Sun Jan 24 2021

  • Real Organic Symposium (Online Panel each Sunday in January 2021)
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    https://www.realorganicsymposium.org/

    Cost: From free to $100, depending on affiliation and ability to pay

    A virtual series of talks and live panels with more than 50 prominent organic farmers, scientists, and climate activists. Each Sunday features a session with a specific focus and a chance to dive deeply within it.

    Contact: Learn more at https://www.realorganicsymposium.org/

Tue Jan 26 2021

  • Honeycrisp Apple Storage (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meetings)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

    Cost: Free

    An online meeting hosted by the University of Maine Extension Program. Dr. Jennifer DeEll from OMAFRA will present results from Harvista and Smartfresh trials on Honeycrisp. Dr. Randy Beaudry from Michigan State University will discuss CA Storage of Honeycrisp Apples. More details will be provided when they become available.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits.Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

Wed Jan 27 2021

  • Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework Webinar Series with CISA
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/

    Cost: Free


    Following the pre-series session on understanding what makes up good data on 1/6 and 1/8, this farmer workshop series will present a method to address challenges, opportunities, and current project ideas no matter if it’s changing day to day habits or locking down long-term plans.

    Is it time to expand into value-added production? Should I get rid of one enterprise and specialize my products? Does it make sense to invest in a new piece of equipment? Presenters will provide a framework that uses a number of tools to build confidence in the decision-making process. Participants will have access to one on one consultations and peer support throughout and following the series.

    Whether you need to reflect and re-plan after major upheaval last year, or have something in the works that could benefit from a sounding board, bring your questions and ideas to these sessions and anticipate working with the content between and after session.

    Session 1: Wednesday, January 27th 4-6pm
    Session 2: Wednesday, February 3rd, 4-6pm
    Session 3: Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30-2:30pm
    Session 4: Wednesday, February 17th, 12:30-2:30pm
    Cohort Gathering: March 10th, 12:30-2:30pm

    The main series will focus on the “practical framework”. Rose Wilson, Stevie Schafenacker, and Crystal Stewart-Courtens combine concepts of Whole Farm Planning, financial analysis and feasibility study over the course of four sessions, post session assistance, and a late winter peer cohort meeting.

    Content will be adapted to the needs and experience levels of participants. Organizers will reach out to attendees after registration to get to know your farm and the current challenges you wish to address or opportunities you wish to take advantage of.
    Contact: See more information at https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/. Register at https://form.jotform.com/CISAsurveys/decision-making

Thu Jan 28 2021

  • Field Day: Winter Greens Diseases and Variety Trials Webinar (Part of a January-February 2021 Series)
    3:30pm - 5:00pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrce-hrDoqHdZiRLMsN_bVFZ15c3iTj0c-

    Cost: Free

    Join UConn, URI, and UMass Extensions for the Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series. Webinars are on alternate Thursdays in January and February of 2021, from 3:30-5pm. All webinars are open to any and all vegetable growers and ag service providers.

    January 28 presenters: Jim Correll of the University of Arkansas, and Genevieve Higgins and Sue Scheufele of UMass Extension
    1.5 pesticide recertification credits available for New England PA, 1A category
    Spinach downy mildew is an emerging pest in the Northeast, and it has the potential to destroy entire plantings quickly. Expert Jim Correll will discuss the pathogen biology, management, and share some spinach growing tips. UMass Extension has been conducting winter spinach varieties for several seasons now and will present a summary of findings on their growth, productivity, and downy mildew resistance, since using resistant varieties is a critical component of managing this disease effectively. Presenters will also cover other diseases that are popping up more frequently in winter greens in recent years, including damping off, Cladosporium, and lettuce downy mildew.

    Contact: Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrce-hrDoqHdZiRLMsN_bVFZ15c3iTj0c- Agenda available here: ag.umass.edu/vegetable/events/field-day-winter-greens-diseases-variety-trials<https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/events/field-day-winter-greens-diseases-variety-trials>

Sun Jan 31 2021

  • Real Organic Symposium (Online Panel each Sunday in January 2021)
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    https://www.realorganicsymposium.org/

    Cost: From free to $100, depending on affiliation and ability to pay

    A virtual series of talks and live panels with more than 50 prominent organic farmers, scientists, and climate activists. Each Sunday features a session with a specific focus and a chance to dive deeply within it.

    Contact: Learn more at https://www.realorganicsymposium.org/

Tue Feb 02 2021

  • Honeycrisp Apple Storage (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meetings)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

    Cost: Free

    An online meeting hosted by the University of Maine Extension Program. Dr. Jennifer DeEll from OMAFRA will present results from Harvista and Smartfresh trials on Honeycrisp. Dr. Randy Beaudry from Michigan State University will discuss CA Storage of Honeycrisp Apples. More details will be provided when they become available.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits.Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

Wed Feb 03 2021

  • Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework Webinar Series with CISA
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/

    Cost: Free


    Following the pre-series session on understanding what makes up good data on 1/6 and 1/8, this farmer workshop series will present a method to address challenges, opportunities, and current project ideas no matter if it’s changing day to day habits or locking down long-term plans.

    Is it time to expand into value-added production? Should I get rid of one enterprise and specialize my products? Does it make sense to invest in a new piece of equipment? Presenters will provide a framework that uses a number of tools to build confidence in the decision-making process. Participants will have access to one on one consultations and peer support throughout and following the series.

    Whether you need to reflect and re-plan after major upheaval last year, or have something in the works that could benefit from a sounding board, bring your questions and ideas to these sessions and anticipate working with the content between and after session.

    Session 1: Wednesday, January 27th 4-6pm
    Session 2: Wednesday, February 3rd, 4-6pm
    Session 3: Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30-2:30pm
    Session 4: Wednesday, February 17th, 12:30-2:30pm
    Cohort Gathering: March 10th, 12:30-2:30pm

    The main series will focus on the “practical framework”. Rose Wilson, Stevie Schafenacker, and Crystal Stewart-Courtens combine concepts of Whole Farm Planning, financial analysis and feasibility study over the course of four sessions, post session assistance, and a late winter peer cohort meeting.

    Content will be adapted to the needs and experience levels of participants. Organizers will reach out to attendees after registration to get to know your farm and the current challenges you wish to address or opportunities you wish to take advantage of.
    Contact: See more information at https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/. Register at https://form.jotform.com/CISAsurveys/decision-making

Sun Feb 07 2021

  • Sherry Mitchell, Keynote Speaker, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org or 802-434-7153.

    Sherri Mitchell - Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset, is a Native American attorney, teacher, activist and change maker who grew up on the Penobscot Indian Reservation. She is the author of Sacred Instructions; Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, and convener of the global healing ceremony Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island. She is the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection of Indigenous land, water and religious rights, and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. Sherri works at the intersection between Indigenous rights, climate change and conscious evolution.

