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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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The New Horse-Powered Farm: Tools & Systems

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT

COST: Free

Farming with horses was once commonly considered to be a relic of the past. Now suddenly it seems as if small farms utilizing draft animal power are cropping up everywhere. In this presentation, we will take a look at the history and current state of draft horse farming in North America. We will focus on all the old and new tools that contemporary horse farmers are utilizing for whole farm management and in the market garden. We will cover everything from selection, care, and training of work horses to primary tillage, cultivation, and bringing in the harvest. The economics and environmental impact of draft horse farming will also be discussed.

Stephen Leslie has been farming with horses for eighteen years. Along with his wife Kerry Gawalt and daughter Maeve, he manages Cedar Mountain Farm in Hartland, Vermont, which comprises a dairy herd of 20 Jersey cows and a 4-acre horse-powered CSA market garden. Cedar Mountain Farm is located at Cobb Hill Co-housing, a 23 household eco-village. Stephen is a regular contributor to Small Farmer's Journal and the author of The New Horse-Powered Farm (Chelsea Green, 2013).

CONTACT: Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Contact registration@shelburnefarms.org with any questions.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Vermont Foodbank Hunger Action Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center 870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT

COST: $45 - $70

The Vermont Foodbank Hunger Action Conference brings together hundreds of attendees representing charitable food providers and partners in the anti-hunger movement to leverage the power of sharing information and resources for collaboration and progress. This year’s conference will focus on the importance of celebrating successes and the value of telling our story, along with teaching tangible tools for mindfulness in leadership, whole systems collaboration and operating from our core values. Conference attendees will end the day feeling hopeful, with a sense of camaraderie, and will leave with ideas and tangible actions to help them sustain and build upon the hard of making our communities better.

CONTACT: Stephani Kononan skononan@vtfoodbank.org 802-477-3341

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Plowing & Cultivating with Horses

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

COST: $125

If you want to use your horses to work in your garden or tilled field, this workshop is for you. We will be using a variety of equipment, including walking & sulkey plows and one- & two-horse cultivators. This is not a driving workshop. Pre-registration is required: please register at: www.fairwindsfarm.org/DHWSregistration2012.pdf

CONTACT: Fair Winds Farm 802-254-9067 fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org

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2014 New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Rd. Deerfield, NH

COST: Adults - $5.00 Seniors 62 and over - $4.00 Children 12 and under - Free

The 38th annual NH Sheep and Wool Festival, at Deerfield fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH, will feature: sheep shearing, fiber animals, dog herding demonstrations, sheep dog trials, youth shows and activities, fiber shows, spinning and weaving demonstrations, fleece judging and sale, breed displays, educational programs, special workshops and lectures, as well as, over 120 vendors.

CONTACT: NH Sheep and Wool Assn. Heidi Babb, 603-340-2281 secretary@nhswga.org, or visit www.nhswga.org/index.php/events.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

2014 New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Rd. Deerfield, NH

COST: Adults - $5.00 Seniors 62 and over - $4.00 Children 12 and under - Free

(See details with May 10 event.)

CONTACT: NH Sheep and Wool Assn. Heidi Babb, 603-340-2281 secretary@nhswga.org, or visit www.nhswga.org/index.php/events.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sun to Cheese Tour

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT

COST: $15/person, includes a block of cheese

A behind-the-scenes look at dairy farming and cheesemaking. Hear the Shelburne Farms farmers and cheesemakers explain the process of turning fresh milk into farmhouse cheddar; tour the dairy and taste cheese with the cheesemakers. Tours leave the Welcome Center promptly at 1:30 pm. Pre-registration is required, register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/sun-to-cheese-tour-may-14-2014-registration-10602535469

CONTACT: Shelburne Farms registration@shelburnefarms.org or 802-985-8686

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Birdsfoot Trefoil as a Forage on Organic Dairy Farms Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Register at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/805632008

COST: Free

Birdsfoot Trefoil as a Forage on Organic Dairy Farms Webinar by eOrganic

Join eOrganic for a webinar on Birdsfoot Trefoil as a forage on organic dairy farms with Dr. Jennifer MacAdam, Utah State University, on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2 PM Eastern Time (1 PM Central, 12 PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker.

The inclusion of highly digestible legumes like birdsfoot trefoil (BFT) in pasture plantings can increase the productivity of grazing livestock. Because forage legumes produce their own nitrogen, they can meet their own fertility needs. In addition, since BFT and other tannin-containing forage legumes are non-bloating, they can be planted as 50% or more of mixtures with no risk of bloat.

