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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Professional Cert. in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on June 10)

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Professional Cert. in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on June 10)

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Growing Places Course for New Farmers

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: White River Jct., VT
Description: Location: Vital Communities offices, White River Jct., VT

COST: $100 if registered by May 31, or $135 until June 10

This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project in collaboration with Vital Communities and co-sponsored by the Women's Ag Network.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

No matter what stage your farm business is in, the New Farmer Project offers classes to help you reach your full potential. Vermont New Farmer Project courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of aspiring and beginning farmers, including topics such as: goal setting, business planning, marketing, and ag financial management. Not sure which course is right for you? Contact us at newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389 x203.

CONTACT: Course information and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Professional Cert. in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on June 10)

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County Fairs & Zoonotic Diseases (Webinar)

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Online

COST: Free

Join Oregon and Washington specialists from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, and Extension as they share best practices for keeping animals and people healthy during county fairs. Prevention of the spread of zoonotic diseases will be the focus of this one-hour live webinar. A question-and-answer session will be available. This opportunity is especially for fair managers, county Extension faculty and other decision makers interested in disease reduction and risk management at fairs.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Lynette Black, 4-H Youth Development Faculty, Oregon State University Extension Service. Lynette.Black@oregonstate.edu. Connection: gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/edencop/

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HACCP for Meat Processors

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: Location: Holiday Inn, 172 N. Main St., Concord, NH

COST: $325, including program costs and meals.

With instructors Dr. Todd Pritchard and Dr. Londa Nwadike of UVM and Food Safety Consultant Brian Norder, this course covers the fundamentals of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and the application in meat and poultry slaughter and processing operations. It provides the participant with hands-on experience in developing a HACCP plan, which is required for USDA inspection of meat and poultry products. This course meets US Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements for HACCP training. Participants will receive an International HACCP Alliance certificate upon successful completion of the course.

CONTACT: Catherine Violette at 603-862-2496 or Catherine.violette@unh.edu. Register online at www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=14951.

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Professional Cert. in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on June 10)

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

HACCP for Meat Processors

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: (See details on June 26.)

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Professional Cert. in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on June 10)

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UVM Food Systems Conference

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: Location: Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: $25 per person (covers admission, two breaks and a reception with the presenters following the event from 5:00pm-6:00pm with light refreshments)

This event will bring together influential and innovative voices from the sustainable food movement for this day of inspiration and call to action. The goal is to connect people across disciplines around the urgent issue of our broken food system and inspire people to take their place in the necessary revolution.

Speakers will take the stage, give 10-15 minute talks and then join the audience. The next speaker will immediately follow. There is not space for questions or comments or break-out sessions. There will be two breaks during the talks and a reception at the end which are all great times to connect with fellow attendees and the speakers.

CONTACT: View the schedule of events: learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/food-summit/food-systems-conference/schedule-2/ Register online here: www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1170640

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Friday, June 28, 2013

HACCP for Meat Processors

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Concord, NH
Description: (See details on June 26.)

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Professional Cert. in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on June 10)

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Making Loose Hay the Amish Way (NOFA-NY event)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Marathon, NY
Description: Location: Ervin Byler's Farm, 3833 Freetown Cross Rd., Marathon, NY

COST: $20/person, lunch $12

Join the Marathon Amish Community, NOFA – NY, and Draft Animal Power Network (DAPNet) for a special field day and fundraiser. In 2009 a new Amish community began in Marathon, NY. This included three years of barn building on many farms, and all these barns were built to handle loose hay. This community does not use PTO-driven equipment, and most hay is put in the barn loose. Funds from this event will support the Marathon Area Amish Schools, as well as NOFA–NY. In the morning there will be a demonstration of mowing, tedding, and raking hay with horses, as well as a tour of the new barn built last year. We will have a picnic lunch, prepared by the Amish community ($12, please order in advance). After lunch there will be several hay loaders picking up hay and delivering it to the barn mow. There will be opportunities for folks to pitch in and learn the loading of hay wagons, use of trolley and track systems, and placing loose hay in the mow. (Rain date of July 13)

CONTACT: Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email at register@nofany.org, or register online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: Location: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: $2,500 (for students from developed countries, single occupancy room and meals included), $2,250 (double occupancy room), or $1,600 for course and meals (no housing). More details at: www.uvm.edu/~agroecol/shortcoursedescfinal_13.pdf

What is agriculture's role in contributing to climate change? What are opportunities within agriculture to mitigate or adapt to a changing climate? When we talk about agriculture, do we mean smallholder farmers, industrial agriculture, or both? The theme of the 14th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse is the application of agroecological approaches to support resilience to climate change and promote robust, sustainable food systems. The course will be an intensive working and living experience from breakfast through dinner and afterwards. It's organized with a transdisciplinary, particiapatory action research approach that balances applied and conceptual work.

