We are glad to be able to share events likely to be useful for livestock farmers through this calendar, and do our best to keep these listings up-to-date and accurate.  Please do check with event hosts and venues directly for all details, including the possibility of event cancellations or switches between in-person and online formats.

Tue Jan 19 2021

Wed Jan 20 2021

Thu Jan 21 2021

Fri Jan 22 2021

Sat Jan 23 2021

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/

  • Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Mad River Food Lab (Waitsfield, VT)

    COST: Intro to Butchering: $500, Pig Butchery: $500, Beef Butchery: $500

    This training will cover the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smokes hams, and bacon will also be covered, with an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals.

    Butchering Basics can be taken as a three-part series or individually by animal interest.

    Introduction to Butchering

    This training will include an introduction to HACCP planning. Participants will begin their butchering skills by focusing on chicken fabrication and a lamb breakdown.

    Pig Butchery

    This session focuses on the breakdown and various cuts of a pig. Participants will be introduced to value added production such as sausage making, hams, and bacon.

    Beef Butchery

    This session will focus on the breakdown and various cuts of a beef half. Participants will practice and feel confident breaking down a half beef into steaks, roasts, stew meat, etc.

    Intro to Butchering: January 23–24, 2021

    Pig Butchery: February 20–21, 2021

    Beef Butchery: March 20–21, 2021

    CONACT: Register here<https://www.enrole.com/vsc/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=T21FY-CED-0841-TCE1&courseId=CED-0841>. Questions? Contact Molly Willard<http://molly.willard@vtc.edu/> (802-535-5315)

Tue Jan 26 2021

  • Grazing to Avoid Trouble
    4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Online

    Join FACT and NCAT Livestock Specialist and sheep and goat producer Linda Coffey to discuss some of the problems farmers might encounter while grazing their livestock. Bloat, toxic plants, fescue toxicity, predator control, parasite management, and more will be addressed in this hour, with time for questions. Help us meet your needs by sharing questions or comments on issues you have faced when you register below.
    Linda Coffey brings many years of experience grazing sheep, goats, and sometimes cattle, as well as her work through the ATTRA program (www.attra.ncat.org<https://attra.ncat.org/>) and will be providing those who register with many resources to help you improve your grazing and avoid trouble on your farm.

    Contact: Visit https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EF57DE81824B3D to register.

  • Michigan State Small Ruminant Birthing Management Webinar
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    Cost: Registration: $40/farm or family and includes a 40+ page manual, a laminated lamb hypothermia/starvation treatment poster and access to all recorded sessions (additional members of the same farm/ family may receive additional manuals and posters for $20 per set).

    Are you interested in learning how to improve birth management of your herd or flock? The MSU Small Ruminant Extension team is offering a 4-part webinar series on birth management that will lead you through a host of topics aimed to improve birth management of sheep and goats. Each weekly session will last approximately 90 min and sessions will be recorded to allow future viewing. Each session will feature seminars, specialized instructional videos and question and answer sessions with an expert panel to cover each of these topics. Topics will include: nutritional management, use of ultrasound, facility design, newborn care, hypothermia treatment, grafting, vaccination protocols, mortality diagnoses, health and feeding program assessment.

    Contact: Carla McLachlan for more details (phone: 517-432-5402; email: MCLACHL2@msu.edu<mailto:MCLACHL2@msu.edu>). Online registration only for this event and it may be completed at: https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645 Choose the MSU Extension tab. Those that register before Jan 1, 2021 will receive the manual and poster before the sessions begin. Those that register later will receive these items also but likely not before the beginning of the first session.

Wed Jan 27 2021

  • Thirteenth Annual Winter Green Up Grazing Conference
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Online

    Cost: Three sessions are $35, two sessions are $25, and one session is $15 – prices are per person.

    Join us at our thirteenth Winter Green-Up, the Capital District’s original grazing conference! Speakers and topics are: Elizabeth Marks, USDA-NRCS biologist, Holistic Management Educator, and USDA Northeast Climate Hub detailee on “Climate Change Trends Over the Last 125 Years in NY and the Northeast and What Farmers Can Do to be Resilient to Them” on January 13th; Ed Rayburn, Extension Specialist at West Virginia University on “Capturing and Converting Sunlight to Healthy Soil, Meat and Milk; It’s What Plants Do” on January 20th; and Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Ecology at Utah State University on “Nourishing the Wisdom Body” on January 27th.

