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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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Monday, July 8, 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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Thursday, July 11, 2013

On-Farm Energy, Vegetable & Fruit Enterprises, and Pest Control

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Alburgh, VT
Description: Borderview Farm and Darby Farm in Alburgh, VT

COST: Free for youth participating in the Youth Ag. IDA program.

Introducing our very own on-farm workshop series- specially designed for youth in the UVM Extension Youth Ag Individual Development Account Program!

This first event will be offered with Chris Callahan?, Vern Grubinger and Ann Hazelrigg of UVM Extension.

CONTACT: We strongly encourage all participants in the Youth Ag IDA program to attend, and ask that you RSVP by July 5 For more information or to register, contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu by July 1 (or as soon as possible) so we may assist you.

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NY Regional IPM Meeting for Pasture Farmers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hoosick Falls, NY
Description: Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy, 74 Sheffer Road, Hoosick Falls, NY

COST: Free, but RSVP is appreciated.

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and Ken Wise from the NYS IPM Program to answer: who are the usual summer time pest species and what can you do about them?

From this field meeting you will learn to correctly identify the most important fly pests affecting livestock on pasture in the northeast. You will also learn techniques to determine if fly populations are at numbers that can cause economic injury. Learn the options available for controlling fly pests affecting animals on pasture including the role of dung beetles, use of effective biting fly catching traps suitable for use on pasture, and what you should know about making insecticide use decisions.

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides many educational opportunities and resources for established as well as new farmers and land owners as well as consumers and youth. For more information on any of these classes or other upcoming events with CCE, please call (518) 272-4210.

CONTACT: For more information or to register, please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at mmp74@cornell.edu or (518) 272-4210.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Grass-Fed All Year Long: Summer Workshop

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Jamestown, RI
Description: Location: 455 North Rd., Watson Farm, Jamestown, RI

COST: Free

Come join Darrell Emmick, retired USDA Grazing Land Management Specialist, to learn about animal behavior, local invasive weeds and how to involve your livestock in managing them, and the Grass-fed All Year Long 2013-2014 line-up with Michael T. Keilty of UConn.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWwhpmoiJqPVkskByQ57UNCv3bS_DrJCyWrOWzP0Nw0/edit or contact Jean King at jean.king@uconn.edu or 860-916-7367.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Grass-Fed All Year Long: Summer Workshop

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Litchfield, CT
Description: Location: Laurel Ridge Farm, 66 Wigwam Rd., Litchfield, CT

COST: Free

Come join Darrell Emmick, retired USDA Grazing Land Management Specialist, to learn about animal behavior, and be joined by local specialists to talk about animal health, toxic weeds, and the nutritional qualities of weeds, and the Grass-fed All Year Long 2013-2014 line-up with Michael T. Keilty of UConn.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWwhpmoiJqPVkskByQ57UNCv3bS_DrJCyWrOWzP0Nw0/edit or contact Jean King at jean.king@uconn.edu or 860-916-7367.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Grass-Fed All Year Long: Summer Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: S. Deerfield, MA
Description: Location: UMass Farm, 89-91 River Rd., S. Deerfield, MA

COST: Free

Come join Darrell Emmick, retired USDA Grazing Land Management Specialist, to learn about animal behavior, and be joined by local specialists who will discuss the UMass Hay/Baleage Beef Finishing Project, the Soil Compaction Tillage Radish Trial, and Livestock Weed Analysis, and the Grass-fed All Year Long 2013-2014 line-up with Michael T. Keilty of UConn.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWwhpmoiJqPVkskByQ57UNCv3bS_DrJCyWrOWzP0Nw0/edit or contact Jean King at jean.king@uconn.edu or 860-916-7367.

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Summer Evening Pasture Walk

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Long Lesson Farm, 444 Goosen-Regan Road, Buskirk, NY

COST: $5.00

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension at , www.longlessonangus.com/) for a pasture walk on July 18th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy a presentation from Columbia-Greene CCE Livestock Educator Mick Bessire, question and answer time with the farmers, and light refreshments.
We will cover topics including:
• Pasture renovations
• Soil health
• Weed control
Discussion will move in the direction that participants have interest in, bring your pasture and grazing questions! Cornell Cooperative Extension provides many educational opportunities and resources for established as well as new farmers and land owners, and consumers and youth.

