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4/11 - 6/30/17

Farmer Sign-Up for Open Farm Week

Interested in participating in Open Farm Week? Farmer sign up is open through June 30!

5/2 - 3, 17

Child Nutrition Tri-State Conference

This year’s Tri-State conference is hosted by Vermont Child Nutrition Programs, in partnership with Maine Child Nutrition Programs and New Hampshire Child Nutrition Programs. With 6 intensive pre-conference sessions and 25 workshops, there's something for everyone in the child nutrition world!

5/3/17 6:00pm - 8:00pm

SCORE Branding Workshop with Pam Knights Communications

Gain insight into starting to build a brand foundation using a SWOT Analysis and your company's background story.

5/5/17 7:30am - 3:30pm

Vermont Foodbank – Hunger Action Conference

JOIN US! This year’s conference will focus on the importance of community engagement and innovation, and deepening community to create large scale change.

5/7/17 10:00am - 3:30pm

The Family Cow

Interested in having a milk cow to feed your family and friends & wondering how to get started?

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

Dairy Day on the Farm!

Come on down to the dairy and meet our spring calves and their amazing moms in our Brown Swiss herd!

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 - 24, 17

Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese

The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is offering another session of its popular class “Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese,” in partnership with the Cellars at Jasper Hill. The intensive nine-day program will be held from May 15-24, 2017. Led by world-renowned master cheesemaker and educator Ivan Larcher, “Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese” provides students with the practical and scientific knowledge needed to create exquisite small-scale artisanal cheese. The course offers a whole-system perspective on cheesemaking, which begins on the farm and requires careful attention to animal husbandry and welfare, forage and feed, dairy production, and milk quality.

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

5/17/17 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Film Showing: 'Forgotten Farms,' Reveals Hidden Struggles of Neighboring Dairy Farms

'Forgotten Farms' Details Dairy Farmers' Fight for Survival in Age of Artisan Cheese. Trailer: http://bit.ly/ForgottenFarmsTrailer The Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT) and the Hanover Co-op Food Stores are teaming up to screen the new movie Forgotten Farms at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction on May 17 beginning with a 6:30 reception. The film looks at several New England family dairy farms and explores intersections of community, farm policy, land use and economics. Forgotten Farms gives us a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find common ground.

5/20 - 21, 17

Value Added Meat: Sausage and Bacon

This training will cover the two primary methods of producing meat value-added products: sausage making and smoking

5/20/17 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Butter, Yogurt and Cheese Making Class

Learn how to make delicious soft cheeses, yogurt and butter in your own kitchen!

5/21/17 10:00am - 3:30pm

Management Intensive Grazing for the Small Diversified Farm

By taking weather, biology, ecology, livestock management, and technology (ie electric fencing, water systems) into consideration you can make your grazing system a success on your farm.

5/21/17 4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Local Motive: Part 5 The Consumer - Screening & Discussion

Our grandparents' generation knew where their food came from but, today, food is much more readily available and commonly delivered through a vast, global industrialized system. Seasonality is less a factor in our daily diets, and doesn’t always affect availability or affordability. While this miracle of industrialization allows for a more diversified diet and a great deal of cheap food, one cost of these innovations has been the connection between consumers and the people who produce their food. The Local Motive is an opportunity to change that.

5/23/17 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Build a Better World Through Your Investments

National thought leader Marco Vangelisti provides an introduction to local impact investing.

5/24/17 9:00am - 5:00pm

Align Your Investments with Your Values

National thought leader Marco Vangelisti provides a daylong workshop on the “why” and “how” of local impact investing.

5/24/17 9:30am - 12:00pm

USDA NRCS State Technical Committee Meeting

NRCS State Technical Committee is May 24, 9:30 a.m. in Colchester, VT.

5/27/17

Spring Festival Goes ZERO WASTE - and sets World Record in Hardwick!!

Can we go ZERO WASTE for one of our largest spring festivals? COME JOIN US and help SET A WORLD RECORD!! Hardwick's Spring Festival is in its 67th Year. Kiwanis, CAE, Sustainability partners, a craft fair, a parade, a human truck pull and events will be topped off with.... JOIN THE CAE, the Town of Hardwick and Vermont Organic Soap Company on May 27th!

5/30 - 6/3/17

Study “Pollinators, Beekeeping, and Products From the Hive” at Sterling College

The economic value of pollinator-dependent crops is estimated to be between $18 billion and $27 billion annually in the United States alone. The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is offering the course “Pollinators, Beekeeping, and Products From the Hive” for farmers, hobbyists, and landowners with interests in pollinator conservation and beekeeping.

5/30 - 6/4/17

Class in Sustainable Foraging in the Northwoods at Sterling College

When asked, “What is a weed?” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” For those interested in exploring the virtues of wild plants and other edibles of Northern Vermont The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is offering the course “Sustainable Foraging in the Northwoods.”

5/30/17 9:00am - 4:00pm

3SquaresVT Spring Regional Conference

Hunger Free Vermont invites you to attend the Spring 2017 3SquaresVT Conference in your region! Receive trainings, skills, advocacy, and outreach strategies on 3SquaresVT (the state's SNAP/food stamp program), hear about policy updates from the Department for Children & Families. This conference is open to anyone who wants to learn more about 3SquaresVT and/or interacts with low-income Vermonters. Space is limited - please register by May 23rd! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3squaresvt-regional-conferences-spring-2017-tickets-33154571215

5/31/17 9:00am - 4:00pm

3SquaresVT Regional Conference - Winooski

Hunger Free Vermont invites you to attend the Spring 2017 3SquaresVT Conference in your region! Receive trainings, skills, advocacy, and outreach strategies on 3SquaresVT (the state's SNAP/food stamp program), hear about policy updates from the Department for Children & Families. This conference is open to anyone who wants to learn more about 3SquaresVT and/or interacts with low-income Vermonters. Space is limited - please register by May 23rd! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3squaresvt-regional-conferences-spring-2017-tickets-33154571215

6/1 - 2, 17

Entrepreneur to Table Summit: Growing your Conscious Food & Ag Business

Access the MINDS, WALLETS and NETWORKS of some of the region's leading investors and business leaders at this two-day hands-on Summit. FREE to Attend.

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.