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Tuesday, March 18, 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

See details with February 4 event.

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

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Wednesday, March 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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Hemp Happening & Film Screening

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, VT

COST: Not listed

“Hemp Happenings” event will include a discussion led by Netaka White of Full Sun Company, who will discuss processing hemp seed oil for Vermont farmer’s hemp crop, in additional to processing other hemp products. Vote Hemp’s Eric Lineback and Rural Vermont Organizer Robb Kidd will give the most up to date info on how the federal and Vermont laws apply to farmers interested in growing hemp. Special guest Rueben Stone, a fourth generation farmer in Lower Stafford Ontario, founder of Valley Bio Ltd, and a past director for the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, will also be there. There will also be a screening of the film “Bringing it Home,” a documentary about industrial hemp.

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

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Thursday, March 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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Friday, March 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, March 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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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Extending the Season

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St., Bellows Falls, VT

Cost: All workshops are free (except those where a modest materials fee is required).

The Food Security Collaborative (formerly the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative) is pleased to announce its Winter 2014 series of workshops designed to help participants become more local food sufficient.
Lisa Holderness will offer Part I of a two-part workshop on Extending the Season. The first one will be held at the United Church of Bellows Falls, I:00 PM, and will include a slide discussion, handouts and a hands-on demonstration of a mini-hoop and her very low-tech seeding and lighting system.hoop houses. Lisa will share important concepts of solar growing and hoop house design.

CONTACT: Because space is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, call Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141.

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Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

COST: $1750

This 80+ hour Permaculture Design Certification course is designed to impart a positive and empowering vision for social and ecological transformation. Students will be trained to be a permaculture consultant who can apply the permaculture principles to a diversity of landscapes, scales and issues from rural to urban, and temperate to tropical environments.

Lectures and hands-on work will also explore: bioregional designs, natural history of Eastern woodlands and designs that cooperate with their regeneration, the evolution of agriculture, energy and nutrient cycling, watershed health, natural building, biodynamics, forest gardening, gravity run water systems, developing springs for drinking water, tree paste for fruit trees, sustainable forest management, encouraging maples, apples, shitake and ginseng, and the integration of animals into cultivated ecosystems.

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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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 26, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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Organic Livestock Management Discussion: Goats & Sheep

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME

COST: Free

An open discussion on sheep and goat management. Come with questions/ concerns/ topics to discuss.

RSVP To: Diane Schivera dianes@mofga.org

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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Friday, March 28, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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 29, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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Grow Shiitake Mushrooms on Hardwood Logs Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Description: Middlebury Union High School,73 Charles Ave., Middlebury, VT

COST: Free

Part of ACORN's Sustainable Living Expo. Learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms for commercial sale or personal use with the Center for Sustainable Agriculture's New Farmer Coordinator Ben Waterman.

CONTACT: For more info on the Expo: acornvt.org/sle2014/. Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon, Managing Director P.O. Box 65 Middlebury, VT 05753. (802) 598-2388 elizabeth@acornvt.org

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Discussion: How to Get More Farmers Onto Good Farmland

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Description: Middlebury Union High School,73 Charles Ave., Middlebury, VT

COST: Free

Part of ACORN's Sustainable Living Expo. A discussion about the issues around farmland access in Vermont, facilitated by the Center for Sustainable Agriculture's New Farmer Coordinator Ben Waterman.

CONTACT: For more info on the Expo: acornvt.org/sle2014/. Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon, Managing Director P.O. Box 65 Middlebury, VT 05753. (802) 598-2388 elizabeth@acornvt.org

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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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 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, April 2, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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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Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

Time: 8:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Randolph Ctr., VT

COST: TBA

The Summit is a one day event that includes workshops, vendors, exhibitors, and networking opportunities with organics diversion experts and regulators. It is Vermont’s premier statewide annual event to learn about current issues, technologies and practices related to organics repurposing and recycling.
This year’s summit will include a two-part workshop on Community Composting. This decentralized approach to managing organics is gaining popularity across the country and already has broad support here in Vermont.

CONTACT: Pat Sagui at (802) 744-2345 or info@compostingvermont.org. Registration starts February 17 at www.compostingvermont.org/VORS.html

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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

COST: $1750

(See details with 3/23 event listing.)