CONTACT: For questions or to receive more information, please contact Martha Caswell at vtagroecology@gmail.com, or visit: www.uvm.edu/~agroecol/shortcoursedescfinal_13.pdf

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Savor the Summer: Brew, Spirits & Cheese Tour

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Location: Bus leaves from & returns to Atkins Field/Hardwick Farmer's Market

Cost: $75/person

The Center for an Agricultural Economy invites you to tour the world-renowned Hill Farmstead brewery in Greensboro and sip the elegant spirits of Hardwick's own Caledonia Spirits & Winery. Sample award winning cheeses from the Cellars at Jasper Hill in the bright space of Claire's Restaurant & Bar and end your day on the beautiful green at Atkins Field to enjoy the vibrant Hardwick's Farmers' Market.

Contact: Register at savorthesummertour.eventbrite.com/#.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Hog Butchering Workshop: Breakdown & Sausage Making (NOFA-NY)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cazenovia, NY
Description: Greyrock Farm 6100 East Lake Road, Cazenovia, NY 13035, Madison County

COST: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm

Join Sam Ehrenfeld of Greyrock Farm as he demonstrates the art of butchering a hog. The field day will begin with a demonstration of breaking down a side into primal cuts, followed by further splitting the primals down into portion cuts. This section will also include a discussion of proper cooking techniques for each primal. Afterwards, Sam will discuss and demonstrate the basics of making fresh sausage, from coming up with recipes to mixing and stuffing. Greyrock Farm is a local, year-round, diversified CSA farm that offers seasonal vegetables and storage crops, grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork and chicken, raw milk, and eggs from pastured laying hens. Matt Voltz established Greyrock Farm’s CSA in August 2010, returning to its roots as a diversified farm.

CONTACT: Bethany Wallis, (585)271-1979 ext. 513 or bethany@nofany.org

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Growing Places Course for New Farmers

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: White River Jct., VT
Description: Location: Vital Communities offices, White River Jct., VT

COST: $100 if registered by May 31, or $135 until June 10

This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project in collaboration with Vital Communities and co-sponsored by the Women's Ag Network.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

No matter what stage your farm business is in, the New Farmer Project offers classes to help you reach your full potential. Vermont New Farmer Project courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of aspiring and beginning farmers, including topics such as: goal setting, business planning, marketing, and ag financial management. Not sure which course is right for you? Contact us at newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389 x203.

CONTACT: Course information and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Scaling Up with Innovation & Appropriate Technology

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Westport, NY
Description: Location: Juniper Hill Farm, 82 Loukes Lane, Wadhams (Westport), NY

Cost: $10/person and $15/two or more people per farm

On-farm equipment hacks and energy efficiency are effective strategies to increase output and scale up the farm, but how does the smart farmer prioritize projects and maintain a low cost for making such improvements? At Juniper Hill Farm, the answer has been a mixture of DIY ingenuity to hone just the right infrastructure and tools, along with taking advantage of incentives and grants to implement the costlier infrastructure needed to run the farm well. A tour of Juniper Hill Farm will show how farmer Adam has been able to rapidly expand the amount of acreage in production through this combination of on-farm improvements, incentive programs and dynamic CSA marketing ideas. Hear his perspective on why he chose these methods to improve the farm’s output, and get your ideas going about your own farm’s potential. Come prepared to share your plans and ideas about on-farm efficiency, from tools to incentive/grant programs. Stay for potluck supper to celebrate the beginning farmer spirit and the bounty of summer!

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, please contact the Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email at register@nofany.org, or shop online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Essentials of Organic Grain Growing (NOFA NY Event)

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hudson, NY
Description: Location: 492 Route 217, Hudson NY 12534

Cost:$10/person and $15/two or more people per farm

Learn how to make good use of your land with grain rotations using heritage and modern strains of wheat, rye, field corn (for milling), and more. At this workshop designed to help you plant a crop as early as fall 2013, Lineage Farm’s Jen Carson and Jon Ronsani will show off their fall-sown wheat and this year’s polenta corn. NOFA-NY Grain Coordinator Robert Perry and OGRIN’s Elizabeth Dyck will be walking the fields with Jen and Jon. They will all contribute to a thorough explanation of the essentials of organic grain growing, including variety and seed sourcing, planting and monitoring the crop, and harvesting at the appropriate point for processing. Find out how to assess your grain crop’s quality and its potential for direct marketing, wholesale to millers and malt houses, or even for animal feed. To top it all off, we’ll see some small-scale grain-growing and processing equipment in action, and talk about making use of the equipment and on-going education available through New York’s grain-growing community.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, please contact the Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email at register@nofany.org, or shop online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vermont 4-H Horse Show

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: Location: 1790 Field Days Rd., Vergennes, VT

COST: Field Days Admission $10 for 12yo and over.

Addison County Field Days are open to all Vermont 4-H horse members.

CONTACT: Wendy Sorrell for more information: wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Wendy Sorrell at 802-656-5418 or 800-571-0668 by June 20, 2013 so we may assist you.

