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Friday, January 25, 2013

NOFA-NY WINTER CONFERENCE 2013: RESILIENCE

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: Workshops, intensives, speakers, networking, trade show, dancing, movies, and a keynote by the 2012 Farmer of the Year will all be part of this year’s event.

Cost: $225 for members, $305 all others before December 10.

CONTACT: www.nofanyconference.org for details and to register.

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WINTER GREEN-UP GRASS-FED GRAZING CONFERENCE

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Century House, Latham, NY
Description: The fifth annual conference will feature learning opportunities around custom grazing, low-cost, frost-free watering, animal and human health, grass-fed beef and dairy, and pasture lambing. Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County.

CONTACT: Gale Kohler at 518-765-3500 or visit www.ccealbany.com.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Now accepting registrations for a comprehensive 13-week home horticulture course. It is designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, Berlin and St. Johnsbury (simultaneously)
Description: This three-session course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one‐to‐one assistance at no additional charge. Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline.


Cost: $75 if registered by Jan. 16. 2013, $100 by Jan. 30

CONTACT: For more information and to register, go to www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/ or contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 or email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

2013 Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference & Meeting

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, NH
Description: Tentative sessions are:
1. Producer Showcase – Bedded Pack, the Complete Scoop
2. Grain Supplementation Economics & Strategies for Pastured Dairy Cows
3. Efficient Pasture Systems Design on Irregular Topography
4. Financial Returns Per Acre of Pasture versus Hayland
5. Economics of Confinement Dairy Farms versus Pasture Dairy Farms
6. Pasture Research Coordination & Facilitation

For more information: grazingguide.net/2012/08/nepc-meeting-feb-7-8-2013-manchester-nh/

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Friday, February 8, 2013

2013 Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference & Meeting

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, NH
Description: Tentative sessions are:
1. Producer Showcase – Bedded Pack, the Complete Scoop
2. Grain Supplementation Economics & Strategies for Pastured Dairy Cows
3. Efficient Pasture Systems Design on Irregular Topography
4. Financial Returns Per Acre of Pasture versus Hayland
5. Economics of Confinement Dairy Farms versus Pasture Dairy Farms
6. Pasture Research Coordination & Facilitation

For more information: grazingguide.net/2012/08/nepc-meeting-feb-7-8-2013-manchester-nh/

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, Berlin and St. Johnsbury (simultaneously)
Description: This three-session course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one‐to‐one assistance at no additional charge. Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline.


Cost: $75 if registered by Jan. 16. 2013, $100 by Jan. 30

CONTACT: For more information and to register, go to www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/ or contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 or email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, Berlin and St. Johnsbury (simultaneously)
Description: This three-session course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one‐to‐one assistance at no additional charge. Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline.


Cost: $75 if registered by Jan. 16. 2013, $100 by Jan. 30

CONTACT: For more information and to register, go to www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/ or contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 or email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Mad River Valley Grazing Basics Presentation

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lareau Farm Inn, Waitsfield
Description: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Grazing Specialist Kiimberly Hagen will do a short presentation on why grazing makes sense for farmers in terms of health for the land and the animals. UVM Extension's Mark Cannella will talk about the economics of grazing and how it can impact your farm's bottom line. Free pizza lunch!

Contact Kimberly with any questions at 802-656-3834 or kimberly.hagen@uvm.edu

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Friday, March 1, 2013

NOFA-NH's Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Laconia Middle School Laconia NH
Description: $20 per person, with additional costs depending on options chosen.

NOFA-NH is using this year’s conference to cultivate the resilience and health of New
Hampshire’s local food system, under the theme Resilience/Growing a Resilient
Community. Fri. 3/1 features intensive farmer workshops, keynote, and a beginning farmer
mixer. Sat. 3/2 will offer a workshops, a “green market fair,” book signings & a potluck.

CONTACT: Jo Russavage, ConferenConference Coordinator at (508) 330-1034
or winterconference@nofanh.org


nofanh.org/education-events/winter-conference/

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Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Judd Gymnasium, VT Tech. College
Description: $20/person

UVM Extension and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)
are teaming up to offer this conference which will focus on managing organic dairies in the
face of feed cost and weather extremes. Keynote addresses will include experiences with
transitioning the farm to certified organic production, building soil fertility, pasture
irrigation, and other drought management techniques, as well as on managing dairy
nutrition under feeding cost and weather extremes. The conference will also include
updates on recent organic dairy research and farmer panels on feeding molasses, and
growing and feeding annual forages to enhance and extend the grazing season.