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org, 802-496-5545, yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-design-certification

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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, April 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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Biomimicry: Applying Life's Principles in Sustainable Design

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 7869 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT

COST: $350

Biomimicry is a new paradigm in design and innovation. Both a design philosophy and process, it studies nature’s biological forms and systems, emulating nature’s 3.8 billion years of time tested strategies to solve human design problems.This workshop will explore models, measures, and metrics of natural systems with practical examples, and learn how designers, engineers, and architects apply them in practice. Day 1 will introduce Biomimicry Life’s Principles, case studies relating to the built environment, and Genius of Place exercises outdoors. In Day 2 we will begin to explore the complex process of mimicking nature and abstracting design principles for application through a design exercise, culminating in a project evaluation based on Life’s Principles.

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, at outreach@yestermorrow.org
802-496-5545 yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/biomimicry-applying-life-s-principles-in-sustainable-design

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Biomimicry: Applying Life's Principles in Sustainable Design

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 7869 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT

COST: $350

Biomimicry is a new paradigm in design and innovation. Both a design philosophy and process, it studies nature’s biological forms and systems, emulating nature’s 3.8 billion years of time tested strategies to solve human design problems.This workshop will explore models, measures, and metrics of natural systems with practical examples, and learn how designers, engineers, and architects apply them in practice. Day 1 will introduce Biomimicry Life’s Principles, case studies relating to the built environment, and Genius of Place exercises outdoors. In Day 2 we will begin to explore the complex process of mimicking nature and abstracting design principles for application through a design exercise, culminating in a project evaluation based on Life’s Principles.

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, at outreach@yestermorrow.org
802-496-5545 yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/biomimicry-applying-life-s-principles-in-sustainable-design

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Extending the Season II

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Deer Ridge Farm, 4057 Hinesburg Rd, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $40

The Food Security Collaborative (formerly the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative) is pleased to announce its Winter 2014 series of workshops designed to help participants become more local food sufficient.
Lisa is offering Part II, Sunday, April 6, 1:00 PM, at her Deer Ridge Farm, where people can bend their own pipes, cut plastic, create their own hoop house, see small and large house set-ups, and get deeper into season extension/greenhouse principals for energy efficiency.

CONTACT: Because space is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, call Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141.

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Monday, April 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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Tuesday, April 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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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, April 9, 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, April 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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Friday, April 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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WNRCD's Annual Trout Sale: Pre-Orders Due

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Description: Waterbury, VT (specific location will be provided closer to the 4/29 date of the actual sale)

Please see details at winooskinrcd.org/trees-and-trout/trout-sale/

COST: Depends on order

Smaller fish must be picked up on April 29th. Larger fish will be delivered directly to ponds that same day

CONTACT: Meghan Gilbart, Habitat Restoration Specialist, Meghan@winooskinrcd.org

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Saturday, April 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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Bringing Back an Orchard (NOFA-NH event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury NH

COST: $60.00 NOFA-NH and Canterbury Shaker Village Members, $75.00 Non-Members. Beginner Organic Farmer Scholarships available : nofa.wufoo.com/forms/nofanh-workshop-scholarship-application/

Those overgrown apple trees can be productive once again. Orchard restoration begins with understanding the ways of healthy trees. Morning class time will be spent discussing orchard ecology, soil fertility, and fruit tree horticulture. Come the afternoon class will go out to the orchard to demonstrate how one goes about bringing back productivity through competent pruning. Students will see how an apple grower “knows” what to do and thus gain the confidence to go home and do right by your own trees.

Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found at www.GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael’s newest book, The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way, recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society.

Participants should bring their own lunches. Canterbury Shaker Village will provide water, hot beverages and snacks.

CONTACT: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/bringing-back-an-orchard-workshop-with-michael-phillips-tickets-10278656739#sthash.ve2zA5G5.dpuf For more information: 603-783-9511


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The New Horse-Powered Farm: Tools & Systems

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT

COST: Free

Farming with horses was once commonly considered to be a relic of the past. Now suddenly it seems as if small farms utilizing draft animal power are cropping up everywhere. In this presentation, we will take a look at the history and current state of draft horse farming in North America. We will focus on all the old and new tools that contemporary horse farmers are utilizing for whole farm management and in the market garden. We will cover everything from selection, care, and training of work horses to primary tillage, cultivation, and bringing in the harvest. The economics and environmental impact of draft horse farming will also be discussed.

