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Friday, May 10, 2013

Soil Building Boot Camp

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Litchfield, NH
Description: Location: Normanton Farms, Litchfield, NH

COST: $300, includes lunch ($250 for NH Graziers members)

Eight inches of subsoil transformed to topsoil in one year? It can be done. This two-day, hands-on, intensive and entertaining training will reveal how. Farmers Eric Noel and Abe Collins will share the secrets to revealing deep, highly active, nutrient rich soil on your farm to help you grow more high energy forage and get improved livestock gains.

The teachers will go step by step through:
* Planned Grazing
* Infrastructure and fencing strategies
* Keyline plowing, Subsoiling
* Soil boosting amendments
* Cocktail cover cropping + more

CONTACT: Eric Noel at ericRnoel@hotmail.com and 802-868-5083

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Soil Building Boot Camp

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Litchfield, NH
Description: Location: Normanton Farms, Litchfield, NH

COST: $300, includes lunch ($250 for NH Graziers members)

Eight inches of subsoil transformed to topsoil in one year? It can be done. This two-day, hands-on, intensive and entertaining training will reveal how. Farmers Eric Noel and Abe Collins will share the secrets to revealing deep, highly active, nutrient rich soil on your farm to help you grow more high energy forage and get improved livestock gains.

The teachers will go step by step through:
* Planned Grazing
* Infrastructure and fencing strategies
* Keyline plowing, Subsoiling
* Soil boosting amendments
* Cocktail cover cropping + more

CONTACT: Eric Noel at ericRnoel@hotmail.com and 802-868-5083

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Monday, May 20, 2013

VGFA Board Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Description:
If interested in attending, contact Jenn Colby jcolby@uvm.edu

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Early Registration Deadline for Growing Places Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Location: Online registration; course takes place in Vital Communities offices, White River Jct., VT

COST: $100 if registered by May 31, or $135 until June 10

This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

CONTACT: Course information and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Addison Co. Farm Animal Homeopathy Study Group

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Leicester, VT
Description: Location: Taconic End Farm, Leicester, VT

COST: Free

ADDISON COUNTY FARM ANIMAL HOMEOPATHY STUDY GROUP Open to all levels. Great peer support: learn how other farmers are applying homeopathy to their herds or fl ocks. A relaxed discussion that usually includes an in-depth look of at least one remedy, some theory and a case analysis. Bring your resources, if you have them, and a current or past case that you would like to discuss.

CONTACT: Annie Claghorn, 802-247-3979, foxclag@gmavt.net

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Slow Living Summit

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Description: Location: Downtown Brattleboro

COST: $225 per person for full weekend of events (early registration ends 5/20)

Join Frances Moore Lappé, Judy Wicks, Michael Singer, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, George Putnam, Susan Clark, Melissa Levy, Kathleen Draper in an exploration of mindful communities and bioregions at the
2013 Slow Living Summit (Many other speakers to be announced!)

Register now and save – early bird registration rates are in effect! Exploring more mindful communities and bioregions:

The Slow Living Summit is a conference focused on the development of nurturing and mutually supportive communities, bioregions and economic systems. It happens each year in the congenial environs of downtown Brattleboro.

CONTACT: More information or to register, visit: www.slowlivingsummit.org/2013-summit-registration/.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Description: (See details on June 5.)

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Description: (See details on June 5.)

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Mob Grazing Workshop with Ian Mitchell-Innes

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Location: Larson Farm, Wells, VT

COST: $50, including lunch

Have you heard about mob grazing and are trying to figure out whether it’s right for you? Would you like to increase organic matter, stocking rate and forage production? South African rancher Ian Mitchell-Innes is an internationally recognized leader in mob grazing, and is making a rare appearance in Vermont for one day. Dairy and beef farmer hosts Rich and Cynthia Larson attended a three-day workshop in 2012 and have been implementing what they’ve learned, calling the workshop “life changing”. Mixing pictures, presentation and on-farm walking discussion, we hope you’ll join us for this special opportunity.

Lunch will be provided by the NOFA pizza oven, featuring local products from the Larson Farm and others. This program has been made possible through the generous support of a SARE PDP-funded project focused on holistic planned grazing.

CONTACT: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture jcolby@uvm.edu (802) 656-0858. Register online at: vtianmobgrazing.eventbrite.com/

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Poultry Seminar

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Walpole, NH
Description: Location: Walpole Valley Farms, 663 Wentworth Road, Walpole, NH

COST: $75 per person or $140 for two if registered BEFORE MAY 24. After May 24, $80/person or $150/two. Lunch is included. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult.

