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summer offerings at sterling college

Sterling College’s continuing education courses are inspired by the artisans and the landscape of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and by our philosophy of a liberal arts edcuation through the lens of ecology.

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Our two-week and four-week short courses offer unparalleled opportunities in ecology, outdoor education, sustainable agriculture, environmental humanities, and sustainable food systems. These hands-on classes and field studies allow students to gain inspiration, skills, and new perspectives.

Take a look at our many courses below. If you have any questions, or need further information, please contact Laura Lea Berry, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at 802-586-7711 x107, or email her atlberry@sterlingcollege.edu

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negotiation training

May 3 Negotiation Training Workshop
Agrarian Trust has an upcoming negotiation training workshop in the Hudson Valley. The workshop will be held at the beautiful Carey Conference Center, located on an historic 100-acre estate overlooking Lake Myosotis in Rensselaerville, New York. Experts from NYS Agricultural Mediation Program and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association will provide the negotiation and business communication training.

This workshop is for farmland-seekers and professionals that provide technical assistance around land and capital access and transition. More information is also on the Agrarian Trust (website more schedule and program details coming soon):http://agrariantrust.org/may-training-workshop/


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summer semester at stone soup

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Stone Soup Institute is a small non-profit organization teaching sustainable/rural living skills, located in Harpswell Maine. Our program is project based, and hands-on. We are offering the Spring/Summer semester with a focus on building a mobile Tiny House.  We will be building with lumber sawn from trees salvaged from storm damage, as well as materials salvaged from local remodeling contractors. Students will learn how to plan and build a tiny house from start to finish. The goal is to begin in mid May and finish by mid August. Instruction in gardening, animal husbandry, and  homestead related crafts round out our time together. For more information about the Spring/Summer semester visit our website www.Stone-Soup-Institute.org
Also, see our Tiny House blog: http://stonesouptinyhouse.blogspot.com/
Please contact Jim Cornish for more information at 207-833-2884 or by e-mail: mail@stone-soup-institute.org


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washington: local food systems training for young adults

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Registration is currently open for the 2014 year of Cascade Mountain School. Five programs for middle and high school students run from June to August. Need-based scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis.

This year’s course offerings are:

  • Sustainable Agriculture Course: June 21-July 3. This for-credit course for students age 15-18 is based in Trout Lake, Wash., at the base of Mt. Adams. Students dig into what agricultural sustainability means at the individual, local and global scales while farming, cooking and bicycling around this beautiful valley. High school science credit, college credit and 20 hours of service credit are available.
  • Mt. Hood Watershed Science Camp: July 20-25This adventurous, science-based camp for students age 14-18 explores the Hood River watershed.  Students start on the flanks of Mt. Hood and backpack, bicycle, and raft down the Hood River while learning how this rich ecosystem functions.
  • Farm to Table Bike Camp for High School Students: July 27-August 1. This fun-filled camp for students age 15-18 is based in in Trout Lake, Wash., at the base of Mt. Adams.  Students farm, cook, and bicycle through a beautiful organic valley while having conversations about food and food choices.
  • Farm to Table Bike Camp for Middle School Students: August 3-8. This fun-filled camp for students age 12-14 is based in in Trout Lake, Wash., at the base of Mt. Adams. Students farm, cook, and bicycle through a beautiful organic valley while having conversations aboutfood and food choices.
  • Field Ecology Course: August 3-16. This for-credit course for students age 15-18 is based on Mt. Adams and in Trout Lake, Wash.  Students get a hands-on field science experience working alongside professional scientists and learn about climate change, glaciers and mountain ecology. High school science credit, college credit and 20 hours of service credit are available.


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great context-setting events

 

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Our policy workshop webinar series investigates four broad themes in food and agriculture policy. Part I explores linkages between theory and practice in food justice; Part II, a legal framework for the new food movement; Part III part examines GMOs and intellectual property; and Part IV, the farm bill and the future of farming.

To join the webinar mailing list for updates and registration information, please contact Susanne Stahl at susanne.stahl@yale.edu. More information is available at http://envirocenter.yale.edu.

