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Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Break

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Break

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online self-paced course at: www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.Umab1BDFpw-

COST: Free

Global population is expected to top nine billion by 2050. Supplying this population with safe, secure, and healthy food will challenge the world’s agricultural resources and production systems. Recent weather trends indicate that precipitation and temperature patterns are changing, and are already impacting agricultural
production in a variety of ways.

The Animal Agriculture and Climate Change online certification course has been developed to equip Extension Educators and other Agricultural Service Providers with the background necessary to instruct and advise farmers and ranchers in all aspects of animal agriculture and climate change. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between animal agriculture and climate change, both nationally and regionally, right from your office or home. This 12-hour, self-paced course will prepare you to discuss the topic with clientele and provide the resources to incorporate it into existing programming. It also qualifies for continuing education credits from Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/68219/aacc-online-course-registration#.Umab6hDFpw8. For more information about the course, see the brochure at www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.UmacPBDFpw8, and for questions about registration contact David Schmidt at schmi071@umn.edu

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Ontario County, CCE: Ontario in Canandaigua

COST: $60 per farm

Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, this is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or (585) 735–5448. Register at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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Early Registration Deadline: Intro to Ag. Financial Mgmt.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Burlington, St. Johnsbury, & White River Junction

COST: $80 (if paid by 1/5 early registration deadline, $120 if paid by 1/20)

This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge.

CONTACT: To register or for more information about the course, visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer or contact Jessie Schmidt at jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by January 5, 2014

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Ontario County, CCE: Ontario in Canandaigua (contact information for specific locations is below)

COST: $60 per farm

Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, this is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or (585) 735–5448. Register at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Adapting to Changes in Business & Climate: Organic Land Care

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Description: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Southbury, CT

COST: $115 NOFA members or AOLCPs, $130 for all others

Join the 2013 Annual Gathering of NOFA's Organic Land Care association for a day of dynamic presenters, networking opportunities, and chances to learn about exciting projects and initiatives of use to professionals. Keynote Tom Tavella will speak on the future of the SITES initiative and implementing projects with landscape architects.

CONTACT: More info at www.organiclandcare.net/education/annual-gathering or register at ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-nofa-olc-annual-gathering-2013/ or contact CT-NOFA at (203) 308-2584.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

NOFA-Mass Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA

COST: $50 for NOFA Member Adult General Conference Admission if registered by 12/15 ($60 until 1/10, $70 at the door, and extra costs for seminars and special courses)

Over the years, NOFA/Mass has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers, including Joel Salatin, Eliot Coleman, Michael Phillips, Jean Jeavons, Karen Washington and other thoughtful leaders in the food movement. This year's Winter Conference will offer a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, an all-day seminar and keynote by Restoration Agriculture author, Mark Shepard. The children’s conference (for ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for your kids to get educated.

CONTACT: More information at www.nofamass.org/winterconference#.UqHieOLFpw9 or register at www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1317429 or call (508) 572-0816.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

NOFA-VT Direct Marketing Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (please note: times are an estimate as final event details were not announced as of the date of this posting)

Vermont Law School, S. Royalton, VT

COST: TBD

The annual NOFA-VT Direct Marketing Conference provides networking and educational opportunities for farmers’ market managers and vendors, and farmers marketing through Community Supported Agriculture and farm stands.

CONTACT: For more information: nofavt.org/annual-events/direct-marketing-conference or 802-434-4122

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Taking Stock: A New Farmer Project Class

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: COST: $150 if registered by 10/27. Registrations received after 10/27 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

At some point every farmer has to acknowledge that the business has undergone some unexpected changes. Those changes may be the result of new learning, family obligations, changes in land tenure, emerging market opportunities or increased competition. Whatever the catalyst, your business will likely need some reframing and re-strategizing to get back in sync with your life. Taking Stock leads participants through a process of re-envisioning the business—looking back and planning forward. This class will prepare you for the challenges of the next phase of business development.

Topics covered will include:

Does your farm business vision still fit your life;
The role of policies & procedures in the maturing business;
Approaches to cash management and what the numbers can tell you;
Incorporating employees into the farm business.

Participants will be encouraged to select a project that will help them achieve a goal within their business to work on during the course.

Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.

What Taking Stock Graduates Say:

"It forced me to really slow down and look into the different parts of my business as they had developed over the years and begin to evaluate how they contributed to the overall picture."

"It helped me break things down . . . into goals, tasks to meet those goals, and ways to measure success -- that I would never take the time to do on my own. I have found that every time I have done that . . . we have met those goals."

CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html or contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 or jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Water Quality & Agriculture Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Marshfield Town Hall, Marshfield, VT

COST: Free and lunch is provided.

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District as part of the Winooski Headwaters Community Partnership invites you to attend a workshop on water quality and agriculture. Come hear local Vermont experts talk about important issues affecting the state of Vermont, including meeting the state's water quality goals, preventing nutrient pollution, maintaining soil health and the programs available to farmers to meet these goals and actions.

CONTACT: Laura at 802-288-8155 ext.104 or email: laura@winooskinrcd.org

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

NRCS EQIP Organic Initiative & Organic Dairy Farms Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar

COST: Free

This webinar will provide information on the Organic Initiative and how organic dairy farmers can use this program on their operations. It will be presented by Sarah Brown, an Organic Conservation Specialist with Oregon Tilth, and Wisconsin NRCS district conservationist Sam Skemp. The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker.

CONTACT: Deb Heleba, debra.heleba@uvm.edu or joineorganic@gmail.com Register at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/843797761

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Friday, January 17, 2014

18th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT

COST: $40, depending on membership and attendance

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ben Bartlett, retired Michigan State livestock specialist and farmer. Dr. Bartlett manages 360 sheep and 200 stocker cattle on his MI ranch, participates in on-farm research, and consults on grazing and animal handling. He is a board member of Holistic Management International and uses to planned grazing and biological monitoring approaches to improve soil health and help his operation be successful.