CONTACT: To register, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/organicdairy , or
contact Peggy Manahan at Peggy.manahan@uvm.edu or 1-800-639-2130 with any questions.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

NOFA-NH's Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Laconia Middle School Laconia NH
Description: $20 per person, with additional costs depending on options chosen.

NOFA-NH is using this year’s conference to cultivate the resilience and health of New
Hampshire’s local food system, under the theme Resilience/Growing a Resilient
Community. Fri. 3/1 features intensive farmer workshops, keynote, and a beginning farmer
mixer. Sat. 3/2 will offer a workshops, a “green market fair,” book signings & a potluck.

CONTACT: Jo Russavage, ConferenConference Coordinator at (508) 330-1034
or winterconference@nofanh.org


nofanh.org/education-events/winter-conference/

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Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Course for 14-19yos

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph Tech. Career Ctr.
Description: COST: $60, which includes all sessions, lunches, materials, and the testing fee

Held at the Randolph Technical Career Center in Randolph, VT, this course is designed to prevent farm injury and fatality, show prospective employers you take safety seriously, build your program portfolio, and increase your legal work opportunities. It will include hands-on instruction for tractors and farm machinery operation, hazard recognition and correction, general farm safety knowledge , and help to cultivate a strong safety attitude At the end of the program, participants will take a written test and a driving test for National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation certification. While the certification is a legal requirement for 14- and 15-year-olds who are employed on a farm other than that of their parents or guardians, the training is recommended for all youths, ages 14-19, working in agriculture.

www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/pdfs/2013_tractor_machinery_safety_flyer.pdf

CONTACT: Kristen Mullins at (802) 656-2034 or email at: kristen.mullins@uvm.edu. To
register, visit www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Balancing Nutrient Use: A Caring Dairy Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: American Legion, Middlebury, VT
Description: COST: Free to farmers in the Caring Dairy program, $15 for all others

Connect feed and manure and production for the best use of nutrients and inputs. Dan Hudson and Tony Kitsos of UVM Extension will cover balancing nutrient use for optimal production in the field and in the bulk tank, and for the best economic returns on investments. Jeff Sanders will share an app that is under production to manage nutrient use. Lunch will be served.

CONTACT: Pre-registration required. Please contact Rachel Gilker: at rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com or 518-765-4158.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Balancing Nutrient Use: A Caring Dairy Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: VT Pie & Pasta, Derby, VT
Description: COST: Free to farmers in the Caring Dairy program, $15 for all others

Connect feed and manure and production for the best use of nutrients and inputs. Dan Hudson and Tony Kitsos of UVM Extension will cover balancing nutrient use for optimal production in the field and in the bulk tank, and for the best economic returns on investments. Jeff Sanders will share an app that is under production to manage nutrient use. Lunch will be served.

CONTACT: Pre-registration required. Please contact Rachel Gilker: at rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com or 518-765-4158.

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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bedded Pack Training

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Abbey Restaurant, Sheldon VT
Description: 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: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0858 or
jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at 2013sheldonbeddedpack.eventbrite.com/ Pre-registration required

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Friday, March 8, 2013

UVM Extension "Ag Finance Hour"

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: $15 per person

Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

This session will be held at the Vermont Small Business Development Center in Randolph, VT.

CONTACT: Call now for more information or to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Bedded Pack Training

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury Legion,Middlebury, VT
Description: 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: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0858 or
jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at 2013middleburybeddedpack.eventbrite.com/ Pre-registration required

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Balancing Nutrient Use: A Caring Dairy Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Mimmo's, St. Albans, VT
Description: COST: Free to farmers in the Caring Dairy program, $15 for all others

Connect feed and manure and production for the best use of nutrients and inputs. Dan Hudson and Tony Kitsos of UVM Extension will cover balancing nutrient use for optimal production in the field and in the bulk tank, and for the best economic returns on investments. Jeff Sanders will share an app that is under production to manage nutrient use. Lunch will be served.