    Contact: Register at https://tinyurl.com/WinterGreenUp2021<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftinyurl.com%2FWinterGreenUp2021&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc6261fe7f54b4ee19c0b08d35c8e1783%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637424565813701074%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=NZFeZr93oG0RkYjDy9UyL3O5kqUJ6pLSR1bjR4%2BoQnw%3D&reserved=0> - links to the Zoom meetings will be emailed to you after registration. For questions, contact Ashley Pierce at 518-649-0267 or arp253@cornell.edu<mailto:arp253@cornell.edu>. For assistance with registration, call 518-765-2518 or email cce-caahp@cornell.edu<mailto:cce-caahp@cornell.edu>.

  • NH Dairy Crops Field Day
    11:00am - 12:30pm
    Virtual

    The Dairy, Livestock, and Forage Crop team is excited to be partnering with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station to provide an update on current research that may be of interest to dairy and livestock producers in the state. Dr. Richard Smith and Dr. Andre Brito will present research on forage management and cover crops. Join us to see what’s going on at the New Hampshire Experiment Station!
    Pesticide applicator credits pending.
    CONTACT: To learn more visit https://extension.unh.edu/events/dairy-crops-field-day-virtual

  • Main Series: Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Online

    Series Dates:
    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” needed to make sound decisions. Rose Wilson, Stevie Schafenacker, and Crystal Stewart 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 in workshop series will be adapted to the needs and experience levels of participants. We 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.

    Sessions 1 & 2: Holistic Management International (HMI) developed a Whole Farm Planning framework that assists farmers with sound decision-making; one that incorporates the diverse factors impacted by our decisions such as social needs, long-term visions, and financial health.

    Presenters Crystal Stewart-Cortens and Stevie Schafenacker adapt the core principles of HMI for the first half of the series. In these two sessions we will:

    * Develop working values based goals
    * Practice Holistic Decision-Making process including testing methods and root cause analysis
    * Introduce the holistic approach to prioritizing financial decisions
    * Brainstorm solutions and prioritize next steps for the second half of the session

    In Session 3 we will consider the logistical and financial needs to determine the feasibility of actions prioritized in the first half of the series: What questions need to be asked to assess whether an action is feasible? Where and how to find the answers? And what to do with the data? Presenter Rose Wilson will introduce an excel financial workbook designed originally for the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Farm Viability Program that can be used to store data and create scenarios to test various actions.

    In Session 4, utilizing the financial workbook, we will begin assessing whether the idea is feasible and continue an iterative process of evaluating next steps or what changes need to be made after an initial assessment.

    After Session 4, participants will take what was learned and work from home with their other farm managers and decision-makers to move forward with their current scenario (or a new one). With the presenters, we will identify next steps and determine if one on one support is needed. We will gather together again in March to share progress and receive small group peer feedback.

    CONTACT: REGISTER HERE<https://www.buylocalfood.org/resources-for-farmers/workshops-and-assistance/winter-programming-for-farmers/>. See more information here<https://www.buylocalfood.org/farm-decision-making-workshop-series-and-cohort> about the Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework series.

  • How do I prepare for 2021? Session #2: Adaptation
    3:00pm - 5:00pm

    COVID Round 2: How do I prepare for 2021? Join The Carrot Project for a four-part training series this winter.

    We’ll walk you through what you need to be thinking about for adapting and/or growing your business.

    Practice creating a plan that is the right path for you in these tumultuous times.

    Participants have access to webinars to understand key concepts and the opportunity to work individually with a business advisor during the 2021 season to help you apply what you learn.

    CONTACT: Register here.<https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6044950/Pre-Training-Survey?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=7464dd02-ce57-4947-accc-22535b42f31d> Questions? Email Jeff Cole<https://default.salsalabs.org/Ta075acac-156a-4a70-ad8b-bb92e73bb142/e79d469c-113f-4175-8013-ec9464038f81>

  • 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

Fri Jan 29 2021

  • Beginning Quickbooks for Farm Business
    10:30am - 12:00pm
    Online

    COST: $100

    This online course will teach farmers how to set up a bookkeeping system using QuickBooks. This is a beginner-level course, yet those who have some experience may also gain from the recordkeeping concepts that will be covered.

    Topics covered in this course include:

    * recordkeeping and accounting principles,
    * how to record common business transactions in QuickBooks,
    * how to utilize reports to guide business decisions.

    Online classes will run for 90 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes before each class starts for optional individual questions with instructors. Additional materials including instructional videos and practice problems will be given to participants to complete between online sessions.

    This course teaches the desktop version of QuickBooks and does not cover QuickBooks online. Participants are expected to have a copy of the desktop version of QuickBooks installed and ready to use on the first day of class. An optional practice session will be scheduled prior to the first class to test the online connection and ensure QuickBooks files are compatible with participants software.

