The kids are back in school. . . Should you be considering some coursework, too? With fall’s arrival, WAgN and UVM Extension begin offering farm business classes around the state and online. The courses address a wide variety of business development issues — from pre start-up through restrategizing a current farm business for its next phase. Upcoming offerings include:
Growing Places: October 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 5:30-8:30 in Berlin, Morrisville and Brattleboro, VT., for aspiring and start-up farmers
Taking Stock: November, for farmers with 5 or more years in business.
Building a Sustainable Business: December-January, for farmers interested in developing a business plan.
Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers: January-June, for women farmers interested in developing farm planning skills.
Introduction to Ag Financial Management: February, for all farmers seeking basic financial knowledge.
Not sure you have the time to spend in class? Check out these four reasons taking a farm business class is a smart investment in the future of your farm.
Land for Good recently published two new full-service guides and two shorter pamphlets for private, municipal, and institutional landowners interested in leasing their land. They focus on helping “non-farming” owners and managers of agricultural properties bring their land into productive agricultural uses.
These guides cover subjects such as landowner’s and institutional goals, tax and legal considerations, insurance, easements, land stewardship, farmer-landowner relations, and elements of a good lease agreement. They include sample leases and a list of resources and service providers that can help with these land tenure issues. The flyer introduces private landowners to the concept of leasing land for farming. It can be distributed by organizations at workshops and to members, for example.
View the publications.
August 10th: Taste of Terra Madre Dinner at Lincoln Peak Winery. Join Slow Food Vermont for a food & wine tasting dinner to support their delegation’s trip to Terra Madre.
The following restaurants will be participating: Three Tomatoes, Touterelle, Cafe Provence, Vergennes Laundry, Fiddlehead Cuisine, A little Peruvian, Middlebury Ramuntos, Eagle’s Flight Farm, and Lincoln Peak Winery! Live music and raffle!
Tickets on Sale Now online and at select locations in Middlebury and Burlington.
Terra Madre Dinner & Fundraiser
Friday, August 10, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
New Haven, VT
About Terra Madre
Every two years, Slow Food communities from around the world come together to share their innovative solutions and time-honored traditions for feeding the planet in a good, clean, and fair way.
Delegates from over 130 countries are selected by Slow Food associations to represent the important work being done in various regions of the world. Support the VT delegation’s trip to Terra Madre 2012!
RAFFL’s next summer workshop is tomorrow – Wednesday, August 1st, 4-6pm at Alchemy Gardens!
Join Johnny’s Selected Seeds tools manager and reps for a tool demonstration for
home gardeners and commercial growers. See weeding, seeding, transplanting, cultivating and harvesting tools in action, try the tools yourself, troubleshoot with tool experts, and learn how to set up a small high tunnel! Hosted at Alchemy Gardens, where Scott Courcelle & Lindsay Arbuckle are in their third year of growing mixed vegetables and herbs for sale year-round at the Rutland Farmers’ Market, local co-ops and restaurants. After the workshop, RAFFL will host a potluck mixer, so bring a dish if you’d like to stay and celebrate the season. Held in collaboration with NOFA-VT.
What: Small Equipment & Tools for Vegetable Growers Workshop – followed by potluck
When: Wednesday, August 1, 4-6 pm
Where: Alchemy Gardens of West Rutland, VT MAP
Merck Forest and Farmland Center is currently hiring a Visitor Center Engagement Specialist – full time position, Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Visitor engagement specialist will open the store daily and be responsible for sales of VC goods and cashing out of the register. Position will be responsible for maintaining inventory and restocking, organizing displays, cleaning, gardening, compiling visitor information, developing news and events communications and closing at end of day.
This position will also be responsible for engaging in conversation with visitors, recommending farm/forest activities, teaching visitors about our farm/forest products (how Merck animals are raised, how syrup is made, etc.) and promoting products, giving directions to cabins and hiking and answering questions about Merck Forest.
The ability to take initiative, engage with visitors, communicate effectively with co-workers and a willingness to participate in farm/forest duties outside the Visitor Center is necessary. Prior experience in customer service and education or interpretation is greatly desired.
Submit resume and cover letter to Kathryn@merckforest.org or mail to Merck Forest and Farmland Center – PO Box 86 – Rupert, VT – 05768