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2/7/17 6:15pm - 5/16/17 9:00pm

UVM Extension Online Master Gardener Course

Extension Master Gardener Course Offered Online! Register by Jan. 2nd for a discount!!

2/25/17 9:30am - 3:00pm

From the Ground Up: Farm, Food , Community

Second day long convening at Manchester Community Library to provide the Northshire Food Shed with updates and to work on community asset mapping. Keynotes from Jake Claro, VSJF and author Philip Ackerman-Leist. Organized by MCLibrary, Northshire Grows and Someday Farm.

3/1/17 6:00pm - 8:00pm

9th Annual Taste of the Kingdom

Please join Green Mountain Farm-to-School for a fun evening of sampling custom-created, seasonally inspired small plates prepared by the Northeast Kingdom's top chefs, as well as a selection of fine, local desserts, wine, craft beer, spirits, and cider.

3/2/17 9:00am - 4:00pm

One-Day Intensive on Production Efficiency for Vegetable Farmers

Work smarter, not harder.” Everyone’s heard that phrase, but how does it apply to farming? Vegetable farmers looking to grow their farms’ profit margins and increase the efficiency of their operations can learn how to do so at a one-day intensive being offered in March at Green Mountain College.

3/3/17

One-Day Intensive on Production Efficiency for Vegetable Farmers to be Held at Sterling College

"Work smarter, not harder.” Everyone’s heard that phrase, but how does it apply to farming? Vegetable farmers looking to grow their farms’ profit margins and increase the efficiency of their operations can learn how to do so at a one-day intensive being offered in March at Sterling College.

3/4/17 12:00am - 1:30am

RAFFL's Everyday Chef Authentic Mexican Cooking Class Series: Week 1

Week 1: Pork Adobada, Enchiladas and Horchata Presenter: Grace Davy Saturday, March 4, noon-1:30 p.m., Grace Congregational Church.

3/6/17 10:00am - 3:00pm

NOFA-VT Organic Strawberry School

Join Vernon Grubinger for a day examining organic growing methods of strawberries comparing matted row vs plasticulture, spring vs fall planting, high tunnel vs low tunnel and more

3/6/17 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Farmers: Participate in a 90-minute Decision-Making Exercise Regarding Hayfield Management

• Have you considered whether delayed mowing of your hayfields to protect Bobolink habitat could be for you? • Have you thought about the pros and cons of receiving conservation payments around managing forage? • Are you interested in being paid to share your thoughts with University researchers testing payment options?

3/8/17 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Farmers: Participate in a 90-minute Decision-Making Exercise Regarding Hayfield Management

• Have you considered whether delayed mowing of your hayfields to protect Bobolink habitat could be for you? • Have you thought about the pros and cons of receiving conservation payments around managing forage? • Are you interested in being paid to share your thoughts with University researchers testing payment options?

3/9/17

Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference

Save the date! Organic Dairy Producers Conference, Thursday, March 9, 2017, VT Technical College

3/9/17 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders - Rutland

Join community and school garden leaders from your region to learn strategies, share stories, and swap ideas that will boost your garden programs.

3/13/17 9:00am

Farmstead and Artisan Cheeses: From Concept to Commerce

Artisan cheesemaking is a great fit for sustainable farming. As a value-added component of a sustainable farming plan, cheesemaking can be another step in the holistic cycle of land to food. Today, the United States has nearly 1,000 artisan cheesemakers, with more starting up each year. The path to success however, is not always easy, due in part to the multiple factors involved in making good quality cheeses, as well as the current competitive market.

3/14/17 4:00am - 7:00am

Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders - White River Junction

Join community and school garden leaders from your region to learn strategies, share stories, and swap ideas that will boost your garden programs. Our spring Grow It! workshop theme is “Growing Community.”

3/14/17 9:00am - 3/18/17 4:00pm

Essential Principles and Practices of Cheesemaking

This five-day training is a practical and comprehensive technical guide to cheese technology and the principles governing the quality of cheese. During this intensive, participants will learn the fundamentals of cheesemaking, quality control practices, and useful considerations in starting a small-scale cheesemaking business.

3/14/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, Berlin VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/14/17 10:00am - 2:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, Newport VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/14/17 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Groundswell: Community Conversations about Land Use, Livelihood, Food, and the Future of Vermont

At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will present a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner, cash bar, live music, and social time. Farmer and childcare stipends available. Join Rural Vermont, local host Kate Bowen of Meadowdale Farm, friends and neighbors at Next Stage Arts Project on March 14th from 5:30-8:30pm. RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org.

3/16/17 4:00am - 7:00am

Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders - Montpelier

Join community and school garden leaders from your region to learn strategies, share stories, and swap ideas that will boost your garden programs. Our spring Grow It! workshop theme is “Growing Community.”

3/16/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Business Budget Clinics; UVM Extension Office, Morrisville

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/16/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, St. Johnsbury VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/16/17 10:00am - 2:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, Newport VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/16/17 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Farmers: Participate in a 90-minute Decision-Making Exercise Regarding Hayfield Management

• Have you considered whether delayed mowing of your hayfields to protect Bobolink habitat could be for you? • Have you thought about the pros and cons of receiving conservation payments around managing forage? • Are you interested in being paid to share your thoughts with University researchers testing payment options?

3/16/17 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Free Community Movie Night

Free Community Movie Night at the Paramount Theater in Downtown Rutland

3/17/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, St. Johnsbury VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/17/17 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Farmers: Participate in a 90-minute Decision-Making Exercise Regarding Hayfield Management

• Have you considered whether delayed mowing of your hayfields to protect Bobolink habitat could be for you? • Have you thought about the pros and cons of receiving conservation payments around managing forage? • Are you interested in being paid to share your thoughts with University researchers testing payment options?

3/19/17 8:00am - 4:00pm

Sensory Evaluation of Cheese

One of the main factors driving consumer choice is the sensory quality of the final product. This one-day training will provide you with the fundamental tools to control and define the sensory quality of cheese, offering basic sensory training to describe and record the sensory characteristics of your cheese, as well as resourceful information and quality control systems to prevent defects in cheese.

3/20/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office , Bennington VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/20/17 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Groundswell: Community Conversations about Land Use, Livelihood, Food, and the Future of Vermont

At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will present a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner, live music, and social time. Farmer and childcare stipends available. Join Rural Vermont, local hosts Cynthia & Rich Larson of Larson Farm, friends and neighbors at the Rutland Free Library on March 20th from 5:30-8:30pm. RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org.

3/21/17 4:00am - 7:00am

Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders - Lyndon Center

Join community and school garden leaders from your region to learn strategies, share stories, and swap ideas that will boost your garden programs. Our spring Grow It! workshop theme is “Growing Community.”

3/21/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office , Bennington VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/21/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, Berlin VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/21/17 10:00am - 2:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, St. Albans VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/22/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, Brattleboro VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/22/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Business Budget Clinics; UVM Extension Office, Morrisville VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/23/17 4:00am - 7:00am

Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders - North Bennington

Join community and school garden leaders from your region to learn strategies, share stories, and swap ideas that will boost your garden programs. Our spring Grow It! workshop theme is “Growing Community.”

3/23/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, Brattleboro VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/23/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: VT Tech Enterprise Center, Randolph VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/23/17 10:00am - 2:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, St. Albans VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/24/17 9:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: VT Tech Enterprise Center, Randolph VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/27/17 10:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, Rutland VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/28/17 10:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: UVM Extension Office, Rutland VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/30/17 4:00am - 7:00am

Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders - Burlington

Join community and school garden leaders from your region to learn strategies, share stories, and swap ideas that will boost your garden programs. Our spring Grow It! workshop theme is “Growing Community.”

3/30/17 10:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: Farm Service Agency, Middlebury VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

3/31/17 10:00am - 1:00pm

Farm Business and Budget Clinics: Farm Service Agency, Middlebury VT

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances.

4/1/17 9:00am - 4/2/17 4:00pm

Made in Vermont Marketplace

This is your opportunity to come and enjoy browsing, tasting and purchasing products made all under one roof. You will be able to meet and talk with each artisan, maker and manufacturer of these fine goods. With over 125 exhibits, you will discover products you did not know existed in Vermont.

4/3 - 11/28/17

VCIH Herbal Roots Apprenticeship Program

The Herbal Roots Apprenticeship Program is a stand-alone program for the beginning herbal student and emphasizes hands-on, embodied learning in the VCIH gardens.

4/4 - 5, 17

Tree Fruit Growing in Cold Climates

Sustainable Tree Fruit Growing in Cold Climates This class will include everything imaginable as it comes to cold hardy tree fruit. This is primarily aimed at apple growing, but will include plenty of information on plum, pear and sour cherry.

4/4/17 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Groundswell: Community Conversations about Land Use, Livelihood, Food, and the Future of Vermont

At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will present a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner with BYOB, live music, and social time. Farmer and childcare stipends available. Join Rural Vermont, friends and neighbors at Shaftsbury Community Hall on April 4th from 5:30-8:30pm. RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org.

4/4/17 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Groundswell: Community Conversations about Land Use, Livelihood, Food, and the Future of Vermont

At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will present a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner with BYOB, live music, and social time. Farmer and childcare stipends available. Join Rural Vermont, friends and neighbors at Shaftsbury Community Hall on April 4th from 5:30-8:30pm. RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org.

4/4/17 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Groundswell: Community Conversations about Land Use, Livelihood, Food, and the Future of Vermont

At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will present a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner with BYOB, live music, and social time. Farmer and childcare stipends available. Join Rural Vermont, friends and neighbors at Shaftsbury Community Hall on April 4th from 5:30-8:30pm. RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org.

4/5/17 1:00pm - 4/7/17 4:00pm

2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit

The 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together more than 500 people who are leveraging the power of schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions to transform our food system. The #F2ISummit is on April 5-7, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Leominster, Massachusetts. Register today!