Stephen Leslie has been farming with horses for eighteen years. Along with his wife Kerry Gawalt and daughter Maeve, he manages Cedar Mountain Farm in Hartland, Vermont, which comprises a dairy herd of 20 Jersey cows and a 4-acre horse-powered CSA market garden. Cedar Mountain Farm is located at Cobb Hill Co-housing, a 23 household eco-village. Stephen is a regular contributor to Small Farmer's Journal and the author of The New Horse-Powered Farm (Chelsea Green, 2013).

CONTACT: Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Contact registration@shelburnefarms.org with any questions.

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Monday, April 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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Tuesday, April 15, 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

See details with February 4 event.

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

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Wednesday, April 16, 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, April 17, 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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Friday, April 18, 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, April 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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Monday, April 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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Tuesday, April 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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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, April 23, 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, April 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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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Small Scale Self-Sufficiency

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: AlpineGlo Farm, 91 Clark St., Westminster, VT

COSTt: Free

The Food Security Collaborative (formerly the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative) is pleased to announce its Winter 2014 series of workshops designed to help participants become more local food sufficient.
Rachel Ware will return with a Small Scale Self-Sufficiency workshop at her AlpineGlo Farm in Westminster. Her focus will be on gardening and raising chickens for both eggs and meat.

CONTACT: Because space is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, call Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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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Friday, May 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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Friday, May 9, 2014

Vermont Foodbank Hunger Action Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center 870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT

COST: $45 - $70

The Vermont Foodbank Hunger Action Conference brings together hundreds of attendees representing charitable food providers and partners in the anti-hunger movement to leverage the power of sharing information and resources for collaboration and progress. This year’s conference will focus on the importance of celebrating successes and the value of telling our story, along with teaching tangible tools for mindfulness in leadership, whole systems collaboration and operating from our core values. Conference attendees will end the day feeling hopeful, with a sense of camaraderie, and will leave with ideas and tangible actions to help them sustain and build upon the hard of making our communities better.

CONTACT: Stephani Kononan skononan@vtfoodbank.org 802-477-3341

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Permaculture Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Marble House Project, 1611 Dorset West Rd., Dorset, VT

COST: $650 - $1200, depending on lodging options

Join international Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher Rhamis Kent for an intensive 6-Day introductory Permaculture workshop at the Marble House Project, an emerging arts and sustainability project located in Dorset, Vermont.

The 6-Day Workshop will take place over two weekends, May 9-May 11, and May 16-18, and cover a broad range of topics for aspiring food producers, farmers and community gardeners of any skill level. Topics include: The basics of permaculture design, soil biology, compost making, water storage and drainage, grey water treatment, designing and implementing a food forest, designing micro climates, integrated animal systems, basics in aquaculture, aquaponics and more!

This interactive workshop will feature a blend of classroom sessions and hands-on outdoor experiential projects, as well as delicious, locally sourced meals.

CONTACT: Pablo Elliott, pablo@marblehouseproject.org or 540-428-9021, or visit www.marblehouseproject.org/

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Pasture to Palate: A Farmstead Cheesemaking Journey

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT

COST: $450 per person (includes tuition and meals, rooms at the Inn are available at a 40% discount)

Experience the cheesemaking process from the ground up during this three-day program. Using The Inn at Shelburne Farms and our dairy barns, pastures, and cheesemaking facility as your classroom, go behind-the-scenes of dairy farming and cheesemaking to experience the story of our farmhouse cheddar cheese.

DAY 1 (Friday): Meet the farmers (and cows and calves!), enjoy a pasture walk, and tour Shelburne Farms' dairy barns and milking parlor. Learn how cheesemaking connects people to the origins of their food, strengthens local food systems, and supports the Farm's education programs.

