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green farming in the green mountains: farmer training program at UVM


Applications are currently being accepted for UVM’s farmer training program! The six-month program offers a certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and provides students with a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience managing the school’s 10-acre education farm. Each year, 25 students are accepted and learn everything from crop rotation to marketing. If you’re looking for an learning experience that is more formally structured (and probably more comprehensive) than the traditional farm apprenticeship, this program might be right for you!

The program runs May-October and is “designed for people interested in immersing themselves in sustainable, local food systems in a hands-on educational setting. Candidates include, but are not limited to:  new and beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners, farm educators and students interested in deepening their understanding of sustainable farming systems in an intensive and focused learning environment.”

You can learn more at UVM‘s website and order an information packet for the program. Admission is given on a rolling basis.


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certified naturally grown webinars

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Certified Naturally Grown offers a grassroots alternative to certified organic for small-scale, direct-market farmers and beekeepers. CNG has members in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. CNG will be offering several webinars between January and March. One will feature Executive Director Alice Varon, who will explain how the CNG certification process works and why it may be right for you. The second will feature Lori Sands, a long-time CNG farmer in Pennsylvania who is co-founder and current President of the North-West PA Growers Cooperative. She will be speaking about the challenges and rewards of getting involved in multi-farm collaborations.

The presentations will include plenty of time to answer questions. These webinars will be open to 8 participants per session and will happen several times per month over the winter.  Please RSVP on CNG’s community website for a given date and time: Any questions can be sent to


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