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can organic feed the world? a webinar

Can Organic Feed the World?
A webinar hosted by Friends of the Earth
Tuesday, June 21st
1:00 – 2:00 PST

Two commonly held beliefs about world hunger are that we will need to vastly increase food production to feed a growing population and that organic agriculture is not up to the task.

Join us to hear from top scientists and thought leaders on the science of sustainable food production and a comprehensive approach to creating a healthy, resilient food system to feed all people, now and into the future.

Be among the first to learn about a new report, Farming for the Future: Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World, by Friends of the Earth. 

Frances Moore Lappe, Cofounder & Director, Small Planet Institute, Author, World Hunger: 10 Myths
John Reganold, PhD, Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology, Washington State University
Lauren Ponisio, PhD, UC Berkeley, Environmental Science, Policy & Management
Marcia Ishii-Eitman, PhD, Senior Scientist, Pesticide Action Network
Kendra Klein, PhD, Staff Scientist, Friends of the Earth

When Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar Where webinar – log-in information will be emailed to participants


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a+ technology (adaptive, accessible, appropriate)

Examples of Questionable Applications of Technology:

  1. using garden sheers to trim your bangs
  2. building a forest fire to barbecue burgers for two
  3. mincing garlic with a machete
  4. driving a ton of steel to transport a 150 lbs human body across town
  5. relying on expensive, petroleum-reliant, highly-commodified tools to support innovative, unconventional, and ecologically-sound small farms


This week in the Food List, the focus is on Appropriate Technology— or, in other words, technology that suits its purposes (in scale, cost, application, etc.). The presented case studies presented prove that when it comes to sustainable, small-scale farming, bigger is not better and one size doesn’t necessarily fit all.

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UVM upcoming webinars

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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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.


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

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for greenhorns interested in goats

UVM Extension New Farmer Project Webinar SeriesGuide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy

7 PM EST, Tuesday, March 26: Transitioning to a Commercial Goat Dairy: Are you ready?

Carol Delaney, M.S. is a small ruminant dairy specialist and author of A Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy.  Carol will present the platform and viewpoint to help you lay the framework for running a commercial dairy goat operation.  There will be an emphasis on planning, livestock considerations, budgeting, record keeping, time management and marketing. Formerly with the University of Vermont Department of Animal Science and Extension, 1998-2008, Carol now works as a farmer grant specialist for Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education,  and as a small ruminant consultant.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to at about 6:45 pm EST on March 26, 2013 and click on the webinar title.  For more information, contact or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by March 12, 2013 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or so we may assist you.

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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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crucial topics, key learning, stoveside

Why go driving in the wet sleet to a workshop on finances and bookkeeping?

Its 2012, almost 2013~ You can learn that important stuff while sitting in front of your computer!
Consider the Webinar!
These are from awesome Vermonters:

January 29, 2013: Managing Vegetable Transplants for Success

Julie Rubaud, owner and operator of Red Wagon Plants, will share her knowledge and expertise in raising organic vegetable transplants for farms and commercial production. Red Wagon Plants is a wholesale organic plant operation with a retail outlet in Hinesburg, VT. Julie will talk about her management strategies for growing healthy, disease free transplants organically, as well as variety selection and timing of transplant production. Julie has extensive experience as a produce farm owner and operator and has operated Red Wagon Plants since 2005.

February 12, 2013: Filing a Schedule F: Federal Tax Preparation for Farmers.

Learn what you need to know about filing taxes for your farm business. Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension Agriculture & Farm Business Management Specialist delves into the federal tax code as it applies to farm businesses. Wondering about depreciation, deductions, and Schedule F forms? Do you know where to go to learn more, get the right forms, and find help? This webinar will answer common questions about filing federal income taxes for farmers and help you find the resources you need to file accurately and on time. Dennis Kauppila worked on Vermont farms in the 1970s before earning BS and MS degrees in agriculture at UVM. He started working with UVM Extension in 1983 and now works with farmers on financial management and business planning.

More on these webinars, and others, HERE

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crop planning webinar


CCOF Crop Planning Webinar
December 11, 2012, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
CCOF Members: $20, Non-members: $25
Register Now!

Are you already thinking about what you want to grow next year? Crop planning is the infrastructure for a farmer’s progress and profitability, and knowing expected yields and harvest dates plays a major role in marketing and sales. Get ahead for 2013 by attending CCOF’s Crop Planning webinar on December 11 with Dina Izzo, expert organic marketer and founder of BluDog Organic Produce Services. Hear experiences from Andrew Brait, longtime farmer and owner of Full Belly Farm. This webinar reviews the basics of how to develop a crop plan, setting you up for a successful season of growing and meeting market demand. Sign up today and get started with your 2013 organic crop plan!

Contact CCOF Program and Member Services Specialist, Tina Cosentino, for more information.

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beginning farmer training webinar


Coming up next Mon, June 25, you can learn from two amazing organizations here in the Northeast, both offering a full array of services to train and support new farmers.

One-Stop Shopping Approach for Beginning Farmer Training
a Lunchtime Learning webinar from the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project at the Cornell Small Farms Program

Register now!

Jennifer Hashley will discuss how the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project model provides constructive environments and strategies that support new producers and create opportunities for new farmers to strengthen agricultural capacities, share learning experiences, and build better communities.  She will discuss their farm business planning courses, field trainings, incubator farm programs, food hub/collaborative marketing support, farmland matching services, livestock programming, and statewide service provider alliances. Continue reading

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landowners and greenhorn allies – crank up your summer education!

The Northeast Beginning Farmer Program has a jam-packed summer schedule for those of you out there who might be trying to help young farmers start up.  Sign up for their e-newsletter to get registration info for the webinars.

The One-Stop Shopping Approach for Beginning Farmer Training
Mon, June 25, 12-1pm
Jennifer Hashley from New Entry Sustainable Farming Project in MA and Joanna Green from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming in Ithaca, NY (both BFRDP awardees) will share their organizations’ strategies for providing a full suite of training, land access, and mentoring services for their new farmer audiences.

Land Access: Options and Strategies
Mon, July 9, 12-1pm
Kathy Ruhf, Land For Good, New England. This first of a two-part webinar on land access focuses on the basics. Participants will learn about land acquisition options and their advantages and disadvantages. They also will come away with information about leases and landowners.

Land Access and Farm Financing Alternatives
Mon, July 23, 12-1pm
Ben Waterman, VT New Farmer Project. This is the second part of the land access webinar, and focuses on emerging financing strategies, including alternative financing for land access as well as topics covered in the new book, Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm, such as legal/accounting considerations, promissory notes, and multi-year CSAs. Continue reading