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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Farm Finance Office Hour - UVM Extension

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Farm Finance Office Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury – March 22 - 8-5pm
Bennington – April 4 - 9-4pm
Rutland – April 11 - 10-4pm
Middlebury – Apirl 18 - 10-4pm
Colchester – April 25 - 10-4pm
There is a $15 registration fee.
Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock 802-223-2389
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at 802-223-2389 a week prior to meeting date so we may assist you.

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Scouting for Vegetable and Fruit Pests on Organic Farms.

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar - eOrganic
Description: Crop consultant, Doug O’Brien, and organic farmer, Helen Atthowe share their pest monitoring and decision making tips and shortcuts. Learn how to look for insect, disease, and crop quality problems on organic vegetable and fruit farms. They will also touch on some ideas about how to maintain records that will help you better understand pest problems and what to do about them.
Log on here: www.extension.org/pages/67843/scouting-for-vegetable-and-fruit-pests-on-organic-farms

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Opportunities in Local Food: Two Underutilized USDA Programs

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Location: Webinars
Description: Are you a for-profit business, a nonprofit, or a state, local or tribal government looking to finance a local or regional food system project? Join this webinar to learn about two USDA programs you may never have heard of: the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee program and the Community Facilities Loan and Grant program. USDA Rural Development can provide significant funding and technical assistance for local and regional food system infrastructure – and applications are being accepted now. Learn from USDA program experts and recipients who have successfully used these programs on this webinar.

Special guest: Kathleen Merrigan, outgoing Deputy Secretary of USDA and a champion of local and regional food systems.
Register here: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/801234498

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Farming Transplants: The Basics of Greenhouse Production for Sales and Farm Use

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lodi, NY
Description: Farming Transplants: The Basics of Greenhouse Production for Sales and Farm Use. 4:30 PM-7:00 PM. Blue Heron Farm, 1641 Shaw Rd, Lodi, NY. Robin Ostfeld of Blue Heron Farm will teach participants how to anticipate one's market and plan accordingly. Learn how to determine how much to plant, how to time plantings, how to market transplants and the best strategies for finding a balance between risk and reliability with the plant varieties you choose. Pre-Registration Deadline: by noon on April 22. To register call 585-271-1979 x511. Registration Fee: $5/person, $10/two or more people.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Introduction to Dowsing and Its Use in Agriculture

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: This workshop will cover how dowsing works, and will introduce you to some commonly used dowsing tools. We will then show you how you can use dowsing in your farming and gardening endeavors: from garden layout and design, determining soil nutrient levels, calculating soil amendments needed, and much more – including working with garden devas and nature spirits. You will come away with not only a sense of the vast potential of dowsing for agriculture, but for all aspects of you life.
At Earthwise Farm and Forest www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/

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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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Making Fresh Goat Cheese

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sterling, MA
Description: Go to NOFA-MA for more information
Crystal Brook Farm, Sterling
$55 NOFA members; $60 non-members

This workshop starts by discussing how to discern milk quality and cleanliness. Participants will carry out each of the key stages of the cheese-making process: pasteurization, setting the culture, and adding the rennet; hanging the curd; forming the cheese and adding herbs to make the end product. Include tips on food safety and storing the cheese.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

FARM DESIGN: CREATING WORKING BUILDINGS & FARMSCAPES

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: We will cover the wide range of topics that relate to the many systems involved in the local food production. This class is an opportunity to take a first hand, in depth, look at some of the most avant-garde, pioneering farms, farmers and value added food producers in this country. This class will spend much of its time touring these farms and giving attendees the chance to chronicle the farm operations, observe how they are organized and constructed, and to ask questions of the farmers and owners. In our experience, nothing educates as well as successful models.The studio experience will be an opportunity to imagine, prioritize, and plan a farm infrastructure and system of your own, whether an actual farm you plan to develop or a dream farm you might imagine. Students are encouraged to bring a design project to the class to workshop through the weeks. In the event you have no concrete project to work on the instructors will help you to design a theoretical farm project.
Farm visits, presentations, and guest lectures will provide first hand opportunities to see how others have taken on the noble challenge of building a farm. Farms featured in previous classes have included, Butterworks Farm, Essex Farm, Green Mountain Girls Farm, Vermont Compost Company, and many more.

Cost: $1520 + $50 material
For more information: www.yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/farm-design-creating-working-buildings-and-farmscapes

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Financial Management for Small Business

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This training will provide an overview of business financial management and is designed to help participants to understand how financial management can benefit their business.
Register: William.Hardin@sba.gov
For more events: www.sba.gov/events

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