The conference will feature day-long intensive sessions on Friday January 17 with a keynote and 24 workshops on Saturday January 18. Topics covered will include grazing impacts on soil health, animal handling, parasite management, adding value, and more. Conference agenda in development. Sponsorship and tabling opportunities available.

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu.to learn more. Or visit www.uvm.edu/pasture for downloadable sponsorship package.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Deadline to Register for 2014 Master Gardener Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

COST: $395

Today's the deadline to register for this non-credit course that covers the basics of home horticulture and what it means to be a Extension Master Gardener. The instructors are comprised of UVM faculty and Vermont horticulture professionals. Course topics include: Botany Basics, Entomology, Plant Diseases, Food Production, Soil Fertility, Perennials and Annuals, Sustainable Landscaping, Rain Gardens, Turf and Weeds, Invasive Plant & Pest Control, UVM Extension Volunteering. This course is offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Technology studios in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., and Williston.

CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html or contact Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

18th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT

COST: $40, depending on membership and attendance

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ben Bartlett, retired Michigan State livestock specialist and farmer. Dr. Bartlett manages 360 sheep and 200 stocker cattle on his MI ranch, participates in on-farm research, and consults on grazing and animal handling. He is a board member of Holistic Management International and uses planned grazing and biological monitoring approaches to improve soil health and help his operation be successful.

The conference will feature day-long intensive sessions on Friday January 17 with a keynote and 24 workshops on Saturday January 18. Topics covered will include grazing impacts on soil health, animal handling, parasite management, adding value, and more. Conference agenda in development. Sponsorship and tabling opportunities available.

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu.to learn more. Or visit www.uvm.edu/pasture for downloadable sponsorship package.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Registration Deadline: Intro to Ag. Financial Mgmt.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Burlington, St. Johnsbury, & White River Junction

COST: $120

This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge.

CONTACT: To register or for more information about the course, visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer or contact Jessie Schmidt at jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by January 5, 2014

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Empire State Producers Expo

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Oncenter Convention Center, Syracuse, NY

COST: TBA

Presented by the New York State Vegetable Growers Association, this show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for the fruit and vegetable growers of this state, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. The Center's Farming & Climate Change Coordinator Joshua Faulkner will be presenting a session for attendees.

CONTACT: (315) 986-9320 or info@nysvga.org or nysvga.org/contact

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2014 Crop, Soil & Dairy Meeting

Time: 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: American Legion Hall, St. Albans, VT

COST: $25, including lunch

Learn about growing winter forages, corn and soybean diseases in the Northeast, reintroducing meadow fescue, getting the most from Nitrogen, recycling of agricultural plastics, improving soil health and maximizing homegrown feed in the ration, as well as receive updates from the 2013 cropping system.

Presenters include Gary Bergstrom, a Professor at Cornell University, Kurt Cotanch, the Forage Lab Director at Miner Agriculture Research Institute, Tom Kilcer from Advanced Ag Systems LLC in NY, Steve Woodruff from NRCS's East National Technology Service Center in Greensboro, NC, Anne MacMillan, an Agrichemical Toxicologist with the VT Agency of Agriculture, and UVM Agronomists Dr. Heather Darby, Dr. Sid Bosworth and Dr. Dan Hudson.

The conference brochure is here: www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/2014-brochure-final.pdf

Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

CONTACT: You can register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoildairy or by calling Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 (toll-free in Vt. only). If paying with a check, please make payable "UVM".

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Harmonized GAPs Training

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Office, 249 Lakeside Dr., Marlboro, MA

COST: $50 for first person from your farm, and additional employees $10 each

UMass Extension, the UMass Department of Nutrition, and the MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) are pleased to present a Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Program for growers and other fresh produce handlers.

At the training, you will learn more about:
• the costs and impact of diseases and outbreaks caused by food-borne pathogens
• strategies for controlling potential microbial food safety hazards before planting and throughout all phases of production - planting, production, harvesting and postharvest handling
• changes to the USDA GAP Program to reflect the Harmonized Audit
• the Third Party Audit process
• the MA Commonwealth Quality Program
• The status of FDA draft regulations to implement the Food Modernization Act of 2010

You will also:
• receive a manual filled with GAP resources
• receive a memory stick loaded with the GAP Manual and templates needed to maintain records to verify USDA GAP that can be customized for your farm

At the end of the session, you will receive a certificate of participation and one pesticide credit for participating through UMass Extension.

CONTACT: Doreen at 413-545-2254 or dyork@umext.umass.edu.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

USDA Cover Crop Termination Policy Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: online
Description: Online at attra.ncat.org/cover_crop

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will host an important national webinar to discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recent efforts to assure greater uniformity and clarity on its policy related to farmers who currently grow cover crops or may grow them in the future.

The webinar will address the critical question that the new policy is designed to answer: When and how can cover crops be terminated without jeopardizing valuable crop insurance coverage of the cash crops grown with them?

This policy arose out of the concern that farmers planting cover crops could lose their eligibility for crop insurance coverage of the following crop. The new policy addresses this concern, using science-based cover crop management guidelines accepted across USDA agencies.

The webinar will feature speakers from the USDA task force that crafted the new cover crop termination policy, and there will be ample opportunity for farmers and other webinar participants to ask questions about how the policy will work on the ground. A copy of the policy can be found at: www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1167871.pdf

CONTACT: Join at: attra.ncat.org/cover_crop or contact Jeff Schahczenski at jeffs@ncat.org for more information.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

COST: $80 for Sunday only - $275 for entire weekend. Dinners available for separate purchase.

