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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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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rebuilding the Foodshed: An Evening with Philip Ackerman-Leist

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482

COST: Presentation is free, dinner $20

Return democracy to the table through a focus on community-based food systems that are just and resilient. Farmer, professor, and author Philip Ackerman-Leist proposes strategies for creating more democratic and secure food systems. Prior to the discussion, NOFA-VT will be selling locally produced, organic salads and flatbreads made fresh from their mobile clay oven. Dinner is at 5:30, presentation is at 7:00.

CONTACT: More information at www.shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/rebuilding-the-foodshed-remapping-o... Or contact Jenna Stewart at jstewart@chelseagreen.com or (802) 295-6300, x-120

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Build Your Food Brand Session 1: Who is Your Market?

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Food Venture Center,141 Junction Rd., Hardwick, VT

COST: $10 per session or $35 for all four

The first of four sessions sponsored by the Center for an Agricultural Economy/Vermont Food Venture Center, and presented by Nicole Fenton and Steve Redmond of Skillet Design. Before you launch your food product or a line extension you need to determine who will buy it and for how much they'll pay! 5 tips for simple market research to help you launch your product.

CONTACT: register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1rQqUtsRPTPhrRiJgFP3IkEI331Vy3xB6v4_gTtb or call 802-472-5362 and ask Heidi for more information.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Vermont Beef Producers Summer Social

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Eric Noel's New Farm, 350 West Shore Rd., S. Hero, VT

Please be invited to the Vermont Beef Producers Social. South Hero, the new home of Eric Noel's family, will be the site of our picnic, and we will enjoy a day with Eric on his new farm.

The topic will be on Soil Health and Mineralization for Herd Health. This important topic has a great influence on the bottom line of a beef operation and should be fully understood in order to maintain a thriving and profitable business. Eric will discuss his recent move to the Island and what his future plans will encompass. A pasture walk is planned which will undoubtedly provide for lively discussion as Eric has been a serious student of the science of soil management and willingly shares his great depth of knowledge and experience. A complimentary lunch, with hamburgers, salads and more, will be provided by the association. Spouses of Regular Members and their family members are welcome to attend at no charge. Non-members wishing to attend will be required to join the VBPA upon arrival ($40 per year for individuals) and are most welcome.

CONTACT: Vermont Beef Producers Association, Chip Morgan, President, 70 South Winooski Ave Box 200, Burlington, Vermont 05401, (802) 758-5000 or Chip AT WoodCreekFarmBeef.com

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sheep Reproduction & Breeding (Master Shepherd Course)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, 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: Meeting House Farm, Lincoln, VT

This seventh class of the Master Shepherd Course series will feature instructors Chet Parsons (longtime sheep farmer and UVM Extension sheep specialist) and Ruth Shepherd, who has been raising and finishing organic lambs on pasture for many years. She has had to have an intensive breeding program to make this happen.

Participants will learn:
- Why genetics are important.
- How to change traits in your sheep by selecting proper breeding stock.
- How to select a ram.
- How to prepare flock for the breeding season.
- Using a teaser ram.
- Using artificial insemination.

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, September 17, 2013

Cover Crops to Cope with Effects of Flooding on Soil Fertility

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Intervale Center, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT

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

As the effects of this summers’ early season flooding lingers in the fields, come learn about strategies to mitigate the long term impacts of soil saturation. Lindsey Ruhl, Master's Candidate in Plant and Soil Sciences at UVM, will take participants into the field to look her research sites and experimental cover crop plots in the Intervale. She will present on cover crops that have demonstrated ability to alleviate specific effects of soil degradation associated with flooding such as fertility loss, compaction, and mycorrhizae colonization. This event will be part field tour and part discussion- light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

CONTACT: Register online here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/sws2013 or else contact NOFA at info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

State of the Food Hub: National Survey Results (free webinar)

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

COST: Free

NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, including Michigan State University, USDA Agricultural marketing Service and the Wallace Center surveyed over 100 food hubs across the country to understand their businesses, their impacts, their challenges and their innovations. This webinar accompanies the release of the full report on the state of food hubs in the US today.

CONTACT: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/333510970

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Southern New England Pasture Walk

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Sidehill Farm, 58 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA

Are you the current or future steward of some land, on which you wish to, or have already begun raising animals? Have you been raising animals on pasture, and are considering investing more time in the field? Are you a professional pasture manager, and seeking ideas to improve your operations? If you have answered yes to any of the above, please join farmers, researchers & technical assistance providers for a pasture walk.

