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Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter Break

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter Break

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Break

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Break

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Hosting Safe Legally Secure Farm Events Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: farmcommons.org/hosting-safe-legally-secure-farm-events-0

COST: FREE

On-farm events are a great way to build support in the community. And, they’re a lot of fun! But as the saying goes, it’s only fun until someone loses an eye. Make sure your farm isn’t left with the short end of the stick after a good-intentioned event goes bad. From zoning compliance to guest injuries and serving prepared food, this webinar will work through a checklist of things a farm should address before hosting an event.

CONTACT: For more information and to register go to farmcommons.org/hosting-safe-legally-secure-farm-events-0

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Adding Value Without Adding Legal Liability to Farm Products

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: farmcommons.org/adding-value-without-adding-legal-liability-farm-products

COST: FREE

Although starting a processing operation, improving packaging, and developing new products are great ways to make the farm more profitable, these activities have a huge legal impact. Employment laws, liability potential, state/federal regulations, and tax factors all change when a farm begins to process product. Farms relying on cottage food laws should make sure to attend- this webinar will talk about what these laws do not do to protect farms.

CONTACT: For more information and to register go to farmcommons.org/adding-value-without-adding-legal-liability-farm-products

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Health Problems with the Digestive System of Poultry Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry

COST: FREE

As the first in a four part webinar series on poultry health, Dr. Frame will start this webinar with an introduction to chicken health programs. The remainder of the webinar with discuss problems with the digestive system. The digestive system of poultry is exposed to a variety of pathogens on a daily basis. Dr. Frame will be discussing how some of these digestive-related diseases are manifested in poultry.

CONTACT: More information at learn.extension.org/events/1789#.VG-o1skhC-U

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

NOFA-Mass Winter Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

COST: By Dec.15: NOFA member $105; Non-member $131. By Jan. 9: NOFA member $115; Non-member $144. On Jan 10: NOFA member $125; Non-member $156

Join NOFA-Mass for over 60 workshops, exhibits, an all-day seminar and keynote by Greg Judy, rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate. It’s fun for the whole family! The children’s conference (ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated. Lots of do-it-yourself workshops keep teens active and engaged.

CONTACT: Register at www.nofamass.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Mail_in_Registration_Form.pdf or contact Cathleen O'Keefe at 413-387-2316 or wc@nofamass.org for more information or with any questions.

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Using Livestock to Build a Healty, Profitable Farm w/ Greg Judy

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Description: Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

COST: By Dec. 15: NOFA member $105; Non-member $131. By Jan. 9: NOFA member $115; Non-member $144. On Jan 10: NOFA member $125; Non-member $156

In this all-day seminar that runs concurrently with the NOFA-MASS Winter Conference, Greg Judy will discuss setting up a profitable, managed grazing operation from scratch. He will cover each step, including grazing methods, fencing, water, monitoring animal performance, recovery periods, building a litter bank, calving, winter stockpiling, developing your grazier's eye, drought management, and daily monitoring.

Based in Missouri, Greg and his wife Jan run a grazing operation on 1580 acres of leased and owned land. They went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200 acre farm and house in three years by switching from Management Intensive Grazing to Holistic High Density Grazing, and the results have been breathtaking. They graze cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, horses, and stockers, and also own a 250 head grass genetic South Poll cow herd, 300 head St. Croix hair sheep flock and graze pigs. They have also started direct marketing grass-fed beef, lamb and pork. The Judys use no lime, no fertilizer, no seeding, no chemicals, and no equipment.

CONTACT: wc@nofamass.org for more information, or register at www.nofamass.org/wcregistration#.VG9xNMka9ws

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME

COST: TBA

Each year at Maine's Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. MOFGA has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and Committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs. There is no pre-registration for the day's events.

CONTACT: MOFGA at mofga@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 for more information or with any questions.

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Salmonella and Backyard Poultry Flocks Webinar

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry

COST: FREE

The summer of 2014 saw many cases of Salmonellosis traced back to backyard poultry flocks. Dr. Colin Basler of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention will be speaking about preventing salmonellosis while maintaining a backyard poultry flock.

CONTACT: More information at learn.extension.org/events/1703#.VG-pJckhC-U

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME

COST: TBA

Please see 1/13 event for more information.

CONTACT: MOFGA at mofga@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 for more information or with any questions.

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Labor Management for Farmers Session I: Get your Team - Randolph

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Red Schoolhouse, 45 So. Randolph Rd Vermont Technical College campus, Randolph, VT

COST: $50 member (NOFA-VT), $70 non-member, discounts for multiple workshops or employees

Improve your bottom line and increase overall business sustainability by learning from the successful human resources systems of experienced farm-managers. Gain practical people-management skills and get take-home resources to help you hire and keep a great crew. Presenters include farmers with both large and small staff, state and federal department of labor representatives, corporate perspectives and farmer-to-farmer networking opportunities.