Note: Please see conference website for specific start and end times for various components of the weekend.

Features keynote speakers Gary Paul Nabhan, internationally-renowned nature writer and food and farming activist, and 2014 NOFA-NY Farmer of the Year Brian Bennett of Bittersweet Farm in Heuvelton, NY. The NOFA-NY Winter Conference offers a great line up of workshops on a wide range of topics from dairy farming to urban gardening, from food policy to business planning plus a special childrens conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by our farmers. Each year, the planning team strives to inspire, as well as inform, and to provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and reciprocal teaching and learning.

CONTACT: Learn more at www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference. Or contact Marne Coit, Education Director, at marne@nofany.org.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Vermont Vegetable & Berry Growers Assn. Annual Meeting

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Capitol Plaza Hotel, 100 State St., Montpelier, VT

COST: $40 VVBGA members, $50 all others, add $10 for walk-in registration (so please pre-register by January 24)

A day filled with farmer-to-farmer presentations and discussions on topics ranging from low tunnels, sweded midge, and on-farm trials with zone tillage, plus a trade show, luncheon, business meeting and updates from Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross. The offical meeting ends at 3:30, when the trade show will remain open for networking and learning.

CONTACT: Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension,802-257-7967 ext.303, vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please me know 10 days prior to the event. See details at www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/meetings/VVBGAMontpelier13.pdf.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Food Diversity, Human Health & Climate Change

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Davis Auditorium, Fletcher Allen Medical Center Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Gary Nabhan, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona will offer this discussion will explore the links between food crop diversity and human health, in the context of how both may be affected by climate change. Climate change will affect both the distribution and yields of many place-based fruits and heirloom vegetables. However, many new strategies are being employed to get more diversity back into the hands and diets of low-income families which are already nutritionally at risk. Nutritional ntervention success stories from diabetes-prone populations in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico and Hawaii will be featured. There will be a book sale and signing after the talk.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is required by calling (802) 847-2278 or registering online at FletcherAllen.org/Healthsource.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Soil Carbon Coalition Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: St. Johnsbury, VT (contact the event organizers at SoilCarbonIsCool@gmail.com)

COST: (confirm with event organizers at SoilCarbonIsCool@gmail.com)

A workshop by Peter Donovan, co-founder of the Soil Carbon Coalition. Peter Donovan has been establishing baseline measurements for soil carbon change on innovative land managers from Mexico to Canada, Vermont to California as part of the Soil Carbon Challenge, a competition to see how quickly land managers can change atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter. This workshop will cover scientific understanding of carbon and carbon cycling, as well as its importance in the understanding of climate, soil, and farming. Some of it will be participatory. All are welcome, but farmers and other land managers especially are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT: SoilCarbonIsCool@gmail.com

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

NOFA-NH Winter Conference & Mixer

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord, NH

COST: $75 for one-day member adult registration, $35 for students, $25 per day per child. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Two days of keynote speakers (including Gary Nabhan, Ben Hewitt and Jack Lazor), workshops, networking, and intensives. February 1 is open to eaters, gardeners, community members, and farmers, and February 2 is a day of intensives programmed with farmers in mind, featuring learning opportunities ranging from Intro to Small Engines, to Marketing to the Institutional Market, to Cover Cropping & Crop Rotation to Manage Pests & Weeds, to Alternative Annual Forages to Compliment Your Feeding Regime & Mob Grazing Basics,

CONTACT: Register at nofanh.org/nofa-event/winter-conference-2014/ or else call (603) 224-5022 or e-mail jen@nofanh.org with any questions.

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

NOFA-NH Winter Conference & Mixer

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord, NH

COST: $75 for one-day member adult registration, $35 for students, $25 per day per child. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Two days of keynote speakers (including Gary Nabhan, Ben Hewitt and Jack Lazor), workshops, networking, and intensives. February 1 is open to eaters, gardeners, community members, and farmers, and February 2 is a day of intensives programmed with farmers in mind, featuring learning opportunities ranging from Intro to Small Engines, to Marketing to the Institutional Market, to Cover Cropping & Crop Rotation to Manage Pests & Weeds, to Alternative Annual Forages to Compliment Your Feeding Regime & Mob Grazing Basics,

CONTACT: Register at nofanh.org/nofa-event/winter-conference-2014/ or else call (603) 224-5022 or e-mail jen@nofanh.org with any questions.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online self-paced course at: www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.Umab1BDFpw-

COST: Free

Global population is expected to top nine billion by 2050. Supplying this population with safe, secure, and healthy food will challenge the world’s agricultural resources and production systems. Recent weather trends indicate that precipitation and temperature patterns are changing, and are already impacting agricultural
production in a variety of ways.

The Animal Agriculture and Climate Change online certification course has been developed to equip Extension Educators and other Agricultural Service Providers with the background necessary to instruct and advise farmers and ranchers in all aspects of animal agriculture and climate change. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between animal agriculture and climate change, both nationally and regionally, right from your office or home. This 12-hour, self-paced course will prepare you to discuss the topic with clientele and provide the resources to incorporate it into existing programming. It also qualifies for continuing education credits from Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/68219/aacc-online-course-registration#.Umab6hDFpw8. For more information about the course, see the brochure at www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.UmacPBDFpw8, and for questions about registration contact David Schmidt at schmi071@umn.edu

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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2014 UVM Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Technology studios in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., and Williston.

COST: $395

This non-credit course covers the basics of home horticulture and what it means to be a Extension Master Gardener. The instructors are comprised of UVM faculty and Vermont horticulture professionals. Course topics include: Botany Basics, Entomology, Plant Diseases, Food Production, Soil Fertility, Perennials and Annuals, Sustainable Landscaping, Rain Gardens, Turf and Weeds, Invasive Plant & Pest Control, UVM Extension Volunteering.