The Pasture Walk is a public forum where pasture managers observe a farm's management practices, ask questions & learn from other farmers, all while standing in a field. Hosted by Sidehill Farm, the only commercial on-farm yogurt producer in the state, at their new location in Hawley, MA. & sponsored by Kinne Brook Farm of Worthington, MA., this walk will feature representatives from NRCS, UMass Extension, SARE, NOFA-MA & CISA.

The Pasture Walk is an opportunity for pasture managers in southern New England, organized with the aspiration of establishing a network of peers that will host future walks. Aspiring, new & seasoned pasture managers are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.

COST: Free

CONTACT: RSVP by Monday, September 16th (with your name, phone number, and the number of people you will be attending with) to skoullias@larp.umass.edu. This event is free and open to current and future pasture managers.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Diverse, Innovative Small Farm Practices w/ Holistic Management

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Creekside Meadows Farm, 2242 Reservoir Road, Deruyter, NY (Madison County)

COST: $20 in advance, $30 day-of

Learn to monitor for soil health and inventory forage for better grazing practices. Want to improve your farm’s long-term plans and business practices? There will be activities to help you develop a whole farm goal so you can make better on-farm decisions. For the full agenda and speaker information, see: holisticmanagement.org/creekside/.

A number of farmers and educators will speak and lead activities throughout the day. The list includes Troy Bishopp, Owner & Manager, Bishopp Family Farm, Deansboro, NY; Tricia & Matt Park, Co-owners, Creekside Meadows Farm, New Woodstock, NY; Phil Metzger, Holistic Management Certified Educator; Erica Frenay,Owner, Shelterbelt Farm; and Ann Adams, Holistic Management Certified Educator & Director of Community Services, HMI. Please visit the event webpage for more information on each speaker.

CONTACT: Register by September 17th through Holistic Management International: holisticmanagement.secure.force.com/pmtx/evt__QuickEvent?id=a1aA000000507MR

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vermont Grass Farmers Assn. Annual Meeting & Pasture Discussion

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: NRCS State Office Conference Rm., 354 Mountain View Dr., Colchester, VT

As federal funding shifts and the goals of environmental and agricultural organizations evolve, it’s time for the Vermont Grass Farmers Association (now in its 17th year) to evaluate its existing priorities through a strategic planning process. What better time to start than at the annual meeting?

Farmers, service providers and statewide partners are invited to attend this public meeting in person or via a conference line. Refreshments will be served. Please join us for a frank discussion about the role you see grass farming play in the future, what you feel Vermont does well and where you think we can all improve. Stories to share about transitioning your existing farm to a rotational grazing system, new farmers seeking to establish systems, state partners trying to blend policy and practicality are all welcome.

As VGFA looks to the future, it will be stronger and more effective farmer organization through your guidance and ideas. Please take some time to share your thoughts with us!

If you plan to attend in person or via conference call, we appreciate your RSVP at 2013vgfa.eventbrite.com/ to help us with seating, conference call planningk, and refreshment quantities.

COST: Free.

CONTACT: To learn more, contact VGFA President Eric Noel at ericrnoel@hotmail.com or (802) 752-8731 or UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Pasture Program Coordinator Jenn Colby at jcolby@uvm.edu or (802) 535-7606. If you plan to attend in person or via conference call, we appreciate your RSVP at 2013vgfa.eventbrite.com/ to help us with seating, conference call planningk, and refreshment quantities.

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High Tunnel Conversions: Balancing Animal, Crop, Soil Needs

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Jericho Settlers' Farm, 22 Barber Farm Rd., Jericho, VT

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

Jericho Settlers’ Farm has integrated poultry in their high tunnels seasonally for the last eight years. Come see their operation and learn about the many factors behind successful animal/crop transitions in hoophouses: fertility and soil testing, pest and weed control, structural considerations, ventilation, water/light control, managing the bedding pack, compost creation, chicken environment and health, and raw manure application and harvest wait periods.

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

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Build Your Food Brand Session 2: Branding 101

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Food Venture Center,141 Junction Rd., Hardwick, VT

COST: $10 per session or $35 for all four

The second of four sessions sponsored by the Center for an Agricultural Economy/Vermont Food Venture Center, and presented by Nicole Fenton and Steve Redmond of Skillet Design. If you think your logo is your brand, think again. Branding is about both the subjective associations and emotions you conjure if your customer's mind as it is about assets like your product, website and packaging. Learn how all of this weaves together to create a strong brand.

