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 →
Weds, April 10: Basic Knot Tying
- Learn about the resources that make cordage, occupational applications of cordage, and the difference between a knot, hitch and
bend. Followed by demonstration and knot tying.
-Learn how to stop a line from fraying by whipping the ends. Learn how to make a rope longer or create a permanent loop by splicing. And, learn how to make decorative and functional fancywork: turkshead, grafting, pointing, and hitching.
This year’s series is comprised of two and three day sessions on the fundamentals of making and aging cheese and operating a small-scale, farmstead or artisanal cheese business. Workshops are tailored to the needs and interests of aspiring cheesemakers as well as experienced manufacturers looking to improve and/or expand their cheese production. Topics include:
- Hands-on Cheesemaking;
- HACCP and Food Safety;
- Technical Information on Milk Chemistry, Cheesemaking Processes, Affinage, Sanitation; and
- Practical Approaches to Construction of Cheesemaking and Aging Facilities.
Also available, Peter’s HACCP-BASED PROGRAM HANDBOOK: A Guide for Farmstead and Small-Scale Artisan Cheesemakers Who Make Cheese by Hand in Small Batches from Raw and Pasteurized Milk This handbook provides a framework for cheesemakers to construct food safety programs using the principles of the FDA/National Committee of Interstate Milk Shippers Dairy Products HACCP program. Continue Reading →
16 days to go on their kickstarter campaign!
Vermont Farmer Building Sailboat To Transport Produce To NYC
by Neil Casey for Gothamist
The city has lots of rooftop farms and greenmarkets for feeding your crippling ramps addiction, but a Vermont farmer wants to add produce-via-sailboat to the mix. Rice farmer Erik Andrus has begun a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 to build a sailboat that would transport goods from the Green Mountain State down the Hudson River into New York City and the Lower Hudson. “We’re looking to provide things into the urban marketplace that can’t be officially produced there because they take up too much space,” Andrus told WPTZ. “Here in rural New England, we have the space but we don’t have the markets.” Continue Reading →
The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will hold its 2013 Conference on June 9-12 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont hosted by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Our 7th meeting is organized around the theme of “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability” and will aim to research and catalog sustainability lessons learned at local, regional, and state levels and identifying solutions that can be scaled up … and what better place to connect local action to global problems than Vermont.
In the spirit of “getting on with sustainability already”, this year’s meeting will be organized around an emerging optimism that local solutions are bubbling up everywhere, and 2013 is the year to synergize and strategize. Proposals for paper, panel, poster, and workshop submissions are currently welcome, especially as they relate to the conference themes.
Please visit the Call for Papers page to submit your presentation ideas using our online form. Abstracts are due by February 15, 2013. For questions, please contact conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at (802) 656-1353. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee, chaired by John Gowdy, former president of both the USSEE and ISEE. The Organizing Committee encourages you to spread the word about USSEE 2013, and we look forward to seeing you in Vermont this June!
Rural Vermont – ACTION ALERT & Legislative Update
Now is the time for Citizen Action on Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods
PLEASE JOIN US AT A GRASSROOTS ACTION FORUM! Montpelier tonight, Burlington and Middlebury tomorrow.
With one week to go before the Legislature takes its annual break for Town Meeting Week, momentum is building for H.112, the bill which will require that genetically engineered food sold in Vermont be labeled.
The House Agriculture Committee has once again taken hours of testimony from a wide variety of witnesses and the Committee’s Chair, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, has indicated that the Committee will vote on the bill by the end of this week.
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MR Harvest Farm, a sustainable/organic mixed vegetable farm in Grand Isle, VT seeks an experienced vegetable grower to join our team.
This is a full-time, year-around position available immediately.
In addition to being a reliable, hands-on individual; candidates must possess knowledge/skills in an Organic commercial setting:
-Minimum 5 years’ experience working with Organic Mixed Vegetables in a commercial growing operation.
-Leadership skills in building and managing a productive farm team
-Crop planning and scheduling
-Ability to meet harvest schedules Continue Reading →
French Hill Apiaries, begun in 1974 and located in the northern Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York, is one of the largest and most successful beekeeping operations in New England.
We produce high quality liquid and comb honey that is sold throughout the region. My apiary is also noted for producing exceptional, locally adapted bees and queens, used by beekeepers and universities alike. I am a well known beekeeping educator, specializing in helping beekeepers set up and managing a sustainable apiary. If you would like to see what I’m up to in the world of honeybees, google my name.
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A UVM Extension New Farmer Project Class
For people with 5 or more years of experience operating a farm business.
Dates: March 13, 20 & 27 2013.
Locations: On farms in Chittenden County..
Time: 10 am to 3 pm.
Early registration deadline: February 20, 2013, Cost: $100.
Registration deadline: March 1, Cost: $135
For more information: Jessie Schmidt.
Once a farm business is established, new challenges arise. Chances are your original plan has required some adjustments along the way. Farm businesses must adjust to shifts in the market place, and to changes in the personal lives of the owners. The birth of a child, death of a loved one, the need to relocate and change business relationships are just some of the reasons to reexamine how we manage our businesses and plan for the future. Continue Reading →
The VT New Farmer Project is offering new and aspiring farmers consultations with farm business advisers at several upcoming conferences. These sessions will be focused on helping new farmers create action plans to start or enhance their farm businesses. Space is limited. Preregistration is recommended. For more information and questions, contact Jessie Schmidt at the UVM Extension New Farmer Project, email@example.com, 802-223-2389 x 203.
New Farmer Coaching Sessions at….
The Direct Marketing Conference, January 13, South Royalton, VT
The Grazing Conference, January 19, Fairlee, VT
The NOFA-VT Winter Conference, February 16-17, Burlington, VT
We are seeking a full-time apprentice to focus on rice operations. Strong interest and some background in rice specifically (or small grains generally) is preferred. Must be organized and capable of self-direction, and capable of sustained physical labor. Leadership experience helpful as we will bring in volunteers as needed. Mechanical skills a plus. Seasonal housing provided, shared with one other apprentice. Work will be coordinated by the farm owner (Erik). We offer an unparalleled education in all aspects of small scale rice production and a stipend of $300 per month.
Additionally, contingent on successful completion of the season, a profit-share arrangement is available. Upon gauging the harvest we will agree to pay a bonus of $1.00 per lb of clean paddy rice. In 2012 we harvested 2200 lbs. We aim for 5000-10000 lbs in 2013, so this a significant incentive.
Erik Andrus, Boundbrook Farm
UVM Extension New Farmer Project: Direct Market Pricing Clinics for Farmers
These FREE one-day clinics will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about various cost-based pricing techniques using your own production and financial data. Participants will also explore market placement and promotion considerations related to the price points you want to achieve. Follow-up mentoring and technical assistance will be available.
Pre-registration is required! Limited space available. Continue Reading →