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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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uvm farmer training

They’ve still got a few spots open!  Here’s the scoop:ftp

If this epic winter has you plotting your next moves in sustainable farming, you are in luck. The UVM Farmer Training Program has a few spots left for 2014 and the final application deadline is March 21. Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program (May 5 -October 31, 2014)for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

Learn more:

Farmer Training Website: http://learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/farmer-training/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UVMFarmerTraining
Food Feed Blog: http://learn.uvm.edu/foodsystemsblog/
Contact: farmer@uvm.edu or (802) 656-8657

Best,

Susie and the UVM Farmer Training Team


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conference + call for abstracts

 

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This year’s ASFS/AFHVS Annual meeting and Conference invites dialogue about the importance of collaboration and innovation across the food system. Such dialogue can occur at many levels: across disciplines, between locations, amongst community members.

Vermont is a perfect location to consider both the present realities and future possibilities of an integrated and sustainable food system. University of Vermont’s Food Systems Initiative is a new trans-disciplinary initiative which seeks to strengthen the viability of regional food systems for globally scaled issues through research, education, and outreach. Continue reading


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help tamarack hollow move to higher ground

Extreme rains, caused by climate change, have flooded our Vermont farm (Tamarack Hollow Farm) 3 times in 4 years. To keep farming, we need to move to higher ground. The kickstarter can be viewed HERE

They are on twitter (@tamarackhollow), facebook, tumblr (@tamarackhollowfarm), and instagram (@tamarackhollowfarm).

 

 


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building a sustainable business

Building a Sustainable Business
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Where: Berlin, Springfield & St. Albans,VT
Dates: Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2013 & Jan. 8, 15, 22 (plus Jan.29 reserved for snowdate)
Time: 1-4 pm
Early registration deadline: Nov. 15, Cost: $165.
Registration deadline: Nov. 22, Cost: $210
Registrations received after Nov. 22 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

Online registration form
For more information: Jessie Schmidt.

The Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farms businesses. People who have completed Growing Places and/or who have at least one year of production/financial records of their own will find this course most useful. Continue reading


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nice new website for heritage radio!

Check it out. And then listen to a recent Greenhorn Radio episode about GEESE Raisers in Vermont!  HERE

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Wesley Bascom grew up on a working dairy farm in the verdant valleys of the Connecticut River. He studied Ecological Design and Environmental Science at the University of Vermont – graduating in 2010. After pursuing interests in sustainable food and resilient landscape development in West Virginia and abroad, he returned to Vermont to continue these explorations and deepen his connection to the local community. To earn his daily bread, Wesley builds all kinds of wooden structures (farm to finish carpentry). David Huck grew up in the teeming suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon decamping to Vermont, by way of Oberlin College, David followed his love of mountains and rivers to a hillside farm in Cabot where he manages a farm to table catering business. His fascination with complex systems and years of experience living in the rural landscape of Vermont and Ohio nurtured an interest in Lean, grass-based protein production. This program has been sponsored by Consider Bardwell.


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taking stock

Another great course from UVM: Taking Stock, A UVM Extension class for people with 5 or more years of experience operating a farm business

Where: Rutland, VT
Dates: Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2013 & January 13, 2014
Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm
Early registration deadline: Oct. 13: Cost: $110
Registration deadline: Oct. 27, Cost: $150
Registrations received after Oct. 27 will be subject to a $25 late fee

Online registration form
For more information: Jessie Schmidtnewfarmer@uvm.edu

Taking Stock is designed for farmers with 5 or more years of production experience. Continue reading


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uvm farmer training

Though the tomatoes and melons of this season are still in full force and the fall bounty is yet to come, it is time to daydream about 2014. The UVM Farmer Training Program is now accepting applications until October Farmer_Apprentice-77LR31 for early admission to the 2014 cohort! (After that admission will be rolling until spots and the waitlist are filled.) Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program (May 5 -October 31, 2014)for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

To learn more, visit our Farmer Training Website, follow us on Facebook, read about Food Systems work at UVM on our Food Feed Blog, or go old school and contact us at farmer@uvm.edu or (802) 656-8657

Best,

Susie and the Farmer Training Team


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crimes of the heart

“Crimes of the Heart” By Beth Henley
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Join us this August at the Clark Commons for a late Summer evening of food and theatre amongst our gardens and towering mama maple trees.  Grab a bowl of soup from the cauldron, talk  with friends, fill your jar, and find your seat; the show is about to  start.  Barefoot or tux, everyone eats.
August 23,24,29,30,31 @7pm
August 25 @2pm
Clark Commons
1530 Royalton Turnpike
Barnard, VT
Farm Fresh Dinner Theatre $25


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new farmer business classes

More excellent offerings from the Vermont New Farmer Project.

Registration is now open for the Vermont New Farmer Project farm business classes.  No matter what stage your farm business is in, the New Farmer Project offers classes to help you reach your full potential. Vermont New Farmer Project courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of aspiring and beginning farmers, including topics such as: goal setting, business planning, marketing, and ag financial management.  Not sure which course is right for you? Contact us at newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389 x203.

This October:
Growing Places for aspiring and start-up farmers
Where: White River Junction & Burlington, VT
When: 5:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2013
Cost: $110-$150. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

This four session course introduces new farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right.  Continue reading


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farm viability conference

66424172013 Farm Viability Conference: September 25-27, 2013. Middlebury, Vermont.

A national gathering of farm viability professionals. 

The Vermont Farm Viability Program is hosting a two-day gathering in Middlebury, Vermont, for service and capital providers working to improve the viability of farms and food businesses. Our first national gathering, held in 2008, was a huge success and we are thrilled to be organizing a second!The National Farm Viability Conference is geared towards professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, and food hub management. The conference is an opportunity to network and learn from other professionals in your field, develop new knowledge and skills, and visit farms and value-added processing facilities.


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vermont sail freight

In this round up of new forms of grocery distribution.

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A New Wave of Grocery Distribution Models Takes on FreshDirect
As New Yorkers grow ever more interested in where their food comes from, a new wave of distribution models has emerged to take on FreshDirect, community-supported agriculture, and the farmers’ market by combining elements of all of them. These alternatives use modern technology to connect consumer to producer, utilizing social media and appetizing web design to emphasize a food item’s backstory as much as its flavor. In a massive agricultural system like ours, says Vermont farmer Erik Andrus, “to be invisible is to be dead.” Here, an introduction to three fledgling start-ups aiming to liberate you from the supermarket aisle.
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