CONTACT: For more information and to R.S.V.P please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne, VT
Description: Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

COST: $50/person

Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: a total of over 40 of them! The public is invited to experience Vermont's passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking.

CONTACT: For more information please contact at 800.884.6287. Buy tickets at www.vtcheesefest.com/tickets.html

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Monday, July 22, 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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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Certified Organic Poultry, Pigs, Steer & Worms (NOFA-MASS event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Barre, MA
Description: Many Hands Organic Farm, 411 Sheldon Rd., Barre, MA

COST: $30 NOFA members, $38 non-members

In this workshop, Julie of Many Hands Organic Farm will discuss and participants will see two sizes of meat birds, layers, brand new turkeys, pigs, cows, and worms. Participants will learn about the management of all these species and their relationships to each other on this tightly organized and rotated farm system, which includes 2 ½ acres of vegetables and 1 acre of orchard. The workshop covers feeds, housing, pasturing, woods management, rotations with crops, sprouted grains, brooding, marketing, and finances. Participants have the opportunity to help slaughter some chickens. Instructor Julie Rawson is a life-long farmer who has been raising livestock organically for almost 30 years.

CONTACT: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374. By email, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org; put “Animal Husbandry” in subject. Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/345376

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Grass Fed Heritage Beef

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Green Heron Growers, 2361 Wait Corners Road, Panama, NY

NOFA-NY is hosting a field day on July 27th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Green Heron Growers 2361, Panama, NY. Please join NOFA-NY for a workshop entitled Grass Fed Heritage Beef. Join Julie and Steve Rockcastle of Green Heron Growers as they discuss their management practices raising grass fed heritage beef. The field day will begin with a tour of their pastures focusing on management intensive grazing. The day will also include a discussion on selecting genetics and developing heritage breeds. Farmers Steve and Julie will discuss how they have developed their herd with a focus on converting grass to delicious beef. Green Heron Growers raises 100% grass-fed heritage beef, certified organic chicken, eggs, shiitake mushrooms & vegetables for conscious eaters who value quality products, animal welfare and stewardship of the land. They strive to provide nourishing food for family, friends, and community. Stay at the farm: overnight camping and grass-fed burger cook-out for an additional fee of $20. Visit theheron.org/1769-2/ for camping details.

COST: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, please contact the Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email at register@nofany.org, or shop online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Pasture & Livestock, and Weed & Forage ID (Youth Ag. IDA Wkshp.)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Middlesex, VT
Description: Osprey Hill Farm, Middlesex, , VT

COST: Free for youth participating in the Youth Ag. IDA program.

This second workshop will be offered with Jenn Colby, Kimberly Hagen and Juan Alvez of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Sid Bosworth of UVM Plant & Soil Sciences

CONTACT: We strongly encourage all participants in the Youth Ag IDA program to attend, and ask that you RSVP by July 26 For more information or to register, contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu by July 12 (or as soon as possible) so we may assist you.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

CSA Farmer Exchange with Equiterre

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Intervale Community Farm, Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT

This exchange with Quebec’s CSA networking organization, Equiterre, will offer a farm tour and discussion of ICF’s CSA distribution strategy and general management practices. Join us for a social with the NOFA pizza oven starting at 3.

CONTACT: NOFA at info@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122

COST: $10 NOFA members, $20 non-members IMPROVING PASTURE PRODUCTIVITY WITH INTENSIVE

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Monday, August 5, 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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Food Safety Modernization Act - Discussion for NH Farmers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Office, Rockingham Co., Brentwood, NH

A task force of organizations and individuals across NH have been working for several months to try to read, understand and communicate to the farming community what FSMA may mean for them and for New Hampshire’s agricultural development. As part of this effort, UNH is hosting a two hour workshop in three different locations. The program will include a brief presentation of what has been learned so far, a panel of famers who have studied the rules and will share their concerns, and information on how to comment on the proposed rules.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to the workshop. This is your chance to comment. The workshop presenters will demonstrate how to navigate the FSMA comment page and provide time for participants to draft or directly send comments.

CONTACT: For more information about these workshops please contact Heather Bryant, Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture, UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County, 603-787-6944 or Heather.Bryant@unh.edu.

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