Join Walpole Valley Farms for a day of practical and useful learning with a hands-on workshop on raising Pasture-Raised Broilers and Pasture-Raised Laying Hens. Topics will include hands-on instruction of harvesting chickens, how to cut up chicken into parts & packaging, Poultry Management (including an in-field demonstration of daily movements of "chicken tractors" & the "eggmobile"), in-depth discussion of pasture-raised poultry benefits, Brooding Chicks, and Poultry Nutrition. Talks will be given by Chris Caserta & Dan Madden of Walpole Valley Farms and Jeff Mattocks of Fertrell.

CONTACT: Call (603) 756-2085 for questions and to reserve your space. Or register at: www.eventbrite.com/event/6549003245



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Food Safety Regulations, Including Canned Food Regulations

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Location: RAFFL conference room (3rd floor), 67 Merchants Row, Rutland

COST: $10 per participant, including course materials and light refreshments

This workshop will provide information to help small-scale food processors understand how to meet current Federal (FDA and USDA) and State of Vermont food regulations, as well as some information on the proposed FDA Food Safety Modernization Act rules. This workshop will also help clarify state and FDA regulations regarding low acid, acidified, and high acid foods; explain the process of getting a scheduled process; and provide information on filling out the necessary forms for approval.

Note that a separate workshop on HACCP will be held on the same day and location from 1-4 PM. You are welcome to attend one or both workshops, but please register for each separately. You can bring a brown bag lunch to eat between the sessions if you wish.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please let Rose Crossley in UVM Extension (802-223-2389) know by May 21, 2013 so we may assist you.

CONTACT: Register online by June 9 at foodregsr.eventbrite.com/. For more information, please contact Londa Nwadike at londa.nwadike@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389.

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HACCP for Food Processors

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: Location: RAFFL conference room (3rd floor), 67 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT

COST: $15 per participant, including course materials and light refreshments.

A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan is a regulatory requirement for processing of some food products (meat and poultry, juice, seafood). However, more food buyers are now requiring food producers to have a HACCP plan in place. Developing and implementing a HACCP plan can also help food processors to produce food with a systematic and pro-active approach to food safety. This workshop will provide an introduction to HACCP, including information on prerequisite programs, conducting a Hazard Analysis, identifying Critical Control Points and Monitoring Procedures, establishment of Critical Limits and Corrective Actions, and Verification and Record Keeping Procedures.

Note that a separate workshop on food safety regulations will be held on the same day and location from 10AM
-noon. You are welcome to attend one or both workshops, but please register for each separately. You can bring a brown bag lunch to eat between the sessions if you wish.

CONTACT: Register online by June 9 at haccprutland.eventbrite.com/. For more information on the course, please contact Londa Nwadike at londa.nwadike@uvm.edu or 802 223 2389. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please let Rose Crossley in UVM Extension (802-223-
2389) know by May 21, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

UAS Open Youth Poultry & Swine Clinic and Show

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Tunbridge Fairgrounds Poultry & Swine Barns, Tunbridge, VT

Though the registration deadline of June 5 has passed, we wanted to help get out the word that this event is happening. The purpose is to provide opportunities to experience poultry and swine projects for the first time or to expand on past experiences and increase knowledge. The weekend features talks, Skill-a-thon game show style fun, and chances to learn about basic animal husbandry, health and biosecurity, a swine agility course, classes and demonstrations on showmanship, conformation, judging and more.

CONTACT: If you have any questions please contact Jen Shatney at 802-333-9927, Michael Whalen at 802-505-0254, Matt Whalen at 802-565-0071, email: vtheritagefarm@yahoo.com or Michael Wilson at 223-2389 Ext. 205, email: m.wilson@uvm.edu.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

UAS Open Youth Poultry & Swine Clinic and Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Tunbridge Fairgrounds Poultry & Swine Barns, Tunbridge, VT

Though the registration deadline of June 5 has passed, we wanted to help get out the word that this event is happening. The purpose is to provide opportunities to experience poultry and swine projects for the first time or to expand on past experiences and increase knowledge. The weekend features talks, Skill-a-thon game show style fun, and chances to learn about basic animal husbandry, health and biosecurity, a swine agility course, classes and demonstrations on showmanship, conformation, judging and more.

