VT Veg & Berry Grower Annual Mtg – Jan 31

If you aren’t a member of VVBGA, I would encourage you to join.  One of the most helpful benefits of membership is inclusion on the association’s listserve.  Farmers from across the state answer each others’ questions, sell/buy/trade farm equipment and supplies and update each other on farm and crop happenings.

VERMONT VEGETABLE AND BERRY GROWERS ASSN. ANNUAL MEETING
Monday Jan. 31, Capital Plaza Hotel, 100 State Street, Montpelier.
802-223-5252.
AGENDA8:00    Registration, Trade Show, Refreshments

9:30    President’s Remarks, Bob Pomykala, Pomykala Farm, Grand Isle

9:45    People, Pests, Products — a Tour of Vermont Vegetable and Berry Farms, Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension

10:15   Insect and Disease Updates for Vegetable and Berry Crops, Ann Hazelrigg, UVM Extension Plant Diagnostic Clinic

10:45   Growing Lettuce above Greenhouse Tomatoes to Increase Profit, Dave Hartshorn, Hartshorn’s Farm Stand, Waitsfield

11:15   Growing and Marketing Wholesale Vegetables at Arethusa Farm, Thomas Case and Ben Dana, Arethusa Farm, Burlington

11:45    Update from Industry Representatives on New Products, Trade Show Exhibitors

12:00    Luncheon and Trade Show

1:15     Business Meeting: Election of Officers, etc.

1:30    Updates from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Secretary Chuck Ross and Steve Parise, GAPS auditor

2:00    Implementing Food Safety Plans on Farms — What We’ve Learned
Ginger Nickerson, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture

2:30    Marketing Diversified Crops at Clear Brook Farm, Andrew Knafel, Clear Brook Farm, Shaftsbury

3:00    Heating a Greenhouse Using Captured Sugarhouse Steam, Chad Virkler, Smokey House, Danby

3:30    Adjourn – Trade Show

PRE-REGISTRATIONS – Must be received by Jan. 26th (Add $5 for at-the-door registrations.) $35 Members, $45 Non-Members, this fee includes a hot lunch and coffee break.

Membership dues for 2011 are $50; benefits include:
.    2010-11 New England Vegetable or Small Fruit Management Guide
.    or, one book or video of equal value ($20, see list on VV&BGA web site);
.    a subscription to Agriview, VT Agency of Agriculture newsletter
.    a subscription to the Vermont Vegetable and Berry News (by email)
.    a subscription to American Vegetable Grower and American Fruit Grower
.    eligibility a research grant from the Association
.    $10 registration discount at the association’s annual meeting
.    registration fee waiver at on-farm workshops
.    inclusion on the association’s grower listserv (buy, sell equipment & share info).

No-frills membership option: $20 for 2011, benefits include:
.    inclusion on the association’s listserve
.    A subscription to the Vermont Vegetable and Berry News (by email)
.    a subscription to American Vegetable Grower and American Fruit Grower
.    showing your support for the vegetable and berry industry

Mail check made out to VVBGA to: Doug Johnstone, P.O, Box 701, Springfield, VT 05156. Please include note stating your membership selection and who is being registered for the meeting.

Attendance at this meeting will be worth 2 pesticide recertification credits for private applicators and commercial applicators certified in categories 1a and 10.

UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work. UVM Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Vern Grubinger by January 21 so we may assist you.

Sponsored by USDA Risk Management Agency, UVM Extension and the VT Vegetable and Berry Growers Association. Questions? Vern Grubinger: 802-257-7967 x303, vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu.

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