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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Registration Deadline: Building a Strong and Sustainable CSA

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Binghamton, NY
Description: Full-day workshops on Tueday, November 5 taught by educators and farmers with NOFA-NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer opportunities for farmers interested in creating, maintaining, or re-structuring a Community Supported Agriculture plan for their farm. Cost: $30 one person, $15 each additional person from the same farm. For more information and to register: www.nofany.org/events/field-days

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Building a Sustainable Business: Early Registration Deadline

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Berlin, Sprfld & St. Albans, VT
Description: New Farmer LogoThe Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farms businesses. People who have completed Growing Places and/or who have at least one year of production/financial records of their own will find this course most useful.

Based on a business planning guide developed by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) and co-published with the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, this course will assist today's alternative and traditional business owners alike with the creation of a holistic business plan rooted firmly in personal, community, economic and environmental values. With a business plan in hand, today's farmer entrepreneurs will be able to take that first step toward the creation of a successful and sustainable business.
Online registration form:
www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/basb.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html
For more information: Jessie Schmidt, jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Farm Profitability: Season Extension and Marketing

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Barre, MA
Description: NOFA/Mass presents this one day Advanced Growers seminar with Michael Kilpatrick, farm manager at Kilpatrick Family Farm. Subjects to be addressed are infrastructure and economics of year-round farming, farm systems for profitable field production, season extension for producing greens, overwintering crops for early spring harvest, marketing the farm and telling your story, and using different market channels to increase farm profits. Cost: $65. For more information and to register: www.nofamass.org/events/farm-profitability-season-extension-and-marketing-small-farm#.UlvzOxDwq0o

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Registration Deadline: Lunch and Dinner and Dirt

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Middlebury, Sheldon, & Derby
Description: Presentations on soil quality, cover crops, or areas of interest Rick Kersbergen from Maine and Jeff Carter, Heather Darby, and Dan Hudson of UVM Extension in their respective regions. The dates and times are: Thursday, Nov 7, 10 – 1, at the Middlebury Inn, in Middlebury; Thursday, Nov 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, at the Abbey, in Sheldon; Friday, Nov 8, 10 – 1, at the Cow Palace, in Derby. Cost: Free for farmers, for non-farmers $15 ahead of time, $20 at the door. Contact Rachel Gilker at 518-765-4158 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com to register.

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Webinar: Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Rules Commenting

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: The deadline for making comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act proposed rules is November 15. When finalized, these rules will affect many Vermont vegetable and fruit growers, large and small. Even if your farm falls in an ‘exempt’ category we anticipate these rules will influence standards for what the marketplace expects of all growers. UVM Extension, NOFA-Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture are hosting a webinar on November 4 from noon to 1 pm that will go over the elements of a strong comment, give examples of talking points for different types of farms, identify alternatives to the proposed rules, and walk you through how to submit comments on-line. The webinar will not explain the details of FSMA, it will focus on how to comment. Please prepare ahead of time by getting familiar with the proposed rules; here are some resources: UNH FSMA website: extension.unh.edu/Food-Safety-Modernization-Act-FSMA UVM Extension FSMA article: www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/factsheets/Understanding_FSMA_Rule.pdf National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website: sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/ American Farmland Trust webinar (takes a couple minutes to load): www.farmland.org/programs/states/ma/Food-Safety-Modernization-Act.asp

Email questions to: virginia.nickerson@uvm.edu, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Space is limited; register at: www4.gotomeeting.com/register/173761087.

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eOrganic Webinar: Evaluate your extension program

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Join the conversation, "How am I doing: Improving your program by evaluating your extension program with feedback and follow-up," from the Excellence in Organic Extension Webinar Series.Seth Wilner (U. of NH) and Anu Rangarajan (Cornell U.) will be leading the conversation. Cost: Free. For more information and to register: www.extension.org/pages/68921/how-am-i-doing:-improving-your-extension-program-by-evaluating-it-with-feedback-and-follow-up#.UlRNJBCGcmQ

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

eOrganic Webinar: Nutritional Approach to Raising Broilers

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Join the conversation, "A novel nutritional approach to rearing organic pastured broiler chickens," Organic Farming Webinar. Michael Lilburn of Ohio State University will be leading the conversation. Cost: Free. For more information and to register: www.extension.org/pages/69713/a-novel-nutritional-approach-to-rearing-organic-pastured-broiler-chickens#.UlRPrxCGcmQ

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