    Contact: More information and registration links at https://nofavt.org/conference/speakers

Mon Feb 08 2021

  • Digital Marketing Intensives, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    9:00am - 3:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    9-11 am
    From Direct-to-Consumer to Digital Marketing: The Fundamentals of Building a Strong Business Brand Online, with Mieko Ozeki, Radiance Studios, LLC
    Selling products and events can be overwhelming with the multiple channels available to reach potential customers. This workshop will help hone your business story and brand to create genuine content for digital marketing and increase your customer base. We address the fundamentals of developing a well-organized, attractive, user friendly website for a virtual audience and how social media plays into your marketing strategy.

    1-3 pm
    Amplifying & Advancing Your Brand Through Social Media with Mieko Ozeki, Radiance Studios, LLC
    Social media is a megaphone to your business brand and story. This workshop focuses on the concepts and tools for creating, scheduling, posting, and managing your business' presence on social media. You'll learn about content development for platforms like Facebook and Instagram, and how to drive customer traffic to your website and/or directly at a farmers market or farmstand. The afternoon session builds upon content from the morning session workshop on the fundamentals of building a strong business brand online.

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

Tue Feb 09 2021

  • Honeycrisp Apple Storage (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meetings)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

    Cost: Free

    An online meeting hosted by the University of Maine Extension Program. Dr. Jennifer DeEll from OMAFRA will present results from Harvista and Smartfresh trials on Honeycrisp. Dr. Randy Beaudry from Michigan State University will discuss CA Storage of Honeycrisp Apples. More details will be provided when they become available.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits.Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

  • Homesteader & Gardener Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    Vermicomposting for Homesteaders & Gardeners
    Tuesday, 2/9, 6-7:30 pm
    Rhonda Sherman, North Carolina State University
    Learn how to use worms to turn food scraps, livestock manure, and other organic residuals into vermicompost that will improve soil health, increase yields, and suppress plant diseases and pests. This workshop covers the fundamental concepts of vermicompost production for homesteaders and gardeners. Topics include earthworm husbandry, feedstocks, pre-composting, vermicomposting methodologies, and harvesting techniques.

    The Fermentista’s Garden: Hands-On Fermentation Demonstration
    Tuesday, 2/16, 6-7:30 pm
    Nancy VanWinkle, Nomadic Roots Kitchen
    This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to homestead-level fermentation practices, from planning your garden around fermented food production and preservation, to transforming that bounty into delicious fermented foods and condiments. Participants will learn common lacto-fermentation techniques to produce their own jar of sauerkraut or other simple ferment. Advanced fermented products will be discussed as well.

    Climate Resilience on the Homestead
    Tuesday, 2/23, 6-7:30 pm
    Jon Turner, Wild Roots Farm
    Focusing on agroforestry practices, this workshop will overview methods that allow for greater resilience in Vermont's growing season as weather patterns become increasingly sporadic. Ranging from one acre to several, we will discuss annual and perennial production, livestock integration and ways to dovetail several food systems that benefit human, pollinator, songbird and grazing species.

    Seed Starting Systems at Home
    Tuesday, 3/2, 6-7:30 pm
    Carolina Lukac, Vermont Community Garden Network
    Set yourself up for success for seed starting at home! Whether you choose to purchase new supplies or creatively reuse items, there are some basic guidelines and many insider tips to help you along the way. Join Carolina for a virtual tour of her rustic basement grow room where she starts hundreds of vegetables, flowers, and herbs from seed for her backyard & community garden plot. Learn about tray sizes, potting soil, watering, heat pads, lighting fixtures, and more.

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

  • Commercial Producer Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    2:30pm - 4:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org><https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    Online Sales & Marketing: Lessons Learned from the Quick COVID Pivot
    Tuesday, 2/9, 2:30-4 pm
    Julie Rubaud, Red Wagon Plants; FM Muñoz, My Name is FM Consulting
    2020 was the year of the pivot, in every sense of the word. This workshop will share Red Wagon Plants of Hinesburg as a case study in how one business was able to quickly adapt to the new realities of operating in a pandemic environment with e-commerce and curbside pick up. Many opportunities were discovered in the process. Julie and FM will share what worked, what did not, and which new practices are here to stay.

    Building On-Farm Soil Health with Cover Crops
    Tuesday, 2/16, 2:30-4 pm
    Becky Maden, UVM Extension; Silas Branson, Intervale Community Farm
    This workshop will focus on ways vegetable and diversified farms can utilize cover crops to cycle nutrients, build soil organic matter, fix nitrogen and more. We’ll discuss how to plan ahead for year-round soil coverage and discuss ways to experiment with mixes and some lesser known species. Please come prepared to share your own experiences and inspirations with cover crops!

    Hoophouse Growing Success in the Shoulder Seasons
    Tuesday, 2/23, 2:30-4 pm
    Ryan Fitzbeauchamp, Evening Song Farm
    Join this workshop to discuss the details of shoulder season greens production in unheated high tunnels. Ryan Fitzbeauchamp of Evening Song Farm has been growing high tunnel greens since 2012, and continues to learn and refine production techniques to grow a steady supply of greens for their year-round CSA. Attendees can expect an overview of techniques to maximize production for harvest in November-December and February-May. We'll also dive into the nitty gritty details on variety selection; planting dates; row cover management; pest, weed, and disease management; and low-cost effective winter washing/packing setups.

    Stronger Together: Cooperative & Alternative Models for Farms and Food Businesses
    Tuesday, 3/2, 2:30-4 pm
    Agrarian Commons; Brush Brook Community Farm; Humble Hands Harvest; Land in Common

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

  • Finding Your Farm (NH Webinar)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdu-oqTIuHtI5rs-Stbk2TnF-UIUS-uNV

    Cost: Free


    Finding farmland can be a challenge for beginning farmers in New Hampshire. Sometimes it can take a lot of networking, creativity, and patience. This webinar will focus on some of the ways that new farmers can find available farm properties here in New Hampshire, and options that may be available to acquire farm real estate such as leasing, a purchase, or other innovative ways. This webinar will also include a panel discussion on the considerations an aspiring farmer should pay careful attention to before acquiring real estate for an agriculture business. Part of the 2021 Future of the Farm Webinar Series.
    Contact: See more information at https://extension.unh.edu/events/webinar-finding-your-farm and register at https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdu-oqTIuHtI5rs-Stbk2TnF-UIUS-uNV

Wed Feb 10 2021

  • Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework Webinar Series with CISA
    12:30pm - 2:30pm
    https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/

    Cost: Free


    Following the pre-series session on understanding what makes up good data on 1/6 and 1/8, this farmer workshop series will present a method to address challenges, opportunities, and current project ideas no matter if it’s changing day to day habits or locking down long-term plans.

    Is it time to expand into value-added production? Should I get rid of one enterprise and specialize my products? Does it make sense to invest in a new piece of equipment? Presenters will provide a framework that uses a number of tools to build confidence in the decision-making process. Participants will have access to one on one consultations and peer support throughout and following the series.

