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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Preventing Pasture Problems on the Organic Dairy

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: eOrganic webinar starting at 2:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. Presenter: Sarah Flack Consulting.

All upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars on organic farming and research topics at: www.extension.org/pages/25242.

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Berry Production - Getting started with production and Marketing

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online course
Description: BF 122: Berry Production is a 6-week online course that will help you determine if you want to add berries to your farm, and make a plan for doing so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own in an online setting.

The course runs Thursday, November 6 - December 18, 2014 - skipping Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving- with webinars from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The cost is $200, but multiple people from the same farm may participate without paying extra. See course description page for more on the course learning objectives, instructors, and outline.

For more information go to: nebeginningfarmers.org

Courses often fill very quickly, so don't miss your chance to sign up today!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter Break

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter Break

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Break

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Break

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Hosting Safe, Legally Secure Farm Events

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: From zoning compliance to guest injuries and serving prepared food, we’ll work through a checklist of things a farm should address before hosting an event.

Register at: farmcommons.org.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Adding Value Without Adding Legal Liability to Farm Products

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Employment laws, liability potential, state/federal regulations, and tax factors all change when a farm begins to process product. Farms relying on cottage food laws should make sure to attend- we’ll talk about what these laws do not do to protect farms.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BF 120 - Vegetable Farming, Part 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

email: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Milk Quality/Mastitis Management Webinars

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Milk Quality/Mastitis Management webinars (daytime) in CCE Ballston Spa - One program, sessions build up what was previously covered in earlier session. For more information Contact CCE - Herkimer (315) 866-7920, or to register.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

28th Annual Winter Conference - NOFA/MA

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Worcester State University
Description: 2015 workshop topics include crop production, farm management, health, homesteading, livestock, beekeeping, food justice, policy, skill building, infrastructure, soil, urban/backyard gardening, land access, and organic land care. The conference will be followed by a post-conference dinner with Greg Judy.

For more information and to register, visit www.nofamass.org/events/wc. (Register before the 12/15 early bird deadline and save up to $20!)



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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Vergennes American Legion
Description: Farmers in the Champlain Valley are taking action to protect water quality in ways that improve their farms. Join the discussion to find out how to work together as farmers and take the initiative to be proactive and be part of the solution.

Hear from fellow farmers and Ethan Swift of the Agency of Natural Resources about the State of Vermont's water sampling programs. Learn about how water quality data is collected and interpreted, and where you can find all of this information.

Learn about the CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FARMER COALITION, its vision, and why you might want to join

Enjoy a social hour with h'orderves and a cash bar to catch up with farmers from around the Champlain Valley...its been a busy field season, so come and enjoy some 'chat time' with your neighbors!

RSVP: info@champlainvalleyfarmercoalition.com
(802)388-4969 x348

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BF 120 - Vegetable Farming, Part 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

email: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu

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Farmland Leases Built to Last: Content & Legal Context

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: JANUARY 19, 2015

Prevent problems with a strong lease that addresses water usage, equipment access, payment strategies, dispute resolution procedures, long-term concerns, and termination processes, plus more. Negotiating tactics and various laws affecting farmland leases will be on the agenda.

Register at: farmcommons.org

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Operations Managers Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Liverpool/Syracuse, NY
Description: Holiday Inn, Liverpool/Syracuse, NY - "Effective Management Through Teamwork and Leadership," provides an opportunity for people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills. A tour and interaction with a local dairy operations team will be on Jan. 21st.

Agenda: prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/OMC/.

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Stockmanship Training Workshops

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: VT and NY
Description: Very excited to let you know that there will be Stockmanship Training workshops held around VT and in NY this January. Don Hoglund will explain how to work with livestock for less stress to the animals, and more safety for everyone. He'?ll be speaking at the VT Grazing and Livestock Conference, and you can also see him at one of the workshops Jan 19-23.

For details and registration, please see onpasture.com/dairy-stockmanship/. Register early to get the Early Bird rate!

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Food Safety Liability and Regulations for the Farm

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: We’ve been hearing all about the upcoming regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act. But, as important as it is, farm liability for food safety goes beyond this new law. A food safety incident has potentially disastrous implications for any direct-to-consumer farmer. We’ll talk about how a food safety incident plays out, from lawsuits to recalls and contract breaches. Most importantly, we’ll talk about ways to protect farmers.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend - you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stockmanship Training Workshops

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: VT and NY
Description: Very excited to let you know that there will be Stockmanship Training workshops held around VT and in NY this January. Don Hoglund will explain how to work with livestock for less stress to the animals, and more safety for everyone. He'?ll be speaking at the VT Grazing and Livestock Conference, and you can also see him at one of the workshops Jan 19-23.

For details and registration, please see onpasture.com/dairy-stockmanship/. Register early to get the Early Bird rate!

