Workshop Spotlight: On-farm Composting

RAFFL’s Annual Farmers’ Gathering and Resource Fair is next Tuesday, March 22nd at Green Mountain College (Withey Hall).  Register today to attend the numerous workshops happening from 1:00 – 5:30pm!

Workshop Spotlight:
Growers Discussion: On-farm Composting Q&A with the Highfields Center for Composting

Tuesday March 22, RAFFL’s Farmers Gathering
Green Mountain College, Withey Hall (Booth Lounge, 1st Floor), 3:00 to 4:00pm

Highfields Center for Composting works to close the loop on community-based, sustainable food and agricultural systems, thus addressing soil health, water quality, solid waste, farm viability, and climate change.

At this growers discussion, learn more about HCC and the technical services they provide to on-farm composting and comprehensive food waste recycling programs.  In addition to assisting diversified vegetable and fruit farms, HCC has worked with dairy farms to address manure and mortality composting.  Bring your own composting questions for this casual Q & A with James McSweeney, Compost Specialist at Highfields Center for Composting.

REGISTER NOW to attend the workshop sessions during the Farmers’ Gathering!

  • $20 to register
  • Save when two folks from the same farm register – $30
  • $10 for Green Mountain College Students (please bring your student ID for verification)


March 22: Withey Hall, GMC

1:00 – 2:45pm – Workshop Session I

  • Developing a Farm Food Safety Plan (Presenters: Hans Estrin and Ginger Nickerson, both UVM Extension staff)

3:00 – 4:00pm – Workshop Session II

  • Expanding your markets: Learning session between institutional buyers and farmers (Moderator: Jill Perry, RAFFL)
  • Growers Discussion: On-farm Composting Q & A with the Highfields Center for Composting (Moderator: Jack McSweeney, Highfields Center For Composting)

4:15 – 5:30pm – Workshop Session III

  • Hiring farm employees: What you should know workman’s comp insurance, taxes and more (Presenter: Bob Parsons, UVM Extension)
  • Growers Discussion: Farm-to-Plate Plan Q & A on scaling up Vermont agriculture (Moderator: Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Eric Rozendaal, Rockville Market Farm)

Click here for full descriptions of each workshop

In addition to workshops, make sure to check out the Resource Fair from 4:00 – 6:30.  Over 25 agricultural service providers, technical assistance providers and funders will be available with displays and information about the resources they can provide you and your farm.  Afterwards, at 6:30 pm, join us for a community localvore meal and evening presentation, “What does the Farm to Plate Plan Mean for Rutland County,” by Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

The Farmers’ Gathering is co-sponsored by RAFFL, GMC Farm and Food Project and the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District.


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