CONTACT: Pre-registration required. Please contact Rachel Gilker: at rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com or 518-765-4158.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Making Soft Cheese (NOFA-MASS Workshop)

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Gill, MA
Description: COST: $75 NOFA-MASS members, $80 non-members

Participants will learn to select the right quality milk, discern what kinds of milk are
appropriate for each type of cheese, and choose what kind of bacteria to use as a starter.
Workshops cover as many cheeses as possible during each period. Participants in Making
Soft Cheeses will be given samples of cheese to take home and practice aging. Cliff invites
participants wanting to learn more about working with the milk of their own animals to
bring two gallons of milk to make into cheese.

Upinngil Farm, Main Road, Gill, MA

CONTACT: Pre-registration is required, except by special arrangement. Register online www.brownpapertickets.com/event/337358, or for more information contact Ben Grosscup 413-658-5374 or ben.grosscup@nofamass.org

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Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Course for 14-19yos

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph Tech. Career Ctr.
Description: COST: $60, which includes all sessions, lunches, materials, and the testing fee

Held at the Randolph Technical Career Center in Randolph, VT, this course is designed to prevent farm injury and fatality, show prospective employers you take safety seriously, build your program portfolio, and increase your legal work opportunities. It will include hands-on instruction for tractors and farm machinery operation, hazard recognition and correction, general farm safety knowledge , and help to cultivate a strong safety attitude At the end of the program, participants will take a written test and a driving test for National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation certification. While the certification is a legal requirement for 14- and 15-year-olds who are employed on a farm other than that of their parents or guardians, the training is recommended for all youths, ages 14-19, working in agriculture.

www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/pdfs/2013_tractor_machinery_safety_flyer.pdf

CONTACT: Kristen Mullins at (802) 656-2034 or email at: kristen.mullins@uvm.edu. To
register, visit www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents.

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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Small Ruminant Fiber (1st Class in the Master Shepherd Course)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Richford, VT
Description: COST: For VGSA members: $60 for this class, $500 for entire 10-class series. For non-VGSA members, $75
and $600, respectively.

The Parsons’ Farm, Richford, VT

This first class in the Master Shepherd Course will feature instructors Chet Parsons and Jessica Dilner, who will help participants learn: “Wool 1010,” Matching Wool with Products, Goat and other fibers, Setting up equipment and preparing sheep for shearing, shearing instruction and demonstration and wool skirting and packing. This class could be a prerequisite for selling wool through the VGSA wool pool, or taking one of VSGA’s
shearing classes. This class is the first in a series of 10 that will be taught by recently retired UVM Extension Livestock Specialist Chet Parsons of Parsons’ Farm in Richford, Vermont, and with members of the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association. Classes will cover primary aspects of sheep husbandry and will include selected aspects of the goat and camelid husbandry.

CONTACT: Visit vtsheepandgoat.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/01/MasterShepherdBookletWEB.pdf to download the brochure and registration form and mail with payment to Master Shepherd Course Reg., Parsons’ Farm, 463 Hardwood Hill Rd., Richford, VT 05476

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Northwest Crop, Soil & Dairy Workshop

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Albans, VT
Description: COST: Free

American Legion, St. Albans, VT

Guest speakers include dairy nutritionist Dr. Randy Shaver from the University of Wisconsin and agronomist Dr. Greg Roth from Pennsylvania State University. Topics to be discussed include latest research in growing and feeding corn silage, earlage, and snaplage. Hear about a new cover crop interseeder developed at Penn tate. Shawn Bossard from SUNY Morrisville will discuss strategies for alleviating and reducing soil compaction. UVM will provide updates on using cover crops for winter feed, perennial grass variety trial results, and cover cropping projects.

CONTACT: Call the NW Crop & Soils team office with any questions at 1-800-639-2130

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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NOFA-VT Greenhouse & Tunnel Tour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Locations Around VT
Description: Location: 9am: Wood's Market Garden, 93 Wood Ln, Brandon, 1 pm: Gildrien Farm, 490 Delorm Rd, Leicester

COST: Free, but pre-registration required

Join NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Advisor Lynda Prim and Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer, UVM Extension, for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations, and how they made decisions about energy efficiency the construction and use of these structures.

