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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: University of Vermont - BTV
Description: Save the Date! The 31st Annual Winter Conference, "Generations of Innovations" will take place February 16 & 17, 2013.
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Planning for Profit with Richard Wiswall!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Plymouth, NH
Description: Vermont grower and author Richard Wiswall teaches planning, office management and financial tips for success. You will leave with a comprehensive road map for planning your farm's production; systems to determine profit centers on your farm; budgets for different farm enterprises; simple, effective office management skills and tips to address common business mistakes.
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Ten Month Salad Greens on a Small Piece of Land

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: North Brookfield, MA
Description: Sponsored by NOFA-MA
Kittredge Farm , North Brookfield, MA
Instructor: Dan Kittredge
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Taking Stock Early Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: For people with five or more years in business.
Upcoming Sessions: March 6, 3, & 20 2013 from 10 am to 3:30 pm in Berlin.
Taking Stock addresses issues that tend to arise in businesses that have been up and running for awhile and could benefit from a progress check. More Taking Stock course information.
Time: 10 am - 3:30 pm. Early registration deadline: February 20, 2013, Cost: $100. Registration deadline: March 1, Cost: $135.
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Winter Northeast Hops Conference

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Essex, VT
The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, VT.
Interested in growing hops or purchasing local hops? Join the annual hops conference to learn about hop fertility and irrigation management as well as important handling principles from proper harvest timing and drying to quality preservation techniques. Local brewers will teach about how hop quality preservation impacts beer quality and taste. Learn about the current UVM Extension hopyard research results including varietal differences, yields, hop pests, and brewing quality.
CONTACT: Heather Darby or Rosalie Madden at 802-524-6501 or register at by Feb. 8.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013


Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: South Wheelock, 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.)
CONTACT: RSVP required for location & directions: or 802-223-7222.

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Enterprise Analysis

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Northampton, MA
Description: Learn how to evaluate different profit centers in your farm business. You will be able to determine if the carrots or lettuce are making more of a profit, etc. Richard Wiswall of Cate Farm in VT, also author of the Organic Farmers Business Handbook will be presenting.
Sponsored by CISA
Friends Meeting HOuse, 43 Center St. Northampton, MA

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