DAY 2 (Saturday): Make cheese! Experience a full day immersed in the art and science of cheesemaking. Work side-by-side with the Farms' cheesemakers to turn a day's worth of milk into cheddar. Over the vat, you'll learn about raw milk cheese, the eight steps of cheesemaking, the cheddar ingredients such as cultures and rennet, and much more. A complementary block of cheese made during your visit will be aged and shipped to you in time for the holidays. You'll also be able to purchase as many blocks of cheese as you would like for friends and family with a special label noting YOU as the cheesemaker!

DAY 3 (Sunday): You'll have the rare opportunity to visit The Cellars at Jasper Hill in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Built into a rocky hillside, this revolutionary cave aging facility holds many types and styles of Vermont cheeses in separate aging vaults. A partner of Shelburne Farms, The Cellars at Jasper Hill house Shelburne Farms’ natural-rinded traditional clothbound cheddar.

Throughout the weekend, farm-to-table meals will feature locally grown and produced food, guided Vermont artisanal cheese tastings, as well as guided wine pairings with Shelburne Vineyard wines produced from grapes grown at Shelburne Farms and from around the region.

CONTACT: For more information regarding the program, please contact Tre McCarney, Community Programs Coordinator, at (802) 985-8686 or tmccarney@shelburnefarms.org.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Plowing & Cultivating with Horses

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road Brattleboro, VT

COST: $125

If you want to use your horses to work in your garden or tilled field, this workshop is for you. We will be using a variety of equipment, including walking & sulkey plows and one- & two-horse cultivators. This is not a driving workshop. Pre-registration is required: please register at: www.fairwindsfarm.org/DHWSregistration2012.pdf

CONTACT: Fair Winds Farm 802-254-9067 fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org

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2014 New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Rd. Deerfield, NH

COST: Adults - $5.00 Seniors 62 and over - $4.00 Children 12 and under - Free

The 38th annual NH Sheep and Wool Festival, at Deerfield fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH, will feature: sheep shearing, fiber animals, dog herding demonstrations, sheep dog trials, youth shows and activities, fiber shows, spinning and weaving demonstrations, fleece judging and sale, breed displays, educational programs, special workshops and lectures, as well as, over 120 vendors.

CONTACT: NH Sheep and Wool Assn. Heidi Babb, 603-340-2281 secretary@nhswga.org, or visit www.nhswga.org/index.php/events.

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Pasture to Palate: A Farmstead Cheesemaking Journey

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT

COST: $450 per person (includes tuition and meals, rooms at the Inn are available at a 40% discount)

Experience the cheesemaking process from the ground up during this three-day program. Using The Inn at Shelburne Farms and our dairy barns, pastures, and cheesemaking facility as your classroom, go behind-the-scenes of dairy farming and cheesemaking to experience the story of our farmhouse cheddar cheese.

DAY 1 (Friday): Meet the farmers (and cows and calves!), enjoy a pasture walk, and tour Shelburne Farms' dairy barns and milking parlor. Learn how cheesemaking connects people to the origins of their food, strengthens local food systems, and supports the Farm's education programs.

DAY 2 (Saturday): Make cheese! Experience a full day immersed in the art and science of cheesemaking. Work side-by-side with the Farms' cheesemakers to turn a day's worth of milk into cheddar. Over the vat, you'll learn about raw milk cheese, the eight steps of cheesemaking, the cheddar ingredients such as cultures and rennet, and much more. A complementary block of cheese made during your visit will be aged and shipped to you in time for the holidays. You'll also be able to purchase as many blocks of cheese as you would like for friends and family with a special label noting YOU as the cheesemaker!

DAY 3 (Sunday): You'll have the rare opportunity to visit The Cellars at Jasper Hill in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Built into a rocky hillside, this revolutionary cave aging facility holds many types and styles of Vermont cheeses in separate aging vaults. A partner of Shelburne Farms, The Cellars at Jasper Hill house Shelburne Farms’ natural-rinded traditional clothbound cheddar.

Throughout the weekend, farm-to-table meals will feature locally grown and produced food, guided Vermont artisanal cheese tastings, as well as guided wine pairings with Shelburne Vineyard wines produced from grapes grown at Shelburne Farms and from around the region.