Each day's workshop will visit two farms. Some topics we're planning to cover include: high tunnel vs. greenhouse use, house construction decisions, envelope decisions (sealing, insulation, blankets/curtains), heating (fuels and distribution systems), ventilation, watering / nutrient controls, controls & monitoring, ergonomics and workflow.

CONTACT: Register online now www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHTunnelTour, or call the NOFA office at 802-434-4122.

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Transferring the Farm Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: COST: $20 before Mar. 8, $25 after.

South Station Restaurant, Rutland, VT

This UVM Extension Workshop will present information on topics that will help in a successful transfer of the farm: Starting the farm transfer process, Succession & Estate Planning, Legal Issues (including wills, probate, necessary documents and more). Also: Other alternatives such as conservation easements, assisting new entrants to farming and other alternatives. A farmer panel will present an opportunity to learn what other farmers have done to secure their business and to plan for succession. Speakers include UVM Extension Specialist Bob Parsons, attorney Jonathan Bump a representative from RAFFL, Vermont Land Trust, and a farmer panel explaining how they went about developing a plan for their farm.

CONTACT: Request a registration form from Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 bob.parsons@uvm.edu by March 8, or contact Bob for more information or to request a disability- related accommodation to participate in this program.

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Bedded Pack Training

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hotel Coolidge, Hartford, VT
Description: 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: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0858 or
jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at 2013whiteriverbeddedpack.eventbrite.com/ Pre-registration required

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Taking Stock

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Chittenden County Farm
Description: COST: $100 if registered before Feb. 20, $135 by Mar. 1.

Chittenden County Farm (participants will be given directions before the class begins!)

For farmers with 5 or more years of experience managing an agricultural business. Leads participants through a progress check on the farm business, allowing each individual to assess how their farm is supporting their personal, financial and business goals. Registration deadline: March 1, 2013. Scholarship assistance is available for qualified individuals.

CONTACT: Location will be shared with registrants before the class starts. More
information is available at “Classes” at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer, or by email at
newfarmer@uvm.edu, or call 802-223-2389 or toll-free in VT 1-866-860-1382

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Understanding the Multifunctional Farm in New England

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar
Description: Understanding Multifunctional Farms in New England and their Relationship to Regional Food Systems: Finances and Entrepreneurship

Presenter: Kathleen Liang, University of Vermont
Moderator: Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension

Given the growing interest in understanding the relationship between food systems and small/medium-sized farming operations, this webinar will share results from surveys of farms in the New England region. An overview of the survey results was presented in December 2012 and is available at www.uvm.edu/tourismresearch/agritourism/. This webinar will offer more detailed information with respect to financial outcomes, expectations, challenges, and entrepreneurial assessments. This survey is the second segment of a study on multifunctional farms funded by the USDA AFRI Program (project # 2011-67023-30106). Collaborators include Drs. Mary Ahearn (USDA ERS), Stephan Goetz (Penn State University), and Jason Brown (USDA ERS).

To access the webinar on March 13, please follow the link below ten minutes before the webinar begins:
sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009421&password=M.09128CCEAEDF572FBC85931DAAC985

If you have not used Blackboard Collaborate before, please visit www.uvm.edu/extension/bb-collaborate/newuser at least one day before the webinar. For technical assistance, please contact Blackboard Collaborate 24-hour support at 1-877-382-2293 or email Lucy.Carrasco@uvm.edu.

For more information about the webinar, contact Kathleen at cliang@uvm.edu or Lisa at lisa.chase@uvm.edu
The recorded webinar will be posted online at www.uvm.edu/tourismresearch/agritourism/ a few days after the webinar.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lucy Carrasco at (802)656-3698 or Lucy.Carrasco@uvm.edu by March 1, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

High Mowing Seeds Spring Social

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Quarry Rd., Wolcott, VT
Description: Cost: Free

Join High Mowing Organic Seeds for the 5th annual HMS Spring Social.
Participate in educational workshops for farmers and gardeners, tour the High
Mowing Seeds warehouse and hoop house, enjoy the potluck dinner, and
network with fellow growers.

