Next New Farmer Workshop + Mixer Weds August 25!

Hey Folks – Make plans to attend the next new farmers workshop, Wednesday August 25th!

The fourth in a series of six training workshops for new farmers will be held on Wednesday August 25 at the Larson Farm in Wells Vermont.  The workshop will be held from 5 to 7 pm.  Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the workshop, because at 7pm a NOFAvore Celebration and New Farmer Mixer will get underway.  At the workshop, new and aspiring farmers will join Richard Larson as he goes over basic safety rules for tractors and other typical small farm equipment. He’ll talk about tractors, PTOs, tillage equipment, and bucket loaders and small equipment.  For livestock farmers, safety tips for  working with animals will be addressed. Time permitting, Richard will also touch on preventative maintenance. Larson Farm is a former commodity dairy farm, now milking 20 Jerseys for raw milk and supplying a local artisan cheese maker, as well as raising grass-fed beef.

After the workshop, make plans to stay late and join RAFFL for our Summer New Farmer Mixer and NOFAvore Celebration.  NOFA’s mobile pizza oven will be cranking out pizzas made with local ingredients. All new and aspiring farmers are invited to come mix, mingle, and meet new farming friends.  Folks are asked to pre-registration for the mixer, so we have enough pizza on hand for everyone!  Registration is easy – just register online, send an email to or call 434-4122.

The Larson Farm is located on 69 South Street in Wells.  From the center of downtown Wells, turn south at the country store onto South Street. Go 3/4 mile, and turn left at the blue mailbox with yellow cross (Swedish flag).

The Beginning Farmer Workshop Series is geared towards new farmers that are still “learning the ropes” to succeeding in agriculture – whether they are still interning, just beginning their farm business, or are full or part-time farmers with less than 10 years of experience.

The workshops are sponsored by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and will be held every other Wednesday on farms around the Rutland Region.

Other workshops in the series include “Crop Planning: Succession Planting and Diversification Choices” on September 8th and “Organic Pest and Disease Management” on September 22.

Workshop details, directions and information on the host farms can be found on RAFFL’s website,, by emailing or by calling India Burnett Farmer, RAFFL Program Director at 802-417-7331.  Be sure to check the details on those workshops you are most interested in – some require pre-registration!

The Rutland Area Farm and Food Link is a non-profit supporting the growth of a thriving agricultural system that connects local farms with the communities and consumers of the Rutland Region.  The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.


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