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14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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On-Farm Energy, Vegetable & Fruit Enterprises, and Pest Control

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Alburgh, VT
Description: Borderview Farm and Darby Farm in Alburgh, VT

COST: Free for youth participating in the Youth Ag. IDA program.

Introducing our very own on-farm workshop series- specially designed for youth in the UVM Extension Youth Ag Individual Development Account Program!

This first event will be offered with Chris Callahan?, Vern Grubinger and Ann Hazelrigg of UVM Extension.

CONTACT: We strongly encourage all participants in the Youth Ag IDA program to attend, and ask that you RSVP by July 5 For more information or to register, contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu by July 1 (or as soon as possible) so we may assist you.

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NY Regional IPM Meeting for Pasture Farmers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hoosick Falls, NY
Description: Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy, 74 Sheffer Road, Hoosick Falls, NY

COST: Free, but RSVP is appreciated.

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and Ken Wise from the NYS IPM Program to answer: who are the usual summer time pest species and what can you do about them?

From this field meeting you will learn to correctly identify the most important fly pests affecting livestock on pasture in the northeast. You will also learn techniques to determine if fly populations are at numbers that can cause economic injury. Learn the options available for controlling fly pests affecting animals on pasture including the role of dung beetles, use of effective biting fly catching traps suitable for use on pasture, and what you should know about making insecticide use decisions.

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides many educational opportunities and resources for established as well as new farmers and land owners as well as consumers and youth. For more information on any of these classes or other upcoming events with CCE, please call (518) 272-4210.

CONTACT: For more information or to register, please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at mmp74@cornell.edu or (518) 272-4210.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Vermont 4-H Horse Show

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: (See details on July 11.)

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14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Vermont 4-H Horse Show

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: (See details on July 11.)

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14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Vermont 4-H Horse Show

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Vergennes, VT
Description: (See details on July 11.)

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14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Fencing: Containing & Protecting (Master Shepherd Course)

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

Location: Woodbourne Farm, Woodsville, NH (across the Connecticut River from Wells River, VT)

This third class of the Master Shepherd Course series will feature instructors Chet Parsons (longtime sheep farmer and UVM Extension sheep specialist) and Tom Cope, who has been raising sheep and beef "East of the Connecticut" for many years. He has always used guard dogs to protect his sheep.

Participants will learn:
- The psychology of keeping an animal contained: physical vs. psychological barriers, training your animals to stay in.
- What fencing methods are available: advantages and disadvantages of each, and how to construct them.
- How to create your own fencing reels.
- Dealing with predators: domestic dogs, wild animals (coyotes, bears).
- Guard animals: llamas, dogs, and donkeys, and the pros and cons of each.

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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Monday, July 15, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Grass-Fed All Year Long: Summer Workshop

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Jamestown, RI
Description: Location: 455 North Rd., Watson Farm, Jamestown, RI

COST: Free

Come join Darrell Emmick, retired USDA Grazing Land Management Specialist, to learn about animal behavior, local invasive weeds and how to involve your livestock in managing them, and the Grass-fed All Year Long 2013-2014 line-up with Michael T. Keilty of UConn.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWwhpmoiJqPVkskByQ57UNCv3bS_DrJCyWrOWzP0Nw0/edit or contact Jean King at jean.king@uconn.edu or 860-916-7367.

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Management Intensive Rotational Grazing Workshop (NOFA-NH Event)

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Litchfield, NH
Description: Location: Normanton Farm, 226 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield, NH 03052

COST: Free

Join Steve Normanton for a tour of Normanton Farm, an organic, pasture-based meat and vegetable farm in Litchfield, NH. Steve will lead a walking tour of his pastures, which are set up for management intensive rotational grazing, both as a means to improve soil and reduce supplemental feed costs. He’ll share his experience developing his grazing system, and answer questions about his management decisions and techniques. Steve will also show his Temple Grandin Cattle Handling and Corral System, a corral specifically designed with the animal in mind to limit the stress his cattle experience during handling.

After the tour, guests are invited to join in a potluck. Discuss your grazing experiences with other interested graziers, make connections, and continue the dialogue! Bring your own blanket, flatware, silverware and a dish to share.

