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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.