CONTACT: If you have any questions please contact Jen Shatney at 802-333-9927, Michael Whalen at 802-505-0254, Matt Whalen at 802-565-0071, email: vtheritagefarm@yahoo.com or Michael Wilson at 223-2389 Ext. 205, email: m.wilson@uvm.edu.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

UAS Open Youth Poultry & Swine Clinic and Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Description: Tunbridge Fairgrounds Poultry & Swine Barns, Tunbridge, VT

Though the registration deadline of June 5 has passed, we wanted to help get out the word that this event is happening. The purpose is to provide opportunities to experience poultry and swine projects for the first time or to expand on past experiences and increase knowledge. The weekend features talks, Skill-a-thon game show style fun, and chances to learn about basic animal husbandry, health and biosecurity, a swine agility course, classes and demonstrations on showmanship, conformation, judging and more.

CONTACT: If you have any questions please contact Jen Shatney at 802-333-9927, Michael Whalen at 802-505-0254, Matt Whalen at 802-565-0071, email: vtheritagefarm@yahoo.com or Michael Wilson at 223-2389 Ext. 205, email: m.wilson@uvm.edu.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Maine Compost School

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Monmouth, ME
Description: Location: Highmoor Farm, Monmouth, ME

COST: $525

The week-long Maine Compost School is open to anyone interested in composting. The curriculum is designed for farmers, commercial and private managers/operators, municipal managers/operators, recycling specialists, state and local regulators, public officials, compost marketers, Extension and USDA personnel, governmental agency personnel. The objectives are to:

• Provide an understanding of medium and large scale composting
• Explore problems associated with the composting process
• Examine appropriate organic materials suitable for composting
• Exchange information and foster relationships

Contact: Online registration and loding information at www.composting.org.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Maine Compost School

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Monmouth, ME
Description: (See details on June 17.)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Maine Compost School

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Monmouth, ME
Description: (See details on June 17.)

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Maine Compost School

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Monmouth, ME
Description: (See details on June 17.)

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Maine Compost School

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Monmouth, ME
Description: (See details on June 17.)

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Raising Grazers with Grain-fed Animals (NOFA MASS event)

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: N. Amherst, MA
Description: Location: 1089 N. Pleasant St., N. Amherst, MA

COST: $25 NOFA members, $31 non-members

This workshop helps producers plan how to integrate multiple livestock species into a whole farm system. While the primary focus of this farm is vegetable production, livestock make crucial contributions to the whole of the farm. This workshop willcover scale thresholds that make animal operations an appropriate size relative to labor input, market potential, and husbandry needs. Each species will be considered for its needs, its economic value, as well as its contribution to overall farm functioning. The presentation focuses on synergies between grazing animals (cattle and sheep) and grain-fed animals (chickens and pigs), using annual cover crops as forage, creating a farm budget, managing production, and scheduling slaughter dates. Marketing discussion will present combined approach to CSA, direct retail, farmers’ market, and restaurants. Instructor Dave Tepfer is co-owner of Simple Gifts Farm where he manages the livestock using a pasture-based system for 15 beefers, 30 sheep, 50 pigs, and 200 laying hens.

CONTACT: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374. By email, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org; put “Animal Husbandry” in subject. Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/343810

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Growing Places Course for New Farmers

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: White River Jct., VT
Description: Location: Vital Communities offices, White River Jct., VT

COST: $100 if registered by May 31, or $135 until June 10

This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project in collaboration with Vital Communities and co-sponsored by the Women's Ag Network.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

No matter what stage your farm business is in, the New Farmer Project offers classes to help you reach your full potential. Vermont New Farmer Project courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of aspiring and beginning farmers, including topics such as: goal setting, business planning, marketing, and ag financial management. Not sure which course is right for you? Contact us at newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389 x203.

CONTACT: Course information and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

County Fairs & Zoonotic Diseases (Webinar)

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Online

COST: Free

Join Oregon and Washington specialists from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, and Extension as they share best practices for keeping animals and people healthy during county fairs. Prevention of the spread of zoonotic diseases will be the focus of this one-hour live webinar. A question-and-answer session will be available. This opportunity is especially for fair managers, county Extension faculty and other decision makers interested in disease reduction and risk management at fairs.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Lynette Black, 4-H Youth Development Faculty, Oregon State University Extension Service. Lynette.Black@oregonstate.edu. Connection: gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/edencop/

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