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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Selling to K-12 School Meal Programs

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: UVM Ext. Office, Middlebury, VT
Description: Selling to K-12 School Meal Programs: Understanding your customer's needs and Regulations
UVM Extension Office - 23 Pond Road, Middlebury, VT

School meal programs represent a big marketing opportunity for Vermont producers and suppliers, purchasing more than $15 million worth of food and supplies last year. However, these programs must follow strict federal and state requirements for competitive procurement for every purchase they make. These long-standing regulations are just now beginning to be enforced in Vermont, and many schools who were not previously complying with them will begin to implement competitive procurement practices in the coming year. This class will explain what these procurement regulations are, and what you, as a vendor, can expect from the schools you do business with. In addition, we will spend some time discussing how the new school meal patterns and other federal regulations affect the products that schools will be looking to purchase, and what school food service managers wish you knew about doing business with their programs. This class is for farmers, producers, distributors, and other businesses that sell (or wish to sell) directly to school meal programs.

Instructors: Abbie Nelson, NOFA Vermont & VT FEED and Rosie Krueger, VT Agency of Education, Child Nutrition Programs

RSVP: Email Annie Harlow at, Addison Country Relocalization Network (ACORN)

Cost: Free, $5 suggested donation for food and beverages

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IPM in Crucifer Crops: Focus on the Yellow Margined Leaf Beetle

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. Presented by: Rammohan Balusu and Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University; Ron Cave, University of Florida.

All upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars on organic farming and research topics at:

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

When the Belly is the Beast

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fall River, MA
Description: When the Belly is the Beast: Dietary Interventions to Address Autism and Neuro-Degenerative Disease

Bristol Community College, Jackson Art Center, Room H209/H210, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA


After Nov. 30: $80 Member; $100 Non-member
By Nov. 30: $75 Member; $94 Non-member
By Nov. 19: $70 Member; $88 Non-member

This seminar explains how environmental factors, including exposures to toxins in food and the environment, and the consumption of highly processed, nutrient-poor foods, are contributing to a wide range of chronic and neuro-degenerative illnesses in the population. These include autism, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, ADHD, ALS, and related disorders. Participants will learn how diets high in quality nutrient-dense foods support the brain as it attempts to repair itself, leading to improved behavior, mood, cognition, and muscular and neurological function.

Dietary intervention treatments highlighted in this seminar focus on providing excellent quality nutrition using whole, unprocessed foods that feed and nourish the body and brain. Among the approaches discussed will be the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) developed by Elaine Gottschall and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS) developed by Natasha Campbell-McBride.

For event information: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374,

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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:

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

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Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: "You Are What You Look Like! Preparing the Product" by Marty Butts, Small Potatoes Marketing. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register:

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