CONTACT: NOFA-VT at info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 for more information or with questions.

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Collecting a Forage Sample and Interpreting the Analysis Webinar

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

COST: FREE

Providing adequate and balanced nutrition is important for maintaining production and animal health for both grazing and non-grazing dairy herds. The first step to achieving adequate and balanced nutrition is to know what you are feeding your cows. This webinar will discuss how to collect a representative forage sample and how to interoperate the analysis.

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

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME

COST: TBA

Please see 1/13 event for more information.

CONTACT: MOFGA at mofga@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 for more information or with any questions.

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Labor Management for Farmers Session I: Get Your Team-Williston

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: 401 Lawrence PlaceWilliston

COST: $50 member (NOFA-VT), $70 non-member, discounts for multiple workshops or employees

Improve your bottom line and increase overall business sustainability by learning from the successful human resources systems of experienced farm-managers. Gain practical people-management skills and get take-home resources to help you hire and keep a great crew. Presenters include farmers with both large and small staff, state and federal department of labor representatives, corporate perspectives and farmer-to-farmer networking opportunities.

CONTACT: NOFA-VT at info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 for more information or with questions.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

19th Annual VT Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT

COST: TBA

Come join New England livestock farmers of all management types, animal species and farm sizes for two days of learning, featuring speakers, networking, and peer learning opportunities, along with meals sourced from local grass-based operations. Whether you're working in dairy, investing in growing markets for local beef and pork, or developing a better understanding of production of sheep, goats and poultry, the conference has something for everyone dedicated to our region's open working spaces!

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at 802-656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu. Sponsorships now being accepted, and registration opens soon!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

19th Annual VT Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT

COST: TBA

Come join New England livestock farmers of all management types, animal species and farm sizes for two days of learning, featuring speakers, networking, and peer learning opportunities, along with meals sourced from local grass-based operations. Whether you're working in dairy, investing in growing markets for local beef and pork, or developing a better understanding of production of sheep, goats and poultry, the conference has something for everyone dedicated to our region's open working spaces!

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at 802-656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu. Sponsorships now being accepted, and registration opens soon!

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Farmland Leases Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: farmcommons.org/farmland-leases-built-last-content-and-legal-context

COST: FREE

Leasing farmland is so commonplace farmers may not think twice about the lease itself… until things go wrong. Don’t let misunderstandings with landowners hinder your farm. Prevent problems with a strong lease that addresses water usage, equipment access, payment strategies, dispute resolution procedures, long-term concerns, and termination processes, plus more. Negotiating tactics and various laws affecting farmland leases will be on the agenda.

CONTACT: For more information and to register go to farmcommons.org/farmland-leases-built-last-content-and-legal-context

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Food Safety Liability and Regulations for the Farm Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: farmcommons.org/food-safety-liability-and-regulations-farm

COST: FREE

We’ve been hearing all about the upcoming regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act. But, as important as it is, farm liability for food safety goes beyond this new law. A food safety incident has potentially disastrous implications for any direct-to-consumer farmer. We’ll talk about how a food safety incident plays out, from lawsuits to recalls and contract breaches. Most importantly, we’ll talk about ways to protect farmers.

CONTACT: For more information and to register go to farmcommons.org/food-safety-liability-and-regulations-farm

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Rotational No-Till, Mulching and Conservation Tillage Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: www.extension.org/pages/71822

COST: FREE

In this webinar, Jan-Hendrik Cropp will describe how to create organic cropping systems using diverse living and/or dead mulches, along with rotational conservation tillage to increase soil health. While the webinar will focus on one production system from an organic farm in Germany, the principles can be applied to a wide variety of agricultural operations. The presenter recently returned to Germany from a 3-month research trip across the US and Canada, where he met many innovators in organic no-till and reduced tillage. He will refer to regional examples and experiences from his travels in the webinar.

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/71822 more information at learn.extension.org/events/1827#.VG-p0ckhC-U

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Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Saratoga Hilton and City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

COST: $75 - $285, depending on day(s) attended

With a theme of "Soil: The Root of the Movement," NOFA-NY offers their 33rd Winter Conference.

CONTACT: More information at r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001nKjqegXwYcWJupQNclASTOpUzfOJIyzSc0ghnePxa6DEi2aMr5tBIaeq1Qsoy_qaetcvGt8UkM0Ko9lhVXCTiw5qcWmAgiDmol-5GDdjkpzLYmk7ddRHlTs-CwhRu7ThaRJGi1oBQkLPmnU62kcSTylKtp31_JzLkeaajQ7x0Tr1z...