CONTACT: Ray Conner, bof@nofanh.org

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Grass-Fed All Year Long: Summer Workshop

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Litchfield, CT
Description: Location: Laurel Ridge Farm, 66 Wigwam Rd., Litchfield, CT

COST: Free

Come join Darrell Emmick, retired USDA Grazing Land Management Specialist, to learn about animal behavior, and be joined by local specialists to talk about animal health, toxic weeds, and the nutritional qualities of weeds, and the Grass-fed All Year Long 2013-2014 line-up with Michael T. Keilty of UConn.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWwhpmoiJqPVkskByQ57UNCv3bS_DrJCyWrOWzP0Nw0/edit or contact Jean King at jean.king@uconn.edu or 860-916-7367.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Grass-Fed All Year Long: Summer Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: S. Deerfield, MA
Description: Location: UMass Farm, 89-91 River Rd., S. Deerfield, MA

COST: Free

Come join Darrell Emmick, retired USDA Grazing Land Management Specialist, to learn about animal behavior, and be joined by local specialists who will discuss the UMass Hay/Baleage Beef Finishing Project, the Soil Compaction Tillage Radish Trial, and Livestock Weed Analysis, and the Grass-fed All Year Long 2013-2014 line-up with Michael T. Keilty of UConn.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1mWwhpmoiJqPVkskByQ57UNCv3bS_DrJCyWrOWzP0Nw0/edit or contact Jean King at jean.king@uconn.edu or 860-916-7367.

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Summer Evening Pasture Walk

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Long Lesson Farm, 444 Goosen-Regan Road, Buskirk, NY

COST: $5.00

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension at , www.longlessonangus.com/) for a pasture walk on July 18th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy a presentation from Columbia-Greene CCE Livestock Educator Mick Bessire, question and answer time with the farmers, and light refreshments.
We will cover topics including:
• Pasture renovations
• Soil health
• Weed control
Discussion will move in the direction that participants have interest in, bring your pasture and grazing questions! Cornell Cooperative Extension provides many educational opportunities and resources for established as well as new farmers and land owners, and consumers and youth.

CONTACT: For more information and to R.S.V.P please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

14th Annual Intl. Agroecology Shortcourse

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UVM, Burlington, VT
Description: (See details on July 7.)

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shelburne, VT
Description: Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

COST: $50/person

Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: a total of over 40 of them! The public is invited to experience Vermont's passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking.

CONTACT: For more information please contact at 800.884.6287. Buy tickets at www.vtcheesefest.com/tickets.html

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Growing Places Course for New Farmers

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: White River Jct., VT
Description: Location: Vital Communities offices, White River Jct., VT

COST: $100 if registered by May 31, or $135 until June 10

This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project in collaboration with Vital Communities and co-sponsored by the Women's Ag Network.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

No matter what stage your farm business is in, the New Farmer Project offers classes to help you reach your full potential. Vermont New Farmer Project courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of aspiring and beginning farmers, including topics such as: goal setting, business planning, marketing, and ag financial management. Not sure which course is right for you? Contact us at newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389 x203.

CONTACT: Course information and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Certified Organic Poultry, Pigs, Steer & Worms (NOFA-MASS event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Barre, MA
Description: Many Hands Organic Farm, 411 Sheldon Rd., Barre, MA

COST: $30 NOFA members, $38 non-members

In this workshop, Julie of Many Hands Organic Farm will discuss and participants will see two sizes of meat birds, layers, brand new turkeys, pigs, cows, and worms. Participants will learn about the management of all these species and their relationships to each other on this tightly organized and rotated farm system, which includes 2 ½ acres of vegetables and 1 acre of orchard. The workshop covers feeds, housing, pasturing, woods management, rotations with crops, sprouted grains, brooding, marketing, and finances. Participants have the opportunity to help slaughter some chickens. Instructor Julie Rawson is a life-long farmer who has been raising livestock organically for almost 30 years.

CONTACT: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374. By email, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org; put “Animal Husbandry” in subject. Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/345376

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Grass Fed Heritage Beef

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Green Heron Growers, 2361 Wait Corners Road, Panama, NY

NOFA-NY is hosting a field day on July 27th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Green Heron Growers 2361, Panama, NY. Please join NOFA-NY for a workshop entitled Grass Fed Heritage Beef. Join Julie and Steve Rockcastle of Green Heron Growers as they discuss their management practices raising grass fed heritage beef. The field day will begin with a tour of their pastures focusing on management intensive grazing. The day will also include a discussion on selecting genetics and developing heritage breeds. Farmers Steve and Julie will discuss how they have developed their herd with a focus on converting grass to delicious beef. Green Heron Growers raises 100% grass-fed heritage beef, certified organic chicken, eggs, shiitake mushrooms & vegetables for conscious eaters who value quality products, animal welfare and stewardship of the land. They strive to provide nourishing food for family, friends, and community. Stay at the farm: overnight camping and grass-fed burger cook-out for an additional fee of $20. Visit theheron.org/1769-2/ for camping details.

COST: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, please contact the Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email at register@nofany.org, or shop online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Diverse Production & Marketing Channels Field Day

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Sticks and Stones Farm 1605 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

Interested in adding different marketing channels (such as wholesale and restaurant accounts) to your farm’s business plan? For best results, first understand how this would impact production, harvest, packing and handling practices. Seeing Stick and Stone Farm during production season will help you explore and understand the way marketing choices affect the day-to-day farm operations; since Stick and Stone provides food through CSA, farmers’ markets, wholesale distributors and restaurant clients, the farm can share the benefits and challenges of this range of marketing methods. Join farmers for a tour of the fields, packing shed and an introduction to Quickbooks software (for bookkeeping) and using Excel spreadsheets to track harvest schedules and chore lists related to getting a crop to its intended destination. If you seek to assess your readiness for a new method of distribution, don’t miss a great field day!

COST: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm (registration deadline: July 26th, 2013)

CONTACT: For more information and to register, go to www.nofany.org. To pre-register and pay, please contact the Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email at register@nofany.org, or online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Pasture & Livestock, and Weed & Forage ID (Youth Ag. IDA Wkshp.)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Middlesex, VT
Description: Osprey Hill Farm, Middlesex, , VT

COST: Free for youth participating in the Youth Ag. IDA program.

This second workshop will be offered with Jenn Colby, Kimberly Hagen and Juan Alvez of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Sid Bosworth of UVM Plant & Soil Sciences

CONTACT: We strongly encourage all participants in the Youth Ag IDA program to attend, and ask that you RSVP by July 26 For more information or to register, contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu by July 12 (or as soon as possible) so we may assist you.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

UVM Extension NW Crops & Soils Field Day

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh, VT

This year’s theme is "Strategic Farming-Gearing Up for Weather Extremes.” The Field Day will give
you an opportunity to tour Borderview Research Farm, where over 40 crop and soil experiments are being conducted, as well as getting up-to-date research results. Take a look at the many experiments being conducted at the farm on corn varieties, cover crops, flax, oilseeds, reduced tillage, manure injection and much more! Highly variable weather patterns are expected to impact farming through changing precipitation patterns, changes in crop suitability, pest and disease pressure, and decreases in milk production capacity. The UVM Ag Resiliency Team works to address the social, economic and environmental aspects of adapting and mitigating climate change through Vermont agriculture. They will share the multiple projects being conducted including a demonstration of greenhouse gas (GHG) collection tools

COST: Free for farmers, $20 for eveyone else. Lunch is provided.

CONTACT: Susan Brouilliette at 802-524-6501 or susan.brouilliette@uvm.edu. Register at www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

4th Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Akaogi Farm, 27 Earthbridge Road, Westminster West, VT

This conference will focus on various aspects of rice farming in the Northeast including seed saving, data collection, wildlife conservation, and small-scale rice processing equipment. Featuring:
- David Mackill (Adjunct Professor, Plant Sciences, University of California Davis)
- Don Brill (engineer, www.thericeharvester.com)
- Conrad Vispo (ecologist, Farmscape Ecology Program, Hawthorne Valley Farm)
Shital Kinkhabwala, who has provided delicious food for previous conferences, will cater lunch and highlight dishes from a traditional Indian meal.

COST: $50/person, $60/couple, $40/student

CONTACT: Mia Murphy at makaogi@gmail.com. See their website at www.ricenortheasternus.org/ Registration deadline July 26. To register please provide your name, e-mail address, and a check made out to Mia Murphy, 351 Longley Road, Groton, MA 01450. Contact Mia at makaogi@gmail.com.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

CSA Farmer Exchange with Equiterre

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Intervale Community Farm, Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT

This exchange with Quebec’s CSA networking organization, Equiterre, will offer a farm tour and discussion of ICF’s CSA distribution strategy and general management practices. Join us for a social with the NOFA pizza oven starting at 3.

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

COST: $10 NOFA members, $20 non-members IMPROVING PASTURE PRODUCTIVITY WITH INTENSIVE

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Growing Places Course for New Farmers

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: White River Jct., VT
Description: Location: Vital Communities offices, White River Jct., VT

COST: $100 if registered by May 31, or $135 until June 10

This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project in collaboration with Vital Communities and co-sponsored by the Women's Ag Network.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

No matter what stage your farm business is in, the New Farmer Project offers classes to help you reach your full potential. Vermont New Farmer Project courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of aspiring and beginning farmers, including topics such as: goal setting, business planning, marketing, and ag financial management. Not sure which course is right for you? Contact us at newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389 x203.

CONTACT: Course information and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Food Safety Modernization Act - Discussion for NH Farmers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Office, Rockingham Co., Brentwood, NH

A task force of organizations and individuals across NH have been working for several months to try to read, understand and communicate to the farming community what FSMA may mean for them and for New Hampshire’s agricultural development. As part of this effort, UNH is hosting a two hour workshop in three different locations. The program will include a brief presentation of what has been learned so far, a panel of famers who have studied the rules and will share their concerns, and information on how to comment on the proposed rules.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to the workshop. This is your chance to comment. The workshop presenters will demonstrate how to navigate the FSMA comment page and provide time for participants to draft or directly send comments.

CONTACT: For more information about these workshops please contact Heather Bryant, Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture, UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County, 603-787-6944 or Heather.Bryant@unh.edu.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Improving Pasture Productivity: Intensive Grazing & Silvopasture

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Deberville Dairy Farm,73 Fairgrounds Rd., Washington, VT

COST: $10 NOFA members, $20 non-members

Learn how this 4th generation dairy farm is striving to improve the quality of forage with better grazing management techniques including silvopasture grazing, experimenting with annuals, and manure management.