The fifty minute workshops and tours will commence at 3pm and 4pm, followed
by the potluck at 5pm. Please bring a dish or drink to share, as well as your own
plate, cup and utensils. Don’t let your lack of a potluck item stop you from joining
this relaxed, informational event.

A colorful slideshow will offer a virtual tour of High Mowing Organic Seeds’
production farm, trials gardens and a selection of outstanding varieties. During
the potluck and networking, stop by the seed swap. Whether you share seeds or
not you can feel free to try a few!

CONTACT: No need to RSVP. For more information, contact Brigitte Derel, (802) 472-6174 x132, Brigitte@highmowingseeds.com

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NOFA-VT Greenhouse & Tunnel Tour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Locations Around VT
Description: Location: 9 am: Old Athens Farm, 463 Daigel Rd, Putney, 1 pm: Walker Farm, 1190 US Rte 5, E. Dummerston

COST: Free, but pre-registration required

Join NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Advisor Lynda Prim and Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer, UVM Extension, for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations, and how they made decisions about energy efficiency the construction and use of these structures.

Each day's workshop will visit two farms. Topics of discussion will include: high tunnel vs. greenhouse use, house construction decisions, envelope decisions (sealing, insulation, blankets/curtains), heating (fuels and distribution systems), ventilation, watering / nutrient controls, controls & monitoring, ergonomics and workflow.

CONTACT: Register online now www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHTunnelTour, or call the NOFA office at 802-434-4122.

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Taking Stock

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Chittenden County Farm

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Course for 14-19yos

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph Tech. Career Ctr.
Description: COST: $60, which includes all sessions, lunches, materials, and the testing fee

Held at the Randolph Technical Career Center in Randolph, VT, this course is designed to prevent farm injury and fatality, show prospective employers you take safety seriously, build your program portfolio, and increase your legal work opportunities. It will include hands-on instruction for tractors and farm machinery operation, hazard recognition and correction, general farm safety knowledge , and help to cultivate a strong safety attitude At the end of the program, participants will take a written test and a driving test for National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation certification. While the certification is a legal requirement for 14- and 15-year-olds who are employed on a farm other than that of their parents or guardians, the training is recommended for all youths, ages 14-19, working in agriculture.

www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/pdfs/2013_tractor_machinery_safety_flyer.pdf

CONTACT: Kristen Mullins at (802) 656-2034 or email at: kristen.mullins@uvm.edu. To
register, visit www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Workshop: Introduction to Bionutrient Rich Crop Production

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Craftsbury, VT
Description: Location: Simpson Hall, Sterling College, Craftsbury, VT

The second is an introduction to bionutrient crop production. Presenters will discuss biological inoculation, seed sorting, tilage, and much more. The lecture is free and open to all, and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sterling College's Simpson Hall.

CONTACT: To register, please visit bionutrient.org/workshops.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Winter Heavy Use Areas/ Nutritional Requirements of Beef Animals

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Amston, CT
Description: Location: Briar Ridge Farm, 215 Kinney Rd, Amston, CT

Briar Ridge Farm is a second generation farm where the Baribaults raise beef cattle, Boer goats and harvest 180 acres of hay. James Hyde, NRCS, will demonstrate the winter heavy use area housing beef animals. Professor Thomas Hoagland, UCONN Animal Science, will discuss nutritional needs for winter feeding.

CONTACT: You can register directly by going to the address below:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1EbBr2BYdgehQPLx_uT-k_0NppCFuYXpJYDC7SBdfTD8
/viewform Or by contacting Rich Meinert 860-626-6240 richard.meinert@uconn.edu

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Universal Free School Meals: Talk by Janet Poppendieck

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: UVM Campus, Burlington
Description: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center., UVM

COST: Free and open to the public

What bold steps can Vermont communities take to transform school food, our children's health, our educational institutions, and our local farm economies?

Janet Poppendieck is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is the author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America; (University of California Press, 2010); Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement (Penguin, 1999); and Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression (Rutgers University Press, 1985).

