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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mechanization and Tractor Education for Beginning Farmers

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/

COST: Sliding scale, $25-$75

Ground work is designed for aspiring, beginning and established farmers who want to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in selecting, operating and maintaining equipment and machinery. Farm managers, employees and apprentices will also benefit from the education and assistance.

Almost every farm reaches a point where machines become a necessity for more productive and profitable work. Ground Work participants will expand their knowledge and skills and build a mechanization plan that takes into account their skill level and existing farm operation and will help them plan for the future.

Program Format and Content: The 2015 Ground Work Program will include:

A three-part webinar series providing an overview of mechanization, an introduction to tractor and machine safety, and a framework for making decisions about purchasing tractors and machinery.
Hands-on, small group tractor skills workshops, offered in VT, NY, MA and/or CT.
Opportunities to get individual coaching and technical assistance.

Along the way, Ground Work will provide self-assessments and planning guides to help you develop a mechanization plan that fits your current situation and help you build the overall farm operation you desire.

CONTACT: Apply at wagn.wufoo.com/forms/ground-work-application-form/ or contact Beth Holtzman beth.holtzman@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389x204. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at heidi.krantz.1@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389 by: March 1 for the webinars and by April 1 for the hands-on session.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

2014 Organic Production Survey Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: www.agcensus.usda.gov/

COST: FREE

Required of organic producers. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting its 2014 Organic Production Survey--a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification in the Unites States (those grossing less than $5,000 annually from organic sales), and those producers transitioning to organic production. This study serves as a census of all organic operations, as directed under the FY2014 Farm Appropriations Bill. Respondents are guaranteed by law (Title 7, U.S. Code) that their individual information will be kept confidential, and all known organic producers (exempt and certified) are required to respond. NASS uses the information only for statistical purposes and publishes data only in tabulated totals.

CONTACT: For more information go to www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/Organic_Survey/

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

These workshops focus on building your skills & confidence in harnessing, hitching, driving & horse management. It will use a single horse and teams for hands on experience and individual instruction. You will drive from the ground, on a wagon and a forecart. The workshop covers horse management including the basics of safety, handling, foot care, feeding and horse health. There is a lot of emphasis placed on clear communication through effective use of the drivers hands and voice. Technical driving skill development is achieved with lots of time in the drivers’ seat and one- on- one instruction. Put your hands on the harness to learn about different styles, correct adjustment & fit.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Welcoming Customers on your Farm Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Rutland, VT

COST: Varies by registration type

Spend Tuesday, April 7 touring a variety of farms in the Rutland region.

On Wednesday, April 8, learn from peer experts in agritourism, on-farm education, and direct sales -- and share your experiences! Downtown Rutland's Paramount Theater and Community College of Vermont will be the venues for speakers and hands-on workshops.


CONTACT: Register at www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1675272 or contact Lisa Chase at lisa.chase@uvm.edu or 802-257-7967 with any questions or for more information.

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Farm to Institution Summit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

COST: 1 day-$75, 2 days-$140, 3 days-$200

The Farm to Institution Summit is a first-year conference that will bring together leaders from the Northeast who are working to get more local and regional food into schools, colleges, health care and other institutions. Please join us -- and up to 800 other farm to institution advocates -- for three exciting days of learning, sharing, exploring and connecting. More information at www.farmtoinstitution.org/summit/about.

CONTACT: Register at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1673184 or contact Farm to Institution at info@farmtoinstitution.org for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/7 event for more information

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Welcoming Customers on your Farm Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Rutland, VT

COST: Varies by registration type

Spend Tuesday, April 7 touring a variety of farms in the Rutland region.

On Wednesday, April 8, learn from peer experts in agritourism, on-farm education, and direct sales -- and share your experiences! Downtown Rutland's Paramount Theater and Community College of Vermont will be the venues for speakers and hands-on workshops.


CONTACT: Register at www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1675272 or contact Lisa Chase at lisa.chase@uvm.edu or 802-257-7967 with any questions or for more information.

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Farm Transfer Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 30 Austine Drive, Suite 300, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $20

The workshop will help farm families make informed decisions about inter-generational transfer of farmland and farm businesses. It will address details on transition planning, goal setting, retirement and estate planning, legal approaches to protect assets from taxes, tools you can use to transfer farm assets, and to address transfer planning and business transition.

CONTACT: Contact Bob Parsons at (802) 656-2109 or bob.parsons@uvm.edu To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Bob Parsons at (802) 656-2109 by April 3
so we may assist you. Download the registration form at www.uvm.edu/farmtransfer/2015TTFworkshops.pdf.

