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Shelburne Farms Event Brings Together Farms, Educators, and Tourism Enterprises

The historic barns, hillsides dotted with cows, and steaming sugar houses of Vermont's working landscape have been iconic images of the state for many years. Increasingly, visitors want to do more than drive by these pastoral images. They want to roll up their sleeves, milk a cow, dig potatoes, and learn more about the food system with all five senses. On October 22 and 23, the Farm-Based Education Network and Vermont Farms! Association are collaborating with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, Shelburne Farms, and University of Vermont Extension to offer the Farm-Based Education Forum: Agritourism, Education and Economics on Your Farm.

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New Tractor Education Project

Coming in 2014 - New Tractor Train-the-Trainer Program

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Strategic Forage Planning for Dairy & Ruminant Livestock: On-Farm Workshops from NOFA Vermont

Make use of Willie Gibson, farmers, and dairy/livestock nutritionists at these workshops to help bolster your winter feeding program. Extreme weather in 2013 has challenged the production and harvest of high quality forages for many dairy & livestock farmers in the Northeast. This workshop will help you plan your winter feeding strategy for optimal results, as well as implement strategies to help make up for shortages and manage costs. These workshops will also help farmers evaluate their feed stock needs and develop action plans to address those needs for the winter ahead.

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Annual Slow Food Vermont Membership Drive

This month: Slow the fork down and join Slow Food Vermont!

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Vermont Dept. of Tourism Kicks Off Seventh Annual Apples to iPods Contest at 16 Apple Orchards

Vermont's pick-your-own orchards will offer a chance to win an iPod during the "Apples to iPods" all season long.

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Workshops Wanted! RFPs now open for NOFA-VT's Direct Marketing and Winter Conferences

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) has issued a Request for Proposals for both the Direct Marketing and Winter Conferences. Proposals will be accepted through October 2, 2013.

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New Hampshire Public Radio Focuses on Farm to Plate

When it comes to farming, which side of the Connecticut River you’re on makes a big difference when it comes to what kind of state resources you can access. Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture receives almost three times as much funding from the state as New Hampshire’s Department.

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Entrepreneurs Invited to Pitch Business Ideas and Challenges at Financing the Working Landscape Conference Nov. 7 in Middlebury

Entrepreneurs from the working lands community are invited to apply now to pitch their business idea or challenge at the 3rd annual Financing the Working Landscape Conference

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Vermont Announces Free School Meals

A win for food access and education in Vermont: Students previously eligible for reduced-price meals now receive breakfast and lunch for free.

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Biomass Greenhouse Heating Program

Greenhouse growers can apply for 50% cost-share on a biomass heating system.

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