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Thursday, January 23, 2014

New USDA Cover Crop Termination Policy

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will host an important national webinar on January 23, 2014, to discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recent efforts to assure greater uniformity and clarity on its policy related to farmers who currently grow cover crops or may grow them in the future.
PREREGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED
The webinar is free and accessible by visiting: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/789127970
A copy of the cover crop policy can be found at this link: www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1167871.pdf

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Friday, January 24, 2014

NOFA NY Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: January 24 - 26, 2014, Saratoga Springs, NY
"Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future"
Keynote: Gary Paul Nabhan
www.nofany.org/?q=events/winter-conference

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

NOFA NJ Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Lincroft, NJ
Description: January 25 - 26, 2014, Lincroft, NJ
"Organic: A better way to feed communities"
Keynote: Fred Kirschenmann and John Ikerd
www.nofanj.org/winterconference.htm

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Extreme Home Composting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Morisville, VT
Description: Log on or walk in with little to no knowledge of compost and come out a Rot Star! We'd love to have you join us at one of our upcoming "Extreme Home Composting" presentations. These free classes, sponsored by the USDA, will help us reduce the amount of organic waste that is sent to the landfills. Friendly staff of the Highfields Center for Composting will show you about the benefits of compost, compost system options, and how to maintain your pile to produce high-quality, nutrient-rich compost.
Morristown Centennial Library
7 Richmond St., Morrisville, VT

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Local Herbal Remedies

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bellows Falls, VT
Description: The Food Security Collaborative (formerly the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative) is pleased to announce its Winter 2014 series of workshops designed to help participants become more local food sufficient.
All workshops are free (except those where a modest materials fee is required). Because space is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, call Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141.
Community herbalist and educator, as well as founder of Earth Angel Herbals, Rebecca Golden, will lead a workshop on Local Herbal Remedies - 1:00 PM, United Church of Bellows Falls This hands-on workshop will feature making elderberry syrup for participants to take home with them, as well as a discussion (and tasting) of other easy to grow and harvest herbs. There is a $5.00 materials fee for this workshop.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Workshop on Autoconstructeur Rhône-Alpes

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Saint Hyacinthe, QC
Description: Agriformation and Vocational School Saint-Hyacinthe will involve in January 2014 Joseph Templar vegetable Autoconstructeur Rhône-Alpes representative ADABio Self-construction, for both formations to autoconstruction equipment adapted to the practice of permanent beds in organic gardening.
Information and registration:
Vocational School Saint-Hyacinthe 450 773-8400, ext 6605.
Stage 1: 5 days from 27 to 31 January 2014 Stage 2: 5 days from 3 to 7 February 2014

The cost of training will be around $ 450 for 40 hours of lessons. Add to this $ 200 (optional) if the producers want to have the guide to self-build .
During the training, participants will have the opportunity to build their own machine and keep it afterwards. The cost of equipment is $ 2000. It is possible for participants to share these costs and build equipment to exchange them later. Details are in the attached form . More information on the practice of permanent beds in organic gardening .

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: "Putting a Handle on the Tomato: Reinventing the Product" by Bob Buccieri, former President of the Famers Market Federation of NY. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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Author Gary Paul Nabhan to Speak at Sterling College

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Craftsbury Common, VT
Description: Sterling College is proud to announce that noted author Gary Paul Nabhan will be presenting on campus. His talk, “Tapping Into the Wisdom of Traditional Farmers: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Uncertainty,” will be given on Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Simpson Hall, Classroom 3. This talk is free and open to the public as part of the Vermont’s Table Speaker Series.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Hampshire Small Family Farm Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Finding the best source of funds for financing a farm requires a clear understanding of the options available. Join us this January 29th to learn about financing options for NH family farms. Financial industry experts and advisors will discuss type of funds available, evaluation of a business proposal, grants and other sources of financial assistance. In addition you'll have an opportunity to meet with lenders face-to-face to ask individual questions. Follow link for conference brochure.
extension.unh.edu/events/files/4B82AB7B-D547-1F41-7DCE3FABCEE73770.pdf

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VT Beef Producers Assoc Annual Mtg

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: VT Farm Show - Essex Jct, VT
Description: The Vermont Beef Producers’ Association (VBPA) will be having their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at the Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction. The meeting, to be held in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion of the Champlain Valley Expo Center, will commence at 1:30 pm. There will be two programs presented to the membership. Jake Claro of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will discuss the Farm to Plate Network Program and its impact on Vermont beef producers and Joe Emenheiser, our new UVM Extension Diversified Agriculture Specialist, will share his vision for the continued growth of diversified agriculture in our state. Both gentlemen will field questions from the audience. For further information contact Bill Emmons at 802.457.1520 .

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Webinar: Marketing for Profit

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: "Putting a Handle on the Tomato: Reinventing the Product" by Bob Buccieri, former President of the Famers Market Federation of NY. Part of webinar series sponsored by Farmers Market Federation of NY. Cost: Free. Register: www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/registration.html.

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