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Farm to Institution Summit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

COST: 1 day-$75, 2 days-$140, 3 days-$200

See 4/7 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1673184 or contact Farm to Institution at info@farmtoinstitution.org for more information or with any questions.

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Cow Health in Pasture Based Dairies Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing

COST: FREE

Dairy cattle pasture based systems can face health challenges different from those commonly found in confinement systems. Common health challenges and their management will be discussed during this webinar.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing or contact Mat Hann at mmh29@psu.edu or 610-378-1327

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Rural Vermont Presents: Farmers Tell Their Stories

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Description: Capital City Grange, Montpelier, VT

COST: $5

To honor a rich and gutsy thirty year history and to connect the dots between good food and good policy, Rural Vermont is launching a year-long series of “Farmers Tell Their Stories” events - the first of which is in Montpelier on April 8th. Farmers and friends will take the stage and share both personal and collective experiences through story, poetry, song, and skits. 5:30 potluck, 6:30 Annual Meeting, 7:30 storytelling.

CONTACT: More info and RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org or (802) 223-7222.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/7 event for more information

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Farm to Institution Summit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

COST: 1 day-$75, 2 days-$140, 3 days-$200

See 4/7 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1673184 or contact Farm to Institution at info@farmtoinstitution.org for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/7 event for more information

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Farm Transfer Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: Doubletree Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT

COST: $20

The workshop will help farm families make informed decisions about inter-generational transfer of farmland and farm businesses. It will address details on transition planning, goal setting, retirement and estate planning, legal approaches to protect assets from taxes, tools you can use to transfer farm assets, and to address transfer planning and business transition.

CONTACT: Contact Bob Parsons at (802) 656-2109 or bob.parsons@uvm.edu To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Bob Parsons at (802) 656-2109 by April 3
so we may assist you. Download the registration form at www.uvm.edu/farmtransfer/2015TTFworkshops.pdf.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Maine Poultry School: Pastured Poultry

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, Maine

COST: $20 per MPGA Member; $35 non-member, includes reference notebook and lunch

This year’s Maine Poultry School will focus on pastured poultry, which can include any type of poultry species, including chickens, waterfowl and turkeys. A team of instructors will present practical information on raising poultry on pasture in Maine and address issues related to pastured poultry such as proper nutrition, health, predation and efficient management.

CONTACT: Register at extension.umaine.edu/register/product/maine-poultry-school-pastured-poultry-fairfield-maine/ or contact Lynne Hazelton at 207-781-6099 or lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mechanization and Tractor Education for Beginning Farmers

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/

COST: Sliding scale, $25-$75

Ground work is designed for aspiring, beginning and established farmers who want to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in selecting, operating and maintaining equipment and machinery. Farm managers, employees and apprentices will also benefit from the education and assistance.

Almost every farm reaches a point where machines become a necessity for more productive and profitable work. Ground Work participants will expand their knowledge and skills and build a mechanization plan that takes into account their skill level and existing farm operation and will help them plan for the future.

Program Format and Content: The 2015 Ground Work Program will include:

A three-part webinar series providing an overview of mechanization, an introduction to tractor and machine safety, and a framework for making decisions about purchasing tractors and machinery.
Hands-on, small group tractor skills workshops, offered in VT, NY, MA and/or CT.
Opportunities to get individual coaching and technical assistance.

Along the way, Ground Work will provide self-assessments and planning guides to help you develop a mechanization plan that fits your current situation and help you build the overall farm operation you desire.

CONTACT: Apply at wagn.wufoo.com/forms/ground-work-application-form/ or contact Beth Holtzman beth.holtzman@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389x204. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at heidi.krantz.1@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389 by: March 1 for the webinars and by April 1 for the hands-on session.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Green Mountain Draft Horse Beginner Driving Clinic

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

COST: Pre-Registration is required: Both Days- $130 GMDHA Members, $145 non-members
Saturday ONLY: $75 GMDHA member, $90 nonmember
Sunday ONLY: $70 GMDHA member, $85 nonmember

Learn the basics of draft horses, and how to harness and ground drive, while focusing on safety working around these large animals. (Horses provided!) On Sunday, get in a cart or wagon, drive an obstacle course, then take turns driving on a horse-drawn tour of the Farm. (Sunday prerequisite is to have taken class on Saturday or in the past.)

