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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 or contact, or call Jay Fisher at 603 477 2114 with any questions.

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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 or contact Northeast Beginning Farmer Project at 607-255-9911 or for more information.

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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

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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 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 More information is available:

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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


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 for more information.

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