CONTACT: www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=poppendieck.html

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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Transitioning to a Goat Dairy

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar
Description: Location: Online

COST: Free

Carol Delaney, M. S., author of The Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy, is a small ruminant dairy specialist. She will present the platform and viewpoint to help you lay the framework for running a commercial dairy goat operation. There will be an emphasis on planning, livestock considerations, budgeting, record keeping, time management and marketing. Formerly with the University of Vermont Department of Animal Science and Extension, 1998-2008, Carol now works as a farmer grant specialist for Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, and as a small ruminant consultant.

To participate, click on the title of the webinar to link to the webinar. If this is the first time you're participating in a webinar using the Blackboard Collaborate/Elluminate platform, please visit the link to your webinar a day or two earlier so that you can pre-configure your computer for webinar participation.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact the UVM Extension New Farmer Project by e-mailing newfarmer@uvm.edu or calling 802-223-2389. If you require accommodations to participate in a webinar, please contact Mary Peabody at least seven days before the webinar you want to participate in, so we may assist you. Call 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in Vt.) or email mary.peabody@uvm.edu

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NOFA-VT Greenhouse & Tunnel Tour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Locations Around VT
Description: Location: 9 am: Waterman’s Berry Farm, Johnson, Second NEK farm to be confirmed

COST: Free, but pre-registration required

Join NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Advisor Lynda Prim and Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer, UVM Extension, for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations, and how they made decisions about energy efficiency the construction and use of these structures.

Each day's workshop will visit two farms. Some topics we're planning to cover include: high tunnel vs. greenhouse use, house construction decisions, envelope decisions (sealing, insulation, blankets/curtains), heating (fuels and distribution systems), ventilation, watering / nutrient controls, controls & monitoring, ergonomics and workflow.

CONTACT: Register online now www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHTunnelTour, or call the NOFA office at 802-434-4122.

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Taking Stock

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Chittenden County Farm

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Forest Soils in the Hogback Region (3/27-4/20)

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Bristol, VT
Description: Location: Conference Room, Town Hall, Bristol, VT

COST: $160

Soil scientist Wendy Sue Harper will teach this Vermont Family Forests 1-credit (16 hour) introductory course on forest soils, especially appropriate for landowners, natural resource professionals, educators, and planners who want to improve their understanding of soils and how they influence our landscape. Students will attend 2 classroom presentations and 4 field trips targeting different soils on the Waterworks in Bristol. During classroom
lectures, students will learn about soil properties as indicators of soil formation and land use potential (including the five soil forming factors, soil profiles and horizons, soil texture, structure, color, pH, and org
anic matter), and how to use NRCS soil information and maps.

CONTACT: David Brynn at david@familyforests.org or 802 453-7728. For more information: www.familyforests.org/public-education/events.shtml#Soils

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Forest Soils in the Hogback Region (3/27-4/20)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Bristol, VT
Description: Location: Waterworks, Bristol, VT

COST: $160

Soil scientist Wendy Sue Harper will teach this Vermont Family Forests 1-credit (16 hour) introductory course on forest soils, especially appropriate for landowners, natural resource professionals, educators, and planners who want to improve their understanding of soils and how they influence our landscape. Students will attend 2 classroom presentations and 4 field trips targeting different soils on the Waterworks in Bristol. During classroom
lectures, students will learn about soil properties as indicators of soil formation and land use potential (including the five soil forming factors, soil profiles and horizons, soil texture, structure, color, pH, and org
anic matter), and how to use NRCS soil information and maps.

CONTACT: David Brynn at david@familyforests.org or 802 453-7728. For more information: www.familyforests.org/public-education/events.shtml#Soils

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattlebor
Description: Master Gardener class, designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics. The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $340, plus $55 for textbook (late registration fee of $25 for registrations received after Jan. 18)
CONTACT: Heather Carrington, UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office
(802) 656-9562, master.gardener@uvm.edu

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

NOFA-VT Greenhouse & Tunnel Tour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fairfax & Jericho, VT
Description: Location: 9am Riverberry Farm, 191 Goose Pond Road, Fairfax, 1pm Jericho Settlers Farm, 22 Barber Farm Rd, Jericho Center

COST: Free, but pre-registration required

Join NOFA-VT Vegetable and Fruit Technical Advisor Lynda Prim and Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer, UVM Extension, for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations, and how they made decisions about energy efficiency the construction and use of these structures.

