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Saturday, April 25, 2015

CT Sheep and Wool Festival

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT

COST: $5 per car

The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 and is off to a great start for the next century. The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association as a program “to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut”, has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival. This event is a delightful agricultural and learning experience for the general public as well as shepherds and fiber enthusiasts. More information can be found at www.ctsheep.org/sheep_and_wool_festival.

CONTACT: Cathy Andresen at (860) 639-9196 or dragonslairfarm@yahoo.com with any questions

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DAPNet Draft Animal Plowing Clinic

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: We-Lik-It Farm, Rt. 97, Abington, CT

COST: Teamsters with team- $175, Auditors- $50

Spend a day with your team at We-Lik-It Farm with Sam Rich, a farmer/builder/logger that works both horses and oxen. He is a former National Walking Plow Champion, and recently won the World Champion Percheron Farm Team award.

Work with input from Sam and Erika on plowing technique, teamster skills, plow set-up and more! Breakfast and lunch provided. Auditors Welcome! Proceeds to benefit DAPNet.

CONTACT: Register at www.draftanimalpower.org/forums/topic/plow-clinic-with-sam-rich-april-25th/ or contact Erika Marczake at abingtongrown@hotmail.com or (518) 441-9870 for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Korean Natural Farming Workshop

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Many Hands Organic Farm, 411 Sheldon Rd., Barre, MA

COST: Pre-Registration is Required-$48 Members (NOFA-MA); $60 Non-Members

Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs. Developed by Master Han Kyu Cho in South Korea, KNF echoes many of the principles central to Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming technique as well as Permaculture. This all-day, hands-on workshop will focus on both the philosophies and the practices of KNF. Workshop attendees will learn to make various KNF inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil inoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Water-soluble Calcium, and Oriental Herbal Nutrient. KNF is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to larger scale livestock operations. Students will walk away from the workshop equipped with the knowledge to implement KNF practices on their own farm or garden.

CONTACT:Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1128896 or contact Glenn Oliveira, Education Events Organizer, at glenn@nofamass.org or 774-678-9644 for more information or with any questions.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Registration Deadline: National Value Added Agriculture Conf.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Register at: www.agmrc.org/national-value-added-agriculture-conference/
Conference Location: Austin Marriott South, 4415 South IH-35, Austin, Texas 78744

COST: $200

May 18-20 2015 is the 17th Annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference in Austin, Texas. The conference addresses food security, rural development, and value added agriculture.

Conference participants will also have the opportunities to visit U.S Foods’s amazing LEED-certified facility in Buda and Whole Foods flagship store in Lamar, and tour two famous urban farms in Austin: Agua Dulce Farm and Springdale farm.

CONTACT: Trang Dang at (979) 847-5805 or tdang@agecon.tamu.edu for more information or with any questions.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

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

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

These workshops focus on building your skills & confidence in harnessing, hitching, driving & horse management. It will use a single horse and teams for hands on experience and individual instruction. You will drive from the ground, on a wagon and a forecart. The workshop covers horse management including the basics of safety, handling, foot care, feeding and horse health. There is a lot of emphasis placed on clear communication through effective use of the drivers hands and voice. Technical driving skill development is achieved with lots of time in the drivers’ seat and one- on- one instruction. Put your hands on the harness to learn about different styles, correct adjustment & fit.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

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

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/28 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

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

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/28 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

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

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 4/28 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Low Impact Forestry Field Day

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Cherryfield, ME

COST: Free ($10 suggested donation)

Because most farms have woodlots, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Low Impact Forestry program (MOFGA LIF) and the Maine Forest Service (MFS) have, over the past 3 years, developed this fast-paced introductory series of hands-on sessions, aimed at people who are at the beginning of their woodland management journey, but is open to anyone.

We will meet at 9 a.m. at Charlie Hitchings' beautiful woodlot in Cherryfield. After introductions we will break up into three groups for the morning to cycle through three learning stations. At noon we'll gather for a lunch break (bring your own!). We will spend the final couple of hours in groups again, then all together, actually marking three small sections of forest as if for harvesting, based on the morning's information. We plan to be done by 3 p.m.

