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Friday, November 21, 2014

Low Impact Forestry Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine

COST:$200 for 3 day workshop ($100 for students and apprentices, JPs free) or $275 for all 4 days ($125 for students/apprentices, JP's Free)

Day 2 of 4:
Students will choose to learn about either (1) logging with draft animals, or (2) logging with small machinery and hand tools. Students must have completed the Introduction to Low Impact Forestry either this year or last to take this course.

Students in the draft animal track will begin the weekend with the foundations of draft animal care, and developing working relationships. Students will learn about or review draft animal care, health, and maintenance. We will also spend time learning the basics of driving a working animal – terminology, equipment, harnessing, voice and body commands, etc.. During the latter half of the weekend students will work side by side with their instructors to gain confidence driving animals through obstacle courses of varying difficulty. Weather permitting, students who feel comfortable will have a chance towards the end of the course to spend some time in the woodlot moving logs. All students will have an opportunity to drive different sorts of animals, using different equipment, pulling different loads, and get different types of feedback.

Students in the small machinery and hand tools track will begin with the simplest types of mechanical advantage provided by human-powered hand tools. Throughout the duration of the course students will build upon their understanding of levers, pulleys, and mechanical advantage and will apply them in various situations. By the end of the course students will have been exposed to the benefits and limits of tools ranging from a peavey to a tractor-powered winch. The goal of this course is to understand the need to match the size and scope of machinery to the goals and skills of the operator. There are many tools out there that will make harvesting and moving wood easier; the difficult part is choosing the one that will best suit your skills and needs.

CONTACT: To register www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=58&categoryId=5 , or contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org with any questions.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Low Impact Forestry Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine


COST:$200 for 3 day workshop ($100 for students and apprentices, JPs free) or $275 for all 4 days ($125 for students/apprentices, JP's Free)

Please see 11/20 Event for 4-day workshop details or 11/21 event for 3-day workshop details

CONTACT: To register www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=58&categoryId=5 , or contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org with any questions.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Low Impact Forestry Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine


COST:$200 for 3 day workshop ($100 for students and apprentices, JPs free) or $275 for all 4 days ($125 for students/apprentices, JP's Free)

Please see 11/20 Event for 4-day workshop details or 11/21 event for 3-day workshop details

CONTACT: To register www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=58&categoryId=5 , or contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org with any questions.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

DAPNet Logging Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Long View Farm, Charlestown, NH

COST: $20, $10 for interns; lunch available by donations

Demonstration of safe felling, efficient transport, and milling of timber.

CONTACT: To register go do draftanimalpower.org or contact dapnetinfo@gmail.com, or call Jay Fisher at 603 477 2114 with any questions.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Practical Produce Safety Workshop: Middlebury

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury, VT, 05753

COST: $18

UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, with support from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program, 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. Participants from neighboring states are encouraged to attend.

Instructors: UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agricultural GAPs and Produce Safety Outreach Coordinator, Ginger Nickerson, and Hans Estrin, UVM Extension and VVBGA Produce Safety Accreditation Program

CONTACT: Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/practical-produce-safety-workshop-middlebury-tickets-14266773303

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 by November 17, 2014 so we may assist you.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Food Safety Systems for Artisan Food Processors

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: 10B Airline Dr., Albany, NY

COST: $540 for NY Residents; $650 for Non-NY Residents

This course is designed to provide a hands on, practical approach to developing FOOD SAFETY SYSTEMS for your operation. It is targeted to those who need help setting up a Food Safety System in their facility.Participants will be provided prereading materials to help prepare for the class. Basic HACCP principles and prerequisite programs will be covered.

CONTACT: Register at dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/food-safety-systems-artisan-food-processors-december-2-3-2014 or contact Northeast Beginning Farmer Project at 607-255-9911 or bfproject@cornell.edu for more information.

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Practical Produce Safety Workshop: Poultney

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Green Mountain College Library, Poultney, VT

COST: $18

(Please see 12/1 event for details.)

CONTACT: Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/practical-produce-safety-workshop-poultney-tickets-14267615823 To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 by November 18, 2014 so we may assist you.