    Whether you need to reflect and re-plan after major upheaval last year, or have something in the works that could benefit from a sounding board, bring your questions and ideas to these sessions and anticipate working with the content between and after session.

    Session 1: Wednesday, January 27th 4-6pm
    Session 2: Wednesday, February 3rd, 4-6pm
    Session 3: Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30-2:30pm
    Session 4: Wednesday, February 17th, 12:30-2:30pm
    Cohort Gathering: March 10th, 12:30-2:30pm

    The main series will focus on the “practical framework”. Rose Wilson, Stevie Schafenacker, and Crystal Stewart-Courtens combine concepts of Whole Farm Planning, financial analysis and feasibility study over the course of four sessions, post session assistance, and a late winter peer cohort meeting.

    Content will be adapted to the needs and experience levels of participants. Organizers will reach out to attendees after registration to get to know your farm and the current challenges you wish to address or opportunities you wish to take advantage of.
    Contact: See more information at https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/. Register at https://form.jotform.com/CISAsurveys/decision-making

  • Change Roundtables, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    The Organic Farmers Toolbox: Resilient Farming Practices for Climate Change, with Aaron Parker, Edgewood Nursery; Jono Neiger, Regenerative Design Group, Big River Chestnuts, Wednesday 2/10

    The changing climate is bringing more extreme and unstable weather to the northeast. This workshop will present a toolbox of tangible practices to implement on your farm or homestead to better mimic and align with the resiliency we see in the natural world. Jono and Aaron will share examples of agroforestry, soil compaction reduction, water management, and others from their work in numerous land-based settings. These practices can be implemented at any scale and offer a wide range of benefits, focusing on farm resilience and increased productivity over time.

    Community Food Access: Growing Food for Each Other, with Chief Don Stevens, Nulhegan Band of Coosuk - Abenaki Nation; Jake Kornfeld, Farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps; Sammy Levine, ShiftMeals; Andrea Solazzo, Vermont Foodbank; Shane Rogers, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Wednesday 2/17

    According to the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, “food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.” In Vermont, much work is being done to create a resilient food system that works for everyone and centers people, especially the most marginalized, first and foremost. Join this panel discussion for a conversation about food sovereignty and some of the work being done to build a more just and equitable food system for all.

    Farm Stress & Emotional Well-being on the Farm, with Allen Matthews, Farm First, Wednesday 2/24

    Where do you turn when work/life balance feels impossible? Farm life can be a roller coaster. Although it can look idyllic from the outside, farming is often punctuated by stressful, demanding and dangerous work. Farmers navigate long hours, money worries, weather crises, and social isolation. Stress challenges our emotional well-being and mental health. The goal of this workshop is to help farmers identify resources and techniques to resolve stresses before they mushroom into debilitating situations. Join and connect with other farmers over your most victorious and challenging moments of the season, and explore strategies for supporting health and well-being on and off the farm.

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

Thu Feb 11 2021

  • Greenhouse Seedling Production: compost-based potting mix, nutrient management, chlorination, and tray selection Webinar (Part of a January-February 2021 Series)
    3:30pm - 5:00pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpcuqqrjMrGdwveVCnBCD9uZ32MMgrllg7

    Cost: Free

    Join UConn, URI, and UMass Extensions for the Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series. Webinars are on alternate Thursdays in January and February of 2021, from 3:30-5pm. All webinars are open to any and all vegetable growers and ag service providers.

    February 11 presenters: Rosa Raudales of UConn Extension, and Andy Radin of URI Extension
    Adequate nutrient levels in substrates are achieved by providing the right amount and type of the fertilizers and maintaining an optimum pH. Rosa Raudales will discuss how to: use water quality to develop nutrient programs with conventional fertilizers, safely and effectively inject chlorine in irrigation systems, and choose the plug-trays sizes for seedling. Additionally, there are many commercially available compost-based mixes on the market, and many growers also create their own. Sometimes they work better than others (both commercial and farm-made). Why? Andy Radin will discuss factors to consider if you use these types of mixes.

    Contact: Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpcuqqrjMrGdwveVCnBCD9uZ32MMgrllg7 Agenda available here: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/events/greenhouse-seedling-production


  • Policy & Food Systems Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    11:30am - 1:00pm
    Online

    Cost: Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org><https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    The Cows Don’t Milk Themselves: Milk with Dignity & Farmworker Rights in the Time of COVID, with Migrant Justice,
    Thursday 2/11
    Throughout the Corona Crisis, migrant farmworkers continue to work day in and day out to produce the milk and dairy products that line supermarket shelves. Join Migrant Justice for a 1.5 hour presentation to learn more about farmworkers’ groundbreaking Milk with Dignity program which brings together farmworkers, consumers, farmer owners and corporate buyers with the principal goal of fostering a sustainable Northeast dairy industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, supports the long-term interests of farm owners, and provides an ethical supply chain for retail food companies and consumers. We know that the cows don't milk themselves: Learn more about how you can get involved and help expand this powerful solution to the Hannaford supermarket’s supply chain.

    Advancing BIPOC Land Access in N’Dakinna, with Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust; Every Town Project; Vermont Land Trust; NOFA-VT, Vital Communities
    Thursday 2/18
    Join the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Every Town Project, Vermont Land Trust, NOFA VT, and Vital Communities for a discussion on their work advancing land justice with and for BIPOC. Walk away with a better understanding of how BIPOC and non-POC land-based partnerships can take shape equitably, what BIPOC land stewards need to thrive, how you can help, and how the overlapping missions of our organizations are innovating land access for BIPOC in ways that are undoing systemic racism and repairing the harm of colonization one relationship and acre at a time.

    Organizing to Win: Building Community Power for Systems Change, with Hayley Jones, Shaina Kasper, Community Action Works; Stuart Blood, Energy & Climate Upper Valley
    Thursday 2/25
    Too many people feel alone, or powerless to confront those who are polluting our most vulnerable communities. Fortunately, when people come together and take action at the local level, whether that’s passing environmental justice ordinances or stopping fracked gas pipelines, they lead the movement for large-scale transformation. Join organizers at Community Action Works to learn effective tools for dealing with pollution threats in your own neighborhood, from choosing the right decision-maker to gaining support from your community. Hear firsthand from activists how they’ve run campaigns to resist polluters and made systemic changes.

    Participatory Capacity Building for an Inclusive Organic Movement, with Jennifer Taylor, Lola's Organic Farm, Organic Farming Association; A-dae Romero-Briones, First Nations Development Institute
    Thursday 3/4

    Contact: Links to registration and more information: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops

Sun Feb 14 2021

  • Collective Wisdom: Elders & Longtime Leaders of the Organic Movement, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    3:00pm - 4:30pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for conference attendance, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<mailto:livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.