CONTACT: Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Vt. SBDC (Small Business Development Center), 1540 Vt. Route 66, Randolph, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar: Milk Sanitation

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Radisson Hotel Webster Room, 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH

COST: $5 per family, and anyone 4-H age is free

From the brochure: "Milk is a food product and it will never be any better than the sanitary conditions under which it is produced and bottled. This session will cover food safety and handling steps that need to be followed both in the barn and in the kitchen to ensure a quality product. There will be some discussion about transitioning from a hobby to a commercial dairy."

CONTACT: Registration is at the door. If you require accommodations to participate in the program, please contact John Porter before 1/25 at 603-796-2151, ext. 322

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

While permaculture design practices are typically applied to creating productive homes and agricultural land, permaculture design ethics and principles, when applied at the broader scales of community, regional, and urban planning, have a great impact on creating a human environment with ecological integrity. Starting with a clear understanding of the mistakes and challenges inherent in our present economy – including petroleum dependence and extreme weather -- this course focuses on how to redirect our society and its infrastructure back into alignment with the earth’s natural cycles, one region at a time. Ideal for architects, regional and city planners, community organizers, land trusts, watershed groups and local food advocates, this course will provide participants with the vision and tools for coordinating and synthesizing efforts for improving regional economies and the quality of life for future generations.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Monday, February 10, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

Please see 2/9/14 event for details.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

Please see 2/9/14 event for details.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Stone Grill Pub & Restaurant, 116 Vt. Rt. 15, Morrisville, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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2014 UVM Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Technology studios in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., and Williston.

COST: $395

See details with February 4 event.

CONTACT: Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

Please see 2/9/14 event for details.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

Please see 2/9/14 event for details.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: East Side Restaurant, 47 Landing St., Newport, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Nolin-Murray Center (at St. Mary’s Church), 40 Summer St., Springfield, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Dudley C. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, VT

COST: TBA

Join 1500 farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, service providers and consumers at the 2014 NOFA Winter Conference for a weekend of workshops, dynamic speakers, fun activities for kids, a great trade show (come visit the Center's table!), and delicious food.

CONTACT: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference or 802-434-4122.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Tree Fruit School

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway NH 03818

COST: $50

The Tree Fruit School, held in February and March, is a two day program designed for new growers, orchard managers, and individuals looking to start an orchard. From managing the big three apple insects, to rootstock and variety selection and labor management we will cover everything you’ll need to know to get your farm off on the right foot. Students will be provided with pre-course reading materials, and are expected to engage, learn, and ask questions during this hands on course. Plan to attend either the session location, and come dressed to explore a New Hampshire Orchard.

CONTACT: Olivia Saunders (603) 447-3834 olivia.saunders@unh.edu To register, visit the online site at bit.ly/1lFgAx2 or call the UNH Extension office at (603) 447-3834 to receive a mail-in form.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Dudley C. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, VT

COST: TBA

Join 1500 farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, service providers and consumers at the 2014 NOFA Winter Conference for a weekend of workshops, dynamic speakers, fun activities for kids, a great trade show (come visit the Center's table!), and delicious food.

CONTACT: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference or 802-434-4122.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Action Planning for Farm Resilience in a Changing Climate

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, VT

COST: $50 NOFA members, $65 non-members

This day-long intensive is part of the 2014 NOFA-VT conference, and is geared towards farmers. Join researchers and extension educators from the University of Vermont who are partnering with farmers to develop long-term farm management strategies under weather extremes. The session will build on the successful intensive offered last year with a similar topic, and will include themed “resilience stations" exploring on-farm best management practices, monitoring for adaptive management, financial planning, policy incentives,and personal care. As a participant, you will be asked to bring your farm maps and other information to the session where you will develop an individualized “climate change resilience action plan.”

Presenters: Joshua Faulkner, UVM Farming and Climate Change Program Coordinator; Kate Westdijk, UVM Food Systems Research Specialist and Clinical Herbalist Intern; Eric Noel, co-owner of Health Hero Farm; John Hayden, co-owner of The Farm Between; Jenn Colby, UVM Grazing Specialist; Kirsten Workman, UVM Agronomy Outreach Professional for Field Crops and Nutrient Management; Sam Smith, Intervale Center Farm Business Specialist; Sarah Noel Larose, VT Natural Resources Conservation Service; Liz Brownlee & Connor Steman, former UVM Field Naturalist Program Master’s students; and Lindsey Ruhl, Master's student in UVM Plant and Soil Science.

CONTACT: Pre-register by February 4th (registrations will also be accepted through the end of the NOFA winter conference 2/15-16): nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/monday#resilience

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Climate Change and Vermont

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Description: Davis Auditorium, Fletcher Allen Medical Center Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Alan Betts, Ph.D, Atmospheric Research, is offering this talk illuminating how climate and the natural ecosystems of the Earth are being transformed by greenhouse gases from our industrial society. How is this affecting Vermont? Come learn what strategies and mind-set are needed to mitigate, adapt and build resilience.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is required by calling (802) 847-2278 or registering online at FletcherAllen.org/Healthsource.

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: 6 Forum Locations in VT:

UVM Extension Office
374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 1
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
NRCS

USDA Service Center
617 Comstock Road
Berlin, VT 05602
NRCS

USDA Service Center
27 Fisher Pond Road, Suite 1
St. Albans, VT 05478
NRCS

VT Agency of Natural Resources Office
100 Mineral Street
Springfield, VT 05156
NRCS

USDA Service Center
170 South Main Street, Suite 4
Rutland, VT 05701
NRCS

UVM Extension Office
23 Pond Lane, Suite 300
Middlebury, VT 05753
NRCS

COST: Free

You are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the February 18th SARE-sponsored National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. Join the conversation at one of nearly 200 Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums to be hosted nationwide by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Cooperative Extension offices.

