Building a Sustainable Business
For start-ups to five years in business.
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.
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 →
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.
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
Taking Stock is designed for farmers with 5 or more years of production experience. Continue Reading →
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 31 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.
Susie and the Farmer Training Team
Fall presentations & workshops in Vermont!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-223-2389 x203.
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 →
A national gathering of farm viability professionals.
In this round up of new forms of grocery distribution.
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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Growing Places for aspiring and start-up farmers
Location: Vital Communities offices, White River Junction, VT
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Dates: June 24, July 8, July 22, & August 5
Registration Deadline: June 10; early discounts available for registrations by May 31.
This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right. Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers. Continue Reading →
Several important bills are coming right up. Much more info available at ruralvermont.org
GMO Food Labeling Bill – H.112
Tues 5/7 – House Judiciary Committee PASSED the GMO Labeling bill 7-4. We now expect that the GMO Labeling Bill, H.112, will come to the floor of the House for a vote on Thurs. and Friday of this week. VT could lead the way on giving citizens the right to know and make informed decisions about the food they eat and feed their families. ***ACTION NEEDED: Please call your Representatives (you can look them up here) on WED. and THURS. and ask them to VOTE YES on H.112.*** Vermonters’ health and our environment are priceless. Call the Sergeant-At-Arms office at 828-2228 and leave a very brief message for your Representative with your name, town and phone number. For additional updates, visit the Vermont Right to Know GMOs page. You can also follow the action on the VTRTK Facebook page.
Hemp Bill - S.157
The Hemp bill is back on track and expected to reach the House floor for a final vote by the end of the week. For more information contact Robb[at]ruralvermont.org Continue Reading →