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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Human Resources: Matching Labor with Business Objectives

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Ctr. for Ag. Economy, Hardwick
Description: CAE/SBDC Workshop Series

For more information: Contact Daniel Keeney
Daniel@hardwickagriculture.org or 802-462-5362 or visit www.vtsbdc.org to register

Free and Open to the Public

This event is being posted by UVM as informational only. If you need disability related accommodations to participate please contact the Center for Ag. economy at 802-462-5362.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation and Maintenance: 2-Day Course

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Keene, NH
Description: This two-day course will cover safe tractor operation and maintenance. Please register by August 23. Click here for additional details and registration information for the Keene, NH Course. Learn more at the Ground Work Workshop Website at blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/hands-on-workshop/

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Vegetable Tunnel Production with Andy Jones

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Intervale Community Farm, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT

COST: $20 NOFA & VVBGA members, $30 non-members

Join Andy Jones from the Intervale Community Farm to discuss a vegetable tunnel production on your farm. Topics include new house selection, small house and big house tomato production, pepper production, soil fertility and greenhouse insect management.

CONTACT: Maddie Monty at info@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

First Session: Start Up Women's Small Business Program Class

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: 255 South Champlain Street, Burlington, VT

COST: For full course $2,500 (scholarship is available)

Mercy Connections offers the 15-week class that is taught in 3 content areas: Marketing, Finance, Business Ownership, by 3 different instructors. Build a professional network and learn from a host of guest speakers who are experts in their field. Learn the basics for starting or expanding your business, from legal issues to social media and everything in between. Form a solid support network with the other women in the class and 25-year alum network. Learn the language of business and write a bank-ready business plan.

CONTACT: Learn more at mercyconnections.org/wsbp-schedule.html. To register or get more information, contact Gwen Pokalo at gpokalo@mercyconnections.org or 846-7338.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation and Maintenance: Full Day Workshop

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hutchins Farm, Concord MA
Description: At Hutchins Farm, you’ll learn how a tractor engine works and the importance of safety. Hands-on activities focus on regular tractor maintenance checks and tasks. Please register by September 7. $50. Financial assistance available. Click here for more information and to register for the Hutchins Farm workshop. Click here for more information and to register.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Food Service Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ctr. for Ag. Economy, Hardwick
Description: CAE/SBDC Workshop Series

For more information: Contact Daniel Keeney
Daniel@hardwickagriculture.org or 802-462-5362 or visit www.vtsbdc.org to register

Free and Open to the Public

This event is posted by UVM for informational purposes only. If you need disability related accommodations to attend this program, please contact Daniel Kenney at 802-462-5362.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation and Maintenance: Full Day Workshop

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Description: You’ll learn how a tractor engine works and the importance of safety. Hands-on activities focus on essential tractor maintenance checks and tasks. Please register by September 10. $50. Financial assistance available. Click here for more information and to register.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sen. Leahy's Annual women's Economic Opportunity Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: VTC, Randolph Center, VT
Description: Save the Date Notice: Senator Leahy's 19th Annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC) Saturday, September 19th at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center

Every year this free conference draws of women from throughout Vermont to take part in a full day of workshops and to hear inspiring speakers share stories of challenge and success. There is no charge for registration, lunch or pre-arranged child care. More details will soon follow, including announcement of the keynote speaker and registration link. For now, hold that fall Saturday aside and visit the Senator’s website to see offerings from last year's conference and to learn more about the WEOC tradition.

This event is posted by UVM as informational only. If you need disability related accommodations contact WEOC.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Getting a Vegetable Farm Off the Ground

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Flywheel Farm, 588 VT-14, Woodbury, VT, 05681

COST: $20 NOFA & VVBGA members, $30 non-members

Join Ansel Ploog and Justin Cote of Flywheel Farm as they discuss how they started their farm. Topics of discussion will include how they found land and start-up capital, equipment and tools needed and basic materials that they have found invaluable. They will also address scaling and skilling up.

CONTACT: Rachel Fussell at rachel@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 ext. 28

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Niche Marketing Matters: For Vegetable Farmers (NOFA-NY)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Kent Family Growers, 1301 County Route 31, Lisbon, NY 13658

COST: $15/person or $25/2 or more people per farm. Includes a light lunch (and pre-registration is required in order to have a lunch!)

Yes, you can grow zucchini in July, but can you sell enough to sustain your farm’s bottom line? Join NOFA-NY to learn alternative strategies for vegetable production that could lead you to a more stable cash flow for the farm, and learn to think through the costs and benefits of different crops and enterprises that you’re interested in growing. Farmers Dan and Megan Kent have built up their winter income with a winter CSA, through implementing a few key production and storage strategies, and investing in a commercial processing kitchen. Talk with these growers and others about your goals, figure out what makes for a practical risk to diversify your farm income stream, and how to shift those ideas into a real plan.

CONTACT: Register online at www.cvent.com/d/0rqccd, or contact Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registrations closes at 4pm on 9/24/2015.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Farmstead & Artisan Cheeses: From Concept to Commerce

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $125

Artisan cheesemaking is a great fit for sustainable farming. As a value-added component of a sustainable farming plan, cheesemaking can be another step in the holistic cycle of land to food. Today, the United States has nearly 1,000 artisan cheesemakers, with more starting up each year. However, the path to success in is not always easy, in part due to the multiple factors involved in making good quality cheeses as well as the current competitive market.

CONTACT: More information at www.vtc.edu/farmstead-and-artisan-cheeses-concept-commerce, or contact Rachel ARsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu, or 802-728-1677

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vermont Women’s Economic Security Summit

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Description: Vermont State House, State St., Montpelier, VT

Women make up half of our state's workforce and are critical to Vermont’s economic future. The aim of this summit will be to generate a range of policy recommendations that better support women as essential contributors to their families’ economic security and to Vermont’s economy as a whole. From wages and benefits to work-family balance and caring for children, come hear state legislators, community leaders, and advocates discuss policies that will not only improve the economic wellbeing of women and their families, but all Vermonters. View women.vermont.gov/who_we_are for more details.

CONTACT: See contact information for the VCW here: women.vermont.gov/who_we_are

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation and Driving

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT
Description: This workshop at the Green Mountain College farm will feature hands-on activities including practice driving and hitching implements. You’ll learn the fundamentals of safe tractor operation for beginning operators, and how tractors and PTOs work. Please register by October 6. Click here for details and registration for the Green Mountain College Workshop.

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