There is no cost to participate, but please contact the site you plan to attend to register and confirm both the location and other program details. Providing an RSVP will help host locations make adequate accommodations.
Each forum will feature a live-streamed video broadcast of the opening sessions of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Neb. Following the broadcast, discuss with fellow forum participants how cover cropping can build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience into your farming system.

The broadcast will feature:
Howard G. Buffett, Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture (invited)
Ray Gaesser, American Soybean Association president
A panel of expert producer conservationists:
Dave Brandt (Ohio)
Gabe Brown (North Dakota)
Dan DeSutter (Indiana)
Clay Mitchell (Iowa)

The forums are open to anyone who would like to hear about and discuss the prospects for cover crops and soil health improvements on American farms and ranches. The broadcast will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST for participants from the Eastern, Central, and Mountain regions of the United States. Attendees are encouraged to arrive 30 to 45 minutes ahead of time for check in and introductions.

CONTACT: Mary Jacobson 802-951-6796 ext. 221

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2014 UVM Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Technology studios in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., and Williston.

COST: $395

See details with February 4 event.

CONTACT: Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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No-Till & Cover Crop Symposium

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Rd., Burlington

COST: $130 for both days, or $75 for single-day attendance.

UVM Extension's crops and soils teams are pleased to announce a two-day conference that is the first of its kind in Vermont. With over 10 sessions during these two days, there will be opportunities to discover the latest information about no-till crop production and growing cover crops.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=ntcc-symposium.html, or download the conference brochure here: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/pdfs/2014-ntcc-brochure.pdf. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Donna Brown by February 3 at 802-388-4969 so we may assist you.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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No-Till & Cover Crop Symposium

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Rd., Burlington

COST: $130 for both days, or $75 for single-day attendance.

UVM Extension's crops and soils teams are pleased to announce a two-day conference that is the first of its kind in Vermont. With over 10 sessions during these two days, there will be opportunities to discover the latest information about no-till crop production and growing cover crops.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=ntcc-symposium.html, or download the conference brochure here: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/pdfs/2014-ntcc-brochure.pdf. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Donna Brown by February 3 at 802-388-4969 so we may assist you.

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Introduction to Shiitake Mushroom Production

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar

COST: Free

Presented by the Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Ben Waterman, mushroom grower and coordinator for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education funded project, "Cultivation of shiitake mushrooms as an agroforesty crop for New England."

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EST onFebruary 20, 2014 and click on the webinar title. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x203.

CONTACT: If you require accommodations to participate in a webinar, please contact Jessie Schmidt at least seven days before the webinar you want to participate in, so we may assist you. Call 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or email jessie.schmidt@uvm.edu .

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Seed Production and Technical Assistance

Time: 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road
Canterbury, NH, 03224

COST: $40 member; $45 non-member (NOFA-NH)

This will be a hands-on training program for NH organic farmers that will teach the skills necessary for saving high-quality organic seed. The training program will take place for one full-day session and will combine classroom training with hands-on experience (seed cleaning) in important aspects of plant breeding and seed production. The workshop will be broken up into five sessions, and will be a mix of theoretical information and practical hands-on activities.

CONTACT: Ray Conner, bof@nofanh.org, 772-341-1850, nofanh.org/nofa-event/seed-production-technical-assistance-workshop/

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stone Church Community Garden Meeting

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Bellows Falls, VT

COST: Free

The Food Security Collaborative is partnering with the Stone Church of Bellows Falls to establish a new community garden on the church grounds for the 2014 growing season! To kick-off the garden planning, a gathering will be held for anyone interested in having a plot at the Stone Church Garden. This will be held on Sunday, February 23 at 1:30 PM, at the Stone Church Chapel. Light refreshment will be provided. The garden will offer plots to community members who live and work in the Bellows Falls area. The garden will be built with the help of local experts during hands-on workshops designed to teach gardeners and community participants how to build the soil and get started with planting. Throughout the growing season, gardeners will have the opportunity to attend additional workshops and will have the support of the Food Security Collaborative to have a successful gardening experience. The Food Security Collaborative is a project of Post Oil Solutions and is active in the communities of Rockingham, Bellows Falls, Westminster, Saxtons River, Cambridgeport, Grafton, and Athens. Its mission is to achieve greater food security through the development of a garden-based local food system resulting in enhanced civic pride, a stronger local economy, and a more sustainable environment.

CONTACT: Please pre-register with Food Security Collaborative Project Manager, Kari Gypson at kgypson@yahoo.com or 802.282.8669

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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UVM Campus Food & Energy Seminar: The Big Picture

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Description: UVM Davis Center Sugar Maple Ballroom, Burlington, VT

COST: Free & open to the public


Featured Speakers:
Doug Lantagne, Director of the UVM Food Systems Initiative
Eric Garza, Lecturer in the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

This Campus Food and Energy Seminar will examine the connections between food and energy systems, with a focus on the institutional level. In this first seminar, Doug Lantagne will speak on the goals of the seminar series and the opportunities for UVM's campus food system to emerge as a model in university food service.
Eric Garza will provide a presentation on how food and energy systems interact at local, regional, and global scales. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A discussion session, at which participants will be encouraged to share questions, ideas, and inspirations for sustainability in the UVM food and energy systems.

CONTACT: www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=Calendar&agenda=Spire-of-Excellence,Food%20Systems&period=365days&label=Food+Systems+Events

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Vermont Dairy Producers Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Rd., Burlington

COST: $45 (if registration is postmarked by 2/10), or else $60, or $75 at the door if space allows

Join in for a full-day of informative speakers and panelists and a chance to meet with sponsors at the trade show.