CONTACT: For more information regarding the program, please contact Tre McCarney, Community Programs Coordinator, at (802) 985-8686 or tmccarney@shelburnefarms.org.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

2014 New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Rd. Deerfield, NH

COST: Adults - $5.00 Seniors 62 and over - $4.00 Children 12 and under - Free

(See details with May 10 event.)

CONTACT: NH Sheep and Wool Assn. Heidi Babb, 603-340-2281 secretary@nhswga.org, or visit www.nhswga.org/index.php/events.

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Pasture to Palate: A Farmstead Cheesemaking Journey

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT

COST: $450 per person (includes tuition and meals, rooms at the Inn are available at a 40% discount)

Experience the cheesemaking process from the ground up during this three-day program. Using The Inn at Shelburne Farms and our dairy barns, pastures, and cheesemaking facility as your classroom, go behind-the-scenes of dairy farming and cheesemaking to experience the story of our farmhouse cheddar cheese.

DAY 1 (Friday): Meet the farmers (and cows and calves!), enjoy a pasture walk, and tour Shelburne Farms' dairy barns and milking parlor. Learn how cheesemaking connects people to the origins of their food, strengthens local food systems, and supports the Farm's education programs.

DAY 2 (Saturday): Make cheese! Experience a full day immersed in the art and science of cheesemaking. Work side-by-side with the Farms' cheesemakers to turn a day's worth of milk into cheddar. Over the vat, you'll learn about raw milk cheese, the eight steps of cheesemaking, the cheddar ingredients such as cultures and rennet, and much more. A complementary block of cheese made during your visit will be aged and shipped to you in time for the holidays. You'll also be able to purchase as many blocks of cheese as you would like for friends and family with a special label noting YOU as the cheesemaker!

DAY 3 (Sunday): You'll have the rare opportunity to visit The Cellars at Jasper Hill in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Built into a rocky hillside, this revolutionary cave aging facility holds many types and styles of Vermont cheeses in separate aging vaults. A partner of Shelburne Farms, The Cellars at Jasper Hill house Shelburne Farms’ natural-rinded traditional clothbound cheddar.

Throughout the weekend, farm-to-table meals will feature locally grown and produced food, guided Vermont artisanal cheese tastings, as well as guided wine pairings with Shelburne Vineyard wines produced from grapes grown at Shelburne Farms and from around the region.

CONTACT: For more information regarding the program, please contact Tre McCarney, Community Programs Coordinator, at (802) 985-8686 or tmccarney@shelburnefarms.org.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 Grow It! Workshop

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: O'Brien Community Center, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski, VT

COST: $30 with a sliding scale

Join community and school garden leaders for the 2014 VCGN Spring Grow It! Workshop at a location near you. Together we will look at how to promote commitment and engagement in your garden, learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement!
Please pre-register. More info and online registration available at vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit.

CONTACT: Libby Weiland, libby@vcgn.org, 802-861-4769

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sun to Cheese Tour

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT

COST: $15/person, includes a block of cheese

A behind-the-scenes look at dairy farming and cheesemaking. Hear the Shelburne Farms farmers and cheesemakers explain the process of turning fresh milk into farmhouse cheddar; tour the dairy and taste cheese with the cheesemakers. Tours leave the Welcome Center promptly at 1:30 pm. Pre-registration is required, register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/sun-to-cheese-tour-may-14-2014-registration-10602535469

CONTACT: Shelburne Farms registration@shelburnefarms.org or 802-985-8686

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Birdsfoot Trefoil as a Forage on Organic Dairy Farms Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Register at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/805632008

COST: Free

Birdsfoot Trefoil as a Forage on Organic Dairy Farms Webinar by eOrganic

Join eOrganic for a webinar on Birdsfoot Trefoil as a forage on organic dairy farms with Dr. Jennifer MacAdam, Utah State University, on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2 PM Eastern Time (1 PM Central, 12 PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific Time). 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.

The inclusion of highly digestible legumes like birdsfoot trefoil (BFT) in pasture plantings can increase the productivity of grazing livestock. Because forage legumes produce their own nitrogen, they can meet their own fertility needs. In addition, since BFT and other tannin-containing forage legumes are non-bloating, they can be planted as 50% or more of mixtures with no risk of bloat.

