdoor Family Center, 592 Governor Chittenden Rd., Williston, VT

COST: $25 minimum registration fee (suggested challenge for fund raising participants is to shoot for $300)

Enjoy a beautiful morning walk at Catamount Outdoor Family Center. Choose to hike either a 1.5 mile or a 3 mile loop. Fundraise as an individual or form a team. Warm up with Evolution Yoga, cool down with a Community Celebration including: NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza and other delicacies, live bluegrass music, t-shirts and more. Top fundraiser will win delicious local produce from Intervale Community Farm and Intervale Food Hub, including an assortment of vegetables, meat and more.

CONTACT: Register at www.firstgiving.com/23772/hike-for-hunger, or contact Monica Taylor at mtaylor@hungerfreevt.org or 802-865-0255

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Growing Grains in Massachusetts

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Alprilla Farm, Essex, MA

COST: $25 NOFA members; $31 non-members

Have you ever still been hungry after eating a big, homegrown salad and wished that you grew something more…substantial? Grains and beans can be grown and harvested at any scale to add diversity to your dinner table, CSA share, farm stand, and crop rotation.

Come to Alprilla Farm to learn how we grow and process wheat, barley, flint corn, popcorn, and dry beans as part of a soil building, organic crop rotation with vegetables. Growers of all levels of experience and all scales of production are welcome.

CONTACT: More information and link to registration at www.nofamass.org/events/growing-grains-massachusetts#.U-pqF2O4N34, or contact contact Jamie Lombardo, Education Events Coordinator, at Jamie@nofamass.org or 860-966-6368.

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VT Young Farmers Coalition's Tractors, Tools, Tricks & Pizza

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Diggers' Mirth Collective Farm, The Intervale, Burlington, VT

COST: $10 NOFA & VVBGA members, $20 non-members

Diggers’ Mirth Collective established a vegetable farm in Burlington’s Intervale in 1992 and currently has 12 acres in diverse vegetable production. Come learn the tricks of the trade, including using various mechanical cultivators, choosing the right tool for the job, and increasing efficiency through management practices. Vern Grubinger of UVM Extension will join this workshop.

Afterwards, stick around for a Pizza Social with the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition, featuring Digger's Mirth vegetables and NOFA-VT's wood-fired oven.

CONTACT: www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD or contact NOFA at info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Grow It! Garden Leader Workshop: Pittsford

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Lothrop Elementary School, 3447 US 7, Pittsford, VT

COST: $30 with a sliding scale based on ability to pay the full fee. Includes a light dinner.

Join Vermont Community Garden Network, Charlie Nardozzi, and fellow community and school garden leaders from your region for a timely training and networking opportunity.

In its second year, VCGN will be touring the state to bring people, ideas and resources together around community and school garden leadership. The fall workshops will take a closer look at what’s working in your garden and what you can do this winter to take it to the next level. Learn more about strategies to boost your garden program, share ideas, problem-solve, and gain garden tips for the season.

CONTACT: Please pre-register with Libby Weiland at libby@vcgn.org or 802-861-4769.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Season Extension & Winter Storage

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Luna Bleu Farm, 96 Boles Rd., S. Royalton, VT

COST: $10 NOFA & VVBGA members, $20 non-members

Extending the season with row covers and high tunnels can provide significant increases in crop yields and income. Join organic farmers Tim Sanford and Suzanne Long as they share experiences and methods for supplying their winter CSA and farmers’ markets. We’ll also tour their recently expanded storage facilities and learn tips for maximizing the storage life of fall-harvested crops. Vern Grubinger of UVM Extension (former Center for Sustainable Ag. director) will join this workshop.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD, or contact NOFA-VT at 802-434-4122 or info@nofavt.org.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Food Safety: The Elephant on the Farm

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=D6GDo6nH4slI6vF1Ac2DjQ

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=D6GDo6nH4slI6vF1Ac2DjQ

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Grow It! Garden Leader Workshop: Bellows Falls

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Retreat House, Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls, VT

COST: $30 with a sliding scale based on ability to pay the full fee. Includes a light dinner.

Join Vermont Community Garden Network, Charlie Nardozzi, and fellow community and school garden leaders from your region for a timely training and networking opportunity.

In its second year, VCGN will be touring the state to bring people, ideas and resources together around community and school garden leadership. The fall workshops will take a closer look at what’s working in your garden and what you can do this winter to take it to the next level. Learn more about strategies to boost your garden program, share ideas, problem-solve, and gain garden tips for the season.

