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10/2/18 9:00am - 4:00pm

2018 3SquaresVT Statewide Outreach & Policy Conference

WHY: 3SquaresVT, the largest federal nutrition program, provides benefits to an average of 74,000 Vermonters each month. This conference will offer an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of 3SquaresVT, enhance outreach skills, learn about recent and upcoming policy changes, network with colleagues from your region, and participate in focused discussions with seasoned advocates.​ WHAT: Taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, the conference will offer various trainings, skills, and outreach strategies for new and seasoned advocates alike. DCF staff will also provide a policy update and facilitate a Q&A session to conclude the day. Stay tuned for the full agenda coming soon. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. WHO: You! A broad range of organizations and people are invited to attend including those from community action agencies, agencies on aging, food shelves, community meal sites, schools, health clinics and hospitals, senior centers, shelters, veterans organizations, housing authorities, child care centers and more. Whether you do direct application assistance or just interact with low-income Vermonters, this conference is for you! Register here:

10/3 - 5, 18

Artisanal Cheesemaking Making: The Vermont Experience

This comprehensive 3-days cheesemaking course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills to unveil the art and sciences of artisanal cheesemaking, all in the heart of beautiful Vermont.

10/3/18 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Collaborative Dinner with Chef Evan Mallet & Inn Executive Chef Jim McCarthy

Join us for a collaborative dinner between Inn Executive Chef Jim McCarthy and Evan Mallett, Executive Chef/Owner Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, NH.


Sensory Evaluation of Cheese

This intensive one-day workshop provides the technical tools to understand and define the sensory quality of cheese, offering comprehensive and practical information extremely useful for a while range of cheese and food professionals.

10/6/18 11:30am - 2:00pm

Brewster Uplands Fall Harvest Celebration

Celebrate Fall At Brewster Uplands

10/7/18 10:00am - 4:00pm

16th Annual Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard

Celebrate heirloom apples--fresh baked and squeezed! Apple lore and tastings with Orchardist Zeke Goodband, hard cider tastings, live music, kid's activities, tours, PYO, and food vendors.

10/7/18 10:00am - 3:00pm

16th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cedar Circle Farm

Tis the season for pumpkin carving, cider sipping, leaf peeping and festive fall fun on the farm! Celebrate the fall harvest and pumpkins with on-farm entertainment for all ages- horse drawn wagon rides, live music, storytelling, pumpkin picking, local food and more!

10/7/18 12:30pm - 4:30pm

The Family Cow

On the road to self sufficiency and an endless supply of delicious milk

10/13 - 14, 18

Introduction to Hard Cider Making

Hard Cider is the fastest growing segment of the alcohol beverage industry, but it has a long and storied history in the U.S. and abroad.In this course, we will examine the tradition, science, and craft of hard cider making at The Woodchuck Cidery in Middlebury, Vermont.


UVM Extension Master Gardener State Conference

A nationally acclaimed Hudson Valley organic gardener, author and blogger has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the annual University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Conference, Oct. 1. Margaret Roach's presentation, "Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days," will explore garden design and plants for year-round gardens that engage all the senses not just sight. She also will provide tips for planning a garden that will attract birds and wildlife at the statewide conference to be held at the Fourth Corner Foundation in Windham. Roach, a former editorial director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, shares her gardening expertise through her books and website, A Way to Garden.

10/17/18 9:30am - 12:00pm

USDA State Technical Committee Meeting

The meeting will focus on Farm Bill programs, solicit ideas for Conservation Innovation Grant topics, and provide updates from federal and state conservation partners.

10/17/18 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Hire Right: It's a Journey

Is your business at the point where you are ready to hire an employee, but the process overwhelms you? Are you unsure of all the right steps to take? Wondering what you can do to maximize your approach, attract, and retain the right person? Don’t fear! Our October workshop is here to sooth your fears and teach you the skills to take the guess work out of hiring an employee.

10/19/18 8:00am - 4:30pm

Vermont Compost Operator Certification Training

Registration is now open! Through this workshop, participants will receive a Compost Operator Certificate, which meets the requirements of ANR for small, medium and large compost facility site operators. Current or future compost site operators will be certified to manage composting facilities handling food scraps or animal mortalities in Vermont.

10/20/18 12:00pm - 4:00pm

2nd Annual Kingston Black Cider Festival at Scott Farm Orchard

In honor of the Kingston Black, the "One Apple to Rule them All", Scott Farm and Eden Specialty Ciders host a hard cider tasting featuring five cider makers from four states.

10/21/18 10:00am - 1:00pm

Heirloom Apple Pie Making Class at Scott Farm Orchard

Tackle "pie dough anxiety" and learn to make an heirloom apple pie where the fruit is grown!

10/21/18 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Food Recovery & Donation: Northern Vermont Summit

Please join us for this FREE event to network and increase your understanding of local food recovery systems. Watch portions of the movie "Wasted" and hear from a panel of experts. Light refreshments will be provided.

10/22 - 26, 18

Essential Principles of Cheese Making

This five-day training is a practical and comprehensive technical guide to cheese technology and the principles governing the quality of cheese. With the special collaboration of Linda Dimmick owner and cheesemaker of Neighborly Farms.

10/23/18 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Explore Ice Cider, Mead, Fruit Wines & Food Pairings

Explore the options for pairing Vermont's unique ice ciders, meads, and fruit wines with local specialty foods. Talk with 8 winemakers and sample their products. Pair these sips with cheese, charcuterie, chutneys, pastries, heirloom apples, and more - and then nominate the best combinations of the evening.

10/24/18 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Pumpkin Carving at The Skinny Pancake

Come carve pumpkins at The Skinny Pancake.

10/27/18 6:00pm - 8:00pm

11th Annual On-the-Farm Apple Harvest Dinner at Scott Farm

An apple lover's delight, this popular 5-course harvest dinner, held in the farm's Apple Barn, is co-hosted by Scott Farm and the Vermont Fresh Network.

10/28/18 9:00am - 4:00pm

Taking Root Student Symposium

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the Taking Root Student Symposium on Sunday, October 28th at the University of Vermont. Please join us! Registration: Follow this link to register! Registration costs $25/person and ends on Wednesday, October 24th. Other details: Agenda Suggested pre-symposium reading

10/31/18 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Vermont Fresh Network Webinar: Using Events & Festivals to Build Your Food Business

Participating in events can be an important part of building a local food or beverage business - for both new and established brands. This webinar explores how to have a successful strategy for events and festivals. During this webinar, we’ll be speaking with Mark Ray, co-owner of Stowe Cider and Whitney Lamy, Board President of the Vermont Specialty Food Association and founder of Castleton Crackers.

11/1 - 2, 18

8th Annual Farm to Plate Network Gathering

The Farm to Plate Annual Gathering is the one time each year when the entire Farm to Plate Network comes together to reflect on what has been accomplished and plan for the challenges that lie ahead implementing Vermont’s food system plan.