CONTACT: Please register online at http:// www.uvm.edu/extension/dairyconference, or mail this registration form with check to payable to UVM Extension, attn: Vermont Dairy Producers’ Conference, c/o UVM Extension, 278 South Main St. Suite 2 St. Albans, VT 05478-1866. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Peggy Manahan by February 11 at 802-524-6501 so we may assist you.

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2014 UVM Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Technology studios in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., and Williston.

COST: $395

See details with February 4 event.

CONTACT: Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Climate Change Cafe

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Description: Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street, Brattelboro

COST: Free, but participants are welcome to contribute light refreshments

A supportive, conversational environment for people who are concerned about climate change AGENDA: * updates on divestment campaign, particularly the SIT and Vermont Academy initiatives * Paul Cameron, co-founder and Executive Director of Brattleboro Climate Protection, a nonprofit organization that works closely with the Town of Brattleboro to reduce carbon emissions through increased energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and alternative transportation, and member oft the Town Energy Coordinator, willI give some history on what the Town, BCP, and other groups have accomplished in the past towards carbon reduction and resilience, what he sees as priorities and opportunities in the future, and what citizens can do to help in this effort.

CONTACT: Post Oil Solutions, 802.869.2141, info@postoilsolutions.org

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sustaining the Living Landscape

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield, MA

COST: Prices vary

With increasing pressures and changes in the landscape, it is ever more critical to preserve and protect resources and help sustain local ecosystems. At this year’s Ecological Landscapting Assn. Conference and Eco-Marketplace, topics ranging from soil structure and biology to veteran tree health will be explored while looking for ways to design, build, and maintain more resilient landscapes. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in this two-day exploration of ecological concepts that support living landscapes. Preregistration is required.

CONTACT: Rregister at: www.ecolandscaping.org. For more information: Ecological Landscaping Association
ELA.info@comcast.net, (617) 436-583

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Burlington Cohousing, East Village Dr. (off of East Ave.), Burlington, VT

COST: Free, includes coffee, morning snack, and lunch

Are you thinking it is time to write a harvest guide or an employee training manual? How about getting more disciplined about managing what you have in storage? Believe it or not, writing a farm food safety plan can help you reach these other goals! Good food safety practices are grounded in good organization and hygiene and sanitation practices, so when you develop a produce safety plan, you can reap benefits in operational efficiency and produce quality.

The Center is offering five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally. You will leave this workshop with a concise plan (for you, your customers, and your employees) and many resources!

Thanks to a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, these workshops are free. Participants will receive morning coffee, a light lunch, a template for a farm produce safety plan and a binder of reference material.

CONTACT: To register: www.eventbrite.com/o/uvm-center-for-sustainable-agriculture-1519520706
To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu, by two weeks before the workshop in which you are interested so we may assist you.

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Tomato Grafting Workshop

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Spring Ledge Farm, 37 Main St., New London, NH

COST: Free

(please note: the workshop ends at sunset, and the 5:00 end time above is approximate)

Spring Ledge Farm is ready to teach attendees about grafting with a hands-on workshop. There will be graft-ready plants on hand to trial and error with, as well as already grafted plants to view and assess the strength of their grafts. Come see how the professionals do it in this farmer to farmer workshop. You’ll be on the right path for stronger healthier tomato plants in 2014!

Contact: nofanh.org/nofa-event/tomato-grafting-workshop/ or Spring Ledge Farm, 603-526-6253, info@springledgefarm.com

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sustaining the Living Landscape

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield, MA

COST: Prices vary

(See 2/26 event listing for details.)

CONTACT: Register at: www.ecolandscaping.org. For more information: Ecological Landscaping Association
ELA.info@comcast.net, (617) 436-583

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Civil Defense Center, 7220 State Rte 54, Bath, NY 14810

COST: $60 per farm, including educational materials, lunch and refreshments. $15 for each additional attendee from the same farm.

Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, this is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or (585) 735–5448. Register at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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5th Annual Hops Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Rd., Burlington

COST: $50 for NeHA members, $55 for non-members.

Receive updates from the UVM Hops Program on cover crop experiments, potato leafhopper experiments, variety trials, beneficial insects, crowing projects, weed control and equipment.

CONTACT: RSVP by Feb 21, 2014 Susan Brouillette or Heather Darby at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Steuben County, TBA Bath

COST: $60 per farm

Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, this is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or (585) 735–5448. Register at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Gateway Center, 84 Fyfe Dr., Newport, VT

COST: Free, includes coffee, morning snack, and lunch

Are you thinking it is time to write a harvest guide or an employee training manual? How about getting more disciplined about managing what you have in storage? Believe it or not, writing a farm food safety plan can help you reach these other goals! Good food safety practices are grounded in good organization and hygiene and sanitation practices, so when you develop a produce safety plan, you can reap benefits in operational efficiency and produce quality.

The Center is offering five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally. You will leave this workshop with a concise plan (for you, your customers, and your employees) and many resources!

Thanks to a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, these workshops are free. Participants will receive morning coffee, a light lunch, a template for a farm produce safety plan and a binder of reference material.

CONTACT: To register: www.eventbrite.com/o/uvm-center-for-sustainable-agriculture-1519520706
To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu, by two weeks before the workshop in which you are interested so we may assist you.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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CT NOFA's Winter Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

COST: TBA

Conference keynote will be Fred Kirschenmann, a Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. Stay tuned for more details.

CONTACT: www.ctnofa.org/winterconference/index.html or 203-308-2584 for more information.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online self-paced course at: www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.Umab1BDFpw-

COST: Free

Global population is expected to top nine billion by 2050. Supplying this population with safe, secure, and healthy food will challenge the world’s agricultural resources and production systems. Recent weather trends indicate that precipitation and temperature patterns are changing, and are already impacting agricultural
production in a variety of ways.