This 6-hour workshop is offered to everyone for free, but a recommended donation of $10 per person will help offset the costs for travel, refreshments, and administration.

CONTACT: Register at www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=206&categoryId=5 or contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Annual Wellscroft Fence Clinic

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Wellcroft Farm, 167 Sunset Hill-Chesham, Harrisville, NH

COST: Free.

This very popular annual event features a chance to look at and learn about all styles of electrical and woven wire fence so you will be able to see the type of fence you might be interested in. The morning session will concentrate on portable and semi permanent electric fence systems and theirBuilding Fence applications, including a discussion of intense rotational grazing, a superior method of pasture management. The afternoon session will focus on the construction of permanent fencing solutions such as Bekaert fixed knot woven wire fence, electric high tensile smooth wire, and Centaur HTP rail systems. There will be a demonstration of the King Hitter Post DemonstrationsPounder and various tools used to facilitate fence construction. Every one will have an opportunity to participate in the building of a corner assembly as well as the stretching, splicing and tying off of Solidlock woven wire fence.

(The same sessions will be offered Saturday 5/2 and Sunday 5/3.)

CONTACT: Detailed information is available by seeing the event's webpage at www.wellscroft.com/fenceclinic/. For more information, call Wellscroft Fence at 603-827-3464.

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Water as a Resource in the Landscape

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenburg NY

COST: Pre-registration is required $75-Saturday only; $200-whole weekend (Fees on a sliding scale)

Learn how to see water as a valuable asset to small and large landscapes by observing the design and implementation of water harvesting and storage systems at Wellspring Forest Farm including ponds, swales, terraces, rainwater harvested systems (including potable use) and rotational grazing systems. Practice mapping and marking contour and develop an eye for how the parts fit together in a complete picture. Observe excavation, and help finish and plant a three hundred foot swale system and a riparian buffer planting on site.

CONTACT: Register at fingerlakespermaculture.org/payments/ or contact Steve Gabriel at 607-342-2825 for more information or with any questions.

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Creating the Cooperative: Designing for Diversity

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Letterbox Farm Collective: 4161 US 9, Hudson, NY 12534

COST: Pre-registration is required $15 per person or $25 per group

Letterbox Farm Collective is a growing collective of farmers, producing specialty vegetables, herbs, pork, pastured poultry, eggs and value added products. The four farmers take charge of six enterprises and 25 sales outlets, and are ready to share their information about strong organization systems that help them manage diversity on so many levels. Learn how Letterbox has developed their team, systems, markets, skills, and security in their first two years, and delve into the structural components (member agreements, business planning, and more) that make their business work. Take home lessons to share, no matter your farm's business structure. Plenty of networking time will be included after the event, in case you want to start scheming up your own cooperative farm!

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/d/drqp2v/4W or call Stephanie at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509. for more information or with any questions

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tractor Safety Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Randolph CTR., VT

COST: $65/person; $5 discount for each additional person from same farm or family

Fee of $65 includes classroom work and safety demonstrations, plus hands-on tractor driving instructions. $5 discount for each additional registration from the same farm or family.

Course is open to all ages 14 and over, however, the course targets 14 and 15 years olds who need training certificate to operate tractors.

Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact Liz Kenton at ekenton@uvm.edu or 802.257-7967, ext. 308 or 800-571-0668 by April 22, 2015.

CONTACT: Register at www.vtc.edu/tractor-safety or contact Eva Loomis at 802-728-1534 for more information or with any questions.

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Annual Wellscroft Fence Clinic

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Wellcroft Farm, 167 Sunset Hill-Chesham, Harrisville, NH

COST: Free.

This very popular annual event features a chance to look at and learn about all styles of electrical and woven wire fence so you will be able to see the type of fence you might be interested in. The morning session will concentrate on portable and semi permanent electric fence systems and theirBuilding Fence applications, including a discussion of intense rotational grazing, a superior method of pasture management. The afternoon session will focus on the construction of permanent fencing solutions such as Bekaert fixed knot woven wire fence, electric high tensile smooth wire, and Centaur HTP rail systems. There will be a demonstration of the King Hitter Post DemonstrationsPounder and various tools used to facilitate fence construction. Every one will have an opportunity to participate in the building of a corner assembly as well as the stretching, splicing and tying off of Solidlock woven wire fence.

(The same sessions will be offered Saturday 5/2 and Sunday 5/3.)

CONTACT: Detailed information is available by seeing the event's webpage at www.wellscroft.com/fenceclinic/. For more information, call Wellscroft Fence at 603-827-3464.

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Water as a Resource in the Landscape Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenburg NY

COST: Pre-registration is required $75-Saturday only; $200-whole weekend (Fees on a sliding scale)

See 5/2 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at fingerlakespermaculture.org/payments/ or contact Steve Gabriel at 607-342-2825 for more information or with any questions.

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Plowing Event at Winterberry Farm

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Winterberry Farm, Rte. 27, Belgrade, Maine

COST: FREE

Oxen come to plow winterberry farm. 12-20 teams of oxen will be here. Come watch the boys and their handlers work our fields for the growing season.

CONTACT: Winterberry Farm at (207) 649-3331 for more information or with any questions.

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Dairy Day at Shelburne Farms

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT

COST: $5/carload or walkers FREE

Come on down to the dairy and meet the spring calves and their amazing moms in Shelburne Farms' Brown Swiss herd!! Take a wagon ride to see the pastures and watch the calves get their afternoon milk. This is a time to explore the barns and buildings at the dairy and see how we get the milk that makes our award winning cheddar cheese. The cows will come down the lane for afternoon milking in “cow parade” style and can be viewed in our parlor while they are machine milked.

CONTACT: Shelburne Farms at 802-985-8686 or info@shelburnefarms.org for more information or with any questions.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Backyard Composting Class

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Description: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way. Tiverton, RI

COST: FREE

Gardeners and homeowners will learn to reduce household waste and create “Gardener’s Gold," a great source of garden fertility. Sanne Kure-Jensen will discuss how composting works, worm composting (vermiculture) and the benefits of using bins or piles and "hot" versus slow composting.

CONTACT: Prue Fallon at pfallon@tivertonlibrary.org for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Farm to School & Preschool-Building Healthier Kids & Communities

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required $35-afternoon session; $25-evening session; $50-both sessions

Afternoon Session 2pm-5pm
Farm to School & Preschool: Recipes for Success with Young Learners- Learn how to incorporate edible gardens, taste tests, cooking classes and farm field trips into your curriculum.

Evening Session 6:30pm-8pm
Farm to School & Preschool: Feeding the Whole Community to Grow Healthy, Happy Kids- This evening session will include a presentation and panel discussion on Farm to School and Preschool including local experts who will offer advice on joining this growing national movement.

CONTACT: For more information and to register visit www.champlain.edu/masters-early-childhood-education/spring-speaker-series

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"After Winter, Spring" Movie Premiere

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, 222 College St., Burlington, VT

COST: $15 general/ $12 NOFA-VT and City Market Members

Award-winning feature documentary AFTER WINTER, SPRING, directed by Judith Lit, will have its Vermont premiere at the Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas in Burlington on Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and a reception sponsored by City Market Coop. The event will be a partial fundraiser for the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-VT).

CONTACT: Kim Mercer at kim@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Deerfield Farigrounds, Deerfield, NH

COST: Adults - $7.00 , Seniors 62 and over - $5.00, Youth ages 13 - 18 - $5.00, Children 12 and under - Free

Each year the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival lines up a wide variety of presenters to help educate the public on everything sheep or wool related. Families can take advantage of the many activities taking place throughout the weekend. These include demonstrations and talks on everything from sheep shearing to sheep dogs to nutrition for your sheep and raising angora rabbits for fiber use. For information on the 2015 festival visit www.nhswga.org

CONTACT: NHSWGA at 603-895-4281 or president@nhswga.org for more information or with any questions.

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Open Goat Farm Tour & Mother's Day Brunch Fundraiser

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: AlpineGlo Farm, 91 Clark Street, Westminster, VT, 05158

COST: Saturday 5/9 FREE; Sunday 5/10: Pre-registration is required $40-Adults, $20-Kids 4-10, FREE-Under 3

Join AlpineGlo Farm Saturday, May 9 for their second annual open house and farm tour from 10am-2pm. Bring your camera and your family to this FREE event. Have a chance to play with this years baby Alpine Dairy Goats, visit the completed milking parlor, see baby chicks, and more! We will have goats milk to sample and FREE popcorn.

Sunday, May 10 we will be hosting a Mother's Day Brunch Fundraiser from 11am-1pm. This will be a farm to plate brunch buffet served under a party tent. Live music by local favorites THE MILKHOUSE HEATERS! We will be offering many of our market favorites to include sausage scrambled eggs, biscuits n gravy, roasted potatoes, lunch wraps, coffee, desserts, and much more! Proceeds to benefit the AlpineGlo Farm cheeseroom build project. Prices including meal tax are $40 for adults, $20 for kids 4-10, and Free under 3. FREE gift for all Mothers! Reservations are required. Please call 802-463-2018 by May 1.

CONTACT: Register for brunch by 5/1 at 802-463-2018 or contact Rachel Ware at andyware@comcast.net for more information or with any questions.

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Organic Beekeeping for Beginners

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Metta Earth Institute, Lincoln, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required- $110 Includes course text

This workshop provides an introduction for folks interested in small scale and part-time (backyard) beekeeping. The workshop will present a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices including: location and equipment requirements; basic honey bee biology; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; overwintering; presence and mindfulness in the beeyard; non-toxic pest and disease control; an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within the Earth’s ecosystem, and more. The program will be punctuated with open hive demonstrations with the opportunity for hands-on experience by inexperienced students weather permitting.

CONTACT: To register contact Ross at dancingbhoney@gmail.com or call 802-349-4279 for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Deerfield Farigrounds, Deerfield, NH

COST: Adults - $7.00 , Seniors 62 and over - $5.00, Youth ages 13 - 18 - $5.00, Children 12 and under - Free

See 5/9 event for more information.

CONTACT: NHSWGA at 603-895-4281 or president@nhswga.org for more information or with any questions.

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Organic Beekeeping for Beginners

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Metta Earth Institute, Lincoln, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required- $110 Includes course text

See 5/9 event for more information.

CONTACT: To register contact Ross at dancingbhoney@gmail.com or call 802-349-4279 for more information or with any questions.

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Open Goat Farm Tour & Mother's Day Brunch Fundraiser

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: AlpineGlo Farm, 91 Clark Street, Westminster, VT, 05158

COST: Saturday 5/9 FREE; Sunday 5/10: Pre-registration is required $40-Adults, $20-Kids 4-10, FREE-Under 3

Join AlpineGlo Farm Saturday, May 9 for their second annual open house and farm tour from 10am-2pm. Bring your camera and your family to this FREE event. Have a chance to play with this years baby Alpine Dairy Goats, visit the completed milking parlor, see baby chicks, and more! We will have goats milk to sample and FREE popcorn.

Sunday, May 10 we will be hosting a Mother's Day Brunch Fundraiser from 11am-1pm. This will be a farm to plate brunch buffet served under a party tent. Live music by local favorites THE MILKHOUSE HEATERS! We will be offering many of our market favorites to include sausage scrambled eggs, biscuits n gravy, roasted potatoes, lunch wraps, coffee, desserts, and much more! Proceeds to benefit the AlpineGlo Farm cheeseroom build project. Prices including meal tax are $40 for adults, $20 for kids 4-10, and Free under 3. FREE gift for all Mothers! Reservations are required. Please call 802-463-2018 by May 1.

