Three Upcoming Webinars from UVM’s New Farmer Project

Nov. 29, 7:00 p.m – The Principles of Pastured Pork.

Bruce Hennessey, with his partner, Beth Whiting operate Maple Wind Farm, a pasture-based diversified livestock, vegetable and maple syrup farm in Huntington, VT. The farm produces 100% grass fed beef & lamb, pasture-raised broilers,eggs and organic turkeys, vegetables and maple syrup. As lifelong educators and environmentalists, Bruce and Beth are interested in helping people to learn about sustainable production methods.

This webinar will focus on raising hogs in an intensive pasture management program.   Bruce will present on general principles of pastured raised hogs, including breeds, supplemental feed, fencing and water systems, farrowing and swine health.  This introductory presentation will cover the basics of pasturing hogs and help new farmers get started off right.  Click here to join the webinar!

December 14, 12:00 p.m. Managing Food Safety Risks in Agritourism

Understanding the latest in food safety is essential for farmers who are planning to directly market their products. This webinar will present the latest in food safety and food-based risk management issues specifically aimed at those involved in agritourism. Whether you are a farmer new to agritourism, or are seeking to expand your agritourism operations, the webinar will provide up-to-date information, best practices, and future directions in risk management and food safety. Presenters include Ben Amsden, of the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University, Lisa Chase, Natural Resources Specialist with University of Vermont Extension and Director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center, and Londa Nwadike, Food Safety Specialist with the University of Vermont. Click here to join the webinar!

December 20, 7:00 p.m. The Bottom Line on Broilers: Best Practices for Raising Meat Chickens

With Vermont regulations allowing the sale of up to 1000 farm-processed broiler chickens at farmers markets, CSAs, and to restaurants, many new farmers are adding this enterprise to their farm business mix. This webinar will offer information about raising broilers efficiently for an improved bottom line. Join Michael Darre, Professor & Extension Poultry Specialist, at the University of Connecticut, to learn about broiler breeds, pasturing poultry, feeding birds for optimum health and feed conversion, and determining the best time to slaughter. There will also be time to ask questions about issues you have encountered raising meat birds in the past. Dr. Darre is the lead Extension poultry specialist for the all of New England. He obtained his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1975, where he went on to obtain an M.S. in Animal Physiology in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Environmental Animal Physiology in 1981. He organizes and runs the the New England-New York Biosecurity and Poultry Pest Management Conference. Much of his time is also devoted to providing information and help to the small part-time/backyard poultry producers.  Click here to join the webinar!

How to Participate in a Webinar:
Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through.

To participate, please go to and click on “Webinars”  at about 15 minutes before the start of the presentation.  For more information, contact or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or so we may assist you.

If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at


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