In this webinar, Dr. Jennifer MacAdam will describe a multiple year research project, funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), that is partnering with established organic dairy producers in the Mountain West to determine the impact of supplementing and/or replacing grass pasture with birdsfoot trefoil (BFT) on milk production and milk quality. The study is looking at feed nutrients from organic BFT versus grass, the effects these forages had on soil organic matter, omega-3 fatty acid concentrations in milk and cheese from BFT-fed cows, and the economic risks and benefits for organic dairies of converting grass pastures to BFT pastures.

About the Presenter: Dr. Jennifer MacAdam is a Forage Plant Physiologist at the Utah State University. She has been on the faculty at Utah State since 1991, where she teaches courses on plant physiology and anatomy. Her research has centered on management of seeded, irrigated pastures for livestock production, plant responses to salinity and drought stress, and the growth and development of grass forages.

You can find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at www.extension.org/pages/25242.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar. If you have concerns, please test your Java at java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp prior to joining the webinar.

CONTACT: More information at: eorganic.info/

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2014 Grow It! Workshop

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, 54 Elm St. Woodstock, VT, 05091

COST: $30 with a sliding scale

Join community and school garden leaders for the 2014 VCGN Spring Grow It! Workshop at a location near you. Instructors will help take a look at how to promote commitment and engagement in your garden, learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement.
Please pre-register. More info and online registration available at vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit.

CONTACT: Libby Weiland at libby@vcgn.org or 802-861-4769

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Rural Vermont's 29th Annual Celebration

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: American Legion Hall, Route 103 South, Chester, VT

COST: Free and open to all.

Rural Vermont’s 29th Annual Celebration will kick off with a good old-fashioned potluck supper, cash bar, and a social hour with plenty of time for networking and catching up with old and new friends. Following the brief annual meeting, several farmers will take the stage for storytelling that will not only demonstrate their passion and connection to the way they raise food, but paint a future that returns the “culture” to agriculture. The stories will then lead into a dynamic conversation about the barriers preventing or impeding food freedom, solutions for moving forward, and how people can lend support to this movement.

Please RSVP here: www.ruralvermont.org/uncategorized/rsvp/ It’ll take about 2 minutes – and there’s a bonus! Each Thursday leading up to the event, Rural Vermont wll draw one name and this person will win a 20 quart bag of Vermont Compost Company compost, to be picked up at the event on 5/15.

CONTACT: (802)223-7222 or send an email to shelby@ruralvermont.org.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Spring Landowner "Coverts Cooperator" Training

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Woods at Wikahowi, Northfield, VT

COST: Free: $100 deposit is refunded for the registrants who complete the training

Vermont Coverts Woodlands for Wildlife announces its spring landowner training. Designed for woodland owners who want to learn how a healthy forest can enhance wildlife habitat, provide recreational and other benefits. This class features expert instructors like Mary Sisock (UVM Extension), Kim Royar (VT Fish and Wildlife Biologist), Steve Hagenbuch (Audubon VT) and more.

CONTACT: Visit www.vtcoverts.org/education.php for more information on course content and how to register

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Selling to Regional Markets: VT Farmers Sell Out of State

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: An online webinar at go.uvm.edu/aemon

COST: Free

A Vermont New Farmer Project Webinar, organized by the Intervale Center Farms Program. Are you a farmer interested in selling regionally? Have you thought about driving to Boston or New York to sell your products? Do you want to learn about a few different options for accessing regional markets through direct sales? Learn from two farmers about selling directly meat, vegetables, and value added products to New York City. We’ll help you learn the personal, production, financial, and marketing skills needed to sell to access regional markets. Amanda Andrews, co-owner of Tamarack Hollow Farm in Burlington, VT, will talk about selling vegetables and meat in New York City through a farmers market and small CSA and Diane St. Clair, owner of Animal Farm, in Orwell, VT will discuss selling value added dairy products to regional markets.

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 10:45 a.m EDT on May 16, 2014 and click on the webinar title.