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VT Veg & Berry Growers Assoc. Annual Meeting

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Morey, Fiarlee, VT
Description: The VVBGA 2015 annual meeting. The new location will provide us more space for our trade show than we have had in the past. However, if you would like to reserve exhibit space please send me your registration with payment as soon as possible to ensure your spot. The deadline for registrations and for submitting your advertisement for the meeting booklet is Dec. 1st. <candice.huber@uvm.edu&gt;

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stockmanship Training Workshops

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: VT and NY
Description: Very excited to let you know that there will be Stockmanship Training workshops held around VT and in NY this January. Don Hoglund will explain how to work with livestock for less stress to the animals, and more safety for everyone. He'?ll be speaking at the VT Grazing and Livestock Conference, and you can also see him at one of the workshops Jan 19-23.

For details and registration, please see onpasture.com/dairy-stockmanship/. Register early to get the Early Bird rate!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

NOFA-NY Winter Conference 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: Early bird registration discount of $10 is in effect through December 12th.

Contact Sondra Gjersoe at sondra@nofany.org or (585) 271-1979 ext. 510 for more information, or sign up at www.cvent.com/d/z4qv3p/6X.

Make a Food Donation - Food donors can receive a rebate for registration based on the wholesale value of their donation or have the value treated as a tax-deductible donation. Contact Bethany Wallis at food@nofany.org or (585) 271-1979 ext. 513.

Conference Scholarship Applications due 12/1/14
All farmers interested in attending the NOFA-NY Winter Conference are encouraged to apply. Visit nofa.wufoo.com/forms/m1eipund0vahlyc/ for the application form.

If you are interested in recouping some of the cost of your registration, we have a limited number of work opportunities available. In exchange for being part of our team of helping hands, you will receive a $50 rebate on your total registration, and you will receive a T-shirt that will identify our helpers during the conference. E-mail conference.volunteer@nofany.org by January 6th to inidcate your interest in this opportunity.







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Stockmanship Training Workshops

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: VT and NY
Description: Very excited to let you know that there will be Stockmanship Training workshops held around VT and in NY this January. Don Hoglund will explain how to work with livestock for less stress to the animals, and more safety for everyone. He'?ll be speaking at the VT Grazing and Livestock Conference, and you can also see him at one of the workshops Jan 19-23.

For details and registration, please see onpasture.com/dairy-stockmanship/. Register early to get the Early Bird rate!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

NOFA-NY Winter Conference 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: Early bird registration discount of $10 is in effect through December 12th.

Contact Sondra Gjersoe at sondra@nofany.org or (585) 271-1979 ext. 510 for more information, or sign up at www.cvent.com/d/z4qv3p/6X.

Make a Food Donation - Food donors can receive a rebate for registration based on the wholesale value of their donation or have the value treated as a tax-deductible donation. Contact Bethany Wallis at food@nofany.org or (585) 271-1979 ext. 513.

Conference Scholarship Applications due 12/1/14
All farmers interested in attending the NOFA-NY Winter Conference are encouraged to apply. Visit nofa.wufoo.com/forms/m1eipund0vahlyc/ for the application form.

If you are interested in recouping some of the cost of your registration, we have a limited number of work opportunities available. In exchange for being part of our team of helping hands, you will receive a $50 rebate on your total registration, and you will receive a T-shirt that will identify our helpers during the conference. E-mail conference.volunteer@nofany.org by January 6th to inidcate your interest in this opportunity.







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Sunday, January 25, 2015

NOFA-NY Winter Conference 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: Early bird registration discount of $10 is in effect through December 12th.

Contact Sondra Gjersoe at sondra@nofany.org or (585) 271-1979 ext. 510 for more information, or sign up at www.cvent.com/d/z4qv3p/6X.

Make a Food Donation - Food donors can receive a rebate for registration based on the wholesale value of their donation or have the value treated as a tax-deductible donation. Contact Bethany Wallis at food@nofany.org or (585) 271-1979 ext. 513.

Conference Scholarship Applications due 12/1/14
All farmers interested in attending the NOFA-NY Winter Conference are encouraged to apply. Visit nofa.wufoo.com/forms/m1eipund0vahlyc/ for the application form.

If you are interested in recouping some of the cost of your registration, we have a limited number of work opportunities available. In exchange for being part of our team of helping hands, you will receive a $50 rebate on your total registration, and you will receive a T-shirt that will identify our helpers during the conference. E-mail conference.volunteer@nofany.org by January 6th to inidcate your interest in this opportunity.







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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BF 120 - Vegetable Farming, Part 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

email: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu

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Friday, January 30, 2015

7th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Latham, NY
Description: 7th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference at Century House, 997 Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, NY 12110.