    Panelists: Bruce Kauffman, Riverside Farm; Dave Marchant, Riverberry Farm; Eugenie Doyle & Sam Burr, Last Resort Farm; Grace Gershuny; Suzanne Long, Luna Bleu Farm, facilitated by Will Stevens, Golden Russet Farm

    This panel discussion was created in acknowledgement that the organic food and farming movement has been built through the daily hard work and dedication of so many amazing people. As we look back on the past 50 years of NOFA-VT, we want to honor those who have continued to pave the way for success now and into the future. Join us for this discussion to celebrate the collective knowledge and wisdom of our elders, hear about their challenges and triumphs, and imagine ways we can apply their past lessons learned towards a thriving future.
    Contact: More information and registration links at https://nofavt.org/conference/speakers

Tue Feb 16 2021

  • Honeycrisp Apple Storage (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meetings)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

    Cost: Free

    An online meeting hosted by the University of Maine Extension Program. Dr. Jennifer DeEll from OMAFRA will present results from Harvista and Smartfresh trials on Honeycrisp. Dr. Randy Beaudry from Michigan State University will discuss CA Storage of Honeycrisp Apples. More details will be provided when they become available.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits.Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

  • Homesteader & Gardener Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    Vermicomposting for Homesteaders & Gardeners
    Tuesday, 2/9, 6-7:30 pm
    Rhonda Sherman, North Carolina State University
    Learn how to use worms to turn food scraps, livestock manure, and other organic residuals into vermicompost that will improve soil health, increase yields, and suppress plant diseases and pests. This workshop covers the fundamental concepts of vermicompost production for homesteaders and gardeners. Topics include earthworm husbandry, feedstocks, pre-composting, vermicomposting methodologies, and harvesting techniques.

    The Fermentista’s Garden: Hands-On Fermentation Demonstration
    Tuesday, 2/16, 6-7:30 pm
    Nancy VanWinkle, Nomadic Roots Kitchen
    This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to homestead-level fermentation practices, from planning your garden around fermented food production and preservation, to transforming that bounty into delicious fermented foods and condiments. Participants will learn common lacto-fermentation techniques to produce their own jar of sauerkraut or other simple ferment. Advanced fermented products will be discussed as well.

    Climate Resilience on the Homestead
    Tuesday, 2/23, 6-7:30 pm
    Jon Turner, Wild Roots Farm
    Focusing on agroforestry practices, this workshop will overview methods that allow for greater resilience in Vermont's growing season as weather patterns become increasingly sporadic. Ranging from one acre to several, we will discuss annual and perennial production, livestock integration and ways to dovetail several food systems that benefit human, pollinator, songbird and grazing species.

    Seed Starting Systems at Home
    Tuesday, 3/2, 6-7:30 pm
    Carolina Lukac, Vermont Community Garden Network
    Set yourself up for success for seed starting at home! Whether you choose to purchase new supplies or creatively reuse items, there are some basic guidelines and many insider tips to help you along the way. Join Carolina for a virtual tour of her rustic basement grow room where she starts hundreds of vegetables, flowers, and herbs from seed for her backyard & community garden plot. Learn about tray sizes, potting soil, watering, heat pads, lighting fixtures, and more.

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

  • Commercial Producer Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    2:30pm - 4:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org><https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    Online Sales & Marketing: Lessons Learned from the Quick COVID Pivot
    Tuesday, 2/9, 2:30-4 pm
    Julie Rubaud, Red Wagon Plants; FM Muñoz, My Name is FM Consulting
    2020 was the year of the pivot, in every sense of the word. This workshop will share Red Wagon Plants of Hinesburg as a case study in how one business was able to quickly adapt to the new realities of operating in a pandemic environment with e-commerce and curbside pick up. Many opportunities were discovered in the process. Julie and FM will share what worked, what did not, and which new practices are here to stay.

    Building On-Farm Soil Health with Cover Crops
    Tuesday, 2/16, 2:30-4 pm
    Becky Maden, UVM Extension; Silas Branson, Intervale Community Farm
    This workshop will focus on ways vegetable and diversified farms can utilize cover crops to cycle nutrients, build soil organic matter, fix nitrogen and more. We’ll discuss how to plan ahead for year-round soil coverage and discuss ways to experiment with mixes and some lesser known species. Please come prepared to share your own experiences and inspirations with cover crops!

    Hoophouse Growing Success in the Shoulder Seasons
    Tuesday, 2/23, 2:30-4 pm
    Ryan Fitzbeauchamp, Evening Song Farm
    Join this workshop to discuss the details of shoulder season greens production in unheated high tunnels. Ryan Fitzbeauchamp of Evening Song Farm has been growing high tunnel greens since 2012, and continues to learn and refine production techniques to grow a steady supply of greens for their year-round CSA. Attendees can expect an overview of techniques to maximize production for harvest in November-December and February-May. We'll also dive into the nitty gritty details on variety selection; planting dates; row cover management; pest, weed, and disease management; and low-cost effective winter washing/packing setups.

    Stronger Together: Cooperative & Alternative Models for Farms and Food Businesses
    Tuesday, 3/2, 2:30-4 pm
    Agrarian Commons; Brush Brook Community Farm; Humble Hands Harvest; Land in Common

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

Wed Feb 17 2021

  • Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework Webinar Series with CISA
    12:30pm - 2:30pm
    https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/

    Cost: Free


    Following the pre-series session on understanding what makes up good data on 1/6 and 1/8, this farmer workshop series will present a method to address challenges, opportunities, and current project ideas no matter if it’s changing day to day habits or locking down long-term plans.

    Is it time to expand into value-added production? Should I get rid of one enterprise and specialize my products? Does it make sense to invest in a new piece of equipment? Presenters will provide a framework that uses a number of tools to build confidence in the decision-making process. Participants will have access to one on one consultations and peer support throughout and following the series.

    Whether you need to reflect and re-plan after major upheaval last year, or have something in the works that could benefit from a sounding board, bring your questions and ideas to these sessions and anticipate working with the content between and after session.

    Session 1: Wednesday, January 27th 4-6pm
    Session 2: Wednesday, February 3rd, 4-6pm
    Session 3: Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30-2:30pm
    Session 4: Wednesday, February 17th, 12:30-2:30pm
    Cohort Gathering: March 10th, 12:30-2:30pm

    The main series will focus on the “practical framework”. Rose Wilson, Stevie Schafenacker, and Crystal Stewart-Courtens combine concepts of Whole Farm Planning, financial analysis and feasibility study over the course of four sessions, post session assistance, and a late winter peer cohort meeting.

    Content will be adapted to the needs and experience levels of participants. Organizers will reach out to attendees after registration to get to know your farm and the current challenges you wish to address or opportunities you wish to take advantage of.
    Contact: See more information at https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/. Register at https://form.jotform.com/CISAsurveys/decision-making

  • Change Roundtables, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    The Organic Farmers Toolbox: Resilient Farming Practices for Climate Change, with Aaron Parker, Edgewood Nursery; Jono Neiger, Regenerative Design Group, Big River Chestnuts, Wednesday 2/10

    The changing climate is bringing more extreme and unstable weather to the northeast. This workshop will present a toolbox of tangible practices to implement on your farm or homestead to better mimic and align with the resiliency we see in the natural world. Jono and Aaron will share examples of agroforestry, soil compaction reduction, water management, and others from their work in numerous land-based settings. These practices can be implemented at any scale and offer a wide range of benefits, focusing on farm resilience and increased productivity over time.

