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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Taking Stock

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Three locations in Vermont

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NOFA-VT Tunnel Tour!

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Join NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Advisor Lynda Prim and Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer, UVM Extension, for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations, and how they made decisions about energy efficiency the construction and use of these structures.

March 13: Gildrien Farm, Leicester and Woods Market Garden, Brandon
March 20: Walker Farm, E. Dummerston and Old Athens Farm, Putney
March 27: Waterman's Berry Farm, Johnson and Pete's Greens, S. Craftsbury (to be confirmed)
April 3: Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne (to be confirmed) and Riverberry Farm, Fairfax
Go to NOFA-VT for more details: nofavt.org

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Transferring the Farm Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: South Station Restaurant, Rutland, VT
This UVM Extension Workshop will present information on topics that will help in a successful transfer of the farm: Starting the farm transfer process, Succession & Estate Planning, Legal Issues (including wills, probate, necessary documents and more). Also: Other alternatives such as conservation easements, assisting new entrants to farming and other alternatives. A farmer panel will present an opportunity to learn what other farmers have done to secure their business and to plan for succession. Speakers include UVM Extension Specialist Bob Parsons, attorney Jonathan Bump a representative from RAFFL, Vermont Land Trust, and a farmer panel explaining how they went about developing a plan for their farm.
CONTACT: Request a registration form from Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109
bob.parsons@uvm.edu by March 8, or contact Bob for more information or to request a disability- related accommodation to participate in this program.

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BEDDED PACK TRAINING

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: White River Jct, VT
Description: Hotel Coolidge
Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works? Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose and other partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and a Q&A with a farmer experienced in managing a pack. If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.
CONTACT: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at www.uvm.edu/pasture Pre-registration required.
Cost: $20

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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:
shelby@ruralvermont.org or (802) 223-7222

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Farm Financial Analysis

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin, VT
Description: UVM Extension Office, Comstock Rd., Berlin, VT
Farm Financial Analysis is a 2 session class designed to help farm managers begin to analyze the financial situation on their farm. This class is designed for farms that have been recording their finances for at least one year and now want to understand how they can get valuable management information from analyzing these records. Farms should have a farm balance sheet and actual farm cash flow report or Profit and Loss to get the most value out
of this class. The class will teach about basic financial ratios that you can calculate to understand your business better. It will also cover analysis techniques that you can use to plan for or monitor the performance of a specific farm enterprise. We'll teach you the calculations to address important issues like: solvency, borrowing capacity, profitability and enterprise analysis.
CONTACT: For more information or to register please contact Christi Sherlock or Erin
Clark at 802-223-2389.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

9TH ANNUAL GRAINS CONFERENCE

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Description: 9TH ANNUAL GRAINS CONFERENCE
The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, VT
Come to the annual grain conference and learn about growing and processing a variety of grains. This year our keynote addresses will highlight the challenges and successes of bringing small grains production back to regions like the Northeast. Guest speakers Klaas and Peter Martens from Lakeview Organic grain will discuss building soil health with cover crops and soil amendments. Local farmers will teach about growing grains and building rations for livestock feed, small scale grain production and processing, and much, much, more. Bakers from the region will provide instruction on making crackers and waffles from local grains.
CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=grainconference.html or for more information or questions call 1-802-524-6501 or email Heather Darby, heather.darby@uvm.edu or Erica Cummings, erica.cummings@uvm.edu.
COST: $40 NGGA members, $45 non-members. Includes lunch.

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Pinterest for Your Business!`

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Thursday, March 14, 2013 The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series hosts a free presentation on Pinterest for Your Business! Tara Gross, owner of Country Drawers and Connie Hancock of University of Nebraska Extension. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); at connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop.

Learn how to better utilize Pinterest for your business/ Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by giving Facebook and maybe Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind only Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian’s Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report. Presenters will introduce what Pinterest is and why you should use it for your business. They will also discuss setting up a Pinterest account, how to interact, and how to create pin boards. Gross is a young entrepreneur and owner of Country Drawers in Cambridge, Nebraska and Hancock is an Extension Educator from UNL Extension.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

CSA Expert Exchange

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference that can be accessed with any web browser anywhere in the world. You will be able to see video of the presenters, view slides and participate in the discussion in real time.
Topics include community involvement, strategies for increasing member retention, certifications, equipment, finding the right scale for your CSA operation, and legal issues.