CONTACT: Please pre-register with Libby Weiland at libby@vcgn.org or 802-861-4769.

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2014 Master Composter Course (New!)

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Interactive Technology sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. (Some sites fill quickly so early registration is recommended!)

COST: $40 fee, includes an online course guide and additional materials. A printed guide and materials will be available for an additional $10.

With Vermont's mandatory "Universal Recycling" law starting to be phased in, this is a great time to learn how to turn food scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials into something useful that stays out of our landfills. This course will meet for four consecutive Thursday evenings (9/19 - 10/9) to provide training to anyone interested in becoming a backyard composter by learning how to turn yard trimmings and vegetable scraps into "black gold." It is sponsored by the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program with funding from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Participants will learn about the biology of composting, worm composting, "recipe" design, compost use for disease control, site and container selection, the new Vermont Universal Recycling Law and how to manage the compost process including troubleshooting tips. Although the course is designed to provide instruction on composting in one's own backyard, individuals are encouraged to share their knowledge with others through talks, hands-on workshops and displays at fairs and field days, farmers' markets and other venues.

CONTACT: More information and registration at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=MasterComposterCourseInfo.htm, or contact Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Who Put those Genes in My Food? Facts & Myths about GE Crops

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Joseph C. Burke Education and Research Center at Miner Institute, 586 Ridge Rd., Chazy, NY

COST: Free

The Miner Institute is offering the Agriculture in Society Speaker Series to bring science-based information to the community. Cornell's Margaret Smith will speak about the history, facts, and myths around genetically engineered crops.

CONTACT: For more information or to register, contact Rachel at dutil@whminer.com or 518-846-7121, ext. 115.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

HACCP for Meat & Poultry Products: IHA Certified Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT

COST: $300, limited scholarships available

For those in USDA production or considering starting a meat/poultry processing business, a certified HACCP course is a must. This 2.5-day (10/3/14 - 10/5/14) course will cover not only HACCP (Hazard Analysis for Critical Control Points) as it applies to USDA producers, but, the pre-requisite programs such as sanitation, personnel hygiene and supply chain management. By emphasizing integrating the HACCP plan into the facility to create a culture of food safety, this course will help you write food safety plans that drive your business forward.

CONTACT: (802) 382-1004 to enroll.

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UVM PSS Seminar: Composting in Vermont and the Role of Research

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Jeffords Building, Rm. 112, UVM Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

State of Composting in Vermont and the Role of Research: Lynn Fang, Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont, M.S. candidate. Part of the UVM Plant & Soil Science Fall 2014 Seminar Series.


CONTACT: For full list of seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

HACCP for Meat & Poultry Products: IHA Certified Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT

COST: $300, limited scholarships available

For those in USDA production or considering starting a meat/poultry processing business, a certified HACCP course is a must. This 2.5-day (10/3/14 - 10/5/14) course will cover not only HACCP (Hazard Analysis for Critical Control Points) as it applies to USDA producers, but, the pre-requisite programs such as sanitation, personnel hygiene and supply chain management. By emphasizing integrating the HACCP plan into the facility to create a culture of food safety, this course will help you write food safety plans that drive your business forward.

CONTACT: (802) 382-1004 to enroll.

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Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

COST: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children under 12 $1

The Festival is held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds amid the Vermont hills during the peak of fall foliage. Features include a marketplace with over 70 vendors of fiber, yarn, fiber crafting equipment and supplies, fencing, small ruminant equipment and supplies and local meat and cheese. The weekend includes shepherd workshops, fiber arts classes, demos, fleece show and sale and fiber arts contests. Visit the animal barn where fiber animals are offered for exhibit and for sale. Music and local food vendors - including maple cremees! - round out the event

CONTACT: More information online at vtsheepandwoolfest.org/, or else contact Jane Woodhouse at vtsheepandwool@fairpoint.net or 802-592-3062.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

HACCP for Meat & Poultry Products: IHA Certified Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT

COST: $300, limited scholarships available

For those in USDA production or considering starting a meat/poultry processing business, a certified HACCP course is a must. This 2.5-day (10/3/14 - 10/5/14) course will cover not only HACCP (Hazard Analysis for Critical Control Points) as it applies to USDA producers, but, the pre-requisite programs such as sanitation, personnel hygiene and supply chain management. By emphasizing integrating the HACCP plan into the facility to create a culture of food safety, this course will help you write food safety plans that drive your business forward.

CONTACT: (802) 382-1004 to enroll.