In this webinar, Dr. Jennifer MacAdam will describe a multiple year research project, funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), that is partnering with established organic dairy producers in the Mountain West to determine the impact of supplementing and/or replacing grass pasture with birdsfoot trefoil (BFT) on milk production and milk quality. The study is looking at feed nutrients from organic BFT versus grass, the effects these forages had on soil organic matter, omega-3 fatty acid concentrations in milk and cheese from BFT-fed cows, and the economic risks and benefits for organic dairies of converting grass pastures to BFT pastures.

About the Presenter: Dr. Jennifer MacAdam is a Forage Plant Physiologist at the Utah State University. She has been on the faculty at Utah State since 1991, where she teaches courses on plant physiology and anatomy. Her research has centered on management of seeded, irrigated pastures for livestock production, plant responses to salinity and drought stress, and the growth and development of grass forages.

You can find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at www.extension.org/pages/25242.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar. If you have concerns, please test your Java at java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp prior to joining the webinar.

CONTACT: More information at: eorganic.info/

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Rural Vermont's 29th Annual Celebration

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: American Legion Hall, Route 103 South, Chester, VT

COST: Free and open to all.

Rural Vermont’s 29th Annual Celebration will kick off with a good old-fashioned potluck supper, cash bar, and a social hour with plenty of time for networking and catching up with old and new friends. Following the brief annual meeting, several farmers will take the stage for storytelling that will not only demonstrate their passion and connection to the way they raise food, but paint a future that returns the “culture” to agriculture. The stories will then lead into a dynamic conversation about the barriers preventing or impeding food freedom, solutions for moving forward, and how people can lend support to this movement.

Please RSVP here: www.ruralvermont.org/uncategorized/rsvp/ It’ll take about 2 minutes – and there’s a bonus! Each Thursday leading up to the event, Rural Vermont wll draw one name and this person will win a 20 quart bag of Vermont Compost Company compost, to be picked up at the event on 5/15.

CONTACT: (802)223-7222 or send an email to shelby@ruralvermont.org.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Spring Landowner "Coverts Cooperator" Training

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Woods at Wikahowi, Northfield, VT

COST: Free: $100 deposit is refunded for the registrants who complete the training

Vermont Coverts Woodlands for Wildlife announces its spring landowner training. Designed for woodland owners who want to learn how a healthy forest can enhance wildlife habitat, provide recreational and other benefits. This class features expert instructors like Mary Sisock (UVM Extension), Kim Royar (VT Fish and Wildlife Biologist), Steve Hagenbuch (Audubon VT) and more.

CONTACT: Visit www.vtcoverts.org/education.php for more information on course content and how to register

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Selling to Regional Markets: VT Farmers Sell Out of State

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: An online webinar at go.uvm.edu/aemon

COST: Free

A Vermont New Farmer Project Webinar, organized by the Intervale Center Farms Program. Are you a farmer interested in selling regionally? Have you thought about driving to Boston or New York to sell your products? Do you want to learn about a few different options for accessing regional markets through direct sales? Learn from two farmers about selling directly meat, vegetables, and value added products to New York City. We’ll help you learn the personal, production, financial, and marketing skills needed to sell to access regional markets. Amanda Andrews, co-owner of Tamarack Hollow Farm in Burlington, VT, will talk about selling vegetables and meat in New York City through a farmers market and small CSA and Diane St. Clair, owner of Animal Farm, in Orwell, VT will discuss selling value added dairy products to regional markets.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 10:45 a.m EDT on May 16, 2014 and click on the webinar title.

CONTACT: For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x204. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Beth Holtzman know by May 9, 2014 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or newfarmer@uvm.edu so we may assist you. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring Landowner "Coverts Cooperator" Training

Time: 6:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Description: Woods at Wikahowi, Northfield, VT

(Please see details with 5/16 event. This day begins with an optional early bird walk and concludes with dinner and a "Jeopardy" game.)

CONTACT: Visit www.vtcoverts.org/education.php for more information on course content and how to register

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Demystifying Compost

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavillion Rd. East Thetford, VT

COST: $20

This Rots! Demystifying Compost with Cat Buxton and Nic Cook, Cedar Circle Farm’s Compost Specialist, is a workshop designed to reduce your trash size and smell, feed the soil and save money by composting. Learn to integrate a compost system into the home kitchen and garden without a lot of fuss. Learn about the spectrum of possible and practical compost pile ingredients and compost bins, the role of compost in soil management, and the conflicting lists of compost dos and don’ts. Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process. Pre-registration is required, register at: shop.cedarcirclefarm.org/store/classes-and-events-spring-class-this-rots-demystifying-compost-may-17?page=1

CONTACT: Cedar Circle Farm (802) 785-4737 growing@cedarcirclefarm.org

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring Landowner "Coverts Cooperator" Training

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Woods at Wikahowi, Northfield, VT

COST: Free: $100 deposit is refunded for the registrants who complete the training

(Please see details with 5/16 event.)