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Selling to K-12 School Meal Programs

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 23 Pond Road, Middlebury, VT

COST: Free, with $5 suggested donation to offset cost of food and beverages

School meal programs represent a big marketing opportunity for Vermont producers and suppliers, purchasing more than $15 million worth of food and supplies last year. However these programs must follow strict federal and state requirements for competitive procurement for every purchase they make. These long-standing regulations are just now beginning to be enforced in Vermont, and many schools who were not previously complying them will begin to implement competitive procurement practices in the coming year. This class will explain what these procurement regulations are, and what you, as a vendor, can expect from the schools you do business with. In addition, we will spend some time discussing how the new school meal patterns and other federal regulations affect the products that schools will be looking to purchase, and what school food service managers wish you knew about doing business with their programs. This class is for farmers, producers, distributors, and other businesses that sell (or wish to sell) directly to school meal programs.

CONTACT: For more information or to register, contact Annie Harlow at annieharlowh@gmail.com.

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High Tunnel School for New Growers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Civil Defence Center, Bath, NY

COST: $25/person (lunch is included for pre-registrants)

Cornell Cooperative Extension and experienced growers will teach new growers how to best manage their tunnels and summer crops, with an emphasis on tomato production. The focus will be on using best management practices, which are cultural in nature, to optimize production, increase efficiency, and reduce disease and other cropping troubles. Topics include site selection and structural considerations; cultural management (pruning, trellising, variety selection, etc); disease management; and an experienced grower panel.

CONTACT: More details and registration information is available online at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=269 or by phone at (607) 583-3240.

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IPM in Crucifer Crops: Focus on the Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar at IPM in Crucifer Crops: Focus on the Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Webinar

COST: Free. Advance registration is required.

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the identification and crop damage of the yellowmargined leaf beetle, as well as trap cropping, attractants, and biological control. They will share relevant outcomes from a NIFA-OREI funded project: Development and Participatory Implementation of Integrated Organic Pest Management for Crucifer Vegetable Production in the South, and highlight IPM resources for producers and educators.

CONTACT: Register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/211163952. More information is available: learn.extension.org/events/1771#.VGT0Tska9ws

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Viewing of Dr. Vandana Shiva's Presentation on Vermont's GMO Law

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Brattleboro, VT

COST: FREE

Post Oil Solutions is pleased to announce that we will screen a taped recording of the talk given by the internationally recognized scientist and activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, in Burlington on 2 November, about Vermont’s GMO labeling law.

CONTACT: Post Oil Solutions at 802.869.2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org for more information.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Food Safety Systems for Artisan Food Processors

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: 10B Airline Dr., Albany, NY

COST: $540 for NY Residents; $650 for Non-NY Residents

Please see 12/2 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/food-safety-systems-artisan-food-processors-december-2-3-2014 or contact Northeast Beginning Farmer Project at 607-255-9911 or bfproject@cornell.edu for more information.

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Good Ag. Practices (GAPs) for Food Safety Training

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County: 18 Seward Ave., Middletown, NY

COST: $50/person (lunch and snacks included); additional participants from the same farm can register for $24.

Participants will receive a GAPS training certificate and a variety of GAPS education and implementation resources in hard copy and electronic format. The 2nd day of the course will be focused on creating individualized food safety plans for each farm. Please bring note-taking material and a laptop.

CONTACT: ontact Erik Schellenberg at 845-344-1234 or email jk2642@cornell.edu.

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NOFA Organic Land Care Annual Gathering

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: HillsPoint Hotel, Windsor Locks, CT

COST: $125 for AOLCP's and NOFA Members, $140 for Non-Members, Group discount: $110/ person when registering with 3 or more attendees

The 2014 Annual Gathering: The Future of Organic Land Care
(Snow date: 10/4)

CONTACT: Register at ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/2014-annual-gathering-registration/

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Introduction to Aquaponics Workshop

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Sustainable America, 700 Canal Street, Stamford, CT

COST: FREE

This 120 minute master class will explore how you can grow food organically, year round, through a variety of highly productive aquaponic growing mediums.

CONTACT: Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/935639. Contact Sustainable America at info@sustainableamerica.org or (203) 803-1250 for more information.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Good Ag. Practices (GAPs) for Food Safety Training

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County: 18 Seward Ave., Middletown, NY

COST: $50/person (lunch and snacks included); additional participants from the same farm can register for $24.


(Please see details with 12/3 event.)

CONTACT: ontact Erik Schellenberg at 845-344-1234 or email jk2642@cornell.edu.