    Community Food Access: Growing Food for Each Other, with Chief Don Stevens, Nulhegan Band of Coosuk - Abenaki Nation; Jake Kornfeld, Farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps; Sammy Levine, ShiftMeals; Andrea Solazzo, Vermont Foodbank; Shane Rogers, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Wednesday 2/17

    According to the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, “food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.” In Vermont, much work is being done to create a resilient food system that works for everyone and centers people, especially the most marginalized, first and foremost. Join this panel discussion for a conversation about food sovereignty and some of the work being done to build a more just and equitable food system for all.

    Farm Stress & Emotional Well-being on the Farm, with Allen Matthews, Farm First, Wednesday 2/24

    Where do you turn when work/life balance feels impossible? Farm life can be a roller coaster. Although it can look idyllic from the outside, farming is often punctuated by stressful, demanding and dangerous work. Farmers navigate long hours, money worries, weather crises, and social isolation. Stress challenges our emotional well-being and mental health. The goal of this workshop is to help farmers identify resources and techniques to resolve stresses before they mushroom into debilitating situations. Join and connect with other farmers over your most victorious and challenging moments of the season, and explore strategies for supporting health and well-being on and off the farm.

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

Thu Feb 18 2021

  • Policy & Food Systems Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    11:30am - 1:00pm
    Online

    Cost: Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org><https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    The Cows Don’t Milk Themselves: Milk with Dignity & Farmworker Rights in the Time of COVID, with Migrant Justice,
    Thursday 2/11
    Throughout the Corona Crisis, migrant farmworkers continue to work day in and day out to produce the milk and dairy products that line supermarket shelves. Join Migrant Justice for a 1.5 hour presentation to learn more about farmworkers’ groundbreaking Milk with Dignity program which brings together farmworkers, consumers, farmer owners and corporate buyers with the principal goal of fostering a sustainable Northeast dairy industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, supports the long-term interests of farm owners, and provides an ethical supply chain for retail food companies and consumers. We know that the cows don't milk themselves: Learn more about how you can get involved and help expand this powerful solution to the Hannaford supermarket’s supply chain.

    Advancing BIPOC Land Access in N’Dakinna, with Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust; Every Town Project; Vermont Land Trust; NOFA-VT, Vital Communities
    Thursday 2/18
    Join the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Every Town Project, Vermont Land Trust, NOFA VT, and Vital Communities for a discussion on their work advancing land justice with and for BIPOC. Walk away with a better understanding of how BIPOC and non-POC land-based partnerships can take shape equitably, what BIPOC land stewards need to thrive, how you can help, and how the overlapping missions of our organizations are innovating land access for BIPOC in ways that are undoing systemic racism and repairing the harm of colonization one relationship and acre at a time.

    Organizing to Win: Building Community Power for Systems Change, with Hayley Jones, Shaina Kasper, Community Action Works; Stuart Blood, Energy & Climate Upper Valley
    Thursday 2/25
    Too many people feel alone, or powerless to confront those who are polluting our most vulnerable communities. Fortunately, when people come together and take action at the local level, whether that’s passing environmental justice ordinances or stopping fracked gas pipelines, they lead the movement for large-scale transformation. Join organizers at Community Action Works to learn effective tools for dealing with pollution threats in your own neighborhood, from choosing the right decision-maker to gaining support from your community. Hear firsthand from activists how they’ve run campaigns to resist polluters and made systemic changes.

    Participatory Capacity Building for an Inclusive Organic Movement, with Jennifer Taylor, Lola's Organic Farm, Organic Farming Association; A-dae Romero-Briones, First Nations Development Institute
    Thursday 3/4

    Contact: Links to registration and more information: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops

Sun Feb 21 2021

  • Future Scouting: Innovative and Emerging Leaders for our Vermont Agricultural Future, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    3:00pm - 4:30pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for the whole conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<mailto:livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.


    Panelists: Abbie Corse, The Corse Family Dairy; Amber Arnold & Naomi Moody, The SUSU commUNITY Farm; Jenna Baird, Baird Farm; Marita Canedo, Migrant Justice; Taylor Mendell, Footprint Farm

    This panel looks to the future, building on the lessons of the past through innovations and systems thinking. This discussion will raise up the voices of some new and emerging womxn leaders helping to build Vermont’s agricultural future. This panel will include farmers, movement builders and leaders from all aspects of food and farming.
    Contact: More information and registration links at https://nofavt.org/conference/speakers

Tue Feb 23 2021

  • Honeycrisp Apple Storage (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meetings)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

    Cost: Free

    An online meeting hosted by the University of Maine Extension Program. Dr. Jennifer DeEll from OMAFRA will present results from Harvista and Smartfresh trials on Honeycrisp. Dr. Randy Beaudry from Michigan State University will discuss CA Storage of Honeycrisp Apples. More details will be provided when they become available.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits.Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

  • Homesteader & Gardener Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    Vermicomposting for Homesteaders & Gardeners
    Tuesday, 2/9, 6-7:30 pm
    Rhonda Sherman, North Carolina State University
    Learn how to use worms to turn food scraps, livestock manure, and other organic residuals into vermicompost that will improve soil health, increase yields, and suppress plant diseases and pests. This workshop covers the fundamental concepts of vermicompost production for homesteaders and gardeners. Topics include earthworm husbandry, feedstocks, pre-composting, vermicomposting methodologies, and harvesting techniques.

    The Fermentista’s Garden: Hands-On Fermentation Demonstration
    Tuesday, 2/16, 6-7:30 pm
    Nancy VanWinkle, Nomadic Roots Kitchen
    This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to homestead-level fermentation practices, from planning your garden around fermented food production and preservation, to transforming that bounty into delicious fermented foods and condiments. Participants will learn common lacto-fermentation techniques to produce their own jar of sauerkraut or other simple ferment. Advanced fermented products will be discussed as well.

    Climate Resilience on the Homestead
    Tuesday, 2/23, 6-7:30 pm
    Jon Turner, Wild Roots Farm
    Focusing on agroforestry practices, this workshop will overview methods that allow for greater resilience in Vermont's growing season as weather patterns become increasingly sporadic. Ranging from one acre to several, we will discuss annual and perennial production, livestock integration and ways to dovetail several food systems that benefit human, pollinator, songbird and grazing species.

