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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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