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Monday, August 31, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation & Maintenance (NH)

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH

COST: $50, with some scholarship available

Not sure how to keep your tractor’s engine running smoothly and efficiently? These one and two day tractor courses provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to keep your tractor in tip top condition. You’ll get practice in checking and changing fluids and filters, servicing the battery, checking radiator hoses, grease fittings, and more in a small-group.

CONTACT: More information at blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/hands-on-workshop/. Or email Suzy with any questions at suzy.hodgson@uvm.edu.

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Demystifying Organic Certification for New Farmers (NOFA-NY)

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Ironwood Farm 103 County Route 9 Ghent, New York 12075

COST: $15/person or $25 two or more people/farm.

Join NOFA-NY and the farmers Jenny, Lauren and Aliyah of Ironwood Farm for a day of learning about organic certification as it applies to beginning farmers. They will cover all of their variables in the first year – from getting a Carrot Project loan, keeping good records of invoices on QuickBooks to help with the NOFA harvest logs, looking for land that could be certified immediately, what it meant to them to be certified, both philosophically and from a business perspective. NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC will also guide you through the certification process including what to expect and certification costs. Enjoy a farm tour where we will walk and talk about all aspects of land certification.

Ironwood Farm grows organic vegetables and fruits on seven acres of leased land in Ghent, NY. They sell produce in farmer's markets, CSA shares (community supported agriculture), and wholesale to restaurants, shops and resellers in the Hudson Valley.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/1rqdxb, or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 28th.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Vegetable Tunnel Production with Andy Jones

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Intervale Community Farm, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT

COST: $20 NOFA & VVBGA members, $30 non-members

Join Andy Jones from the Intervale Community Farm to discuss a vegetable tunnel production on your farm. Topics include new house selection, small house and big house tomato production, pepper production, soil fertility and greenhouse insect management.

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

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