    Seed Starting Systems at Home
    Tuesday, 3/2, 6-7:30 pm
    Carolina Lukac, Vermont Community Garden Network
    Set yourself up for success for seed starting at home! Whether you choose to purchase new supplies or creatively reuse items, there are some basic guidelines and many insider tips to help you along the way. Join Carolina for a virtual tour of her rustic basement grow room where she starts hundreds of vegetables, flowers, and herbs from seed for her backyard & community garden plot. Learn about tray sizes, potting soil, watering, heat pads, lighting fixtures, and more.

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

  • Commercial Producer Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    2:30pm - 4:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org><https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    Online Sales & Marketing: Lessons Learned from the Quick COVID Pivot
    Tuesday, 2/9, 2:30-4 pm
    Julie Rubaud, Red Wagon Plants; FM Muñoz, My Name is FM Consulting
    2020 was the year of the pivot, in every sense of the word. This workshop will share Red Wagon Plants of Hinesburg as a case study in how one business was able to quickly adapt to the new realities of operating in a pandemic environment with e-commerce and curbside pick up. Many opportunities were discovered in the process. Julie and FM will share what worked, what did not, and which new practices are here to stay.

    Building On-Farm Soil Health with Cover Crops
    Tuesday, 2/16, 2:30-4 pm
    Becky Maden, UVM Extension; Silas Branson, Intervale Community Farm
    This workshop will focus on ways vegetable and diversified farms can utilize cover crops to cycle nutrients, build soil organic matter, fix nitrogen and more. We’ll discuss how to plan ahead for year-round soil coverage and discuss ways to experiment with mixes and some lesser known species. Please come prepared to share your own experiences and inspirations with cover crops!

    Hoophouse Growing Success in the Shoulder Seasons
    Tuesday, 2/23, 2:30-4 pm
    Ryan Fitzbeauchamp, Evening Song Farm
    Join this workshop to discuss the details of shoulder season greens production in unheated high tunnels. Ryan Fitzbeauchamp of Evening Song Farm has been growing high tunnel greens since 2012, and continues to learn and refine production techniques to grow a steady supply of greens for their year-round CSA. Attendees can expect an overview of techniques to maximize production for harvest in November-December and February-May. We'll also dive into the nitty gritty details on variety selection; planting dates; row cover management; pest, weed, and disease management; and low-cost effective winter washing/packing setups.

    Stronger Together: Cooperative & Alternative Models for Farms and Food Businesses
    Tuesday, 3/2, 2:30-4 pm
    Agrarian Commons; Brush Brook Community Farm; Humble Hands Harvest; Land in Common

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

Wed Feb 24 2021

  • Change Roundtables, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    The Organic Farmers Toolbox: Resilient Farming Practices for Climate Change, with Aaron Parker, Edgewood Nursery; Jono Neiger, Regenerative Design Group, Big River Chestnuts, Wednesday 2/10

    The changing climate is bringing more extreme and unstable weather to the northeast. This workshop will present a toolbox of tangible practices to implement on your farm or homestead to better mimic and align with the resiliency we see in the natural world. Jono and Aaron will share examples of agroforestry, soil compaction reduction, water management, and others from their work in numerous land-based settings. These practices can be implemented at any scale and offer a wide range of benefits, focusing on farm resilience and increased productivity over time.

    Community Food Access: Growing Food for Each Other, with Chief Don Stevens, Nulhegan Band of Coosuk - Abenaki Nation; Jake Kornfeld, Farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps; Sammy Levine, ShiftMeals; Andrea Solazzo, Vermont Foodbank; Shane Rogers, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Wednesday 2/17

    According to the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, “food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.” In Vermont, much work is being done to create a resilient food system that works for everyone and centers people, especially the most marginalized, first and foremost. Join this panel discussion for a conversation about food sovereignty and some of the work being done to build a more just and equitable food system for all.

    Farm Stress & Emotional Well-being on the Farm, with Allen Matthews, Farm First, Wednesday 2/24

    Where do you turn when work/life balance feels impossible? Farm life can be a roller coaster. Although it can look idyllic from the outside, farming is often punctuated by stressful, demanding and dangerous work. Farmers navigate long hours, money worries, weather crises, and social isolation. Stress challenges our emotional well-being and mental health. The goal of this workshop is to help farmers identify resources and techniques to resolve stresses before they mushroom into debilitating situations. Join and connect with other farmers over your most victorious and challenging moments of the season, and explore strategies for supporting health and well-being on and off the farm.

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

Thu Feb 25 2021

  • High Tunnel Fertility Research Update Webinar (Part of a January-February 2021 Series)
    3:30pm - 5:00pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsfuCopzwtGNPP_Kc0Z2oclvA7pkbZ5t0O

    Cost: Free

    Join UConn, URI, and UMass Extensions for the Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series. Webinars are on alternate Thursdays in January and February of 2021, from 3:30-5pm. All webinars are open to any and all vegetable growers and ag service providers.

    February 25 Presenters: Judson Reid of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Becky Maden of UVM Extension, and Andy Radin of URI Extension
    Maintaining nutrient availability to the big, fruiting high tunnel vegetable crops is still very much an evolving science and art. There’s lots of work going on in the Northeast that focuses on maximizing production without using inadequate or excessive amounts of nutrient sources.
    Contact: Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsfuCopzwtGNPP_Kc0Z2oclvA7pkbZ5t0O . Agenda available here: ag.umass.edu/vegetable/events/high-tunnel-fertility-research-update<https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/events/high-tunnel-fertility-research-update>

  • Policy & Food Systems Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    11:30am - 1:00pm
    Online

    Cost: Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org><https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    The Cows Don’t Milk Themselves: Milk with Dignity & Farmworker Rights in the Time of COVID, with Migrant Justice,
    Thursday 2/11
    Throughout the Corona Crisis, migrant farmworkers continue to work day in and day out to produce the milk and dairy products that line supermarket shelves. Join Migrant Justice for a 1.5 hour presentation to learn more about farmworkers’ groundbreaking Milk with Dignity program which brings together farmworkers, consumers, farmer owners and corporate buyers with the principal goal of fostering a sustainable Northeast dairy industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, supports the long-term interests of farm owners, and provides an ethical supply chain for retail food companies and consumers. We know that the cows don't milk themselves: Learn more about how you can get involved and help expand this powerful solution to the Hannaford supermarket’s supply chain.

    Advancing BIPOC Land Access in N’Dakinna, with Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust; Every Town Project; Vermont Land Trust; NOFA-VT, Vital Communities
    Thursday 2/18
    Join the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Every Town Project, Vermont Land Trust, NOFA VT, and Vital Communities for a discussion on their work advancing land justice with and for BIPOC. Walk away with a better understanding of how BIPOC and non-POC land-based partnerships can take shape equitably, what BIPOC land stewards need to thrive, how you can help, and how the overlapping missions of our organizations are innovating land access for BIPOC in ways that are undoing systemic racism and repairing the harm of colonization one relationship and acre at a time.