    Class size is limited to ensure that participants receive individualized instruction in this online format.

    CONTACT: If you have questions about the suitability of this course for your situation, the QuickBooks software, or if accommodations are required, please contact Kelly McAdam at kelly.mcadam@unh.edu<mailto:kelly.mcadam@unh.edu> or (603) 527-5475. Also, if you desire a course for the online version of QuickBooks, contact Kelly to make your request.

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

  • Michigan State Small Ruminant Birthing Management Webinar
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    Cost: Registration: $40/farm or family and includes a 40+ page manual, a laminated lamb hypothermia/starvation treatment poster and access to all recorded sessions (additional members of the same farm/ family may receive additional manuals and posters for $20 per set).

    Are you interested in learning how to improve birth management of your herd or flock? The MSU Small Ruminant Extension team is offering a 4-part webinar series on birth management that will lead you through a host of topics aimed to improve birth management of sheep and goats. Each weekly session will last approximately 90 min and sessions will be recorded to allow future viewing. Each session will feature seminars, specialized instructional videos and question and answer sessions with an expert panel to cover each of these topics. Topics will include: nutritional management, use of ultrasound, facility design, newborn care, hypothermia treatment, grafting, vaccination protocols, mortality diagnoses, health and feeding program assessment.

    Contact: Carla McLachlan for more details (phone: 517-432-5402; email: MCLACHL2@msu.edu<mailto:MCLACHL2@msu.edu>). Online registration only for this event and it may be completed at: https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645 Choose the MSU Extension tab. Those that register before Jan 1, 2021 will receive the manual and poster before the sessions begin. Those that register later will receive these items also but likely not before the beginning of the first session.

Wed Feb 03 2021

  • How do I prepare for 2021? Session #3: Adjusting
    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    COVID Round 2: How do I prepare for 2021? Join The Carrot Project for THE THIRD Part OF A four-part training series this winter.

    We’ll walk you through what you need to be thinking about for adapting and/or growing your business.

    Learn and practice how to compare your budget (or projections) to what actually happened, and how to use that information to inform real time responses.

    Participants have access to webinars to understand key concepts and the opportunity to work individually with a business advisor during the 2021 season to help you apply what you learn.

    CONTACT: Register here.<https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6044950/Pre-Training-Survey?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=7464dd02-ce57-4947-accc-22535b42f31d> Questions? Email Jeff Cole<https://default.salsalabs.org/Ta075acac-156a-4a70-ad8b-bb92e73bb142/e79d469c-113f-4175-8013-ec9464038f81>

  • 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 Feb 04 2021

Fri Feb 05 2021

  • Beginning Quickbooks for Farm Business
    10:30am - 12:00pm
    Online

    COST: $100

    This online course will teach farmers how to set up a bookkeeping system using QuickBooks. This is a beginner-level course, yet those who have some experience may also gain from the recordkeeping concepts that will be covered.

    Topics covered in this course include:

    * recordkeeping and accounting principles,
    * how to record common business transactions in QuickBooks,
    * how to utilize reports to guide business decisions.

    Online classes will run for 90 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes before each class starts for optional individual questions with instructors. Additional materials including instructional videos and practice problems will be given to participants to complete between online sessions.

    This course teaches the desktop version of QuickBooks and does not cover QuickBooks online. Participants are expected to have a copy of the desktop version of QuickBooks installed and ready to use on the first day of class. An optional practice session will be scheduled prior to the first class to test the online connection and ensure QuickBooks files are compatible with participants software.

    Class size is limited to ensure that participants receive individualized instruction in this online format.

    CONTACT: If you have questions about the suitability of this course for your situation, the QuickBooks software, or if accommodations are required, please contact Kelly McAdam at kelly.mcadam@unh.edu<mailto:kelly.mcadam@unh.edu> or (603) 527-5475. Also, if you desire a course for the online version of QuickBooks, contact Kelly to make your request.

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.

Wed Feb 10 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.

  • 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

Thu Feb 11 2021

  • Sheep Production Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    Have sheep or thinking about getting a flock? Producers of all experience levels will find something for them in this lively, wide-ranging course. There is no one right way to raise sheep – this course covers many of these different options. Sponsored by the Cornell Small Farms Program.

    Contact: More information is available at https://smallfarmcourses.com/p/bf-232-sheep-production<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsmallfarmcourses.com%2Fp%2Fbf-232-sheep-production&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc6261fe7f54b4ee19c0b08d35c8e1783%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637424565813701074%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=6ZCRggi82ZRipquf67Ivnp1Zd%2BNAZMrUyp6r%2Flth%2FMg%3D&reserved=0>.

