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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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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FOREST SOILS IN THE HOGBACK ECOREGION

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bristol, VT
Description: Waterworks, Bristol, VT March 27-April 20
Soil scientist Wendy Sue Harper will teach this Vermont Family Forests 1-credit (16 hour) introductory course on forest soils, especially appropriate for landowners, natural resource professionals, educators, and planners who want to improve their understanding of soils and how they influence our landscape. Students will attend 2 classroom presentations and 4 field trips targeting different soils on the Waterworks in Bristol. During classroom lectures, students will learn about soil properties as indicators of soil formation and land use potential (including the five soil forming factors, soil profiles and horizons, soil texture, structure, color, pH, and organic matter), and how to use NRCS soil information and maps.
CONTACT: Contact: David Brynn at david@familyforests.org or 802 453-7728

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Taking Stock

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Chittenden County
Description: Chittenden County Farms
For farmers with 5 or more years of experience managing an agricultural business. Leads participants through a progress check on the farm business, allowing each individual to assess how their farm is supporting their personal, financial and business goals. Registration deadline: March 1, 2013. Scholarship assistance is available for qualified individuals.
CONTACT: Location will be shared with registrants before the class starts. More information is available at “Classes” at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer, or by email at newfarmer@uvm.edu, or call 802-223-2389 or toll-free in VT 1-866-860-1382

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Selling for Success: Marketing to Local Wholesale Markets

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Tomato Room, Intervale Center, Burlington, VT
Description: Join Sona Desai of the Intervale Food Hub and Mark Fasching of Jericho Settlers’ Farm learn if selling to local wholesale markets is right for you. This workshop for beginning farmers will help you learn the personal, production, financial, and marketing skills needed to sell to local wholesale markets, as well as how to begin and improve sales. Sona will speak as a buyer for the Intervale Food Hub and a market development specialist about what skills farmers need to have to be successful selling to these markets. Mark will speak as a farmer about what ensures his success selling to multiple local wholesale markets. Sponsored by the Intervale Center. Free. Please RSVP to to Maggie at the Intervale Center at maggie@intervale.org or (802) 660-0440 ext 116. We will provide directions on how to get to the Tomato Room at Gardener’s Supply Company.

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Food Regulations for Food Producers and Processors

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Location: Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT
Registration fee: $10/ participant. Includes course materials and light refreshments
Selling value-added or processed foods can be very rewarding, but it also requires a great deal of planning and attention to details, including meeting food safety regulations. This workshop will provide information to help small-scale food processors understand how to meet current Federal (FDA and USDA) and State of Vermont food regulations, as well as some of the key food safety-related steps to starting a food business in Vermont. This workshop will also help clarify state and FDA regulations regarding low acid, acidified, and high acid foods; explain the process of getting a scheduled process; and provide information on filling out the necessary forms for approval.
Handouts outlining the information covered in the presentation will be provided.
Registration: Register online by March 26 at http:// foodregulations.eventbrite.com

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One Page Risk Management Plan

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This webinar will give you three powerful, yet simple tools to begin the planning process for your farm. Each tool is just one page, but employing them will clarify your vision of your business, enable you to make well-considered financial decisions, and cut through confusion of what to do next when presented with day-to-day challenges.
This webinar will explain both theory and take you through how one farm might use these tools to focus and succeed in farming.
Register here: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/909541770

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Working Group: Market Opportunities

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hatfield, CT
Description: This is the final workshop in CISA’s seven-workshop series focused on financial management and business decision-making. In the “Market Opportunities” group farmers will discuss the trade-offs of different markets, how to assess costs and returns, and how to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of serving a more diverse market mix. Ben James and Oona Coy from Town Farm will share recent decisions they made with regard to their farm. Bring your questions and experience to share with others as well. A CISA staff person will facilitate the conversation. Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Location: Food Bank of W. MA, 97 N. Hatfield Rd., Hatfield

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Raising poultry on pasture

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: There has been an increased demand for pasture-raised meat, including poultry. The March 28, 2013 webinar will cover a variety of issues related to raising poultry on pasture. Brought to you by e-Extension

To connect to the webinar go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry just before 7PM (Eastern) on March 28, 2013.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson, VT
Description: We’ll contextualize our work in briefly telling some history of our farm and touring our incredibly diverse collection of nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen-fixing plants, and regenerative DIY farm infrastructure. We’ll also explore the incredible history of grafting, the range of grafting possibilities, and practice with professional grafting tools which make for more successful grafts by novices and experts alike.
Each attendant will leave with an apple or pear variety of their choosing on semi-dwarf or standard rootstock, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on native american plum rootstock.
$40 suggested donation sliding scale includes cider and tea, and your own grafted fruit tree to take home. No one will be refused for lack of funds, but everyone must pre-register.
Please RSVP by sending an email to Keith@ProspectRock.org

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Women's Comprehensive Care Center Open House

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: White River Junction, VT
Description: VAMC WRJ is proud of its patient-centered comprehensive health care program. In addition to comprehensive services available at the main campus, VA offers women’s comprehensive health services at six CBOCs: in Vermont in the communities of Bennington, Brattleboro, Colchester, and Rutland, and in New Hampshire in the communities of Keene and Littleton. Comprehensive health care includes prevention and wellness activities, as well as working with you to manage your acute and chronic care needs in partnership with your Women’s Health Primary Care Provider. A gynecologist is available on site at White River Junction, if needed. Additional services include Mental Health (care for the effects of Military Sexual Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Drug and Alcohol Dependence), Chaplain Services/Spirituality Support Groups, Medical Social Work, Nutrition, and Pharmacy. VAMC WRJ has an on-site DEXA scanner to evaluate osteoporosis, and offers additional services to meet women’s gender-specific needs on site or in the community via Fee Basis referrals and care coordination for mammography and maternity care. Women’s Health Program, please call 866-687-8387, extension 5743.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Grazing Symposium

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: UVM Extension's Champlain Valley Crops, Soils, and Pasture Team (CVCSP) is hosting a Grazing Symposium on Monday, April 1 from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
It will take place at the American Legion Hall in Vergennes, VT. The fee is $20 per person and includes lunch.
Speakers include grazing consultant Sarah Flack, farmers Guy Choiniere and Brent Beidler, and members of the CVCSP team including Cheryl Cesario and Kirsten Workman.
Looks like a fun day! For more information and/or to register, visit the event website at: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=grazingsymposium.html

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Farmers' Market Manager Forum

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Holyoke, MA
Description: Kittredge Center, Room 302, Holyoke Community College
Would you like to talk to other market managers about how their markets are run and managed? Want to trade tips with your peers? Farmers' market managers and steering committee members are invited to join CISA for this meeting to discuss farmers' market structure, management, challenges, marketing, and anything else of interest to the group. Come with questions for other managers, and be willing to share your thoughts and experiences. The workshop is free and light dinner will be served. RSVP is required by Friday, March 29th to devon@buylocalfood.org or 413-665-7100, ext. 22.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Discussion: scaling up for schools & institutions

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Please join RAFFL & NOFA-VT for a lunch hour discussion on scaling up for schools & institutions
April 2nd 12:30-1:30 pm, lunch provided!
RAFFL Office Conference Room on the third floor of The Opera House 67 Merchants Row, Rutland
We’ll talk about:

Getting your foot in the door with school & institutions
Making it make sense for your business
Identifying the services available to help you
Still interested? Please email Garland (garland@rutlandfarmandfood.org) to RSVP for the session.

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