CONTACT: Register for brunch by 5/1 at 802-463-2018 or contact Rachel Ware at andyware@comcast.net for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sun to Cheese Tour

Time: 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required $15/person, includes a block of cheese

A behind-the-scenes look at dairy farming and cheesemaking! Hear our farmers and cheesemakers explain the process of turning fresh milk into farmhouse cheddar; tour the dairy and taste cheese with the cheesemakers. Tours leave the Welcome Center promptly at 1:45 pm.

CONTACT: Register at shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/sun-to-cheese-tour-3 or contact registration@shelburnefarms.org for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

From Tillage to Drainage: Working with your Farm's Diverse Soils

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Mud Creek Farm, Victor, NY

COST: Pre-registration is required $15 per person or $25 per group

Unlock the long-term potential in the soil on your farm! Whether bringing new acres into production (a big activity at Mud Creek Farm this year), or renovating your existing fields, there is plenty to be done to provide for optimum soil fertility and to properly incorporate infrastructure like irrigation and drainage. Hear from Ruth Blackwell about Mud Creek Farm's existing soil health management as Cornell Cooperative Extension's Crystal Stewart adds insight about techniques for making most of the soil and land. Farmers of all experience ranges and land situations will be able to apply the day's lessons about creative cover cropping, testing soil health, management practices based on soil type, fertility practices, soil microbiology, conservation practices, and infrastructure back to their own soils.

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/d/lrqpj2 or contact Stephanie at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509 for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

CT Bee Keepers Assoc.: Summer Hive Management

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Massaro Farm, Woodbridge, CT

COST: Pre-registration required FREE ($10 donation suggested)

Summer Hive Management – Sessions will help develop basic beekeeping skills and will include several hive openings and inspections with discussions on management techniques to guide through the summer months.

CONTACT: Register and contact at www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeping-2015-part-iii-summer-hive-management-tickets-15519168250

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Slow Poultry: Sustainable Poultry Production

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Red Shirt Farm, 60 Williamstown Road, Lanesboro, MA 01237

COST: Pre-registration is required $69 Includes lunch and training manual

Conventional poultry production relies on a few breeds that are genetically engineered for fast growth and confinement rearing. The system depends on big hatcheries, shipping birds and antibiotics to keep the birds alive. In the process, the health of the birds, the environment and ultimately the taste and nutritional quality of the end product all suffer. Moreover, the system is unsustainable. But there is an alternative!

Jim Adkins, founder of the Sustainable Poultry Network (SPN), will be presenting an 8-hour workshop that focuses on “Slow Poultry”—birds that can naturally reproduce, be genetically maintained, are capable of thriving on outdoor pasture and grow at a normal rate. Normal "slow" growth translates to a strong skeletal structure, normal organ development, more muscle, better texture and greater nutrition in the meat, and a stronger immune system.

Participants will learn how to effectively breed flocks of poultry that are both productive and profitable. The basic fundamentals of improving the birds through breeding and maximizing production with the proper husbandry skills and pastured environment will be covered.

This entire process of sustainable poultry production can be completed on one single farm or homestead, within a community or region; depending on the desired number of birds to be produced. The workshop will examine three different models of sustainable poultry production: The Homesteading Model, The Community Model and The Regional Model.

Also learn about facilities, feed and finances. Receive a Training Manual filled with resources that include budget overviews, facility plans, pasture growing strategies, feeding instructions and proper feed recipes.

The workshop will be hosted by Red Shirt Farm, a member of SPN raising Buckeyes, a threatened heritage dual-purpose breed. The presentation will vary between lecture, observation and hands-on activities. Snacks, lunch and a training manual will be provided. Dress for the weather and for the barnyard.

CONTACT: Register at sustainablepoultrynetwork.com/event/slow-poultry-western-ma/ or contact Jim Schultz at jschultz@pittsfield.net or 413-822-9250 for more information or with any questions.

