Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association
2004 Farm Show Program, Barre, VT
Wednesday January 28, 1:00- 4:00 pm

In the green church, down the hill from Barre Municipal Center. Take exit 7 of I-89, follow route 62 into Barre.
Turn right at the lights onto route 302, go 1/4 mile then turn left just after the shopping plaza. First Presbyterian Church is on the right.

Free and open to the public. Moderator: Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension

1:00 Making Bio-Diesel for Farm Use - Carl Benson, Back Acres Farm, Glover VT

This past year, with the help of a SARE Farmer/Grower grant, Carl produced 700 gallons of bio-diesel from used vegetable oil collected from a couple of local diners. This renewable clean burning fuel was used to heat two tomato greenhouses and to fuel one tractor. Carl studied the economics of making and using on-farm bio-diesel compared to buying conventional fuel oil.

1:45  Growing Berries and Customers Organically at Beebleberry Farm - Emmanuel Farrow and Frank Reed

Emmanuel Farrow and Frank Reed have been experimenting with growing organic strawberries for several years, and recently they established a acre commercial Pick-Your-Own field in Randolph where they grow 2 acres of strawberries, 3 acres of red raspberries and an acre of blueberries.
They will describe the production and marketing methods that have been successful for them.

2:30  Diversified Horticulture and Animal Production at Luna Bleu Farm - Tim Sanford

Tim Sanford and Suzanne Long have been farming organically for 14 years, first in New Hampshire and now in South Royalton Vermont. On their 43 acre farm they have 6 acres in vegetable production, including 4 greenhouses, and they also grow cut flowers, raise 600 meat birds, 100 turkeys, laying hens, and 20 beef cows. Their markets include a CSA, farmers market and restaurants and local food co-ops.

3:15  Compost Science 101 - Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension

Vern will provide an overview of the scientific principles and practices of compost production, the micro-organisms involved, and slides of various on-farm compost systems will be shown.

For additional information or to request special accommodation please contact:
Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension  (802) 257-7967 ext. 13, or E-mail: