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2/2 - 3, 15

Growing Greens for Market in Cold Climates with Unheated Greenhouses

This course is brought to us by Corie Pierce of Bread and Butter Farm. This course looks at innovative, cutting edge practices being used to grow year round in cold climates like Vermont and is perfect for commercial growers, gardeners and those interested in starting to grow greens during the winter months

2/2 - 15, 15

We ♥ Local Food Recipe Contest

We’re all about the beans this winter – local beans, that is! Get creative with these protein-packed powerhouses and you could win fabulous prizes!

2/4/15 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Public Hearing on GE Food Labeling Law

Responding to requests for additional opportunity to comment on the proposed rule on the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering, the Attorney General has scheduled a second public hearing on the rule. This hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 5 – 6pm in Room 10 at the State House in Montpelier. Additionally, the Attorney General has extended the deadline for submitting written comments on the rule by two weeks to Thursday, February 12, 2015.

2/5/15 9:30am - 3:00pm

Bedded Pack Winter Manure Mgmt. Training

Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works?

2/5/15 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Farm Tax Basics for Beginning Farmers: A UVM New Farmer Project Webinar

It's tax time and if you are facing the task of preparing your first farm tax return, this free webinar is for you!

2/5/15 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Everyone At the Table: Healthy Food Access for All

Please join a community conversation related to healthy food access for the Orleans and northern Essex area. Facilitated discussions will focus on nutrition education, gardening, food access and affordability, as well as the local food system and distribution. The workshop will consider the challenges and develop a plan to move forward to better meet the needs of all in Orleans/northern Essex counties for healthy food.

2/11 - 12, 15

MAPLE SYRUP BOILING

Learn all you need to know about boiling sap.

2/11/15 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Wholesale Market Production: A UVM New Farmer Project Webinar

If you are considering growing and selling to wholesale markets and need to learn more - this webinar is for you!

2/12/15 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Sustaining Food and Farms in Your Community: Local action to grow farms, farmers and town food plans

Food plans have the capacity to direct action that sustains the network of farmesr and food producers in your local food system and to encourage growth. Join Central Vermont Food Systems Council for a panel discussion on how to build a local agricultural network and support food plans in your town.

2/14 - 15, 15

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

The 33rd Annual NOFA-VT Winter Conference will take place February 14 & 15, 2015 at the University of Vermont, Burlington.

2/17/15 11:30am - 12:30pm

Selling to K-12 School Meals Programs: Understanding Your Customers’ Needs & Regulations

School meals programs must follow strict federal and state requirements for competitive procurement for every purchase they make. Together, the two webinars in this series will guide you through the federal regulations that these programs must follow, point out potential marketing opportunities for Vermont producers, and teach you how your business could be more competitive when bidding to supply school meals programs.

2/18/15

Soils in a Day Short Course

This one-day course on soils is offered through the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Technical College.

2/18 - 24, 15

Writing a Produce Safety Plan Day Long Workshops

This year, UVM Extension is offering opportunities to help write a produce safety plan for your operation. All workshops run from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm and will be held in St Johnsbury on February 18, White River Junction on February 19, Swanton on February 20, Poultney on February 23 and Middlebury on February 24.

2/18/15 9:00am - 5:00pm

Summit on "Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change"

Save the Date for the "Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change" Summit on February 18, 2014, produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

2/18/15 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Vermont Cheese Council, Brewers & Wineries at the State House

The Vermont Specialty Food Association is planning a special event at the State House to showcase and educate state officials on Vermont specialty food and beverage products.

2/19/15 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Record-Keeping Systems: A farmer-to-farmer discussion

Trying to set up or improve your record-keeping system for the upcoming season? Join this farmer discussion to exchange knowledge about systems that work well and those that are less efficient.

2/21/15 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Food Chain$ Screening

This documentary tells the story of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ fight for food justice. Followed by a panel discussion with farmworkers from Migrant Justice and student activists from UVM and Middlebury College

2/23 - 25, 15

New England Farm Energy IQ Workshop

Learn about the latest developments and opportunities in farm energy, while giving yourself a firm grounding in the principles and practice of energy conservation, energy production, and smart energy buying. Farm energy specialists from throughout the region will be on hand to teach and answer your questions.

2/24/15 8:00am - 4:00pm

Vermont Dairy Producers Conference

The 16th annual Vermont Dairy Producers Conference will be Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 8 am to 4 pm at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington.

2/24/15 11:30am - 12:00pm

Selling to K-12 School Meals Programs: Standing Out During a Competitive Procurement Process

Food plans have the capacity to direct action that sustains the network of farmesr and food producers in your local food system and to encourage growth. Join Central Vermont Food Systems Council for a panel discussion on how to build a local agricultural network and support food plans in your town.

2/25/15 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Farmers Market Awareness Day

Join The Vermont Farmers Market Association and farmers market advocates from around Vermont to celebrate farmers markets in our communities.

2/26/15 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Enterprise Analysis Workshop

Enterprise analysis! Assess how well each specific part of your business is performing then make strategic decisions to increase your profitability!

2/27/15 9:00am - 3/1/15 4:00pm

The Vermont Flower Show 2015

Three days of free seminars and educational workshops will be held. Families will find a special room all their own devoted to hands-on activities for children and scheduled performers to entertain them. Vermont Certified Horticulturists are on hand all three days to answer any gardening or landscaping questions.