CONTACT: NOFA at info@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 Register at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/sws2013


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Food Safety Modernization Act - Discussion for NH Farmers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Office, Merrimack County, Boscawen, NH

(See details on Aug. 5 event.)

CONTACT: For more information please contact Heather Bryant, Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture, UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County, 603-787-6944 or Heather.Bryant@unh.edu.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Food Safety Modernization Act - Discussion for NH Farmers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Office, Grafton County, North Haverhill, NH

(See details on Aug. 5 event.)

CONTACT: For more information please contact Heather Bryant, Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture, UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County, 603-787-6944 or Heather.Bryant@unh.edu.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Parasite Control of Sheep, Goats & Camelids

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: The Parsons' Farm, Richford, VT

This sixth class of the Master Shepherd Course series will feature instructor Chet Parsons (longtime sheep farmer and UVM Extension sheep specialist, and certified FAMACHA* instructor).

Participants will learn:
- What parasites are important.
- The effect that parasites have on your animals.
- How to determine if your animals are affected.
- How to treat them.
- Management techniques to reduce the use of chemical treatments.
- FAMACHA* training, $15 extra for a FAMACHA Card.
- How to do fecal egg counts with a microscope.
* The FAMACHA system of parasite control is based on the degree of anemia that an animal has based on its parasite load. It is measured with a FAMACHA card and the animal's lower eyelid.

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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Monday, August 12, 2013

Copper Oxide Wire Particle Trial

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Asgaard Farm, 74 Asgaard Way, Ausable Forks, NY 12912

COST: $10/person/ $15/2 or more people per farm

Join Rhonda Butler of Asgaard Farm to learn how she controls internal parasites in her herd and how it affects her pasture management system. Rhonda will share how she incorporates multiple species grazing and other techniques she has used to control parasites. Hear about the dairy goat herd, what products they are marketing and gain advice for your own goat dairy. tatiana Stanton Small Ruminant Specialist for Cornell University and Betsy Hodge St. Lawrence CCE will explain the rationale for using Copper Oxide Wire Particle (COWP) in sheep and goats to try to control barber pole worm and a summation of their COWP studies with sheep and goats thus far. Overuse of chemical dewormers has allowed the barber pole worm (H. contortus) population to develop resistance. A new option to control H. contortus is dosing with copper oxide wire particles (COWP).

CONTACT: Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email atregister@nofany.org, or online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Farm Transfer Workshop (Caring Dairy Event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Middlebury NRCS Office, 68 Catamount Park, Suite B, Middlebury, VT

These sponsored workshops on farm financials are meant to be small gatherings, open to groups of about 10. Local accountants, Farm Viability reps, an attorney, and UVM's Farm Transfer Guru Bob Parsons will cover the How To's: How to get business planning and recordkeeping in gear to help you, and how to start working on a farm transfer plan (no matter how far down the road you want that to happen).

CONTACT: Please register with Rachel Gilker: 240-441-8044 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com

COST: Free to farmers.

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On-Farm Safety (Youth Ag. IDA Summer Workshop)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Berlin, VT
Description: UVM Extension Berlin Office, Berlin, VT

COST: Free for youth participating in the Youth Ag. IDA program.

Introducing our very own on-farm workshop series- specially designed for youth in the UVM Extension Youth Ag Individual Development Account Program! This third session on on-farm safety will be offered by UVM Extension's George Cook.

CONTACT: We strongly encourage all participants in the Youth Ag IDA program to attend, and ask that you RSVP by August 9 For more information or to register, contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ali at 802-656-9139 or azipparo@uvm.edu by August 1 (or as soon as possible) so we may assist you.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Beginning Farmer Field Day for Livestock Producers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Green Mountain Girls Farm, 923 Loop Rd., Northfield, VT 05663

COST: $20 NOFA members, $40 non-members

Six hours of livestock talk with NOFA veteran fencing and pasture experts Lisa McCrory and Willie Gibson, veterinary demo with VOF’s Rose McDonough, and host, Green Mountain Girls Farm’s Mari Omland. In the morning you’ll go a pasture walk and discuss pasture productivity, assessment & nutrient management, and fencing strategies to promote pasture health. You’ll see Green Mountain Girls Farm’s diversified livestock operation and learn about how they manage their fields with multiple species. Then, following lunch, VOF Livestock Certification Specialist, Dr. Rose McDonough BVMS, will provide a hands-on introduction to veterinary management skills. She’ll demonstrate handling of livestock, drawing blood samples, how to administer shots, and how to determine parasites. Bring your questions and be ready for in-depth discussion these key components to any livestock operation. Please bring a bagged lunch.