The Animal Agriculture and Climate Change online certification course has been developed to equip Extension Educators and other Agricultural Service Providers with the background necessary to instruct and advise farmers and ranchers in all aspects of animal agriculture and climate change. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between animal agriculture and climate change, both nationally and regionally, right from your office or home. This 12-hour, self-paced course will prepare you to discuss the topic with clientele and provide the resources to incorporate it into existing programming. It also qualifies for continuing education credits from Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/68219/aacc-online-course-registration#.Umab6hDFpw8. For more information about the course, see the brochure at www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.UmacPBDFpw8, and for questions about registration contact David Schmidt at schmi071@umn.edu

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2014 Annual Oilseed Producers Workshop

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, VT

COST: $20

At this meeting, growers, processors, and researchers will share their experience with oilseed crops like sunflower, canola, soybeans, and flax. Interest in these crops is increasing, as oilseeds add value to farms in the form of feed, fuel, soil amendments, and culinary oil. Topics include agronomic research updates, uses for oilseed meal, on-farm economics and feasibility of oilseed production, report on small-scale press evaluations, culinary oil quality, oil taste-testing and Hemp legislation and research. We will also have processing demos including oilseed press and bleaching equipment.

CONTACT: Register for the conference online at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=oilseedmeeting.html by February 26, 2014. To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 or susan.brouillette@uvm.edu by February 17, 2014 so we may assist you.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Bionutrient Rich Crop Production Workshop

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: One World Conservation Center, 413 US Route 7 South, Bennington, VT

COST: $150 for both sessions (11/13/13 & 3/5/14)

Dan Kittredge, life-long farmer and founder of the Bionutrient Food Association, is offering a two-session workshop on production of quality food.

Workshop Major Categories are: Identifying Deficiencies, Vital Health in the Field, Principles of Biological Farming, and Managing Crops Thru the Season. Some programs will offer educational credit for this. There are discounts for farmers.

CONTACT: bionutrient.org/ or Gary Neves at gary@bionutrient.org or 774-573-6804

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2014 UVM Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Technology studios in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., and Williston.

COST: $395

See details with February 4 event.

CONTACT: Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Organic Farmers Business Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Tech Randolph Center Campus, Allen House, 1 Main Street, Randolph Ctr., VT

COST: $70.00

Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. You will find your farm’s profit centers, learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, employee management, and financial tips for success. This all day course will be part lecture, part group work sessions, and part demonstration.

The course will address:
* Planning for Profit: a step by step guide to increase your net profit
* Making a Profit on YOUR Farm: what is making money and what is not
* Your Marketing Strategies
* The Efficient Farm Office: humorous skits and demos outline best practices
* Key Farm Financial Statements: what they are and why they are important
* Employee Management
* Quick Business Fixes

CONTACT: Molly Willard, mwillard2@vtc.vsc.edu, 802-535-5315, www.vtc.edu/right.php/pid/40/sid/565

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Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, 124 Main St, Randolph, VT

COST: $25
UVM Extension's Northwest Crops & Soils Program and NOFA-Vermont's Organic Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance program invite you to attend the 2014 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference.
This year, we will be looking at "resiliency" as a strategy to optimize and maintain soils and high quality forages on your organic dairy. Keynote speakers include Drs. Silvia Abel-Caines of Organic Valley/CROPP; Fred Magdoff, UVM emeritus professor; and Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems. We will also include our popular research updates - with a focus on soil and forage quality projects - and our farmer panel.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is required, register at: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=organicdairy.html Or for more information contact Deb Heleba debra.heleba@uvm.edu or Susan Brouillette 802.524.6501.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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UNH Cooperative Extension Tree Fruit School

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH

COST: $50

The Tree Fruit School, held in February and March, is a two day program designed for new growers, orchard managers, and individuals looking to start an orchard. From managing the big three apple insects, to rootstock and variety selection and labor management we will cover everything you’ll need to know to get your farm off on the right foot. Students will be provided with pre-course reading materials, and are expected to engage, learn, and ask questions during this hands on course. Plan to attend either the session location, and come dressed to explore a New Hampshire Orchard.

CONTACT: To register, visit bit.ly/1lFgAx2 or call the UNH Extension office at (603) 447-3834 to receive a mail-in form. Or contact Olivia Saunders at (603) 447-3834 or olivia.saunders@unh.edu for more information.

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GMO Labeling Workshops

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: City Market, 82 S Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Rural Vermont is offering this workshop designed to teach attendees about what's involved with labeling GMOs in Vermont. Consumers are demanding GMO-free options in the marketplace, opening new opportunities for food producers and purveyors. This two-part presentation will provide store staff and customers the tools they’ll need to navigate the current marketplace, affect the change necessary to create a new GMO-free marketplace, and to pass a GMO Labeling law in VT.

CONTACT: Rural Vermont, (802)223-7222, www.ruralvermont.org/about-us/contact/

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Cheese & Culture

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Fletcher Allen, Davis Auditorium, Medical Center Campus, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT

COST: Free, but pre-registration is required

Presented by Dr. Paul Kinstedt, Professor of Food Science in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the UVM. Dr. Kinstedt will shed light on the 9,000-year history of cheese, the ways in which it has shaped civilization, and what it can tell us about the future of food. Paul will also discuss how the availability of salt shaped cheese making history, the role of spirituality in cheese making, and how local and distant marketplaces shaped the history of cheese. This class will include a cheese tasting. There will be a book sale and signing after the talk.