CONTACT: register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1rQqUtsRPTPhrRiJgFP3IkEI331Vy3xB6v4_gTtb or call 802-472-5362 and ask Heidi for more information.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

NOFA NY Raw Milk Dairy Days

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

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25th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Tunbridge, VT
Description: Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

COST: TBD

An animal barn, marketplace vendors, shepherd workshops, fiber arts classes, contests, a cashmere goat show and more will make up this year's event. We'll share details as they become available!

CONTACT: vtsheepandwoolfest.com/contact/ or Barbara Tonnissen at 802-223-2456 or festival25@comcast.net.

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Draft Animal Power Field Days

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Barton, VT
Description: Barton Fairgrounds, Barton, VT

COST: TBD

Two days featuring working oxen, mules and horses in practical demonstration, with featured presenter Doc Hammill. More details coming soon!

CONTACT: draftanimalpower.com/events/

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

25th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Tunbridge, VT
Description: (See event details on 9/28)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Share the Harvest

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Statewide
Description: Restaurants and retail locations around Vermont.

COST: The price of your meal or food items.

Support Vermont's farmers and limited-income families with Share the Harvest - just dine or shop at a participating business on October 3, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit NOFA-VT's Farm Share Program!
Farm Share helps limited-income Vermonters afford a season of farm-fresh food from their local Community Supported Agriculture Farm.

CONTACT: nofavt.org/annual-events/share-the-harvest to find a participating business near you, or else contact Becca Weiss at becca@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Party on the Farm for Center Partners & Friends

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Description: de la Bruere Farm, 65 Old Stage Rd., Essex, VT

COST: Free for friends and partners!

Friends and program partners are invited to join us in the beautifully renovated barn at a picturesque Champlain Valley dairy farm to mingle, enjoy a wood-fired pizza lunch featuring local, sustainably-produced food, visit with Center staff, and to learn from farmer Paul de la Bruere about what’s involved in developing a well-managed pasture. (A free shuttle will leave Davis Center on UVM campus at 10:30 and arrive back at 1:30.)

CONTACT: Register (by 9/30 if possible) susagctrpartyonthefarm.eventbrite.com/ or else contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu or 802-656-5459.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Guilford, VT
Description: Franklin Farm, 4708 Weatherhead Hollow Rd., Guilford, VT

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

Extreme weather this summer is restricting the production and harvest of high quality forages for dairy & livestock farmers. Farmers who take careful inventory of their feed stocks will be able to plan their winter feeding strategy for optimal nutritional results, as well as implement strategies to help make up for shortages while managing costs. Low quality forages are difficult to manage for good milk production, so these workshops will also help farmers evaluate their feed stock needs and develop action plans to address those needs for the winter ahead. Please bring a bagged lunch.

The Franklins have been farming in Guilford for eight generations. Mary Ellen and David Franklin, along with their children, currently milk 50 cows and manage 220 acres. They've been organic since 2004.

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

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Derby, VT
Description: De La Bruere Farm, 608 Wallace Rd., Derby, VT

Andrew & Katherine, along with their son, run De La Bruere Farm. They milk around 100 cows and have 80 replacements and crop about 300 acres. They have been farming since 1985, and became certified organic in 2003.

(See event details on 10/8)



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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: Pineville Farm, 4025 East Bethel Rd., Randolph Ctr. VT

(See event details on 10/8)

Pineville Farm is owned and operated by Dean & Terri Conant. Dean is a third generation dairy farmer, they have been certified organic since 2007 and currently milk 70 head and crop 225 acres. They have been experimenting with annual forages, particularly oats and sorghum, and will share their lessons learned through these trials as well.

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Build Your Food Brand Session 3: Effective Design & Information

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Food Venture Center,141 Junction Rd., Hardwick, VT

COST: $10 per session or $35 for all four

The third of four sessions sponsored by the Center for an Agricultural Economy/Vermont Food Venture Center, and presented by Nicole Fenton and Steve Redmond of Skillet Design. Using Effective Design and Information Heirarchy for Effective Brand Messaging. Poorly executed packaging design can let you down, right when you need it most! Great packaging looks easy, but that's a response to how well it works. We'll review a case study in branding to illustrate how design can convert underperforming packaging into a valuable asset at retail.

CONTACT: register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1rQqUtsRPTPhrRiJgFP3IkEI331Vy3xB6v4_gTtb or call 802-472-5362 and ask Heidi for more information.

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