The cost is $45. Purchase tickets and learn more, go to www.csafarmconference.com/

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Calf Clinic

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Description: The Vermont Beef Producers’ Association will hold its annual Calf Clinic on Saturday, March 16th from 10 to 1PM at the Gaylord Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont. Dr. Kent Anderson, the VBPA Consulting Veterinarian, will conduct the clinic.
This annual clinic has been very popular over the years for its informative and lively discussion covering all areas of calving: including cow herd management, calving difficulties and assistance techniques, to post calving and complete herd health. It is a complete course in the Art of Calving and a must for both new and experienced producers.
The clinic is free to all present members and open to others for the cost of a $40 membership. Please register early to aid in the planning for this event.
To register, contact Hadley Gaylord at 802.793.5166.
Directions to Gaylord Farm in Waitsfield: One mile South of the Junction of Routes 17 and 100 on Rte. 100.

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High Tunnels for Winter and Spring Production

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Dartmouth, MA
Description: Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA
Instructor: Derek Christianson
Sponsored by NOFA-MA
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/high-tunnels-winter-and-spring-greens-production

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High Mowing Seeds Spring Social

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wolcott, VT
Description: Join High Mowing Organic Seeds for the 5th annual HMS Spring Social.
Participate in educational workshops for farmers and gardeners, tour the High
Mowing Seeds warehouse and hoop house, enjoy the potluck dinner, and
network with fellow growers.

For more information: www.highmowingseeds.com

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Permaculture Design Certification

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Description: This course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum including applications of Permaculture in diverse settings, and techniques for meeting human needs that harmonize with ecological patterns. Lectures and hands-on work will also explore: bioregional designs, natural history of Eastern woodlands and designs that cooperate with their regeneration, evolution of agriculture, energy and nutrient cycling, watershed health, gravity spring-fed water systems, tree paste for fruit trees, selective firewood and pole harvesting to encourage maples, apples, shitake and ginseng, and the integration of animals into cultivated ecosystems. Local experts on organic beekeeping and biodynamics will make guest appearances. The course will conclude with students doing their own Permaculture site design. Permaculture design benefits community leaders and professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology and education.
Competency Level: All Levels.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School 7865 Main Street Waitsfield, VT, 05673
Cost: $1520
Website: www.yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification
Contact: Abby Martin Contact Email: outreach@yestermorrow.org Contact Phone: 802 496 5545

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

OILSEED PRODUCERS MEETING

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin, VT
Description: OILSEED PRODUCERS MEETING Comfort Inn & Suites, Maplewood, Berlin, VT Interested in producing oilseeds, biodiesel, or culinary oil products on your farm? Come to the annual meeting of oilseed producers and learn about growing and processing these specialty crops. Topics for the day will include a farmer roundtable discussion, using oilseed meal as livestock feed, bird control methods, different small scale oil presses, and updates of crop production, pest management, and food-grade oil research.
CONTACT: Call the NW Crop & Soils team office with any questions at 1-800-639-2130

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Business Decisions You Can Live With

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Amherst, MA
Description:
This is the fifth workshop in CISA’s seven-workshop series focused on financial management and business decision-making. What should you consider when assessing new opportunities? When farms assess new enterprises, investments, markets, or products, they need to consider many factors, including how the new activity will impact personal needs, family life, seasonal schedule, and existing enterprises. In addition, new risks might arise as a result of the new activity and those need to be planned for, too. Missy Bahret, from Old Friends Farm, will discuss the broad implications of business decisions and give you tools for identifying and weighing these risks, challenges, and opportunities. Paul Lacinski from Sidehill Farm will share his experience with making business decisions and Dan Kaplan from Brookfield Farm will share his practice with regard to quality of life issues. Cost to attend the series is $60 for Local Hero Members, or $12 per workshop. The non-member fee is $75 for the series, $15 per workshops. To register, contact Devon Whitney-Deal or 413-665-7100 x 22.

Location: Bramble Hill, 593 S. Pleasant Street, Amherst

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