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tractor Safety Course for Teens

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT

COST: $60

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Vermont Technical College are teaming up to offer a youth certification course under the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program.

While registration is open to all teens 14 and older, the course targets those 14 and 15-year-olds who need a training certificate to operate tractors and other machinery as well as handle specific hazardous
operations and tasks on a farm. The course includes classroom work and safety demonstrations, plus hands-on tractor driving instruction with Vermont Tech's farm teaching staff. The latter entails at least one session
lasting three to four hours. Additional sessions may be scheduled to meet student needs. Participants also will have the opportunity to schedule individual times for driving practice and testing. Topics to be covered include instruments and controls, pre-operation checks, PTO and hydraulics, maintenance, equipment and farm and highway safety, among others. To become certified, youths must log their at-home driving practice hours and pass both a written exam and driving test.

CONTACT: For information or to register, visit bit.ly/tractorsafety or call Melissa Neilson at (802) 728-1677. The registration deadline is May 28 or when the class is filled. Anyone requiring a disability-related
accommodation to participate should call Liz Kenton, UVM Extension Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator, at (802) 257-7967, ext. 308, or (800) 571-0668 (Vermont calls only) by May 23.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Slow Living Summit

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Description: Main St., Brattleboro, VT

COST: Varying registration fees for individual events.

Strolling of the Heifers presents the fourth annual Slow Living Summit in downtown Brattleboro VT — a conference focused on the development of nurturing and mutually supportive communities, bioregions and economic systems. Invited are thought leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, artists, faith leaders, wellness practitioners and engaged citizens to gather for explorations of how to build healthier, happier, and more resilient, connected, mindful, sharing, and vibrant communities.

CONTACT: Martin Langeveld, newsafternewspapers@gmail.com, 802-380-0226, See details at www.slowlivingsummit.org/

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Grow Grazing Productivity with Healthy Soils

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Black Queen Angus Farm, 630 Green Hollow Rd, Berlin NY 12022

COST: $5, includes hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch.

How does animal impact affect soil fertility, structure, and its overall health? Do mechanical inputs of organic matter differ from animal impact? Visit Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC to see the effects of successful winter management on a summer pasture. The class will:
• Turn old bales into added organic matter using a Roto-Grind 760 Bale Grinder,
• Discuss the importance of organic matter
• Learn about soil testing
• Look at the animal impact on soil health
• Check for compaction
• Dig for earthworms

CONTACT: Please RSVP to Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Description: Main St., Brattleboro, VT

COST: Varying registration fees for individual events.

(Please see details with June 4 event.)

CONTACT: Martin Langeveld, newsafternewspapers@gmail.com, 802-380-0226, See details at www.slowlivingsummit.org/

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Description: Main St., Brattleboro, VT

COST: Varying registration fees for individual events.
(Please see details with June 4 event.)

CONTACT: Martin Langeveld, newsafternewspapers@gmail.com, 802-380-0226, See details at www.slowlivingsummit.org/

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Strolling of the Heifers Parade/Slow Living Expo

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Main Street (Parade) and Brattleboro Common and Brattleboro Retreat Grounds (Expo), Brattleboro, VT

COST: Parade, and pre-parade entertainment are free. Food from vendors, including breakfast starting at 7am, is available for sale.

CONTACT: Martin Langeveld, newsafternewspapers@gmail.com, 802-380-0226, See details at www.strollingoftheheifers.com/strolling-of-the-heifers-parade/

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tractor Safety Course for Teens

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT

COST: $60

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Vermont Technical College are teaming up to offer a youth certification course under the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program.

The course takes place over two consecutive Sundays: June 1 & June 8. While registration is open to all teens 14 and older, the course targets those 14 and 15-year-olds who need a training certificate to operate tractors and other machinery as well as handle specific hazardous operations and tasks on a farm. The course includes classroom work and safety demonstrations, plus hands-on tractor driving instruction with Vermont Tech's farm teaching staff. The latter entails at least one session lasting three to four hours. Additional sessions may be scheduled to meet student needs. Participants also will have the opportunity to schedule individual times for driving practice and testing. Topics to be covered include instruments and controls, pre-operation checks, PTO and hydraulics, maintenance, equipment and farm and highway safety, among others. To become certified, youths must log their at-home driving practice hours and pass both a written exam and driving test.

CONTACT: For information or to register, visit bit.ly/tractorsafety or call Melissa Neilson at (802) 728-1677. The registration deadline is May 28 or when the class is filled. Anyone requiring a disability-related
accommodation to participate should call Liz Kenton, UVM Extension Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator, at (802) 257-7967, ext. 308, or (800) 571-0668 (Vermont calls only) by May 23.

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