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New North End Plant Sale

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Bibens Ace Hardware, Ethan Allen Shopping Ctr, 1127 North Ave, Burlington, VT, 05401

COST: Depends on purchase

Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg will participate in the 6th Annual New North End Plant Sale at Bibens Ace Hardware. Red Wagon staff will be on-hand to answer gardening questions and help with plant choices. This event is a fundraiser for the Burlington Area Community Gardens Scholarship fund. Money raised will help hire interpreters and expand garden plots to assist refugees with growing their own food. For more information visit www.enjoyburlington.com/Programs/CommunityGardens.cfm

CONTACT: Julie Rubaus at julie@redwagonplants.com or 802-482-4060 for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tractor Safety Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Registration Deadline: National Value Added Agriculture Conf.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Austin Marriott South, 4415 South IH-35, Austin, Texas 78744

COST: $200

May 18-20 2015 is the 17th Annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference in Austin, Texas. The conference addresses food security, rural development, and value added agriculture.

Conference participants will also have the opportunities to visit U.S Foods’s amazing LEED-certified facility in Buda and Whole Foods flagship store in Lamar, and tour two famous urban farms in Austin: Agua Dulce Farm and Springdale farm.

CONTACT: Trang Dang at (979) 847-5805 or tdang@agecon.tamu.edu for more information or with any questions.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

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

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

These workshops focus on building your skills & confidence in harnessing, hitching, driving & horse management. It will use a single horse and teams for hands on experience and individual instruction. You will drive from the ground, on a wagon and a forecart. The workshop covers horse management including the basics of safety, handling, foot care, feeding and horse health. There is a lot of emphasis placed on clear communication through effective use of the drivers hands and voice. Technical driving skill development is achieved with lots of time in the drivers’ seat and one- on- one instruction. Put your hands on the harness to learn about different styles, correct adjustment & fit.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Pasture to Palate: A Farmstead Cheesemaking Journey

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required $450-includes tuition, meals & tax

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

Since 1980, Shelburne Farms' cheese has come solely from high quality raw milk and our grass-based, certified-humane herd of purebred Brown Swiss dairy cows.

CONTACT: Register at shelburnefarms.org/pasturetopalate or contact registration@shelburnefarms.org for more information or with any questions.

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Registration Deadline: National Value Added Agriculture Conf.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Austin Marriott South, 4415 South IH-35, Austin, Texas 78744

COST: $200

See 5/18 event for more information.

CONTACT: Trang Dang at (979) 847-5805 or tdang@agecon.tamu.edu for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

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

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 5/19 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Pasture to Palate: A Farmstead Cheesemaking Journey

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required $450-includes tuition, meals & tax

See 5/19 event for more information

CONTACT: Register at shelburnefarms.org/pasturetopalate or contact registration@shelburnefarms.org for more information or with any questions.

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Registration Deadline: National Value Added Agriculture Conf.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Austin Marriott South, 4415 South IH-35, Austin, Texas 78744

COST: $200

See 5/18 event for more information.

CONTACT: Trang Dang at (979) 847-5805 or tdang@agecon.tamu.edu for more information or with any questions.

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VCLF Celebrates 20 Years & Launches Food, Farms & Forests Fund

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Farm Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

COST: Free

Celebrate 20 years of the Vermont Community Loan Fund and help launch a new capital resource for the purpose of "supporting healthy foods, sustainable agriculture and natureal resources enterprises."

RSVP by 5/15 to susan@vclf.org or 802-223-4426.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

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

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 5/19 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Pasture to Palate: A Farmstead Cheesemaking Journey

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required $450-includes tuition, meals & tax

See 5/19 event for more information

CONTACT: Register at shelburnefarms.org/pasturetopalate or contact registration@shelburnefarms.org for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

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

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 5/19 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at www.fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#ODHW or contact Fair Winds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Advanced Organic Beekeeping

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Metta Earth Institute, Lincoln, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required- $50

This course will cover the ins and outs of swarms and working with swarms, Apitherapy: Health and healing with products from the hive (Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Bees Wax, Royal Jelly, and Bee Venom), and Developing a spiritual connection with the honey bee.

