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Monday, February 4, 2013

Vegetable Farming: From Season-Long Care to Harvest

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This course is for serious aspiring farmers or those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have a basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting. This course is focused specifically on production systems used in the Northeast, so is targeted to people farming in that region.This 5-week course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course. Weekly homework will focus on preparing you to make good decisions in the coming growing season.
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Management for High-Quality Organic Wheat and Ancient Grain Production in the Northeast,

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Presented by David Crowder, Washington State University. This webinar will outline the potential for climate change to affect insect communities, and their interactions with plants, in cropping systems. Topics covered will include the effects of climate change on biodiversity and the functioning of agricultural ecosystems, and the role of organic farming practices in mitigating negative effects of climate change. The webinar will primary be targeted towards researchers and eXtension subscribers. Register at

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Financial Records: Setting up Systems to Track Your Profitabilit

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: For new farmers with 1-5 years of experience who are seeking to set up or improve their financial record-keeping systems and learn to read their farm’s fiscal health through financial statements.What do you need to do to prepare for operating your business with sound financial information? Every business creates a great number of records in a variety of media. This course will concentrate on financial record-keeping systems. Records can help determine the absolute and relative profitability of the farm business by identifying the strengths and weakness of the business. Only with these records can you see strong points to capitalize on and weak points requiring corrective action, taking decisive action to ensure the long-term success of your farm.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Holistic Financial Planning: Including Farm Profit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in: balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers.

Target Audience:
This course is intended for farmers with at least one season of management experience and some record of their farm’s income and expenses (even if this information is stored on scraps of paper in a shoebox!). This course will move at an intense pace, with time to catch up at the end.
If you have not yet started farming, you are welcome to take the course, but you will need to do extra legwork to research realistic potential expenses and income for your planned enterprises.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Intro to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Three Vermont Locations
Description: Make this the year you bravely step into the world of farm finances! With three top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances fearlessly. This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge. Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location.

Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register visit and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Jessie Schmidt at, 802-223-2389 x 203.

Dates: Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2013
Locations: Middlebury, Berlin and St. Johnsbury
Times: 1-4 pm.

Early registration deadline: Jan. 16. 2013, Cost: $75
Registration deadline: Jan. 30, 2013, Cost: $100

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Manchester, NH
Description: This two-day meeting that precedes the 2013 New Hampshire Grazing Conference will be filled with workshops, discussions, and speakers on topics ranging from the economics of confinement vs. grazing operations, bedded pack, current research, and much more.
CONTACT: Jim Cropper at
Radisson Hotel- Manchester, VT

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Poultry Production: Profiting- Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, Ducks

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The course is for aspiring or beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production, marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. You do not necessarily need to be raising poultry in NYS to benefit from this course.Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help!
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Vermont Entrepreneurship Week Celebration

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier
Description: A day of events throughout Montpelier's capital district! From speakers to opportunities to speak to legislators to exhibitions. For more information,

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Continuous and Efficient Production through Winter

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Natick, MA
Description: February 7, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick, MA
Instructor: Jean-Claude Bourrut and Jill Shea
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Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph Ctr, VT
Description: Regional raw milk meetings for raw milk producers of all sizes to get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections; provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law; and to network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers. Bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch. (If you're not already a member of Rural Vermont, you can join in advance at or by calling 802-223-7222.)

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Raw Milk Meetings

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Several Locations in VT
Description: Rural Vermont is hosting several regional RAW MILK MEETINGS for farmers to:
-Get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections
-Provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law
-Network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers
When & where:
Thurs, Jan 31st – Hinesburg (Burlington area)
Thursday, February 7th – Randolph Center (central VT)
Thursday, February 21st – South Wheelock (Northeast Kingdom)
Wednesday, March 13th – Poultney (Rutland County)
March date TBD – Townshend (southeastern VT)
More details:
All meetings are from 11am – 3pm with potluck lunch
Free for Rural Vermont members; $5 for all else*
RSVP required for exact location & directions: or (802) 223-7222

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Using QuickBooks Reports Training plus One-on-One Coaching

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Holyoke, MA
Description: Amy Grabowski of Fiscal Training Solutions will teach this Quickbooks reporting workshop that will enable users to get more comfortable with Quickbooks reporting so that you can get the most information out fo your data. Sponsored by CISA
Holyoke Community College. Kittredge Center 303 Homestead Ave. Room KC222

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Farm Systems for Harvesting Food Every Season

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Amherst, MA
Description: NOFA-MA
Simple Gifts Farm, North Amherst, MA
Instructor: Jeremy Barker-Plotkin
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

NESAWG's It Takes a Region Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga, NY
Description: This conference takes on the 12-state Northeast region from Maine to West Virginia. By taking a regional approach, we can grow our thinking and our work to develop a truly sustainable and resilient food system. We can build upon our "thousand points of local" to achieve optimal scale, location, variety and supply for all communities and all supply chain participants.

If you were previously registered for the conference (originally scheduled for Oct. 28th-30th, and rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy), you can re-register by contacting Betsy Johnson by email or phone -- 413-301-5387.

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Leasing Your Land to a Farmer

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Burlington, VT
Description: There is a growing need for affordable land for new and expanding farmers in Vermont. Farming on land held by non-farmers can be a win-win opportunity for owners and farmers. This informational session will help private landowners better understand how to make their land available for farming and maintain positive arrangements with farmer-tenants. It will also help community groups to better understand how they can support farmland leasing in their communities.
Please contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 to register, or for more information. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or by February 4, 2013 so we may assist you. UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work.
A panel will discuss these topics:

* Assessing your land and understanding farmer-tenants’ needs,
* Crafting a suitable lease for both parties,
* Legal, financial, tax, insurance, liability and other considerations,
* How community organizations and neighbors work together,
* Finding a farmer and maintaining good communications,
* And provide resources for landowners including a new handbook, “Leasing to a Farmer.”

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