Each day's workshop will visit two farms. Some topics we're planning to cover include: high tunnel vs. greenhouse use, house construction decisions, envelope decisions (sealing, insulation, blankets/curtains), heating (fuels and distribution systems), ventilation, watering / nutrient controls, controls & monitoring, ergonomics and workflow.

CONTACT: Register online now www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHTunnelTour, or call the NOFA office at 802-434-4122.

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"Wild Fermentation" Author Sandor Katz Talk & Book-Signing

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Craftsbury, VT
Description: Location: Simpson Hall, Sterling College, Craftsbury, VT

COST: Free

Sandor Katz, fermentation revivalist and New York Times bestselling author of “Wild Fermentation,” “The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved,” and, most recently, the comprehensive work “The Art of Fermentation,” will be visiting Sterling College for a public talk, held in Sterling’s Simpson Hall from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., will include a book signing and reception.

CONTACT: For more information visit Sterling's website: www.sterlingcollege.edu/sterling-college-to-host-fermentation-revivalist-and-author-sandor-katz.html

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Advanced Organic Beekeeping

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, VT
Description: Location: Metta Earth Institute. Geary Rd., South, Lincoln, VT

COST: $35

This course will cover the ins and outs of swarms and working with swarms, Apitherapy:
Health and healing with products from the hive (Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Bees Wax, Royal
Jelly, and Bee Venom), and Developing a personal/spiritual connection with the honey bee.

CONTACT: Ross Conrad at dancingbhoney@gmail.com or 802-349-4279.

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Forest Soils in the Hogback Region (3/27-4/20)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Bristol, VT
Description: Location: Waterworks, Bristol, VT

COST: $160

Soil scientist Wendy Sue Harper will teach this Vermont Family Forests 1-credit (16 hour) introductory course on forest soils, especially appropriate for landowners, natural resource professionals, educators, and planners who want to improve their understanding of soils and how they influence our landscape. Students will attend 2 classroom presentations and 4 field trips targeting different soils on the Waterworks in Bristol. During classroom
lectures, students will learn about soil properties as indicators of soil formation and land use potential (including the five soil forming factors, soil profiles and horizons, soil texture, structure, color, pH, and org
anic matter), and how to use NRCS soil information and maps.

CONTACT: David Brynn at david@familyforests.org or 802 453-7728. For more information: www.familyforests.org/public-education/events.shtml#Soils

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Lease Your Land to a Farmer Workshop

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: S. Burlington
Description: COST: Free

S. Burlington Town Offices, 575 Dorset St., S. Burlington, VT

A free workshop for landowners who are considering or curious about leasing land to a farmer. A panel will discuss: Assessing your land and understanding farmer-tenants’ needs, Crafting a suitable lease for both parties, Legal, financial, tax, insurance, liability and other considerations, How community organizations and neighbors work together, Finding a farmer and maintaining good communications, And provide resources for landowners including a new handbook, “Leasing to a Farmer.”

Presented by UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Land for Good, and the South Burlington City Council Sustainable Agriculture Task Force .

CONTACT: Please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu or 802-656-5459 to register, or for more information. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu by March 22, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lambing Workshop (Part of Master Shepherd Course)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: The Parsons' Farm, Richford, VT
Description: COST: For VGSA members: $60 for this class, $500 for entire 10-class series. For non-VGSA members, $75 and $600, respectively.

Location: Green Acres Farm, Pittsford, VT

This third class of the Master Shepherd Course series will feature instructors Chet Parsons (longtime sheep farmer and UVM Extension sheep specialist) and Jim McRae, who has been raising sheep, shearing and training sheep dogs for many years.

Participants will learn:
- Benefits of pasture management.
- Pros and cons of intensively roatated pasture.
- How to set up paddocks on your farm.
- Condition scoring sheep.
- Parasite control.
- Using dogs to handle sheep, with demonstrations.
CONTACT: Visit vtsheepandgoat.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/01/MasterShepherdBookletWEB.pdf to download the brochure and registration form and mail with payment to Master Shepherd Course Reg., Parsons’ Farm, 463 Hardwood Hill Rd., Richford, VT 05476

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