CONTACT: To register contact Ross at dancingbhoney@gmail.com or call 802-349-4279 for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

4th Annual Water Quality Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College Judd Hall, 124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: Can be found at vectogether.org

Previous Water Quality Conferences focused on water quality regulations, sources of nutrient pollutants, storm water, modeling, political will, grass-roots efforts and innovative community action, implementation and funding. Progress has been made in understanding the causes and sources of Lake Champlain’s water quality problems. And it is clear that best management practices on farms and beyond can stem the flow of nutrients into the lake and other water bodies. Vermont, and others, still continue to be challenged by organizing and funding implementation of solutions. This year’s Water Quality Conference examines organizational structures and innovative approaches that have succeeded in other areas and might be applied to improvement of water quality.

The event runs from 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Pre-registration includes all sessions and lunch. The panels will be focused on the following topics: Update on regulatory changes affecting water quality; A utility model for organizing the drive towards increasing water quality; Enhancing implementation of BMPs through the Current Use Program; Innovative approaches to increasing the value, and decreasing the cost, of nutrients; & Where Does Vermont Go From Here?

CONTACT: Register at vectogether.org/vec-events/spring-conference/ or contact VEC at info@vectogether.org or 802-747-7900 for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Mowing with Horses Workshop

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fairwinds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

COST: Pre-registration is required $175 per person, includes meals

Meets 2-5pm on Friday afternoon to discuss and make adjustments, sharpening and mower setup for several kinds of mowers in preparation for a full day of mowing. On Saturday we will cut a field regardless of the weather. Saturday discussions will include technique and theory around opening up the field, preventing and dealing with mechanical issues, topography and various plant species (read milkweed and wiregrass!). Participants will be encouraged to drive the horses/mowers in situations that are appropriate to their experience level. This is not a driving workshop.

CONTACT: Register at fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#MWH or contact Fairwinds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mowing with Horses Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Fairwinds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

COST: Pre-registration is required $175 per person, includes meals

See 6/5 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#MWH or contact Fairwinds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Slow Living Expo and Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: FREE

Parade at 10am

Meet the heifers up close and personal at the Slow Living Expo on the Brattleboro Common and the Brattleboro Retreat grounds — 11 acres of fun, food, entertainment and exhibits. The Expo features local food producers, regional craftspeople, cheese producers from all over New England, a forestry exhibit, four separate entertainment tents, cooking demonstrations, continuous shows by the New England Center for Circus Arts, and much more.

CONTACT: Stacey Conn at 802-246-0982 or stacey@strollingoftheheifers.com for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tour De Heifer

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

Vermont’s most challenging dirt road rides! The fifth annual Tour de Heifer happens on Sunday, June 7, 2015!
The Tour de Heifer’s 60 and 30 mile challenge routes follow dirt roads with mimimal pavement. Both entail significant elevation change — that is, hill-climbing, and lots of it! The 60 mile ride has two short woods road sections. Both the 30 and 60 mile challenges are loop rides with opportunities for bailing out.
We also offer a less challenging (but still hilly!) 15-mile country ride with paved hills and a scenic riverside dirt road section. This is an out-and-back ride to the Green River Bridge.
Families and people who love to walk will enjoy our guided hike to the top of nearby Round Mountain.
All of the routes begin and end at Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro, and feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages (one with a covered bridge), and much more.

CONTACT: Register at www.bikereg.com/tour-de-heifer-15-30-60-mile-vermont-farm-to-farm-rides oe contact Strolling of the Heifers at (802) 380-0226 for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Farm and Homestead Day at MOFGA

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine

COST: FREE

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA is a free, volunteer-driven event offering hands-on workshops based on re-skilling for resiliency. Please bring a dish to share for the Potluck Picnic Lunch– and something to add to the Stone Soup Kettle (fresh or dry ingredients).
Come dressed to participate and ready to get your hands dirty!??Bring family and friends! Many activities are kid-friendly or specifically for kids. Learn skills that will allow you to throw off the shackles of consumer dependency and be more self-reliant.

