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3/4/15 1:00pm - 2:30pm

The How, When, & Why of Accessing Business Capital

Is debt a four letter word in your household? Would you benefit from learning more about different lending options available to VT farm and food businesses? Join RAFFL and The Carrot Project for this workshop to learn what you need to know and plan for the future!

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

Ownership Succession Planning

In this seminar, you will learn the basics of how to choose a path for ownership succession in your business. We will take a close look at four different ways of selling a business: to an outsider, to family members, to managers or to the larger group of employees. While we will get into some technical details, the focus will be on stories about each path, told via video by owners who have been involved in the sale of Vermont businesses. Attendance is limited to business owners and key managers.

3/9/15

Hygiene and Food Safety for Artisan and Farmstead Cheesemakers

This course will evaluate food safety within a cheese plant with an emphasis on good manufacturing practices, good personal hygiene, sanitation, factors that affect microbial growth and who the major microbes of interest are.

3/10/15

Farmstead and Artisan Cheeses: From Concept to Commerce

Learn all you need to know about starting a farmstead cheese operation

3/10/15 8:30am - 1:30pm

Local Specialty Crop Trade Show & Local Food Trade Show

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is excited to announce its fourth Local Food Trade Show to connect local specialty crop growers and other local food producers to wholesale buyers such as retailers, institutions and restaurants.

3/11/15 9:00am - 4:00pm

Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference

UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops & Soils Program and NOFA Vermont’s Organic Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance Program invite you to the 5th Annual Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference!

3/12/15 9:30am - 3:00pm

Poultney New Farmer Coaching Day

One-on-one coaching sessions for new farmers with Jen Miller of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link.

3/16/15 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Deciding on Scale: What size farm is right for me? - A farmer-to-farmer discussion

What size farm is right for you? If you are struggling with the answer to that question, come join this discussion about the multitude of factors that go into deciding on scale.

3/17/15 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Putting A New England Food Vision to Work: A Food Solutions New England Webinar

Join us for a webinar to learn about A New England Food Vision, its bold goal, and how the Vision is being used in communities across the region.

3/17/15 5:30pm - 7:00pm

St. Paddy’s Day Farmer Meet-Up

Meet fellow farmers, connect with friends, and gripe about FSMA, all while enjoying delicious, locally sourced appetizers.

3/18/15 9:00am - 12:00pm

Workshop on HOW TO HIRE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

Make sure your new hires are the right ones for the job.

3/18/15 9:30am - 5:30pm

11th Annual Grain Growers Conference

Paul Muller of Full Belly Farm in California is our keynote speaker and will share how their farm has integrated growing grains into their dynamic vegetable operation along with his farm partners. We will hear how they have blended grains into their crop rotations and about their direct marketing approach.

3/18/15 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The Dish: Fair Food

The Dish: A Series for Inquisitive Eaters. This panel discussion will focus on labor and social justice within Vermont’s vibrant local food system, discussing both what’s working and what we can do better. Brought to you by City Market and the Intervale Center, with support from ArtsRiot.

3/18/15 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Vermont 70s Community Forum

Were you there?

3/19/15 8:30am - 4:00pm

Vermont Farmers Market Conference

Farmers Markets are integral to our thriving local food culture here in Vermont. This one-day conference offers an array of learning and networking opportunities for market managers, board members, and organizers.

3/24/15 11:30am - 1:30pm

Green Mountain College 7th Annual Spring Job Fair

The Office of Career and Personal Development at Green Mountain College is pleased to announce our 2015 Annual Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 11:30am-1:30pm.

3/25/15 8:00am - 4:00pm

Nutrition Concepts for the Everyday Cattle Feeder

Students will learn the importance of matching the delivery of specific nutrients and the impacts of various feeding systems and barn design on disease and animal performance. Particular emphasis will be placed on feeding strategies that maximize milk component production.

3/25/15 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Vermont Local Food Matchmaker

This event gives a variety of food buyers the time to meet face-to-face with Vermont farmers and food processors. It is a bit like "speed dating" but you'll be making buyer/seller connections instead of a love connection. We will provide both Vermont Local Food Trade Show space as well as "speed meeting" time.

3/28/15 9:00am - 12:00pm

The Science of Soil Health

Joel Tilley, Research Specialist at the UVM Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab will cover basic soil science and how it relates to plant nutrition and soil health; topics will include pH, organic matter, soil texture, how to test soils and interpret test results.

3/29/15 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Local Food Business Pitch Competition

Do you have a food idea, product or company that is ready to go to the next level? StartupVT and Healthy Living Market want to meet you on March 29th at the Healthy Living Learning Center to hear your pitch on why your product is amazing, tasty, and sale-able to the world.

3/30 - 31, 15

HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) Class

This 2-day class will review the seven HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) principles with emphasis on the current HACCP regulations and upcoming regulations by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Participants that attend this class will learn the difference between food safety regulations, food safety requirements by customers, and will be better prepared to organizer food safety program for their companies, or improve their current food safety programs and obtain a certificate from the International HACCP Alliance.

3/30/15 10:00am - 3:00pm

Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshop

Looking for up $100,000 to promote Local Food in Vermont? ..Well, why don't you ask for it? ...Applications due May 14!

3/30/15 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Laura Shapiro, Journalist and Culinary Historian

University of Vermont Burack Lecture: “Eleanor’s Power Menus: Stuffed Eggs and Shrimp Wiggle in the FDR White House”

3/31 - 4/1/15

Greenhouse Management and Technical Skills

Greenhouse Management and Technical Skills is offered through the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Technical College.

4/1/15 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Food Chain$ Screening

This documentary tells the story of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ fight for food justice.