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12/5 - 7, 17

Community Food Systems Conference

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. This conference is possible thanks to funding from the Community Food Projects grant program of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

12/6/17 10:00am - 1:00pm

Dairy Tours & Overnight Farm Stays

Learn about offering dairy tours and overnight farm stays!

12/6/17 10:00am - 3:00pm

Farm-Scale Decision Making Workshop- Lebanon

What size farm is right for me? Are you evaluating a major change to your business model such as scaling up or dropping an enterprise? Are you struggling to determine how that change will impact your profitability and quality of life? If so, join NOFA-VT for an interactive workshop that will provide you with the tools necessary to make informed farm scale decisions based on both financial viability and quality of life goals. Topics will include cost-benefit analysis, cash flow analysis, and holistic decision-making. Two farmers, one who has scaled up and one who has scaled down their operation, will share their decision-making processes and the resulting impacts on their businesses.

12/6/17 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Slow Money Vermont to host 3rd Annual Vermont Entrepreneur Showcase December 6th

Presentations from Vermont working lands entrepreneurs; networking for investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers to support a viable and sustainable agricultural economy in Vermont and the region; business succession and exit strategy panel discussion.

12/12/17

Early Registration Deadline for Growing Places - Introductory Course for Aspring Farmers & Start-Ups

Get your enterprise off to the right start. UVM Extension's Growing Places course helps participants define goals, explore and evaluate opportunities and resources, and become familiar with state and federal agriculture programs. Co-sponsored by the Women's Agricultural Network. Register by December 12 and save $50.

12/12/17 11:00am - 12:00pm

WEBINAR: Green Your Bottom Line – Improve Sustainability and Reduce Operating Costs in Your Food Biz

Could my business use energy and water more efficiently, better manage our waste, or use safer cleaning and sanitizing products? What are other businesses doing, and what results have they seen? What resources are available to help my business? Most food and beverage businesses could significantly reduce their operating costs by making energy and environmental improvements to their facilities or processes. Join this webinar to learn about best practices, success stories from other businesses, and free resources available to support your sustainability efforts. This webinar is part of an ongoing initiative for food and beverage businesses, made possible by a pollution prevention grant from EPA Region I New England. Learn more at www.ceere.org/food