4/11 - 12, 17

Berry Growing in Cold Climates

This course will look at growing small fruits in cold regions and how to be successful, from the homestead level to a full-fledged commercial operation. The course emphasizes sustainable and systems wide approaches.

4/19/17 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Groundswell: Community Conversations about Land Use, Livelihood, Food, and the Future of Vermont

At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will present a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner, cash bar, live music, and social time. Farmer and childcare stipends available. Join Rural Vermont, friends and neighbors at ArtsRiot on April 19th from 5:30-8:30pm. RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org.

4/22/17

Gas Engine Mechanics

This training is a broad introduction to all gasoline engines, with the goal of demystifying them. Starting with the parts that make up an engine and the overall theories of how an internal combustion engine works and progressing to identifying parts of actual engines commonly found on a farm and learning maintenance tasks, basic repairs, and troubleshooting theory

4/23/17

(Farm) Diesel Engines Mechanics

This training is a broad introduction to diesel engines with the goal of demystifying them. The training begins with the theory of how internal combustion engines work and the parts that make up an engine and progresses to an explanation of what makes diesel engines different than gasoline engines.

4/26/17 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Groundswell: Community Conversations about Land Use, Livelihood, Food, and the Future of Vermont

At Groundswell, Rural Vermont will present a vision and encourage dialogue about a just transition to a regenerative agriculture in Vermont that meets the needs of farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner, live music, and social time. Farmer and childcare stipends available. Join Rural Vermont, local host Meghan Stotko of Heartwood Farm, friends and neighbors at Sterling College on April 26th from 5:30-8:30pm. RSVP at www.ruralvermont.org.

4/28/17 9:00am - 4/30/17 4:00pm

Yogurt Production

This three-day training is a practical, comprehensive, and technical guide to yogurt production and the principles governing the fermentation of milk to make yogurt. Participants will learn the specific skills to produce yogurt including food safety issues, fermentation science, and hands-on methods of making yogurt. These include: milk biochemistry, inoculants, sweetening, packaging, and economics of yogurt production. Participants will also learn Vermont and federal laws applicable to yogurt production and build cash flow worksheets for yogurt production operations. Using common milk processing equipment to make yogurt, participants will be able to explain and apply fermentation science to the yogurt making process.

4/29 - 30, 17

Basic welding and Fixing Rusted & Seized Parts

At the end of this training you will have the skills to fix equipment around the farm, house or business.

5/15 - 20, 17

Craft Distilling as a Profession: The Vermont Experience

Vermont is one of the leaders in the nationwide boom in microdistilling. This training brings students into direct contact with a variety of processes involved in building, operating, and working in a distillery and the distilling industry.

5/15 - 26, 17

Holistic Forest Management - Sterling College Summer Mini-Course

A hands-on intensive that expands the concept of the farmstead to include forested areas. A diverse and knowledgeable team of instructors offer an in-depth introduction to ecologically sensitive yet productive, low-impact forest management techniques for timber and non-timber forest products.

5/15/17 9:00am - 5/20/17 4:00pm

Craft Distilling as a Profession: The Vermont Experience

Vermont is one of the leaders in the nationwide boom in microdistilling. This training brings students into direct contact with a variety of processes involved in building, operating, and working in a distillery and the distilling industry. Lectures, labs, visits from experts, demonstrations, and hands-on experience at distilleries introduce distilling and still design, fermentation, distillery economics, and basic business and marketing skills. An emphasis is placed on production of high-quality spirits from local ingredients and how to bring these successfully to market

6/1 - 4, 17

Study “Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae” with Tradd Cotter at Sterling College

Mushrooms are delicious and full of nutrients, but they are also surprisingly powerful tools for both ecologically-based farming and remediation and prevention of pollution. The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is offering a new course in “Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae” for those interested in exploring the cultivation and ecology of these fungi. This intensive four-day course, held from June 1-4, 2017, is designed to guide students through mushroom ecology and basic identification, farm reproduction methods and cultivation, mycoremediation, and medicinal mushrooms, extracts, and tinctures.

6/12 - 16, 17

Study “The Art of Natural Cheesemaking” with David Asher at The School of the New American Farmstead

Home cheesemaking can seem daunting, and home cheesemaking without packaged, powdered cultures and synthetic rennets can seem well-nigh impossible. However, it is well within reach to make cheese that is inspired by traditional practices and based on the ecology of raw milk. The home cheesemaker can be liberated from commercial additives and empowered to cultivate their own starter cultures and growing the fungi that ripen cheeses. Author and cheesemaker David Asher will demystify the process and teach how to make natural and delicious farmhouse cheese in an upcoming course at the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College.

7/10/17 8:00am - 7/14/17 5:00pm

Artisan Breadmaking & Heritage Grains with Richard Miscovich

They say man does not live by bread alone, but if the bread is good enough, one could certainly try. Author, teacher, and baker Richard Miscovich will be sharing his burning passions for both artisan breadmaking and heritage grains at the School of the New American Farmstead.