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There are still a few slots open for the Rutland and Bennington Practical Produce Safety Workshops, but registration closes today! Reserve your spot now to get your produce safety plan written for 2014!
WRITING A PRACTICAL PRODUCE SAFETY PLAN: A WORKSHOP FOR SMALL AND DIVERSIFIED PRODUCE GROWERS UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will offer five full day workshops on practical food safety for small and diversified farms who market directly and locally. You will leave this workshop with a concise plan (for you, your customers, and your employees) and many resources!
Thanks to a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, these workshops are free. Participants will receive morning coffee, a light lunch, a template for a farm produce safety plan and a binder of reference material.
Register Now – Space is Limited!
To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 firstname.lastname@example.org, by two weeks before the workshop in which you are interested so we may assist you.
TIMES AND LOCATIONS
Rutland (Co-Sponsored by RAFFL): Tuesday, March 11: 9:00 -3:00 pm at the Rutland Opera House. Farmer presenter: Carol Tashie, Radical Roots Farm
Bennington: (Co-sponsored by Bennington College) Wednesday, March 12: 9:00 – 3:00 pm at Bennington College’s CAPA Center. Farmer presenter: Karen Trubitt, True Love Farm
The Boston Public Market has taken a significant step forward. Local farmers will soon be able to sell their products at a year-round indoor market in a 28,000 square food space in Downtown Boston, and will become a cornerstone of the proposed Market District. The Boston Public Market Association closed 2013 having made great strides with fundraising, leasing and design.
To date, the organization has raised $8 million in private and state funds and continues its fundraising efforts to complete planning, design, and construction of the Market. The board of the Boston Public Market just approved an 85-year lease on the site, a critical move towards beginning construction, and the organization has contracted Architerra, a local architectural firm, and design plans for the interior market space are almost complete.
Once open, the Market will house over 40 permanent vendors including regional farmers, fisherman, ranchers, winemakers, and more. The Market will sell everything from meat and cheese to produce and flowers and recruitment for vendors is ongoing. Construction on the site is set to begin this summer in order for the Market to open in Spring of 2015. Beginning in May, over 20 vendors will begin selling their products at a new seasonal farmers market the plaza along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and will continue through November. This is just a small taste of what’s to come next year.
Vendors seeking more information on participating in the permanent market can join our growing list of interested vendors by visiting: http://bostonpublicmarket.org/#vendor
Those interested in the 2014 seasonal markets can reach us by visiting: http://bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal_markets.php
Since 1989, Wildstone Farm has produced certified organic vegetables, making us the oldest certified organic farm in Bennington County, Vermont. Located in Pownal, Vermont, Wildstone Farm is nestled on the side of The Dome, the southernmost of the Green Mountains. At an elevation of 1,400 feet, our 21 acre farm is a mix of silt loam prime agricultural soil and second growth forest. We practice deep organic techniques in our intensively managed gardens. The use of high tunnels and a root cellar allows our produce to be available year round.
This is a full time seasonal position ( mid late April to mid November). Wildstone Farm, located in Pownal, VT operates a biologically intensive year round market garden in southwestern Vermont.
The position is 40 hours/ 5 day week, at least $10/hour. Some experience is preferred, but they are willing to train an exceptional individual. ($9/hr training wage) Employee will be involved in all aspects of the farm business, from growing to farmers’ markets.
More info: http://www.wildstonefarm.com/
Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar on small- to medium-scale farm financing on March 20th.
Looking to expand your farming operation? Not sure where to get the funding to do so? Join our webinar to hear about creative options for financing land, equipment, and other farm expenditures. Learn about collateral, conditions, credit, and the criteria lenders look for when underwriting a loan.
Looking to expand your farming operation? Not sure where to get the funding to do so? Join the CCOF Foundation, John Oosterman from the USDA Farm Service Agency, Brett Malone from California FarmLink, and Justin Renfro from Kiva Zip to hear about creative options for financing land, equipment, and other farm expenditures. Learn about collateral, conditions, credit, and the criteria lenders look for when underwriting a loan. This webinar can help secure your farm’s future. Register now!
About our speakers:
John Oosterman, USDA Farm Service Agency
John L. Oosterman serves as the farm loan chief for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in California. He oversees the Farm Loan Programs, which lent $38.1 million in direct funds and $82.7 million in guaranteed funds during fiscal year 2013. John brings to the business a long line of professional experience, having begun his career with the Farmers Home Administration in 1987. John is a graduate of Cal Polytechnic State University; Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa; and Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California.
Brett Malone, California FarmLink
Brett Melone is the loan officer at California FarmLink. He is also an adjunct instructor of sustainable agriculture at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Most recently, Brett served as executive director of Friends of MarViva Foundation, leading resource and partnership development in the U.S. to support ocean conservation and sustainability of coastal communities in the Eastern Tropical Pacific region. Between 2002 and 2011, he served as executive director of ALBA (Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association) in Salinas, California.
Justin Renfro, Kiva Zip
Justin is the associate manager of business development for Kiva Zip. He leads Kiva Zip’s efforts in the United States, building partnerships and finding qualified entrepreneurs to support. Justin graduated with a degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona and started his career at LinkedIn. He’s been particularly focused on supporting small farms and food producers throughout the country with Kiva Zip.
SARE/NACAA Search for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture: Applications due March 15
Properly interseeding cover crops into standing corn can help increase yields by 15 percent. But improper application can cause up to 40 percent of the crop to be lost. This is just one of the lessons taking root in Missouri thanks to the effective teamwork of University of Missouri Natural Resource Engineer Charlie Ellis and Agronomy Specialist Rich Hoorman.Ellis and Hoorman were recently named finalists in the SARE/NACAA Search for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture program, which recognizes educational programs that advance the adoption of sustainable management practices by farmers and ranchers.
Through on-farm research and strategic partnerships with the Midwest Cover Crop Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) Ellis and Hoorman shared research-based cover cropping strategies that can earn an additional $100 per acre while preventing crop loss. Using a wide range of workshops, webinars and demonstration plots, Ellis and Hoorman have reached over 600 farmers in Missouri and the upper Midwest.
Please encourage innovative NACAA members in your state to submit a Search for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture entry by March 15, 2013. Individuals or groups named as finalists in each of the four SARE regions receive an honorarium for presenting their innovative educational programs at the NACAA conference.
How to Apply
Info on a land opportunity in South Royalton.
My family has a large piece of property (close to 1000 acres, combined pasture and forest) in central Vermont (South Royalton) that has been in our family since the 1930′s. It was run as a dairy farm until 1985. Since then, the pastures have been used periodically by neighboring beef farmers who have sporadically used the pastures for their cattle, but mostly just cut the fields for hay. The on-site farm houses are rented to generate income to sustain the overall property. We have an opportunity to reevaluate our rental status as one or two of our on-site houses will be available in the spring.
We are very interested in finding a tenant who will rent the house and will also be able to use the land for their own agricultural purposes. I have been reading many promising things about the future of grass fed beef. Our property would be ideal for a farmer who is interested in increasing his/her herd. Because we have housing available, we could accommodate both the cattle and housing for a satellite herdsman/woman. Additionally, obtaining “certified organic” status for our property will be very easy.