    Organizing to Win: Building Community Power for Systems Change, with Hayley Jones, Shaina Kasper, Community Action Works; Stuart Blood, Energy & Climate Upper Valley
    Thursday 2/25
    Too many people feel alone, or powerless to confront those who are polluting our most vulnerable communities. Fortunately, when people come together and take action at the local level, whether that’s passing environmental justice ordinances or stopping fracked gas pipelines, they lead the movement for large-scale transformation. Join organizers at Community Action Works to learn effective tools for dealing with pollution threats in your own neighborhood, from choosing the right decision-maker to gaining support from your community. Hear firsthand from activists how they’ve run campaigns to resist polluters and made systemic changes.

    Participatory Capacity Building for an Inclusive Organic Movement, with Jennifer Taylor, Lola's Organic Farm, Organic Farming Association; A-dae Romero-Briones, First Nations Development Institute
    Thursday 3/4

    Contact: Links to registration and more information: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops

Tue Mar 02 2021

  • Homesteader & Gardener Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    Vermicomposting for Homesteaders & Gardeners
    Tuesday, 2/9, 6-7:30 pm
    Rhonda Sherman, North Carolina State University
    Learn how to use worms to turn food scraps, livestock manure, and other organic residuals into vermicompost that will improve soil health, increase yields, and suppress plant diseases and pests. This workshop covers the fundamental concepts of vermicompost production for homesteaders and gardeners. Topics include earthworm husbandry, feedstocks, pre-composting, vermicomposting methodologies, and harvesting techniques.

    The Fermentista’s Garden: Hands-On Fermentation Demonstration
    Tuesday, 2/16, 6-7:30 pm
    Nancy VanWinkle, Nomadic Roots Kitchen
    This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to homestead-level fermentation practices, from planning your garden around fermented food production and preservation, to transforming that bounty into delicious fermented foods and condiments. Participants will learn common lacto-fermentation techniques to produce their own jar of sauerkraut or other simple ferment. Advanced fermented products will be discussed as well.

    Climate Resilience on the Homestead
    Tuesday, 2/23, 6-7:30 pm
    Jon Turner, Wild Roots Farm
    Focusing on agroforestry practices, this workshop will overview methods that allow for greater resilience in Vermont's growing season as weather patterns become increasingly sporadic. Ranging from one acre to several, we will discuss annual and perennial production, livestock integration and ways to dovetail several food systems that benefit human, pollinator, songbird and grazing species.

    Seed Starting Systems at Home
    Tuesday, 3/2, 6-7:30 pm
    Carolina Lukac, Vermont Community Garden Network
    Set yourself up for success for seed starting at home! Whether you choose to purchase new supplies or creatively reuse items, there are some basic guidelines and many insider tips to help you along the way. Join Carolina for a virtual tour of her rustic basement grow room where she starts hundreds of vegetables, flowers, and herbs from seed for her backyard & community garden plot. Learn about tray sizes, potting soil, watering, heat pads, lighting fixtures, and more.

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

  • Commercial Producer Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    2:30pm - 4:00pm
    Online

    Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org><https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    Online Sales & Marketing: Lessons Learned from the Quick COVID Pivot
    Tuesday, 2/9, 2:30-4 pm
    Julie Rubaud, Red Wagon Plants; FM Muñoz, My Name is FM Consulting
    2020 was the year of the pivot, in every sense of the word. This workshop will share Red Wagon Plants of Hinesburg as a case study in how one business was able to quickly adapt to the new realities of operating in a pandemic environment with e-commerce and curbside pick up. Many opportunities were discovered in the process. Julie and FM will share what worked, what did not, and which new practices are here to stay.

    Building On-Farm Soil Health with Cover Crops
    Tuesday, 2/16, 2:30-4 pm
    Becky Maden, UVM Extension; Silas Branson, Intervale Community Farm
    This workshop will focus on ways vegetable and diversified farms can utilize cover crops to cycle nutrients, build soil organic matter, fix nitrogen and more. We’ll discuss how to plan ahead for year-round soil coverage and discuss ways to experiment with mixes and some lesser known species. Please come prepared to share your own experiences and inspirations with cover crops!

    Hoophouse Growing Success in the Shoulder Seasons
    Tuesday, 2/23, 2:30-4 pm
    Ryan Fitzbeauchamp, Evening Song Farm
    Join this workshop to discuss the details of shoulder season greens production in unheated high tunnels. Ryan Fitzbeauchamp of Evening Song Farm has been growing high tunnel greens since 2012, and continues to learn and refine production techniques to grow a steady supply of greens for their year-round CSA. Attendees can expect an overview of techniques to maximize production for harvest in November-December and February-May. We'll also dive into the nitty gritty details on variety selection; planting dates; row cover management; pest, weed, and disease management; and low-cost effective winter washing/packing setups.

    Stronger Together: Cooperative & Alternative Models for Farms and Food Businesses
    Tuesday, 3/2, 2:30-4 pm
    Agrarian Commons; Brush Brook Community Farm; Humble Hands Harvest; Land in Common

    Contact: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops:for more information and registration links.

Wed Mar 03 2021

  • Managing Apple Maggot Fly (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meeting webinars)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMscO-sqjwjH9aQ0aGHQpwI9tXqvMKONBLk

    Cost: Free

    An online meeting hosted by the University of Maine Extension Program. 12- 1:15pm. Dr. Suzanne Blatt, Ag Canada Kentville Research Station, will discuss management options to prevent damage by the apple maggot fly. 1:15- 1:30pm. Maine State Pomological Society Update. Pre-registration and participation in live webinar qualifies for 1 pesticide
    applicator recertification credit.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits. Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMscO-sqjwjH9aQ0aGHQpwI9tXqvMKONBLk

Thu Mar 04 2021

  • Policy & Food Systems Workshops, NOFA-VT Winter Conference (Virtual)
    11:30am - 1:00pm
    Online

    Cost: Cost: $30-$100 for entire conference, with attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Scholarship information available from Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org><https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=livy@nofavt.org> or 802-434-7153.

    The Cows Don’t Milk Themselves: Milk with Dignity & Farmworker Rights in the Time of COVID, with Migrant Justice,
    Thursday 2/11
    Throughout the Corona Crisis, migrant farmworkers continue to work day in and day out to produce the milk and dairy products that line supermarket shelves. Join Migrant Justice for a 1.5 hour presentation to learn more about farmworkers’ groundbreaking Milk with Dignity program which brings together farmworkers, consumers, farmer owners and corporate buyers with the principal goal of fostering a sustainable Northeast dairy industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, supports the long-term interests of farm owners, and provides an ethical supply chain for retail food companies and consumers. We know that the cows don't milk themselves: Learn more about how you can get involved and help expand this powerful solution to the Hannaford supermarket’s supply chain.

