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Saturday, January 31, 2015

NOFA-NH 13th Annual Winter Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH’s 13th Annual Winter Conference will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Concord, NH.

The conference will be jam-packed with over 35 workshops and a keynote address by Janisse Ray. It will also include the NOFA-NH Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, ample opportunities for networking with local farmers, gardeners and presenters, and a robust Green Market Fair.

Conference registration includes excellent organic and locally-sourced meals and snacks catered by The Crust and Crumb Baking Company.

For details go to


Location: Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord, NH 03301

Tickets: $68 for NOFA/MOFGA, $85 for non-members, $35 children

This event is posted by UVM as informational only. If you need handicapped related accommodations please contact NOFA NH.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 Agronomy Plus Workshops

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Registration fee: $25.00 per person

• Exciting and practical innovations in forage quality with David Combs (University of Wisconsin Dairy Nutritionist), John Goeser (Rock River Labs) , and Tony Kitsos (UVM)
• Low-cost options to modernize your facilities with UNH Dairy Specialist John Porter and Stanley Weeks
• Cropping system innovations for the Northeast that could increase your forage yield by 30% with UVM Agrnomists Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby and Daniel Hudson.
• The true costs of crop production with Daniel Hudson and UVM Farm Financial Management Specialist Dennis Kauppila
• Elements of the 2014 Farm Bill relevant to your farm with Dennis Kauppila and Tony Kitsos.

February 2 St. Johnsbury, VT, UVM Extension, 374 Emerson Falls Road
February 9 Springfield, VT, Holiday In Express, 818 Charlestown Road
February 10 Hyde Park, VT, Green Mountain Teach & Career Center, 738 VT 15 West
February 13 Enosburg Falls, VT, The Abbey Restaurant, 6212 Vermont 105
February 17 Middlebury VT, Middlebury Inn, 14 Court Square
February 18 Newport, VT, Poulin Grain Conference Room, 24 Railroad Square

Two ways to register:
1. On-line to use your Visa or Mastercard:; or
2. Mail registration form with your check payable to: University of Vermont, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent Passut, at UVM Extension office St.Johnsbury or call 802-751-8307.

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Introduction to Sustainable Vegetable Production

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: UVM Extension, Berlin, VT
Description: Mondays, February 2 - March 30, 2015

Cost: $75 VVBGA Members/$125 Non Members

This course will explore management practices at Crossroad Farm, and the practices of other farmers who give guest lectures. The course is aimed at beginning and intermediate farmers. Each week a different farming practice will be disucssed and how it applies to a specific crop.

Feb. 2 - Soil Fertility Management, Clotilde Hryshko, Camp Merrishko
Feb. 9 - Greenhouse Tomatoes and Transplant Growing, Pooh Sprague, Edgewater Farm
Feb. 16 - Crop Rotation, Disease Management of Brassicas, Andy Jones, Intervale Community Farm
Feb. 23 - Growing Greens: Crop Scheduling, Organization and Weed Control, Danielle Allen, Your Farm
March 2 - Sustainable Sweet Corn Production, TBD
March 9 - Season Extension, Melons, Squash and Cucumbers, Benner Dana, Your Farm
March 16 - Potatoes, Root Crops, Weed Management and Limited Insect Control, Hank Bissell, Lewis Creek Farm
March 23 - Class Choice Topic
March 30 - Farm visit

Registration: Please sign up online at or mail in the registration form to VVBGA, PO Box 2091, South Burlington, VT 05407.

Questions? Contact Tim Taylor, 802-333-4455 or

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Vern Grubinger at or call 802-380-2035.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Whole Farm Planning Classes

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington County
Description: For people with two to 10 years in business.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

For more information: Heidi Krantz, UVM Extension office 802-223-2389 or

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information

To request disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 so we may assist you.

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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, or call 1-800-639-2230, or 802-656-9562.

For complete registration information and forms, please visit the following:

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office @ 802-656-9562 by Jan. 23.

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

Introduction to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin or Rutland
Description: February 4, 11 and 18 - Snow Date February 25th.

With two top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances with confidence. This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement.

Course fee: $150. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and for two or more people attending from the same farm/business. Scholarships are also available. For more information and to register visit and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Heidi Krantz at, 802-223-2389 x 203.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 x203 or 866-860-1382 by January 23, 2015, so we may assist you.

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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.


This event is sponsored by Cornell, and this listing is provided for informational purposes only.

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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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