  • 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

  • Low Stress Livestock Handling with Curt Pate
    8:00pm - 9:00pm
    Online

    A webinar hosted by Grass Works in the Midwest. Begins at 8pm Central Time Zone.

    CONTACT: Register at https://grassworks.org/events/grazing-conference/

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

Wed Feb 17 2021

  • How do I prepare for 2021? Session #4: Roadblocks
    3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Online

    COVID Round 2: How do I prepare for 2021? Join The Carrot Project for FINAL Training series this winter.

    We’ll walk you through what you need to be thinking about for adapting and/or growing your business.

    We’ll talk about what might stop you from using your plan during the season and help you devise a realistic path to overcome those obstacles.

    Participants have access to webinars to understand key concepts and the opportunity to work individually with a business advisor during the 2021 season to help you apply what you learn.

    CONTACT: Register here.<https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6044950/Pre-Training-Survey?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=7464dd02-ce57-4947-accc-22535b42f31d> Questions? Email Jeff Cole<https://default.salsalabs.org/Ta075acac-156a-4a70-ad8b-bb92e73bb142/e79d469c-113f-4175-8013-ec9464038f81>

  • 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.

  • 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

Thu Feb 18 2021

  • Sheep Production Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    Have sheep or thinking about getting a flock? Producers of all experience levels will find something for them in this lively, wide-ranging course. There is no one right way to raise sheep – this course covers many of these different options. Sponsored by the Cornell Small Farms Program.

    Contact: More information is available at https://smallfarmcourses.com/p/bf-232-sheep-production<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsmallfarmcourses.com%2Fp%2Fbf-232-sheep-production&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc6261fe7f54b4ee19c0b08d35c8e1783%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637424565813701074%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=6ZCRggi82ZRipquf67Ivnp1Zd%2BNAZMrUyp6r%2Flth%2FMg%3D&reserved=0>.

  • 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

Sat Feb 20 2021

  • Pig Butchery Class
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Mad River Food Hub, Waitsfield, VT

    COST: Intro to Butchering: $500, Pig Butchery: $500, Beef Butchery: $500

    This training will cover the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smokes hams, and bacon will also be covered, with an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals.

    Butchering Basics can be taken as a three-part series or individually by animal interest.

    Introduction to Butchering

    This training will include an introduction to HACCP planning. Participants will begin their butchering skills by focusing on chicken fabrication and a lamb breakdown.

    Pig Butchery

    This session focuses on the breakdown and various cuts of a pig. Participants will be introduced to value added production such as sausage making, hams, and bacon.

    Beef Butchery

    This session will focus on the breakdown and various cuts of a beef half. Participants will practice and feel confident breaking down a half beef into steaks, roasts, stew meat, etc.

    Intro to Butchering: January 23–24, 2021

    Pig Butchery: February 20–21, 2021

    Beef Butchery: March 20–21, 2021

    CONACT: Register here<https://www.enrole.com/vsc/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=T21FY-CED-0841-TCE1&courseId=CED-0841>. Questions? Contact Molly Willard<http://molly.willard@vtc.edu/> (802-535-5315)

Sun Feb 21 2021

  • Pig Butchery Class
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Mad River Food Hub, Waitsfield, VT

    COST: Intro to Butchering: $500, Pig Butchery: $500, Beef Butchery: $500

    This training will cover the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smokes hams, and bacon will also be covered, with an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals.

    Butchering Basics can be taken as a three-part series or individually by animal interest.

    Introduction to Butchering

    This training will include an introduction to HACCP planning. Participants will begin their butchering skills by focusing on chicken fabrication and a lamb breakdown.

    Pig Butchery

    This session focuses on the breakdown and various cuts of a pig. Participants will be introduced to value added production such as sausage making, hams, and bacon.

    Beef Butchery

    This session will focus on the breakdown and various cuts of a beef half. Participants will practice and feel confident breaking down a half beef into steaks, roasts, stew meat, etc.

    Intro to Butchering: January 23–24, 2021

    Pig Butchery: February 20–21, 2021

    Beef Butchery: March 20–21, 2021

    CONACT: Register here<https://www.enrole.com/vsc/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=T21FY-CED-0841-TCE1&courseId=CED-0841>. Questions? Contact Molly Willard<http://molly.willard@vtc.edu/> (802-535-5315)

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

Wed Mar 10 2021

Thu Mar 18 2021

  • Profitable Meat Pricing
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Online

    You are raising and selling local meat, but are you making a profit doing so? Matt LeRoux will walk participants through the recently updated Cornell Meat Pricing Tool and the supporting marketing techniques needed to command prices that deliver a profit in every channel. For those familiar with the Meat Pricing Calculator, this workshop will provide more hands-on training than in previous years.