The ever-popular fiber-arts area will feature spinning, weaving, carding, and felting, as well as treadle sewing machines. Other workshops this year include splicing rope, tying knots, making round poles, scarfing wood joints, riveting, goat-milking, cheese-making, blacksmithing, knife sharpening, and much more!

CONTACT: Farm & Homestead Day Committee at farmandhomesteadday@myfairpoint.net or 207-568-7597 for more information or with any questions.

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Sweet Potato Slip Sale and Fundraiser

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd, Hinesburg, VT, 05461

COST: Not Listed

Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg invites the public on June 13 and 14 from 8AM to 6 PM to the 7th Annual Sweet Potato Slip Sale, to benefit the Vermont Community Garden Network. VCGN pots thousands of sweet potato slips and Red Wagon cares for them until the sale, when they have sturdy roots and are ready to go into warm garden soil. For more information on the Vermont Community Garden Network, visit www.vcgn.org.

CONTACT: Julie Rubaud at julie@redwagonplants.com, 802-482-4060 for more information or with any questions.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

UVM Food Systems Summit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: TBD

The Summit will include keynote addresses from food systems leaders, as well as panel discussions with scholars and practitioners. Unlike traditional academic conferences, the Summit is designed to optimize engagement between scholars across disciplines and practitioners outside of academia. As such, the Summit is open to the public, and we welcome participation from nonprofits, farmers, food business, government, and interested community members. All sessions include time for Q&A and engaged dialogue with the audience.

CONTACT: alison.nihart@uvm.edu or www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=summit.html&SM=summitmenu.html

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UVM Food Systems Summit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: TBD

The Summit will include keynote addresses from food systems leaders, as well as panel discussions with scholars and practitioners. Unlike traditional academic conferences, the Summit is designed to optimize engagement between scholars across disciplines and practitioners outside of academia. As such, the Summit is open to the public, and we welcome participation from nonprofits, farmers, food business, government, and interested community members. All sessions include time for Q&A and engaged dialogue with the audience.

CONTACT: alison.nihart@uvm.edu or www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=summit.html&SM=summitmenu.html

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Better Veggies with Chickens in Crop Rotations Workshop

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Big Train Farm, 35 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI

COST: FREE

John Kenny will explain how rotating 125 organic chickens around his 2-acre farm has improved produce yields at Big Train Farm. Beginning and experienced growers will learn how to improve soil biology, fertility and specialty crop yields by including a chicken tractor in their crop rotation plans.
This 2-acre farm is one of seven incubator farms at Urban Edge Farm, owned by Southside Community Land Trust. Established in 2008, Big Train Farm sells produce and eggs through a 25-week mix-and-match CSA and wholesale accounts. CSA customers may also purchase weekly shares of fruits, flowers, meats and breads from other growers, producers and restaurants.

CONTACT: Sanne Kure-Jensen at nofari@live.com for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Crop Quality Control on Small Scale Organic Farms & High Tunnels

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Falkimmer Farms Organic Growers, 8595 E Eden Rd, Eden, New York

COST: Pre-registration is required $15 per person or $25 per group

Learn about quality control and small-scale Organic farming in Western New York at Falkimmer Farms. Beginning farmers Lisa and Bryan Falkowski grow Certified Organic vegetables, and have recently constructed a high tunnel to improve their production and extend the growing season for high-value crops like tomatoes. Tour several acres of cultivated fields for the full picture of how they produce quality organic produce (as well as maintain some sheep and laying hens), and how they market it through direct-to-consumer opportunities. Cooperative Extension Specialist Judson Reid will lead a demonstration and discussion of tomato pruning and other high-tunnel production practices that improve quality, especially in organic systems. Learn about the opportunities as well as the challenges related to working with season extension and high tunnels in Western New York. There will be plenty of time to network and to ask your own questions, and bring a dish to pass for the potluck at the end of the event!

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/d/krqpwf/4W or call Stephanie at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509 for more information or with any questions.

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