CONTACT: NOFA at info@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 Register at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/sws2013

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Farm Transfer Workshop (Caring Dairy Event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Middlebury NRCS Office, 68 Catamount Park, Suite B, Middlebury, VT

See details on Aug. 13 event.

CONTACT: Please register with Rachel Gilker: 240-441-8044 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com

COST: Free to farmers.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Food Hub Benchmarking Study (Free Webinar)

Time: 3:30 a.m. to 4:45 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: Online

COST: Free

Food hubs are address a current area of need for a sustainable food system... but how sustainable are food hubs themselves? If a food hub is not a solid business, it won't be around for long. NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, including Farm Credit Council, Farm Credit East, Morse Marketing Connections and the Wallace Center have performed the first-ever food hub benchmarking study, looking at key financial metrics to understand the health of food hubs across the US. This webinar presents the results and interpretations of this study,

CONTACT: Register here: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/354071410

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Farm Transfer Workshop (Caring Dairy Event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Middlebury NRCS Office, 68 Catamount Park, Suite B, Middlebury, VT

See details on Aug. 13 event.

CONTACT: Please register with Rachel Gilker: 240-441-8044 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com

COST: Free to farmers.

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Hops Production Field Day

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Four Star Farms, Northfield, MA

COST: $15, including lunch

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team is hosting a tour of Four Star Farms in Northfield, Mass. The farm, owned and operated by the L'Etoile family for 25 years, produces grains, hops and turf as well as has a flour milling operation. Growers will learn the basics of hops production including planning, budgeting, building the hopyard, harvesting, drying, compacting and packaging. The field day also includes a tour of the hopyard and milling operation and equipment demonstrations of a hops harvester, custom-built drying system and compactor.

CONTACT: The $15 registration fee includes lunch. Please register by Aug. 9 either online at www.uvm.edu/extension/mahops or by e-mail: Susan Brouillette (susan.brouillette@uvm.edu) or Heather Darby (heather.darby@uvm.edu) or phone: (802) 524-6501 or (800) 639-2130 (toll-free in Vermont only).
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please call Susan by Aug. 2

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Kingdom Farm & Food Days

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Vermont's Northeast Kingdom
Description: Location: Events will take place in Hardwick, Craftsbury, Wolcott and many other locations in Vermont's beautiful Northeast Kingdom.

COST: TBD

The Center for an Agricultural Economy, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Pete’s Greens and the New England Culinary Institute have once again united to coordinate the Kingdom Farm and Food Days event. This is a two day event that showcases Vermont farms, local food, gardens, small producers, and agricultural businesses. Workshops, demonstrations, food and tours will be available to all attendees. An official schedule will be released soon.

CONTACT: Elena at elena@hardwickagriculture.org or 802-472-5362, Brigitte@highmowingseeds.com,
ryan.omalley@neci.edu or amy@petesgreens.com.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

FDA Listening Session on FSMA

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: Maine State Armory, August, ME

After significant effort on the part of the federal delegates and Agencies of Agriculture for the 6 New England states, the FDA has agreed to come to New England to conduct listening sessions. Produce growers and farms that minimally process food items or aggregate the produce of other farms can learn more about the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed food safety rules at two upcoming hearings.

Farmers will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Produce Safety and Preventive Control Rules during the session.

COST: Free

CONTACT: Ginger Nickerson at ginger.nickerson@uvm.edu.

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Learning from First Year Pasture Irrigation

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Miller Farm, 1732 Fort Bridgman Rd..,Vernon, VT

COST: $10 NOFA members, $20 non-members

Miller Farm has installed an "Irripod Flexible Pasture Irrigation" system to help improve pasture productivity. Bring your pasture irrigation questions for farmer Peter Miller and NOFA’s livestock and pasture expert, Willie Gibson.

CONTACT: NOFA at info@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 Register at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/sws2013


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FDA Listening Session on FSMA

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: Dartmouth College's Alumni Hall Auditorium,Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH

(See event details on 8/19.)

COST: Free

CONTACT: Ginger Nickerson at ginger.nickerson@uvm.edu.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Food Waste Management Workshop

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Orono, ME
Description: Location: Doris Twitchell Allen Village, University of Maine, Orono, ME

COST: $200 for 2-day workshop, including all materials, breaks, lunches & assorted publications. $50 for optional tour 8/23

Workshops include Components of Food Waste Management, Understanding the Biology of Compost for Food Waste Management, Methods and Systems for Food Waste Waste Management, Feedstocks, Behind the Scenes of Successful Food Waste Management, Recipe Development, Food Waste Management Regulations and more.

CONTACT: See full schedule at composting.org/FWM%20Schedule.htm. Register at secure.touchnet.com/C22921_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=33&CATID=146&SINGLESTORE=true

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Food Waste Management Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Orono, ME
Description: See details on 8/21. This day's workshops include Site Selection, Troubleshooting, Managing Your Food Waste System, Opportunities with Anaerobic Digestion & Food Waste, and Quality, Maturity & End Use.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Food Waste Management Workshop: Day of Tours

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Orono, ME
Description: See details on 8/21. Stops on tour include Kinney Compost, Rainbow Valley Farm, and Stonyvalle Farm.