    Matt LeRoux, Ag. Marketing Consultant, has nearly 20 years of experience serving farms through Cornell Cooperative Extension, non-profits, and consulting. Specializing in market strategy, Matt works with a diverse mix of produce and livestock farmers and food businesses. Career highlights include developing the Marketing Channel Assessment Tool for produce growers and the Cornell Meat Price & Yield Calculator.

    IMPORTANT:
    To participate, farms will need to gather some simple data from the next animal(s) they take to the processor (see below) and know their cost of production. If help is needed to determine CoP, farmers should consider attending the workshop Basic Farm Financials for Successful Pricing. <https://www.buylocalfood.org/event/basic-farm-financials-for-successful-pricing>

    Data needed to participate:

    1. Carcass weight and all sellable cut weights from one or more “typical” animals. Getting cut weights from one animal (or one group) usually means weighing the cuts out when you get the meat back home. Some processors can provide this data to you, but the old “kitchen counter” scale method is fairly easy too.
    2. Keep your processing invoice, with carcass weight(s), slaughter fee, cut and wrap fee, and other fees from any additional processing (hot dogs, patties, sausage, smoking, etc..).
    3. Have a list of your current prices for cuts in the channel(s) you use.

    CONTACT: REGISTER HERE<https://form.jotform.com/CISAsurveys/registration-livestock-producers>. Please contact Stevie<mailto:stevie@buylocalfood.org> if you need assistance or have questions.

    See here for more information<https://www.buylocalfood.org/resources-for-farmers/workshops-and-assistance/winter-programming-for-farmers/> about this workshop, its associated workshop (Basic Farm Financials for Successful Pricing<https://www.buylocalfood.org/event/basic-farm-financials-for-successful-pricing>), and other CISA workshop offerings.

Sat Mar 20 2021

  • Beef Butchery Class
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Mad River Food Hub, Waitsfield, VT

    COST: Intro to Butchering: $500, Pig Butchery: $500, Beef Butchery: $500

    This training will cover the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smokes hams, and bacon will also be covered, with an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals.

    Butchering Basics can be taken as a three-part series or individually by animal interest.

    Introduction to Butchering

    This training will include an introduction to HACCP planning. Participants will begin their butchering skills by focusing on chicken fabrication and a lamb breakdown.

    Pig Butchery

    This session focuses on the breakdown and various cuts of a pig. Participants will be introduced to value added production such as sausage making, hams, and bacon.

    Beef Butchery

    This session will focus on the breakdown and various cuts of a beef half. Participants will practice and feel confident breaking down a half beef into steaks, roasts, stew meat, etc.

    Intro to Butchering: January 23–24, 2021

    Pig Butchery: February 20–21, 2021

    Beef Butchery: March 20–21, 2021

    CONACT: Register here<https://www.enrole.com/vsc/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=T21FY-CED-0841-TCE1&courseId=CED-0841>. Questions? Contact Molly Willard<http://molly.willard@vtc.edu/> (802-535-5315)

Sun Mar 21 2021

  • Beef Butchery Class
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Mad River Food Hub, Waitsfield, VT

    COST: Intro to Butchering: $500, Pig Butchery: $500, Beef Butchery: $500

    This training will cover the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smokes hams, and bacon will also be covered, with an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals.

    Butchering Basics can be taken as a three-part series or individually by animal interest.

    Introduction to Butchering

    This training will include an introduction to HACCP planning. Participants will begin their butchering skills by focusing on chicken fabrication and a lamb breakdown.

    Pig Butchery

    This session focuses on the breakdown and various cuts of a pig. Participants will be introduced to value added production such as sausage making, hams, and bacon.

    Beef Butchery

    This session will focus on the breakdown and various cuts of a beef half. Participants will practice and feel confident breaking down a half beef into steaks, roasts, stew meat, etc.

    Intro to Butchering: January 23–24, 2021

    Pig Butchery: February 20–21, 2021

    Beef Butchery: March 20–21, 2021

    CONACT: Register here<https://www.enrole.com/vsc/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=T21FY-CED-0841-TCE1&courseId=CED-0841>. Questions? Contact Molly Willard<http://molly.willard@vtc.edu/> (802-535-5315)