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Practical Produce Safety Workshop: White River Jct.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Yankee Farm Credit, Farm Vu Drive, White River Jct., VT

COST: $18

(Please see 12/1 event for details.)

CONTACT: Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/practical-produce-safety-workshop-white-river-jct-tickets-14272438247
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 by November 19, 2014 so we may assist you.

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Introducing Radishes into the Organic Dairy Pasture Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar at www.extension.org/pages/71820.

COST: Free. Advance registration is required.

Radishes can provide two benefits to the organic dairy pasture: 1) to extend the grazing season with a high energy feedstock, and 2) to provide “bio-drills” by utilizing the tap roots of these plants to address soil compaction. In this webinar, Fay Benson and Liz Burrichter will describe their on-farm research with brassicas, including no-till seeding Daikon Radish into grazing swards.

(If compaction is an issue on your farm or is otherwise of interest, also see the Center's publication on initial trials of both pasture radish and keyline plowing in Vermont at www.uvm.edu/~susagctr/resources/CompactionPubFINAL.pdf)

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/71820. More information is available: learn.extension.org/events/1828#.VGTyscka9ws

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Unraveling the Mysteries of GMOs

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Cannon Grange Hall, 25 Cannon Road, Wilton, CT

COST: FREE

So few people today live on a farm and grow their own food, so it is beyond being a rhetorical question: "Do you know where your food comes from??" The public is invited to this free educational program; students and adults are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT: ConnFACT at info@gmofreect.org for more information.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Intro to SEO and Digital Advertising for Farmers

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Davis Center 590 Main St. Burlington, VT, 05401

COST: $5

This is an introduction SEO / digital advertising class for farmers in Vermont

CONTACT: Kyle Bombardier at kyle@btvsearch.com or 802-318-2911

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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Beginning Farmer's Introduction to Farm Law Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: farmcommons.org/beginning-farmer%E2%80%99s-introduction-farm-law-0

COST: FREE

Beginning farmers will get a preview of the many legal issues they should consider when just starting out with farming. What business entity should a farmer choose? Which insurance policies are really important? What about that farmland lease- when should it be written down and what should it say? Is there anything to know about farmers market sales, volunteers, or working with family members? This webinar will touch on all of these questions and more.

CONTACT: Register at farmcommons.org/beginning-farmer%E2%80%99s-introduction-farm-law-0 or contact Farm Commons at (608) 616-5319 for more information.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Put Your CSA on Strong Legal Footing Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: farmcommons.org/put-your-csa-strong-legal-footing

COST: FREE

CSA is an incredibly unique relationship between farmer and customer. But, this means it also has unique legal dynamics. CSA farmers who critically analyze their membership agreement, drop sites, and farm event programs beforehand set themselves up for success. Learn how an attorney sees CSA and what you can do to protect your farm. This webinar will also discuss risks with farm volunteer programs and buying the right insurance.

CONTACT: Register at farmcommons.org/put-your-csa-strong-legal-footing or contact Farm Commons at (608) 616-5319 for more information.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Calf & Heifer Congress 2014 - Birth to Breeding

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: RIT Inn & Conference Center, 5257 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta, New York 14467

COST: $60 for Pre-Conference (12/10); $225 for Full Day Conference (12/11); $165 if registered before 11/28

The timeline will extend from the calving event to breeding age, including expended knowledge on common practices as well as venturing into what research might tell us where replacement rearing and associated economics are going down the road.

Pre conference dinner/presentation/panel discussion dedicated to automated or robotic calf feeder systems on Dec. 10 will be followed by a full day of presentations and discussions on the 11th.

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/events/2014-calf-heifer-congress-registration/registration-9ba6b20814df429d8a29ff0a47d57b62.aspx or contact Cathy Wallace at cfw6@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 x138 for more information.

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Practical Produce Safety Workshop: Swanton

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: WIB Training Center, 10 Precision Ct., Swanton, VT

COST: $18

(Please see 12/1 event for details.)

CONTACT: Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/practical-produce-safety-workshop-swanton-tickets-14272524505
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 by November 20, 2014 so we may assist you.

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Bedded Pack Winter Manure Mgmt. Training

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury, 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-middlebury-tickets-14329825895 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 November 19 so we may assis you.

