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ever needed help renting farmland? then you can help these people make an app for that.

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Farmers who have, would like to, or are currently leasing farm land, you input is needed!
Imagine that after a tiring search of rental properties, you have finally found the right plot of land to farm on, but you have little experience with legal matters and feel like your lease agreements are written in a foreign language– I know, I know, you’re saying, Imagine?! That is literally my life; just bear with me– imagine that in this moment, when it is probably a Friday night and no attorney will be available until Monday, that you can actually use a well-designed online app to get personally-tailored legal guidance.
This is exactly what researchers at Vermont Law School’s fantastic Center for Agriculture and Food Systems are working to create: a first-of-its-kind Farmland Lease Builder mobile app that will provide legal guidance tailored to individual farmer situations and draft leases to be used in conversations with attorneys and in lease negotiations. The idea is that farmers would to be able to use the free app to get as far as possible toward building a useful lease before they need to talk to an attorney. The app will be tailored to sustainable and organic operations — encouraging longer-term land tenure to facilitate stable farm businesses and investment in soil-building.

They have reached out to the Greenhorns asking if there are farmers or farm advocates in our network that would be willing to be interviewed by the researchers about their leasing experiences. Are you? If so, express your interest in the comments or contact Amanda N Heyman directly at amanda@jamborheyman.com.


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UVM summer experience

Study Sustainable Farming this Summer at the University of Vermontsoil-hands
Learn sustainable farming at UVM’s Catamount Educational Farm this summer in beautiful Burlington, Vermont – a hot-spot for community-based food and agricultural systems. Be part of the vibrant learning environment of the farm that cultivates over 10 acres of vegetables and fruit for the UVM community while educating the next generation of sustainable food producers. Credit and non-credit options available. Read more about the classes and enroll here: http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/catamount-farm/
If this sounds awesome, but you are still in high school, you are in luck! Check out the Summer Academy Intro to Sustainable Vegetable Farming Class: http://bit.ly/precollegefarming
If want to know more about the farm, click here: http://learn.uvm.edu/partners/cals/programs/catamount-educational-farm/
If you have any questions, email us at farmer @uvm.edu or call (802)656 8642. Happy spring!


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upcoming webinar: enhancing native pollinator populations on farms

April 17, Noon – 1 pm EDT

We need these farming partners to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops, yet our native pollinators and honey bees are struggling from multiple threats of pesticide exposure, habitat loss, parasites and diseases.  John Hayden from The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT will present on who the native pollinators are, why they are in trouble, and how we can bring back populations with ecologically sound farming practices, pollinator friendly plantings, and by providing nesting and overwintering habitat. 

To participate, please go to http://go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EDT on April 17, 2014 and click on the webinar title.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled athttp://tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck.

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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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UVM upcoming webinars

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Cold Storage Options for Beginning Produce Farmers   A UVM Extension New Farmer Project webinar: Thursday, Oct. 17th, Noon – 1pm EST
Vermont’s food systems are experiencing increased localization, value addition, diversification, extension of growing season and increased market demand. Crop storage can be costly and the construction and operation of an efficient and well-designed system is essential to a farm’s profitability in winter and early spring markets. Continue reading


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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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fencing webinar

UVM Extension New Farmer Project Webinar Series
7 PM EST, Tuesday, May 28, 2013: Fencing for Multi-Species Grazing with Colin Kennard, of Wellscroft Fencing.

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Colin Kennard’s experience has given him great insight on how animals interact and respect – or don’t respect fences. A second generation Wellscroft Fencing retailer and livestock farmer, his experience with agricultural fencing products continues to evolve along with innovations in the industry. He is passionate about giving people the knowledge and tools to allow their operations, from small backyard gardens to large commercial livestock farms, to thrive.  Join this webinar to learn about fencing for multi-species grazing from an expert!

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. Continue reading