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Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Innovation in Ag.: Energy, Conservation, Research, Development

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=n9rgSJ4gugJl2-OoWL5nUQ

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=n9rgSJ4gugJl2-OoWL5nUQ

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Fall Grow It! Garden Leader Workshop: North Bennington

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Village School of North Bennington, 9 School ST., N. Bennington, VT

COST: $30 with a sliding scale based on ability to pay the full fee. Includes a light dinner.

Join Vermont Community Garden Network, Charlie Nardozzi, and fellow community and school garden leaders from your region for a timely training and networking opportunity.

In its second year, VCGN will be touring the state to bring people, ideas and resources together around community and school garden leadership. The fall workshops will take a closer look at what’s working in your garden and what you can do this winter to take it to the next level. Learn more about strategies to boost your garden program, share ideas, problem-solve, and gain garden tips for the season.

CONTACT: Please pre-register with Libby Weiland at libby@vcgn.org or 802-861-4769.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 Master Composter Course (New!)

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Interactive Technology sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. (Some sites fill quickly so early registration is recommended!)

COST: $40 fee, includes an online course guide and additional materials. A printed guide and materials will be available for an additional $10.

With Vermont's mandatory "Universal Recycling" law starting to be phased in, this is a great time to learn how to turn food scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials into something useful that stays out of our landfills. This course will meet for four consecutive Thursday evenings (9/19 - 10/9) to provide training to anyone interested in becoming a backyard composter by learning how to turn yard trimmings and vegetable scraps into "black gold." It is sponsored by the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program with funding from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Participants will learn about the biology of composting, worm composting, "recipe" design, compost use for disease control, site and container selection, the new Vermont Universal Recycling Law and how to manage the compost process including troubleshooting tips. Although the course is designed to provide instruction on composting in one's own backyard, individuals are encouraged to share their knowledge with others through talks, hands-on workshops and displays at fairs and field days, farmers' markets and other venues.

CONTACT: More information and registration at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=MasterComposterCourseInfo.htm, or contact Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

UVM PSS Seminar: Tailoring Bioretention for Certain Pollutants

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Jeffords Building, Rm. 112, UVM Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Tailoring Bioretention to Target Certain Pollutants: Three Case Studies in Connecticut, Michael Dietz, Ph.D., Director UCONN CLEAR and Connecticut NEMO Program, University of Connecticut. Part of the UVM Plant & Soil Science Fall 2014 Seminar Series.

CONTACT: For full list of seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: American Legion, 100 Parah Dr., St. Albans

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: American Legion, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Holiday Inn, 476 Holiday Drive, Rutland

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Growing the Region's Farm & Food Workforce

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=R4XOWBN8D4RG6wmecE10Uw

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=R4XOWBN8D4RG6wmecE10Uw

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Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

COST: $200 per farm (multiple farmers from the same farm are welcome to attend)

Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help.

The course is for aspiring or beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production, marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. (You do not have to be farming in NYS to benefit from the production-oriented information in this course).

At the completion of this course, participants will:
* Understand of the basics of poultry production from field to plate.
* Have knowledge of breed selection, production systems, flock management practices, and cost of production.
* Identify rules and regulation for sale of poultry products to various market outlets in New York State.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Fairfield Inn, 102 Ballardvale Drive, White River Junction

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: East Side Restaurant, 47 Landing Street #3, Newport

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tractor Operation, Safety & Basic Maintenance

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: AutoBeGreen, 98 Epping Rd., Exeter, NH

COST: TBA

A two-day, hands-on class for new, beginning, and seasoned farmers designed to educate and empower current and future users of agricultural tractors and farm equipment.

CONTACT: More information at nofanh.org/nofa-event/nofa-nh-hands-tractor-maintenance/ Contact 603-224-5022 or visit www.nofanh.org to register.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Tractor Operation, Safety & Basic Maintenance

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: AutoBeGreen, 98 Epping Rd., Exeter, NH

COST: TBA

A two-day, hands-on class for new, beginning, and seasoned farmers designed to educate and empower current and future users of agricultural tractors and farm equipment.

CONTACT: More information at nofanh.org/nofa-event/nofa-nh-hands-tractor-maintenance/ Contact 603-224-5022 or visit www.nofanh.org to register.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Crop Domestication & Naturally Selected Species Interactions

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Jeffords Building, Rm. 112, UVM Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Crop Domestication and Naturally Selected Species Interactions: Yolanda Chen, Assistant Professor, Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont Part of the UVM Plant & Soil Science Fall 2014 Seminar Series.


CONTACT: For full list of seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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