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Tall Grass Grazing for Dairies Webinar

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

COST: FREE

Tall grass grazing has become a popular management practice for beef cattle in recent years. Learn how this practice is being applied to dairy grazing.

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, December 11, 2014

Calf & Heifer Congress 2014 - Birth to Breeding

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: RIT Inn & Conference Center, 5257 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta, New York 14467

COST: $60 for Pre-Conference (12/10); $225 for Full Day Conference (12/11); $165 if registered before 11/28

Please see 12/10 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/events/2014-calf-heifer-congress-registration/registration-9ba6b20814df429d8a29ff0a47d57b62.aspx or contact Cathy Wallace at cfw6@cornell.edu for more information (585) 343-3040 x138

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NEFU's 5th Annual Convention

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Description: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St, Portland, ME

COST: $20 NEFU Member, $50 Non-Member

2014 New England Farmer's Union Annual Convention: Navigating Change in New England Agriculture.

CONTACT: Register at salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50207/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=79495 or contact NEFU at 413.625.3051 with any questions or for more information.

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Practical Produce Safety Workshop: St. Johnsbury

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., St. Johnsbury, VT

COST: $18

(Please see 12/1 event for details.)

CONTACT: Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/practical-produce-safety-workshop-st-johnsbury-tickets-14272620793
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 by November 21, 2014 so we may assist you.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

NEFU's 5th Annual Convention

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Description: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St, Portland, ME

COST: $20 NEFU Member, $50 Non-Member

2014 New England Farmer's Union Annual Convention: Navigating Change in New England Agriculture.

CONTACT: Register at salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50207/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=79495 or contact NEFU at 413.625.3051 with any questions or for more information.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

NEFU's 5th Annual Convention

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Description: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St, Portland, ME

COST: $20 NEFU Member, $50 Non-Member

2014 New England Farmer's Union Annual Convention: Navigating Change in New England Agriculture.

CONTACT: Register at salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50207/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=79495 or contact NEFU at 413.625.3051 with any questions or for more information.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Growing Container-Grown Greenhouse Vegetables

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Litchfield County Extension Ctr. 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT

COST: $25

The speakers featured at this educational program include:

• Richard McAvoy, Professor of Horticulture, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT who will be speaking on Growing Greenhouse Tomatoes and Cucumbers in Soilless Media. • Brian Krug, Extension Specialist, Greenhouse & Floriculture, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH who will be speaking on Growing Bench Top Salad Greens.

• Yonghao Li, Plant Pathologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT who will be speaking on Diseases of Greenhouse Vegetables .

• Ben Campbell, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT who will be speaking on How Connecticut Grown Labeling Catches Customer Attention & Impacts Decision Making.

• Diane Wright Hirsch, MPH, RD, UConn Extension Educator, University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension, New Haven, CT who will be speaking on Food Safety for Greenhouse Vegetables.

• Ben March, from March Farms, in Bethlehem, CT and Bruce Gresczyk Jr., from Gresczyk Farms, New Hartford, CT will be speaking on how they grow container greenhouse vegetables.

CONTACT: Leanne Pundt at leanne.pundt@uconn.edu or 860-626-6855 for more information.

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Certified Organic Winter Nursery for Corn Breeding Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar at: www.extension.org/pages/71860

COST: Free. Advance registration is required.

We will describe our experience with an organic-certified winter nursery for corn breeding. This is part of a cooperative effort to produce available corn varieties tailored to meet the needs of organic farmers. The intended audience is corn breeders, but other who are interested in learning more about corn breeding or organic production systems may be find value as well.

CONTACT: Register and attend at www.extension.org/pages/71860. More information is available: learn.extension.org/events/1825#.VGT2f8ka9ws.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Preventing Pasture Problems on the Organic Dairy

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6061247326369282305

COST: FREE

All organic dairy farmers know the importance of pasture as the primary feed source for their cattle. But part of managing pastures well is honing our observation skills to assess what the plants and animals are telling us about their health. In this webinar, presented by grazing and organic certification specialist Sarah Flack, we will review the key grazing principles that help your cattle maximize dry matter intake from pastures and avoid potential problems. We will also look at examples of how to observe the livestock, their manure, soils and pasture plants to determine how well your pasture management system is working.

CONTACT: Register at - attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6061247326369282305

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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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