CONTACT: Pre-registration is required by calling (802) 847-2278 or registering online at FletcherAllen.org/Healthsource. Free parking is available onsite for all lectures. For more information: healthsource@vtmednet.org or (802) 847-2278 or
www.fletcherallen.org/community_resources/healthsource_educational_outreach/

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Friday, March 7, 2014

ABC's of Farm-Based Education

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT

COST: $200, includes materials and meals (scholarships available)

Discover fun, hands-on ways to develop agricultural education programs for school groups with kid-tested, educator-approved activities that are easy to use. We will highlight activities from Project Seasons and our new publication Cultivating Joy and Wonder. If you are just starting to explore the possibilities of opening your farm for education, or looking for new ideas for your program, this is the workshop for you!

CONTACT: Shelburne Farms, (802) 985-8686, www.shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/abcs-of-farm-based-education

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NOFA-NY Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Holiday Inn, 75 North Street, Auburn NY

COST: $60, kids under 12-free

NOFA-NY is excited to announce their 3rd Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference. The conference will be held at the centrally located and easily accessible Holiday Inn in Auburn, New York, just west of Syracuse. Veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in transitioning to organic management are all welcome. This year’s program includes a half-day intensive workshop entitled “Keeping ‘Family’ in the Family
Farm.” NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will be available throughout the day-long conference to answer questions. Enjoy a day of learning, networking, and information exchange.

Pre-Registration Deadline: Postmark by February 28th. Walk in registrations welcome

CONTACT: Stephanie Backer-Bertsch, Registration Coordinator, 585-271-1979 x509, register@nofany.torg.

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New England Meat Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord NH

COST: $75 One Day, $150 for both days

The goal of the New England Meat Conference is to enhance the production, processing, and marketing of sustainable, nutritious, humanely-raised, and delicious meat from New England farms and processors by providing educational and networking opportunities for meat producers, processors and consumers.
The conference will feature two days of educational sessions, and will bring together those involved in meat production from field to table, including farmers, processors, distributors, chefs, technical assistance providers, members of our state and federal governments, and many others. With an anticipated attendance of over 200, the conference will be an opportunity to meet and learn from our counterparts in other states, and to hear from experts from across the country. A Meat Industry Tradeshow taking place both days will feature innovative products and services to improve attendees’ manufacturing processes from ingredients to packaging, scales to labeling equipment. The tradeshow will attract national suppliers of new products and technologies that may be adopted by local farmers and processors, as well as service providers who can provide support for these growing businesses. Attend the “Meat Ball” on Friday evening for a celebration of local meat, live music, dancing and awards.

CONTACT: New England Meat Conference, 603-879-0798, info@NewEnglandMeatConference.org. To register, visit: www.newenglandmeatconference.org/registration.html

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

New England Meat Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord NH

COST: $75 One Day, $150 for both days

(See details with Mar. 7 event.)

CONTACT: New England Meat Conference, 603-879-0798, info@NewEnglandMeatConference.org. To register, visit: www.newenglandmeatconference.org/registration.html

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Planning and Managing Your Farm for Profit with Richard Wiswal

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, 03301

COST: $25 members; $35 non-members (NOFA-NH)

Richard Wiswall and his wife Sally Colman own and operate Cate Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont. Richard has been farming there for 32 years, growing and selling organic produce, seedlings and medicinal herbs.
Richard likes to share his knowledge with other farmers, and often gives talks and workshops on the often neglected business side of farming. He consults with farms to increase profitability, and also wrote The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook to help farmers get down to business. One of Richard’s main goals is to see more happy, less stressed out, and prosperous farmers.

In Planning and Managing Your Farm for Profit, Richard will give frameworks to apply to farming operations that can help reach this goal. Come to this workshop with your farm budgets and management plans, so that you can do some direct comparison and some number crunching!

Richard will also be available Sunday, March 9th for one-on-one consultations. There are a limited number of these available. Please email Ray Conner at bof@nofanh.org if you are interested in learning more!

CONTACT: Ray Conner, bof@nofanh.org, 772-341-1850, nofavt.org/events/planning-and-managing-your-farm-profit-richard-wiswall

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NH Vegetable and Berry Growers Association Annual Meeting

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Alan's Restaurant, 133 N Main St, Boscawen, NH

COST: $28 (members) or $32 (non-members)

Featured Speakers: Brian Spencer from Applied Bio-Nomics, Ltd. is a specialist in biological control in greenhouse and high-tunnel settings and he’s joining us from the west coast to share some of his knowledge.
David Handley, University of Maine Vegetable Fruit & Specialist, and this year he will share his work on sweet corn and berry crops. Jack Manix co-owns Walker Farm in Dummerston, VT, which has 30 certified organic acres of vegetables and fruits as well as 22 greenhouses, half of which are organic. Walker Farm sells mostly through direct marketing at the Farm stand and garden center.

CONTACT: NHVGBA nhvbga.wordpress.com/

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: RAFFL Office, 67 Merchants Row - 3rd Floor, Rutland, VT

COST: Free, includes coffee, morning snack, and lunch

Are you thinking it is time to write a harvest guide or an employee training manual? How about getting more disciplined about managing what you have in storage? Believe it or not, writing a farm food safety plan can help you reach these other goals! Good food safety practices are grounded in good organization and hygiene and sanitation practices, so when you develop a produce safety plan, you can reap benefits in operational efficiency and produce quality.

The Center is offering five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally. You will leave this workshop with a concise plan (for you, your customers, and your employees) and many resources!

Thanks to a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, these workshops are free. Participants will receive morning coffee, a light lunch, a template for a farm produce safety plan and a binder of reference material.

CONTACT: To register: www.eventbrite.com/o/uvm-center-for-sustainable-agriculture-1519520706
To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu, by two weeks before the workshop in which you are interested so we may assist you.

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2014 UVM Extension Master Gardener Course

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Technology studios in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., and Williston.

COST: $395

See details with February 4 event.

CONTACT: Lisa Chouinard at master.gardener@uvm.edu or 802-656-9562.

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