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Homeopathic Herd Health & Smart Grain Marketing

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: 4955 Nelson Rd., Cazanovia, NY 13035

Join Henry Stoker of Sto Farm and John Stoker of Stolor Organics to learn how their farm business structure supports their dairy and grain businesses. During the morning program Henry will discuss the use of homeopathy for treating his dairy herd, provide a farm tour and answer herd health questions. The afternoon will will focus on the grain operation of the business, highlighting how John provides quality grains to the dairy and how he has diversified his grain production. Robert Perry of NOFA-NY will demonstrate the OREI mobile grain cleaning unit.

CONTACT: Registration Coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979 ext. 509, by email atregister@nofany.org, or online at tinyurl.com/nofanyevents

COST: $10/person/ $15/2 or more people per farm

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

100% Grass-Fed Seasonal Raw Milk Dairy (NOFA-MASS event)

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Great Barrington, MA
Description: Blue Hill Farm, 398 Blue Hill Rd., Great Barrington, MA

COST: $25 NOFA members, $31 non-members

The workshop will cover the basics of raw milk production, seasonal dairy management, and intensive rotational grazing, as well as fencing options and water systems for cows and calves. Participants will meet at Blue Hill Farm and view all aspects of milk production from the milking machines to the pastures. (Be aware that the farm has two locations; do not go to the location on North Plain Rd.) Instructor Sean Stanton has been farming for 10 years and the dairy has been licensed a raw milk dairy for three years.

CONTACT: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374. By email, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org; put “Animal Husbandry” in subject. Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/345379.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Vermont Pig & Pork Field Day

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT and Applecheek Farm, Hyde Park, VT

Please come join us for full day of pork production and processing. Dale Rozeboom, Swine Nutrition & Production Management specialist from Michigan State University Extension, will be joining us as we visit two different pork farms. We will be touring Jasper Hill and Applecheek’s farm systems and looking at the innovative ways they are raising and finishing pigs. At each farm Dale will present on a number of topics including swine nutrition, the use of alternative feed sources, nutrient management, animal health and outdoor management. Dale has worked with a range of hog producers and will be sharing his experience with different farm models he has worked with in Michigan. This will be followed by processing demonstration and pork celebration.
This workshop is a co-organized by UVM Center for Sustainable Ag and NOFA-VT with funding support from Risk Management Agency and FSMIP. State funds for this project were matched with Federal funds under the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CONTACT: Please pre-registrar at www.nofavt.org/sws. Questions please call 802-434-4122 or email info@nofavt.org

COST: $30 VGFA or NOFA members, $50 non-members

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Farm and Homestead Resiliency Strategies

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Whole Systems Research Farm, 66 Dean’s Mountain Rd., Moretown, VT

COST: $10 NOFA members, $20 non-members

See the systems and species used in converting 10 degraded acres of hillside into a resilient small farm/homestead, including rice paddies, fuel wood hedges, grazing, aquaculture, swale earthworks, soil decompaction, terraquaculture/fertigation, mushrooms, and more.

CONTACT: NOFA at info@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 Register at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/sws2013

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Increase Your Farmers' Market & Farm Stand Sales

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: RAFFL Office, 67 Merchants Row, 3rd Fl. of the Rutland Opera House, 67 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT

COST: $15 registration for the classroom and farmer's market session, and you can opt to pay $15 additional charge for 1:1 display evaluation

Learn how to maximize your farmers market and farmstand sales. Learn what works and what doesn’t from one of the best! Bruce will discuss the importance of strategic booth design and how to attract more customers into your booth or farmstand through your display and merchandising. After the classroom session we’ll take a tour of the Rutland Farmers Market to evaluate what we’ve just learned.

Producers will have an opportunity to have Bruce give an analysis of their booth with suggestions for improvement in a 15 minute session. These slots are limited and fill up fast so sign up today to ensure you’re spot. Booths can set up at the market in Depot Park, farmstand and winter market growers can bring photos or create a mock-display indoors in the RAFFL conference room.

CONTACT: Garland Mason at garland@rutlandfarmandfood.org or 802-417-7096

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Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bennington, VT
Description: Camelot Village, Bennington, VT (Just 1.5 miles west of the four corners in Bennington Vermont at Camelot Village. (junction VT Routes 7 & 9))

COST: $5 per person per day, or 2-day pass for $8.

Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from over a100 different vendors all made from -you guessed it- garlic and herbs! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. Come early to enjoy breakfast, served by Peppermills of Bennington. Please Note: No dogs. (thank you)

CONTACT: Garlic Festival Coordinator at 802-447-3311 or at lovegarlic.com/form_mail/

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bennington, VT
Description: (See details with 8/31 event)

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