The Farm Bill and the Future of Farming
Kari Hamerschlag, Senior Analyst, Environmental Working Group Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Martha Noble, Vice-Chair, Agricultural Management Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Ariane Lotti, Assistant Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator, Practical Farmers of Iowa Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT


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ecological market gardening in B.C.

for our Canadian readers:
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The time has never been more ripe to nourish a literacy that can help break the cycles of an unsustainable culture. The world is starved for people with the ability to enrich the planet while improving soil and the human ecology. You’ve dreamed of making a life and right livelihood growing food and raising livestock, but are unsure of how to take the next step. This spring at Linnaea Farm we will be offering two 10-day short programs to inoculate you with the ideas and techniques to get your garden growing. Covering such topics as: Sense of Place, phenology, planning & marketing, seed sowing and saving, record keeping, animal husbandry, compost & making the most of soil, pests & weeds, practical permaculture and year round cropping. Continue reading


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skills in butchery

From the Food Craft Institute:

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ENROLL NOW! ~ BUSINESS OF BUTCHERY
Three Week Intensive Master Course
April 14th – May 2nd, 2014

FCI is proud to once again offer our Business of Butchery Master Course in partnership with The Butcher’s Guild. This 3-week intensive is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to own and run a farm-sourced butcher shop. Students will gain professional butchering chops from some of the foremost American masters of the craft and get behind-the-scenes access to the Bay Area’s best butcher shops. Come to our Preview Night to find out more!


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food business planning 101

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Fare Resources is a Bay Area-based food and farm business consultancy building strong communities through food business consulting, company fare, and education. In March we are launching a 10-class business planning series for start-up and new food business entrepreneurs. In this series we will guide you through the process of writing a business plan and making your lofty IDEA a practical, possible REALITY. We feel strongly about offering business planning services at a fraction of the cost of the consulting work we do.  Continue reading


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mofga: grow your own organic garden workshops

Grow your own organic garden MOFGA

Locations across Maine

April 2, 2014: 6-9 pm

Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term “certified organic” means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?
Join MOFGA for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden, where the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants will be discussed. The course will also cover the basics of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and common insect pests and methods of natural insect control. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region.
More about these workshops and MOFGA can be found HERE


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MOSES new farmer summit

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New Farmer Summit
April 4-5, 2014
Primrose Valley Farm
Belleville, Wisconsin (near New Glarus & Madison)

Two full days of workshops, networking, hands-on learning, organic food and fun!

  • 24 workshops focused on issues on the minds of new farmers
  • Pre-summit farm tours with a light lunch April 3
  • Friday evening dance with live folk music and a caller
  • $75 (includes meals and entertainment)
  • Scholarships available
  • Registration opens February 15

find more information, and a full list of the amazing workshops that will be offered, HERE.


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hub camp: the nuts and bolts of local food distribution

LocalOrbitLos Angeles, CA: Mar. 16 – 18, 2014
Davis, CA: Apr. 27-29, 2014

Practical training for the entrepreneurs and organizations building the New Food Economy.  

Walk away from Hub Camp with a 6-month action plan to hit the ground running!
An action-oriented approach to learning, launching and adapting as you grow your local food system.

  • Business Model Mapping.
  • Operations and Service Design.
  • Work through your unique challenges with farmer development, wholesale buyer education, finance, food safety, logistics, operations and storytelling.
  • Three hands-on days with experienced operators who have launched and managed supply chain businesses.
  • To maximize impact attendance is limited to 15 participants.

Click HERE to learn more and apply


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poultry panel for NNY farmers

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Northern New York — To help Northern New York farmers who are increasing their poultry, primarily chicken, production, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of St. Lawrence County is offering a Poultry Marketing, Do We Need to Work Together? panel discussion Friday, January 31 at 7pm. The discussion by a live panel at the CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton, NY, will be broadcast that night to CCE-hosted sites in Malone and Watertown and by pre-registration only in Westport.
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what are lenders looking for?

Another webinar from UVM.

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What are Lenders looking for?  A UVM Extension New Farmer Project webinar.  
Join Benneth Phelps, Loan and Outreach Coordinator for the Carrot Project for a webinar on the “tools” that every farm business should have to help them obtain financing, even if they don’t need it now. Improve your understanding of available financing and gain perspective on how financing can help your business succeed! Continue reading


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keyline trainings, upcoming

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Greenhorns ally Owen Hablutzel will be speaking at, or involved with, the following events:

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