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT

COST: TBA

More information to come.

CONTACT: NOFA-CT at (203) 308-2584 or ctnofa@ctnofa.org for more information or with any questions.

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2015 NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

13th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St, Concord NH 03301

COST: $52 for Members (NOFA/MOFGA) and $65 for Non-Members of registered before January 1st; $68 for Members (NOFA/MOFGA) and $85 for Non-Members after January 1st; Children's registration $35. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch

Please join NOFA-NH for this one-day event jam-packed with workshops, farmer intensive programs, a keynote presentation, networking and community-building opportunities, a robust Green Market Fair and, of course, excellent organic and local meal options.

CONTACT: Register at nofanh.org/nofa-event/winter-conference-2015/ or contact NOFA-NH at 603-224-5022 for more information or with any questions.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Labor Management for Farmers, Session II: Run Your Team

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, VT

COST: $50 members, $70 non-members, discounts available for multiple workshops or employees

Employees make it possible to get more done, but managing workers and their work takes dedicated time, energy and processes. Whether you manage one seasonal worker or a large year-round crew, good management can make the difference between making headway on your farm's work or just creating headaches. Join veteran farmer and educator Chris Blanchard to learn how to create a productive, positive work environment by communicating clear expectations and implementing systems for efficiency and accountability.

This workshop will cover systems for removing emotion from management decisions and actions, implementing effective leadership, practical tools to increase employee satisfaction and productivity, employee recruitment and dismissal, and how to collect and use labor information to make operational and investment decisions.

CONTACT: NOFA Vermont, info@nofavt.org, 802-434-4122

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bedded Pack Winter Manure Mgmt. Training

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 29 Sunset Dr., Suite 2, Morrisville, VT

COST: $25 per person includes lunch and materials

Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works? Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose and other partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and a Q&A with a farmer experienced in managing a pack.

If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.

CONTACT: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, (802) 656-5459, jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/bedded-pack-winter-manure-mgmt-training-morrisville-tickets-14330162903 If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu or 802-656-5459 by January 15, 2015 so we may assis you.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference: Farm as Ecosystem

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA

COST: See details through online registration link, below.

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration. (Apply for a scholarship now at docs.google.com/forms/d/1jfEcKaD_dLcXmuGkItuoxhlozvPnZbaV7khXQMZpIKo/viewform.)

This two day conference will be filled with valuable, useful, and time tested information for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with proven strategies. Participate in the discussions to further enhance your understanding of creating healthy, vibrant soils and resilient crops of higher quality. Intensive information sharing taking place during these two days will help provide invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving continued success and viability during a period of time of increased extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rainfall amounts.

CONTACT: Register and receive more information at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1627078.
Register: www.regonline.com/2015soilconference

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Alternative Supplementation Strategies for Grazing Dairy Webinar

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

COST: FREE

Most grazing dairy farms provide supplemental feed to meet the nutritional requirements (quantity and/or quality) of grazing cows. Recent and on-going research on supplementing dairy cows with molasses, flaxseed, and fodder will be discussed.

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

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference: Farm as Ecosystem

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA

COST: See details through online registration link, below.

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration. (Apply for a scholarship now at docs.google.com/forms/d/1jfEcKaD_dLcXmuGkItuoxhlozvPnZbaV7khXQMZpIKo/viewform.)

This two day conference will be filled with valuable, useful, and time tested information for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with proven strategies. Participate in the discussions to further enhance your understanding of creating healthy, vibrant soils and resilient crops of higher quality. Intensive information sharing taking place during these two days will help provide invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving continued success and viability during a period of time of increased extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rainfall amounts.

CONTACT: Register and receive more information at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1627078.
Register: www.regonline.com/2015soilconference

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT

COST: TBD

The Vermont Council on Rural Development's Summit on "Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change" will bring together scientists, innovative business, non-profit, and community leaders, elected officials, public policy advocates, students, and interested residents. Together, participants will consider the impacts of climate change on Vermont and propose ways to advance the prosperity of the state while addressing them. The Summit will focus on how the emerging opportunities will allow us to build a national reputation, create jobs, and attract young people to our rural communities.