CONTACT: For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x204. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Beth Holtzman know by May 9, 2014 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or newfarmer@uvm.edu so we may assist you. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring Landowner "Coverts Cooperator" Training

Time: 6:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Description: Woods at Wikahowi, Northfield, VT

(Please see details with 5/16 event. This day begins with an optional early bird walk and concludes with dinner and a "Jeopardy" game.)

CONTACT: Visit www.vtcoverts.org/education.php for more information on course content and how to register

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5th Annual Plant Sale for Burlington Area Community Gardens

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Bibens Ace Hardware, 1127 North Avenue, Burlington, VT

COST: Price of plants

This is a great opportunity for Burlington folks to buy Red Wagon plants without making the trip to Hinesburg. Red Wagon staff will be on site with plants and to answer your gardening questions and help you choose plants. This event is a fundraiser for the Burlington Area Community Gardens Scholarship fund. Your dollars will help hire interpreters and expand garden plots to assist refugees with growing their own food.

CONTACT: Julie Rubaud at julie@redwagonplants.com

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Demystifying Compost

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavillion Rd. East Thetford, VT

COST: $20

This Rots! Demystifying Compost with Cat Buxton and Nic Cook, Cedar Circle Farm’s Compost Specialist, is a workshop designed to reduce your trash size and smell, feed the soil and save money by composting. Learn to integrate a compost system into the home kitchen and garden without a lot of fuss. Learn about the spectrum of possible and practical compost pile ingredients and compost bins, the role of compost in soil management, and the conflicting lists of compost dos and don’ts. Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process. Pre-registration is required, register at: shop.cedarcirclefarm.org/store/classes-and-events-spring-class-this-rots-demystifying-compost-may-17?page=1

CONTACT: Cedar Circle Farm (802) 785-4737 growing@cedarcirclefarm.org

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring Landowner "Coverts Cooperator" Training

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Woods at Wikahowi, Northfield, VT

COST: Free: $100 deposit is refunded for the registrants who complete the training

(Please see details with 5/16 event.)

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conf.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Antioch University New England, 40 Avon St., Keene, NH

COST: TBA

Antioch University New England and the US Environmental Protection Agency invite private and public stakeholders to learn how to better prepare and adapt to current and future climate change impacts and ensure the success and resilience of our communities.

CONTACT: www.antiochne.edu/climate-prepare/ or contact Christa Daniels, AICP cdaniels1@antioch.edu

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conf.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Antioch University New England, 40 Avon St., Keene, NH

COST: TBA

Antioch University New England and the US Environmental Protection Agency invite private and public stakeholders to learn how to better prepare and adapt to current and future climate change impacts and ensure the success and resilience of our communities.

CONTACT: www.antiochne.edu/climate-prepare/ or contact Christa Daniels, AICP cdaniels1@antioch.edu

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conf.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Antioch University New England, 40 Avon St., Keene, NH

COST: TBA

Antioch University New England and the US Environmental Protection Agency invite private and public stakeholders to learn how to better prepare and adapt to current and future climate change impacts and ensure the success and resilience of our communities.

CONTACT: www.antiochne.edu/climate-prepare/ or contact Christa Daniels, AICP cdaniels1@antioch.edu

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Vermont's 1st Water Quality Day

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Statewide
Description: COST: Free

Governor Shumlin has proclaimed this day as Water Quality Day, and the state's wastewater treatment facilities will be open to visitors. Highly technical, expensive and frequently invisible, wastewater systems are critical to the health of the state's environmental resources.

CONTACT: See the Burlington Free Press article at: www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/hometown/2014/05/21/vermonts-first-water-quality-day-planned/9389813/ Contact your local wastewater treatment facility for hours and details.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cows Save the Planet & Cold Moon Farm

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Cold Moon Farm, 251 Pratt Bridge Rd., Jamaica, VT

COST: $10

Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save the Planet, will be at Cold Moon Farm on May 31. She will share her in-depth research on soil health and the future of our dirt. Judith will be accompanied by her son, Brendan, a young talented singer/songwriter. The afternoon will be full of music, farm tours, freshly baked snacks and information that may change the way you look at the ground beneath your feet.

CONTACT: Irene & Ed Glazer, Julia Mohseni, info@coldmoonfarm.com, 802-297-3258

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