CONTACT: Register at www.greenmountaindraft.org/forms.html or contact Jean Cross at 802-877-6802 or jean@greenmountaindraft.org for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Green Mountain Draft Horse Beginner Driving Clinic

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

COST: Pre-Registration is required: Both Days- $130 GMDHA Members, $145 non-members
Saturday ONLY: $75 GMDHA member, $90 nonmember
Sunday ONLY: $70 GMDHA member, $85 nonmember

Learn the basics of draft horses, and how to harness and ground drive, while focusing on safety working around these large animals. (Horses provided!) On Sunday, get in a cart or wagon, drive an obstacle course, then take turns driving on a horse-drawn tour of the Farm. (Sunday prerequisite is to have taken class on Saturday or in the past.)

CONTACT: Register at www.greenmountaindraft.org/forms.html or contact Jean Cross at 802-877-6802 or jean@greenmountaindraft.org for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

CT Sheep and Wool Festival

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT

COST: $5 per car

The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 and is off to a great start for the next century. The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association as a program “to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut”, has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival. This event is a delightful agricultural and learning experience for the general public as well as shepherds and fiber enthusiasts. More information can be found at www.ctsheep.org/sheep_and_wool_festival.

CONTACT: Cathy Andresen at (860) 639-9196 or dragonslairfarm@yahoo.com with any questions

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DAPNet Draft Animal Plowing Clinic

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: We-Lik-It Farm, Rt. 97, Abington, CT

COST: Teamsters with team- $175, Auditors- $50

Spend a day with your team at We-Lik-It Farm with Sam Rich, a farmer/builder/logger that works both horses and oxen. He is a former National Walking Plow Champion, and recently won the World Champion Percheron Farm Team award.

Work with input from Sam and Erika on plowing technique, teamster skills, plow set-up and more! Breakfast and lunch provided. Auditors Welcome! Proceeds to benefit DAPNet.

CONTACT: Register at www.draftanimalpower.org/forums/topic/plow-clinic-with-sam-rich-april-25th/ or contact Erika Marczake at abingtongrown@hotmail.com or (518) 441-9870 for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Korean Natural Farming Workshop

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Many Hands Organic Farm, 411 Sheldon Rd., Barre, MA

COST: Pre-Registration is Required-$48 Members (NOFA-MA); $60 Non-Members

Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs. Developed by Master Han Kyu Cho in South Korea, KNF echoes many of the principles central to Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming technique as well as Permaculture. This all-day, hands-on workshop will focus on both the philosophies and the practices of KNF. Workshop attendees will learn to make various KNF inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil inoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Water-soluble Calcium, and Oriental Herbal Nutrient. KNF is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to larger scale livestock operations. Students will walk away from the workshop equipped with the knowledge to implement KNF practices on their own farm or garden.

CONTACT:Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1128896 or contact Glenn Oliveira, Education Events Organizer, at glenn@nofamass.org or 774-678-9644 for more information or with any questions.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

These workshops focus on building your skills & confidence in harnessing, hitching, driving & horse management. It will use a single horse and teams for hands on experience and individual instruction. You will drive from the ground, on a wagon and a forecart. The workshop covers horse management including the basics of safety, handling, foot care, feeding and horse health. There is a lot of emphasis placed on clear communication through effective use of the drivers hands and voice. Technical driving skill development is achieved with lots of time in the drivers’ seat and one- on- one instruction. Put your hands on the harness to learn about different styles, correct adjustment & fit.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/28 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/28 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/28 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Deerfield Farigrounds, Deerfield, NH

COST: Adults - $7.00 , Seniors 62 and over - $5.00, Youth ages 13 - 18 - $5.00, Children 12 and under - Free

Each year the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival lines up a wide variety of presenters to help educate the public on everything sheep or wool related. Families can take advantage of the many activities taking place throughout the weekend. These include demonstrations and talks on everything from sheep shearing to sheep dogs to nutrition for your sheep and raising angora rabbits for fiber use. For information on the 2015 festival visit www.nhswga.org

CONTACT: NHSWGA at 603-895-4281 or president@nhswga.org for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Deerfield Farigrounds, Deerfield, NH

COST: Adults - $7.00 , Seniors 62 and over - $5.00, Youth ages 13 - 18 - $5.00, Children 12 and under - Free

See 5/9 event for more information.

CONTACT: NHSWGA at 603-895-4281 or president@nhswga.org for more information or with any questions.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

These workshops focus on building your skills & confidence in harnessing, hitching, driving & horse management. It will use a single horse and teams for hands on experience and individual instruction. You will drive from the ground, on a wagon and a forecart. The workshop covers horse management including the basics of safety, handling, foot care, feeding and horse health. There is a lot of emphasis placed on clear communication through effective use of the drivers hands and voice. Technical driving skill development is achieved with lots of time in the drivers’ seat and one- on- one instruction. Put your hands on the harness to learn about different styles, correct adjustment & fit.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 5/19 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 5/19 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 5/19 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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