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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cold Storage Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne, VT
Description: Five Cold Storage Workshops will be offered by the UVM Extension throughout the state of Vermont in September and October. Workshop includes instruction on various important aspects of long-term crop storage, group discussion, hands-on activities, and individual work time. Cost: $20, includes breakfast and lunch, workbook, and materials. To register call the Rutland Extension Office at 802-773-3349. More information can be found here: blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/storageworkshop/

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Basic Business Skills Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hyde Park, VT
Description: The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation together with its partner, the Vermont Small Business Development Center has been offering these low-cost Basic Business Skills workshops for nearly three years. The presenter of the workshop is Bill Kuhns, the Information Technology Specialist for the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center. Cost: $49. For more information and to register: www.vtsbdc.org (click on "Training")

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Farmer Project Webinar: Cold Storage Options

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: New Farmer Logo "Cold Storage Options for Beginning Produce Farmers," a UVM Extension New Farmer Project webinar. Vermont’s food systems are experiencing increased localization, value addition, diversification, extension of growing season and increased market demand. Growers are now seeing enhanced value in storing and marketing their produce year-round. Crop storage can be costly and the construction and operation of an efficient and well-designed system is essential to a farm’s profitability in winter and early spring markets. Chris Callahan, UVM Extension Ag Engineer will present on biological processes of crops in storage, storage characteristics of various crops, and sizing and design considerations of storage systems. The presentation will include the basics of heating and refrigeration and construction for utility and efficiency (including manufactured boxes, DIY construction, and CoolBots™). The webinar is tailored for new and aspiring farmers and will be based the longer workshops currently being offered around Vermont. For more information: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EST on October 17, 2013 and click on the webinar title. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by October 14, 2013 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or newfarmer@uvm.edu so we may assist you. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck.

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Webinar: NRCS Program for organic dairy farms

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: eOrganic webinar covers NRCS Programs EQIP Organic Initiative and Organic Dairy Farms by Sarah Brown of Oregon Tilth. For more information and to register: www.extension.org/pages/69087/nrcs-eqip-organic-initiative-and-organic-dairy-farms-webinar-by-eorganic#.Ui5AJj_Bx2k

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Introduction to Biodiesel

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: October 18 & 19, 8:30 - 5pm
Any diesel engine on the road today can use biodiesel fuel. This two-day course, designed for those seriously interested about biodiesel fuel, will describe engine systems, biodiesel blends, and biodiesel production. The ASTM D6751 standards will be discussed in great detail, as will the benefits and drawbacks of biodiesel technology. This course includes a demonstration of fuel-making equipment. It is designed for professional technicians, automotive and farming students, instructors, farmers, fleet drivers and managers.
To register visit the Vermont Tech website: greentrainings.vtc.edu/biodiesel.html?utm_source=GRT+ENote+GIS%2FBiodiesel%2FNatGas%2FWetlands+7.11.2013&utm_campaign=7.16.13&utm_medium=email

Cost: Free

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

17th Annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: Save the Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center

Always fabulous and free, this day-long conference draws hundreds of Vermonters for workshops and discussion groups that provide important tools to support women at all stages of professional and personal development. With nearly two dozen workshops on the day's agenda, this year's offerings will appeal to a wide range of interests, with a particular focus on developing critical social media skills. The keynote speaker is Patty Stonesifer, the founding CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and President and CEO of Martha's Table, a nonprofit organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Nation's Capital. Her down-to-earth nature and compelling life story are sure to engage and enthrall her audience, just as our keynote speakers have done in the past. In the interest of making the conference accessible to all, there is no charge for registration or for pre-arranged child care. More information forthcoming on their website: women.vermont.gov/

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Monday, October 21, 2013

eOrganic Webinar: Plan a Field Day

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Join the conversation, "Out in the sun: How to plan and put on an engaging, informative, and sucessful field day," from the Excellence in Organic Extension Webinar Series.Charlie White (Penn State Univ) and Molly Hamilton (NC State Univ) will be leading the conversation. Cost: Free. For more information and to register: www.extension.org/pages/68923/out-in-the-sun:-how-to-plan-and-put-on-an-engaging-informative-and-successful-field-day#.UlRMkxCGcmQ

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Servsafe

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: ServSafe is a Food Service Sanitation Course developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is a national standard for restaurant kitchens and processing facilities. To register go to:
www.eventbrite.com/event/6413381597 or call call us at 472-5362 or email traci@hardwickagriculture.org

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VT Farm-Based Education Forum:

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne, VT
Description: Join farmers, farm-based educators and service providers in a two-day exploration of open farms in Vermont and the Northeast. Workshops will discuss the opportunities and challenges that visitors bring to farms, and will share tools for offering memorable, authentic on-farm experiences to your guests. Learn how to use your farm as a classroom, expand opportunities for direct sales, and discover the impact of farm-based education and agritourism on your farm, family, community and beyond.

Hands-on full day workshops and field trips will be offered on October 22. October 23 will follow a "conference" format with workshops, networking, lunch and more. Attendees can register to attend one or both days. Additional information and pricing coming soon!

Registration will open early September. Contact Vera Simon-Nobes: vera@farmbasededucation.org; (802) 985 0382 with questions.

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eOrganic Webinar: Integrating Livestock into Dryland Rotations

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Join the conversation, "Integrating Livestock into Dryland Organic Crop Rotations" Organic Farming Webinar. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs and Jonathan Wachter of Washington State University will be leading the conversation. Cost: Free. For more information and to register: www.extension.org/pages/69040/integrating-livestock-into-dryland-organic-crop-rotations#.UlROoBCGcmQ

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