Featured speakers will include: Neil Dennis of Sunnybrae Farms, Saskatchewan, Canada and Allan Nation, Editor, Stockman Grass Farmer, based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, Thomas Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems, Kinderhook, NY and Jim and Deborah Taylor of Sunny Acres Farm, Athens, NY

Once again this year will will have a Friday evening banquet with local grass-fed beef, pork and lamb. Two scholarships will once again be available through the David Huse Education Scholarship Fund. Thanks to our sponsors and vendors for supporting our conference to help keep registration costs at a reasonable rate. Registration materials will be available in October 2014. Contact Gale Kohler at 518-765-3500 or gek4@cornell.edu or visit our website at www.ccealbany.com for details.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

7th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Latham, NY
Description: Featured speakers will include: Neil Dennis of Sunnybrae Farms, Saskatchewan, Canada and Allan Nation, Editor, Stockman Grass Farmer, based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, Thomas Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems, Kinderhook, NY and Jim and Deborah Taylor of Sunny Acres Farm, Athens, NY

Once again this year will will have a Friday evening banquet with local grass-fed beef, pork and lamb. Two scholarships will once again be available through the David Huse Education Scholarship Fund. Thanks to our sponsors and vendors for supporting our conference to help keep registration costs at a reasonable rate. Registration materials will be available in October 2014. Contact Gale Kohler at 518-765-3500 or gek4@cornell.edu or visit our website at www.ccealbany.com for details.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BF 120 - Vegetable Farming, Part 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

email: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Milk Quality/Mastitis Management Webinars

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Milk Quality/Mastitis Management webinars (daytime) in CCE Ballston Spa - One program, sessions build up what was previously covered in earlier session. For more information Contact CCE - Herkimer (315) 866-7920, or to register.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wholesale Market Production

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Wholesale Market Production: Join Annie Rowell, Program Manager at the Vermont Food Venture Center to learn about wholesale markets (product specs, delivery container types and more). We’ll review food safety requirements, learn about how farm agreements work and share resources available to farms, including sample enterprise budgets and a resource guide.

For more information visit: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer, email newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802.2389 X203

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BF 120 - Vegetable Farming, Part 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.

email: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

NOFA Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Please save the date for the 33rd Annual NOFA - VT Winter Conference, February 14-15, 2015, at the University of Vermont in Burlington! info@nofavt.org

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

NOFA Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Please save the date for the 33rd Annual NOFA - VT Winter Conference, February 14-15, 2015, at the University of Vermont in Burlington! info@nofavt.org

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Help Writing a Produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Johnsbury Ext. Office
Description: HELP WRITING A PRODUCE SAFETY PLAN!

A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information: Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7 - On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Help Writing a produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Yankee Farm Credit, WRJ
Description: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information: Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7

On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Help Writing a Produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Swanton
Description: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information: Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7

On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il




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Monday, February 23, 2015

Writing a produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Poultney - Gr. Mt. College
Description: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information:
Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7

On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il




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Farm Sole Proprietorships, LLCs, S Corps, C Corps, and Coops

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Farm Sole Proprietorships, LLCs, S Corps, C Corps, and Coops: Which? Why? How? (Advanced)

Many farms operate as a sole proprietorship but growing numbers of farmers are choosing an LLC instead. Learn what an LLC or corporation can and cannot do to protect the farm business. A any solid business entity also needs managing paperwork. Learn what an operating agreement or bylaws can do for the farm and what to write into them. We’ll also discuss options for cooperative ventures, entity structures to pass on the farm business, and some tax aspects of business entities.

Register now at: farmcommons.org


Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Help Writing a Produce Safety Plan

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Middlebury Ext. Office
Description: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan. For more information: Flyer/mail in registration: go.uvm.edu/4etl7

On-line Registration: go.uvm.edu/-b2il

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Going In-Depth with CSA Farm Law (Advanced)

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Going In-Depth With CSA Farm Law (Advanced)

In this webinar, farmers will get in-depth tools to move forward on managing sales, drop-site, volunteer, and worker share matters. We’ll also discuss some of the more unique CSA programs like farmers’ market pre-pay programs and multi-farm cooperative CSAs. Farmers who’ve already attended one of Farm Commons’ basic CSA law programs will get a lot out of this advanced session.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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2015 Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Registration for the 2015 Extension Master Gardener Course has begun!

The course dates are Tuesday evenings, February 3 thru April 28

Contact master.gardener@uvm.edu, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:
www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

Several EMG Chapters are offering partial scholarships throughout the state. Scholarship information is also available within the link above.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Farm Work Done Legally with Interns, Apprentices & Volunteers

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Advanced Webinar
Description: CSA is an incredibly unique relationship between farmer and customer. But, this means it also has unique legal dynamics. CSA farmers who critically analyze their membership agreement, drop sites, and farm event programs beforehand set themselves up for success. Learn how an attorney sees CSA and what you can do to protect your farm. This webinar will also discuss risks with farm volunteer programs and buying the right insurance.

Register now at: farmcommons.org

Every webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after. Register even if you can't attend- you will receive a link to the recording in your email as soon as it's available.

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