    Advancing BIPOC Land Access in N’Dakinna, with Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust; Every Town Project; Vermont Land Trust; NOFA-VT, Vital Communities
    Thursday 2/18
    Join the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Every Town Project, Vermont Land Trust, NOFA VT, and Vital Communities for a discussion on their work advancing land justice with and for BIPOC. Walk away with a better understanding of how BIPOC and non-POC land-based partnerships can take shape equitably, what BIPOC land stewards need to thrive, how you can help, and how the overlapping missions of our organizations are innovating land access for BIPOC in ways that are undoing systemic racism and repairing the harm of colonization one relationship and acre at a time.

    Organizing to Win: Building Community Power for Systems Change, with Hayley Jones, Shaina Kasper, Community Action Works; Stuart Blood, Energy & Climate Upper Valley
    Thursday 2/25
    Too many people feel alone, or powerless to confront those who are polluting our most vulnerable communities. Fortunately, when people come together and take action at the local level, whether that’s passing environmental justice ordinances or stopping fracked gas pipelines, they lead the movement for large-scale transformation. Join organizers at Community Action Works to learn effective tools for dealing with pollution threats in your own neighborhood, from choosing the right decision-maker to gaining support from your community. Hear firsthand from activists how they’ve run campaigns to resist polluters and made systemic changes.

    Participatory Capacity Building for an Inclusive Organic Movement, with Jennifer Taylor, Lola's Organic Farm, Organic Farming Association; A-dae Romero-Briones, First Nations Development Institute
    Thursday 3/4

    Contact: Links to registration and more information: https://nofavt.org/conference/workshops

Tue Mar 09 2021

  • Making Your Farm Available to a Successor Webinar
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Online

    Cost: Free


    Part of the 2021 Future of the Farm Webinar series, this webinar will give an overview of ways that farm or land owners can make their property available to a successive farmer, particularly one who is not currently a part of the farm operation. Topics include considerations when talking about farm transfer with your nonfarming heirs, making your property financially accessible while also providing for your own financial security, and the potential tax consequences of various farm transfer means.

    Presenters Cara Cargill, NH Field Agent, Land for Good, Kenesha Reynolds, Seth Wilner, & Kelly McAdam, UNH Cooperative Extension

    Contact: Learn more at https://extension.unh.edu/events/webinar-making-your-farm-available-successor and register at https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctfuGpqD0rEtyv9zCHu5LRrn_3Dredb8Ed A link to join the webinar will be emailed upon registration. This webinar will be recorded and available to all registrants.

Wed Mar 10 2021

  • Managing Early-season Apple Insect Pests (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meeting webinars)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvdemrrz8qG9Hi5kRuc8evmcvB8gpherC2

    Cost: Free

    An online meeting hosted by the University of Maine Extension Tree Fruit IPM Program. 12 – 1:15pm. Dr. Jaime Pinero, University of Massachusetts, will discuss management options to prevent damage by plum curculio, tarnished plant bug, and other early season insect pests. 1:15- 1:30pm. Glen Koehler, UMaine Extension, will introduce the AgEye Weather data system and how growers can access its weather data to help with orchard management. Pre-registration and participation in live webinar qualifies for 1 pesticide applicator recertification credit.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits. Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvdemrrz8qG9Hi5kRuc8evmcvB8gpherC2


  • Cohort Gathering for Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework Webinar Series with CISA
    12:30pm - 2:30pm
    https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/

    Cost: Free


    This gathering follows the winter 2021 Making Sound Decisions series.
    Contact: See more information at https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort/. Register at https://form.jotform.com/CISAsurveys/decision-making

Wed Mar 17 2021

  • Honeycrisp Bitter Pit and Soft Scald Management, & Ag-Radar: Weather Tools for Orchard Decisions (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meeting webinars)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ldOmsqzgvGdyfTHSS8zVsRogMhVeQDU4g

    Cost: Free

    An online meeting hosted by the University of Maine Extension Tree Fruit IPM Program.

    12 – 12:50pm. Dr. Renae Moran, University of Maine, will discuss recent research on Honeycrisp fruit quality. 12:50- 1:30pm. Glen Koehler, UMaine Extension, will briefly describe how Ag-Radar works, and show examples for how growers can use Ag-Radar to get insight on apple pest and crop development to aid orchard management decisions. Pre-registration and participation in live webinar qualifies for 1 pesticide applicator recertification credit.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits. Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ldOmsqzgvGdyfTHSS8zVsRogMhVeQDU4g


Tue Mar 23 2021

  • Tree Row Volume: What it is, why it matters, and how to use it. (part of the New England Winter Fruit Meeting webinars)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAudOyrqjorG9ALwdQIymrJnWoawmmjeNH6

    Cost: Free

    11:45 am Check-in with Cornell Cooperative Extension for attendees requiring NYSDEC pesticide credits. Not required for holders of a license from a New England State.

    Terence Bradshaw, host and presenter. Dr. Bradshaw is tree fruit and viticulture specialist and director of the UVM Fruit Program. He has conducted research and teaching programs on fruit production for 25 years. Orchard crops differ from many field crops in being a three-dimensional production system, which makes application of materials labeled for two dimensions, i.e., rate per acre, difficult. In this webinar, we will discuss core concepts in measuring orchard canopies and best methods for efficiently and safely spraying them. Pre-registration and participation in live webinar qualifies for 1 pesticide applicator recertification credit.

    12:00 pm Attendee check-in.
    12:05 pm Presentation(s) begins (1 hour)
    Presentation(s) will be interrupted at approximate half-point to provide poll question(s) to attendees. These questions must be answered to receive pesticide credits.
    12:55 pm Question & Answer with presenter and meeting host(s).
    1:20 pm Final poll questions and evaluation.
    1:30 pm End.

    Registration is required to receive pesticide license recertification credits. Additionally, proof of participation is required by all state certifying agencies, so, please be sure to participate in the in-session polls. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own devices in order to their individual credits. Forms will be emailed to each individual license holder within a week of the meeting. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folders as occasionally these communications are not recognized by your email host server.

    Contact: See more information at https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series. Register at https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqpqTkpGdJ7SRfYiNaWU6M5IQIUiDWS

Tue Mar 30 2021

Tue Apr 13 2021

  • Making Sense of Trusts as an Estate Planning Tool (NH Webinar)
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Online

    Cost: Free


    Trusts seem like a logical way to pass on farm assets to another generation, however, they are a complex tool and one should be well informed for what the trust can and cannot do for your individual situation. This webinar will give an overview of what is a trust, the types of trusts and important considerations for using a trust as an estate planning tool for the farmer. A link to join the webinar will be emailed upon registration. This webinar will be recorded and available to all registrants. Part of the 2021 Future of the Farm Webinar Series, Moderated by Kelly McAdam and Kenesha Reynolds, UNH Cooperative Extension. Presenter-Melissa O'Rourke, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist, Iowa State University Extension.
    Contact: Learn more at https://extension.unh.edu/events/webinar-making-sense-trusts-estate-planning-tool, register at https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcOCpqD0oEtVkSLxOEJ1vduxM2PvIQfde .