Over 400 are expected to participate and contribute their ideas to a Climate Change Economy platform. The day will feature a panel of Vermont scientists, a leadership group of businesses responding to climate change, and 13 working group discussions including:

Promoting a Vision for Transportation
Supporting Smart Growth, Reuse, Preservation, and Downtown Redevelopment
Developing Ubiquitous Distributed Energy
Innovating for Renewal, Recycling and Resource Limits
Strengthening Farm and Forest Carbon Sequestration and Profitability
Seeding a Vermont Climate Investment Strategy
Adapting Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

CONTACT: Visit the Vermont Council on Rural Development's website at www.vtrural.org/ for more information.

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Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan: St. Johnsbury

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: St. Johnsbury Extension Office, Emerson Falls Rd., St. Johnsbury

COST: $18 for first farmer from a farm, $10 for each additional farmer from the same farm.

UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, with support from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant and Risk Management Agency programs will offer five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally.

As a participant, you will start drafting your plan from a template before you even arrive! Once at the workshop, you will :
* track (with the group) specific examples of how contamination of fresh produce can occur on VT farms,
* learn from experienced PPS graduates about their set ups and best practices to reduce risk,
* learn the science behind the risks and best practices
* have time to keep drafting your plan, get feedback, and enjoy some yummy refreshments!

By the end of this workshop, you will have finished a on-farm produce safety plan with specific action-steps needed to implement it on your farm.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/o/uvm-center-for-sustainable-agriculture-1519520706. Contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 with any questions. To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 by January 28 so we may assist you.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan: White River Jct.

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Yankee Farm Credit, Farm Vu Drive, White River Jct., VT

COST: $18 for first farmer from a farm, $10 for each additional farmer from the same farm.

UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, with support from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant and Risk Management Agency programs will offer five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally.

As a participant, you will start drafting your plan from a template before you even arrive! Once at the workshop, you will :
* track (with the group) specific examples of how contamination of fresh produce can occur on VT farms,
* learn from experienced PPS graduates about their set ups and best practices to reduce risk,
* learn the science behind the risks and best practices
* have time to keep drafting your plan, get feedback, and enjoy some yummy refreshments!

By the end of this workshop, you will have finished a on-farm produce safety plan with specific action-steps needed to implement it on your farm.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/o/uvm-center-for-sustainable-agriculture-1519520706. Contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 with any questions. To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 by January 29 so we may assist you.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan: Swanton

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Workforce Investment Board, Precision Dr., Swanton, VT

COST: $18 for first farmer from a farm, $10 for each additional farmer from the same farm.

UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, with support from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant and Risk Management Agency programs will offer five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally.

As a participant, you will start drafting your plan from a template before you even arrive! Once at the workshop, you will :
* track (with the group) specific examples of how contamination of fresh produce can occur on VT farms,
* learn from experienced PPS graduates about their set ups and best practices to reduce risk,
* learn the science behind the risks and best practices
* have time to keep drafting your plan, get feedback, and enjoy some yummy refreshments!

By the end of this workshop, you will have finished a on-farm produce safety plan with specific action-steps needed to implement it on your farm.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/o/uvm-center-for-sustainable-agriculture-1519520706. Contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 with any questions. To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 by January 30 so we may assist you.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan: Poultney

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Green Mountain College Library, Poultney, VT

COST: $18 for first farmer from a farm, $10 for each additional farmer from the same farm.

UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, with support from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant and Risk Management Agency programs will offer five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally.

As a participant, you will start drafting your plan from a template before you even arrive! Once at the workshop, you will :
* track (with the group) specific examples of how contamination of fresh produce can occur on VT farms,
* learn from experienced PPS graduates about their set ups and best practices to reduce risk,
* learn the science behind the risks and best practices
* have time to keep drafting your plan, get feedback, and enjoy some yummy refreshments!

By the end of this workshop, you will have finished a on-farm produce safety plan with specific action-steps needed to implement it on your farm.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/o/uvm-center-for-sustainable-agriculture-1519520706. Contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 with any questions. To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 by February 3 so we may assist you.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan: Middlebury

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury, VT

COST: $18 for first farmer from a farm, $10 for each additional farmer from the same farm.

UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, with support from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant and Risk Management Agency programs will offer five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally.

As a participant, you will start drafting your plan from a template before you even arrive! Once at the workshop, you will :
* track (with the group) specific examples of how contamination of fresh produce can occur on VT farms,
* learn from experienced PPS graduates about their set ups and best practices to reduce risk,
* learn the science behind the risks and best practices
* have time to keep drafting your plan, get feedback, and enjoy some yummy refreshments!

By the end of this workshop, you will have finished a on-farm produce safety plan with specific action-steps needed to implement it on your farm.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/o/uvm-center-for-sustainable-agriculture-1519520706. Contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 with any questions. To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 by February 4 so we may assist you.

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